This Wednesday in time for Halloween. Join Valley Investigators of the Paranormal and Golden State Haunts and Events for a VERY exclusive investigation of the Yost Theater and Ritz Hotel as seen on Ghost Adventures for this special Halloween investigation. This is a very rary opportunity to investigate the oldest theater in Orange County and one of the most haunted locations on the West Coast. Many famous performers have performed here and Ernest Ball “Irish Eyes Are Smiling” died in the dressing room while on tour. The basement of the Yost actually used to be the first jail in Santa Ana. The Yost does not allow investigations so this is a very rare opportunity. VIP and GAC were the only groups to ever investigate this paranormal hot spot. In the Ritz Hotel, VIP founder Erik Vanlier and the former head of security saw a “creeper” in one of the old hotel rooms which was portrayed on the Yost Theater episode of Ghost Adventures. On that same investigation there were many paranormal experiences and tons of Class-A EVPs. Recently Erik was back at the Yost with another investigator during an event and they were in the basement with an employee of the Yost. All three saw a shadow person in the basement. One of the people (a grown man) walked up it and was immediately grabbed on the bicep and brought to his knees. Both the Yost and the Ritz have all types of spirits from floor to ceiling and wall to wall. This event is for thirty brave souls only and tickets will go fast.
At Scandia Ontario you’ll find two haunted houses. They’re Blackout (no relation to the extreme haunt) and The Wussmaker. We were in the area last night so we decided to check them out. Scandia is conveniently located right off of the 15 Freeway. They have actually been putting haunts together for quite a while now, but they mostly cater to the local area, so living in the San Fernando Valley we haven’t heard about it since this year. Both haunts are actually more intense than most haunts you’ll find elsewhere.
Blackout, as its name implies is basically a pitch black maze. They only allow a few people in at a time (I, Erik, went in by myself). The goal is to find your way out of the darkness. Rather than relying on actors (although there was one in the maze), the haunt relies on some old-school gimmicks that we don’t want to give away. But, I will say that i was startled on more than one occasion as the picture i received at the end can attest to. Yes, what’s cool about this haunt is they have a night vision camera set up which takes pictures and you get a free one at the end if you can make it all the way through. i was actually told by Alan, the director of haunt talent, that the area next to the maze is actually haunted, so I didn’t know what to expect as i often feel the energy going through a maze that’s at a haunted location. I can tell you that i definitely did feel some strange energy once I was inside. Of course, that only adds to the fun of the experience.
The Wussmaker is your traditional haunted house, although it’s more extreme than most. However, there are no waivers to sign and we weren’t touched by any of the actors while we were inside. Right before we went in though, a group had “wussed” out and came back through the front entrance. Their website has a running list of how many wusses there are up to date. As of now it lists 10,219 which we can only assume means throughout the years. This is a fun maze with some original characters as well as some you might recognize. Their website also lists who you might expect to find inside. Along with your clowns and butchers there’s also a Freddy Kreuger and Michael Myers. The maze lasts about 15 minutes (for us it was a bit more as one of the clowns kept misdirecting us in the hall of mirrors and wouldn’t let us through). The sets are really elaborate for this type of haunt and the actors all seemed to be enjoying what they do. We actually found Blackout to be more scary, even though it was the simpler of the mazes. While not touching you (we were actually told that occasionally they do) the actors in The Wussmaker do get up personal and in your face. Our favorite scene was a gimmick where a dummy is being hanged that has an outcome you don’t expect.
If you’re in the Inland Empire make sure to check out Scandia. They also have 25 attractions including mini golf, an arcade and rides.
For more information visit http://www.scandiafun.com/ontario/haunt.php
We’ve completed the Unweave the Rainbow series that Alone has created with its final installment called Absorption. During this journey we have been immersed in a surreal experience where we learned about ourselves and the properties of light. Absorption is the interception of radiant energy or sound waves. This is a much darker experience that takes you even deeper into your self.
The event takes place at a facility that was once used for film processing and the location is used to perfection. Alone centers itself with the locations it uses. Through the 45 minute experience you’ll go through the different rooms and passageways of the building seeing a different scene. Some of them were scary while others were slightly disturbing or even funny.
From what we got out of our experience is that you become an employee of Alone or bigger yet, The Enola Foundation. We won’t give anything away, but you’re put to different tests, shown a few clips that talk about being alone and the properties of light, then receive a company mission statement. Like Alone experiences in the past, most of the characters within aren’t even in makeup or costume, but there are some that have taken on a rather mysterious persona including being dressed as corporate employees.
