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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Photo Essay: Hunting Down Yard Haunts During a Pandemic Halloween

For the first year in a long time, I'll most likely be staying home Halloween night this year. The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is canceled for COVID-19; and it doesn't seem like a very good idea to go anywhere else where there might be crowds. 

 
But I thought maybe I could roam around a bit on my own on Halloween Eve night to see what spooks I could scare up in the LA area.
 
 
Every year, I always want to head up to Santa Clarita to check out the haunts just north of LA, but I always poop out before making the hour-plus drive. 

 
But last night, I finally made it. 

  
My first stop was The Doll House home haunt in Santa Clarita, where I got to spend some creepy and quality alone time with some yard-dwelling cuties. 

 
While in the area, I also visited Coffinwood Cemetery...

 
...which not only makes good use of its front yard...

 
...but also allows for a bit of a walk-through haunt attraction. 

 
Larger than life figures make their offerings while keeping visitors at arm's distance...

 
...though it's likely something befell them other than the coronavirus


 
I didn't see any live werewolves...
 

...but the cemetery was plenty full of skulls...
   

...and skeletons.


After a quick stop at the Beware the Dark Realm medieval castle-themed maze (where I may or may not have caught the bubonic plague)...
 


...I hopped off the 5 Freeway on my way home and swung by the city of Burbank...

 
...where I've had some good luck with Halloweentime home haunts before...

  
...to visit the Circus of Nightmares on one of its "Scare Nights" starring live, pint-sized clowns. 


It's technically considered a "drive-by" haunt...


...but by the time I arrived sometime around 9 o'clock, all the activity had attracted quite a crowd out front. 

 
That was the scene at the Burbank yard haunt known as Holiday Fantasies Come to Life...


...which is just a stone's throw from the Disney lot...

 
...and this year pays tribute to the world of Disney with its "FANTASMIC!" yard display. 

 
I can't wait to go back and see what they do for the next holiday (a.k.a. Christmas). 

So, now that I've had one big night out full of Halloweeny stuff, I won't feel so bad about spending my big night in tonight. 
 
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