October 31, 2020

The Haunt on McLaughlin: A Neighborhood Gem Along Halloween Yard Displays

Sometimes the best Halloween haunts are the ones only the neighbors know about. 

For years, I've been attending spook shows and Halloween conventions, following all the haunt blogs, and scouring social media for places to go every October. 

But The Haunt on McLaughlin in the MarVista neighborhood of Los Angeles hasn't shown up on any of them. 

And by God, this yard haunt is one of the best. 
It's the creation of a young teen who lives there, and who can be found tinkering with the wiring out in broad daylight—especially if he's discovered something's not working. 

The best part is the interactive aspect—that is, certain decorations that you activate yourself by stepping on designated pads. 

What a delight!

When I showed up two nights before Halloween—based on a tip I'd seen deeply embedded in the comments on a friend's Facebook post—the soundtrack was early 2000s Euro techno, which somehow seemed appropriate. 

Upon my arrival, it quickly changed to "Ghostbusters," which helped drown out the barking of the attack dog I'd triggered to come out of hiding. 

Bravo, I said to its creator as I walked back to my car. I hope he knows what a good job he did. I can't wait to see what he does in future years. 

I hope he stays a haunter for life.

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