This is a much darker experience than the past few Alone installments and you will be touched, grabbed, pushed around and even danced with. They’ve incorporated some really cool elements which include an interaction with an unseen voice and the creative use of a chair.
This was one of our favorite experiences at Alone, only being beat out by the first year. But maybe that’s because we got a chance to do a paranormal investigation at the location it was held at before we went through. This location as well has a weird vibe and sorry to use the pun, but at times when there’s no one else around you’ll actually feel like you’re not alone.
Before you even go through Absorption you have the chance to unlock a clue that will take you into another room. The acting in the scene is incredible, as is all the acting in Alone. Although at times creepy, the experience is absolutely beautiful and spellbinding. Not only is it a haunt, but rather a living art piece that explores the human element. You have one more week to check it out and we say that it is must! We can’t wait to see what they have in store next time around.
24-year old Matt Dorado came up with the idea of creating Drunken Devil one night when he was drinking at a bar in Downtown, Los Angeles. Then he decided to come up with a new haunt which he called The Sinner’s Soiree. With Sinner’s Soiree he wanted to create an old-style haunt with black walls. The haunt takes you to Hell via New Orleans. It’s filled with can-can dancers, voodoo queens, Jokers and other Southern themed characters. When you go through Sinner’s Soiree you’ll feel like you’re walking down a haunted Rue Bourbon. The haunt is located at the Think Tank Gallery in Downtown LA.
When we went through the maze on media night not all the lighting was setup but we found it to be entertaining and the other people we were with seemed to enjoy it as they got quite a few jump scares. Inside you will find some pretty cool scenes including an elaborate bar scene. Speaking of bars, one of the things that separates Sinner’s Soiree from other haunts is that they actually have a bar. So before or after going through the haunt you can relax with a drink or two. There is also live entertainment. On media night they had Mudd the Magician performing magic as well as two girls doing a burlesque dance.
The maze is somewhat short but you can fill out the night with the bar and live entertainment. It’s an interesting concept overall. For example, instead of playing industrial music or heavy metal through the haunt they actually play the blues. The makeup for the devil is very impressive and we enjoyed the unique characters.
CreepLA is an all new Halloween attraction in LA developed by first time haunter Justin Fix. It’s located in a 110-year old abandoned warehouse that’s really haunted. We had the opportunity to investigate the location and were able to capture some compelling evidence. We’ve investigated many other haunted locations where they’ve built a haunt and noticed that it only adds to the ambiance (Dark Harbor at Queen Mary, Old Town Haunt in Pasadena, etc.). Appropriately enough, one of the inspirations for CreepLA was actually one of our all-time favorite movies, “Session 9”. Needless to say we couldn’t wait until they let us through last night to go through the experience. CreepLA is an immersive haunt that will peel away the layers of your emotions.
When you first enter you fill out a waiver and are told that if you can’t continue the safe word is “choke”. That’s a reassuring word, right? Then you’re given a number and told to sit in a row of seats in the number you’re given. A character dressed in a suit with a Purge mask enters the room and walks by all the participants. They let in groups of about five to six. As he paces back and forth he stops to check everyone out, coming face-to-face and giving everyone a sniff. He then grabs one person by the hand and takes him into the first room. We think they see a scene the other people don’t because we heard a loud noise come from that area that we didn’t experience. Then the guy comes back and has everyone hold hands and leads them into the first room.
The first room is sit up as a teenage girl’s bedroom. Both girls are wearing Catholic School outfits. One girl is sitting on the bed while her friend is sitting in a chair at a desk playing on her phone. The lights go off and you’re briefly told about the haunt and reminded of the safe word. The voice defines Creep as “to move slowly with the body close to the ground”. The girls talk about Slender Man, hashtags and Bloody Mary. The girl on the bed asks the other girl, “Bitch, have you ever even played Bloody Mary?”
The girls leave the room and the audience follows. You’re now standing behind the mirror with the girls saying, “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary”. Nothing happens. Then they say it five times, the lights go out and that’s when the fun begins.
All of the other rooms have you as a participant. There’s parts where you’ll actually get separated and others where you may temporarily lose your way. The first part of the haunt has you hurrying on your way as you try to escape from “Him”. We assume that they’re talking about Slender Man. You come across a little girl who has you hide so that he won’t get you. This was the most memorable and frightening part. You’ll actually feel hunted as you experience claustrophobia and a certain sense of dread.
There were two other scenes that especially stood out. In a trance like room you meet a lonely man who seems a little demented. He’ll have you play ring-around-the-rosie and beam with glee as you all fall down. Also, there’s a room where the people going through the maze will all experience something different. We came across an ordinary man in a chair who told us to sit down. He commenced to tell us how his brother would always get in trouble and how they could never have animals growing up because they would always be found dead. He goes on to talk about how he found his parents tied up one day and his brother started to cut them slowly and then eat there flesh. We’ll let you experience the haunt yourself to see what happens next.
CreepLA is innovative and atmospheric. The talent sell the scenes well and are able to immerse you in the story. Narrow walkways leading into large rooms will make you feel disoriented especially when you go into one room that’s brightly lit or one of the areas where you have to crawl. There were a few points where we were actually somewhat scared, which is rare for us to experience from a haunt. We loved CreepLA and suggest you put this on the top of your itinerary for things to do this Halloween.
We were invited back to conduct another investigation. We have found that the energy created from the people going through a haunt and the fear they experience increases paranormal activity. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to join us. If you dare!
Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood as Southern California’s premier Halloween event unveils a slate of new mazes, an exciting hip-hop dance show, a new cutthroat Terror Tram experience and terrifying Scare Zones, beginning Friday, September 18, 2015.
Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase atwww.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/hollywood, including a “Killer Deal Nights” ticket option with discounts of up to $25 on select dates as well as a Front of Line ticket option which enables guests to enjoy priority access to each “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, “Terror Tram,” Jabbawockeez show and theme park attractions. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.
“Halloween Horror Nights” dates are: September 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, October 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, and November 1, 2015.
“Halloween Horror Nights” brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties. This year’s line-up includes:
All-New Mazes and Show:
“Guillermo del Toro Presents Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness” is inspired by the visionary filmmaker who directed, co-wrote and produced the upcoming October 16 Legendary and Universal Pictures feature film. The three-dimensional living replica of the film is designed to send guests spiraling through the chilling world and into the footsteps ofCrimson Peak’s lead character, Edith Cushing, first as they venture from her home in America, then to the decaying and haunted Allerdale Hall mansion in a remote English countryside. With a foreboding “Beware of Crimson Peak” message that echos from Edith’s past, guests will navigate a labyrinth of paranormal tortured souls who have born witness to the estate’s dark history of unspeakable acts…and who continue to reside in vengeful, ghostly forms.
Bringing together the most sinister of scenes from all three films, “Insidious: Return to the Further,” investigates unexplained phenomena in the Lambert family’s eerie Victorian home as guests find themselves at a séance that unleashes chaos and horror. They’ll journey into “The Further” – a supernatural realm that houses tormented spirits – and face deadly ghosts and demons like the Woman in Black and Oxygen Mask Demon, that will stop at nothing to infiltrate the world of the living.
“The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far,” inspired by season 5 of AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series, this all-new maze will feature twice as many walkers in the longest and most gruesome maze ever built at Universal Studios Hollywood. Following in the footsteps of “The Walking Dead” cast, guests will begin their journey at the Terminus safe-haven compound, where an unspeakable hunger has consumed the demented souls of those dwelling within. As the chaos ensues, guests will encounter even greater atrocities as they stumble upon dismembered “W” walkers, witness the horror of victims besieged by the living dead, and step onto the loading dock of the Del Arno Food warehouse to face hordes of “W” walkers.
The hilarity of this genre-defying blockbuster movie, This is the End, will take a dark turn in this all-new maze experience, “This is the End 3D,” that will come to life in hypnotic 3D. The end of the world will begin as guests head to the ultimate A-list party at James Franco’s new Hollywood Hills home before the Apocalypse strikes, and they find themselves trapped in a life-or-death struggle against the demons of the underworld. With the fate of humanity at the crossroads of heaven and hell, “This is the End 3D” will offer defining moments for those guests brave enough to tempt the devil as their destiny hangs in the balance to be damned for eternity or raptured to heaven engulfed in a sea of blue light.
Halloween, hailed as one of the greatest horror films of all time and starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her acting debut, will come to life in the demented new experience, “Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home.” The haunted maze will take guests through the tormented town of Haddonfield, where on one fateful Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old child by the name of Michael Myers inexplicably and brutally stabbed his sister to death with a kitchen knife. Guests will relive the terror that a maniacal Michael Myers inflicted upon the once quiet town after his escape from a psychiatric hospital to take bloody revenge on new and unsuspecting victims.
The visually stunning, yet terrifying “AVP: Alien vs. Predator” maze is back by popular demand to entangle guests in the middle of an epic and primal war between the universe’s most deadly species in a horrifying haunted attraction inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox cult sci-fi franchise. This menacing maze will bring to life the violent creatures cohabitating our world as it pits two rival alien species in a fight to the death with Earth as their battleground. “AVP: Alien vs Predator” will uncover a dangerous alien spaceship carrying a race of hunter aliens known as Predators and a threatening new alien life form that uses human hosts to propagate its species. After crash landing in a remote section of America and escaping to the countryside, the Alien and Predator become hunter and prey with guests caught in the crossfire.
The all-new “Terror Tram: Survive the Purge” experience, inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster film series, invites guests to a disturbing “Purge Party,” luring them with exclusive access to the world-famous backlot and thrusting them into the film’s depraved world in which all crime is declared legal as part of the government’s annually sanctioned 12-hour Purge, and where citizens take to the streets to dispose of the country’s less desirable humans without fear of retribution. Recognizing that not all citizens choose to hunt during The Purge, the newly endorsed “Purge Party” welcomes guests to honor this proud national tradition by watching the night’s dramatic events unfold on large video screens set up around the famed Universal backlot – until the experience quickly turns into an unforgettable living nightmare.
Jabbawockeez, the highly-accomplished, award-winning hip hop dance group and universally recognized as America’s best dance crew, will bring their innovative choreography, intricate synchronized style and signature white masks to Universal Studios Hollywood in an electrifying all-new show created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights.” Currently starring in the acclaimed “PRiSM” show at the Luxor in Las Vegas, and following up with a newly reimagined performance at MGM Grand Las Vegas this fall, the Jabbawockeez are considered dance movement pioneers, having shattered the glass ceiling for dance groups worldwide as the first dance crew to ever headline their own show in Las Vegas.
Over 10,000 horror,haunt and Halloween enthusiasts convened upon the Pasadena Convention Center this past weekend in Pasadena, California. The well organized event was a huge success with buzzing vendors, panels, movies, haunt displays and other special events. Of course the big news came from Universal Halloween Horror Nights who announced the return of a Michael Myers Halloween maze and Knott’s Scary Farm announcing their first new maze, The Dead of Winter, a maze featuring undead Viking Warriors as well as the Ice Queen. Also announced by Knott’s was the return of Elvira in an all new show called Elvira’s Asylum.
Of course there was so much to do that we weren’t able to do it all. We did get to visit all the vendors, attend a few panels, see part of the Bates Motel movie and get a special VIP preview of the first 37 minutes of the haunt attraction documentary “Haunters”. We also were able to go through all the mini-haunts and experience Alone. The mini-haunts were The Haunted Stadium’s Exorcism, The Curse of the Devil Swamp, Spooky Hollow’s “Legends of the Swamp”, Drunken Devil’s Production “Hell’s Bells”, Fear Station’s “The Birth of the Windigo” and Figment Foundry’s “Goblin Underground”. Evil Twin Studios also had their “Vault of Darkness”.
Alone had their 2nd of 4 installments this year called “Index of Refraction”. After signing up at their booth you were giving a piece of paper with the first of two clues as to how to find the experience. You had to finding a roaming, black mass that looked more like a giant umbrella. After finding it, you go under an attached curtain where someone tells you a little poem and then to “head East in the courtyard and find the pink triangle”.
We liked Index of Refraction more than their June event. After waiting in line groups are brought in 30 at a time and then led to a room where individuals are placed lying down and covered head-to-toe by a white sheet while actors talk about some weird stuff where a deep bass soundtrack plays in the background. Some of the things you experience are crawling through a pitch black tunnel with straw in it and having string tied around you. Alone continues to separate itself by offering an unusual experience.
The panels we went to were Extreme Haunt Survivors featuring Russ McKamey (McKamey Manor), Josh Randall (Blackout) and JT Mollner (Freakling Bros. Victim Experience). They were joined on stage by survivors Hannah Kaplan, Russell Eaton and Tal Beauvais. We also went to Making Monsters featuring the art directors from Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor and Knott’s Scary Farm.
Two of the highlights of my experience at ScareLA were meeting Russ from McKamey and being personally invited to the Manor. Also, seeing my friend Jon Condit from Dread Central and him telling me that my episode of Ghost Adventures from the Yost Theater was his favorite.
We want to thank Producers David Markland, Lora Ivanova, Rick West and Johanna Atilano for inviting us to attend the event.
To see pictures from ScareLA please visit our Facebook page at Golden State Haunts and Events