Reasons to Visit L.A. for Halloween (Part 1): Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights & Knotts Scary Farm

By September 20, 2013
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There is just so much to do in Los Angeles. Seriously, I’m a native of the city and I often don’t know of half the things people reference doing in this city. However, there is something I’m rather knowledgeable about, and that is the nifty cornucopia of things to do in L.A. for Halloween. Lucky for you (and mainly me), the kind folks here at GeekNation have handed me an assignment tasking me to showcase all the cool things there are to do here during the Halloween season. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing with you some spiffy and spooky things worth doing here. So if you’re an Angeleno, awesome! If you’re not, come on down and enjoy the smog, the smug, the traffic, and Halloween with me!

It’s Friday, September 20th, and tonight begins my (over a) month-long celebration with the kick off of Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. I’m a bit biased with my Halloween events in the city and I’ll just come out and say Halloween Horror Nights is far superior to pretty much any other event of this caliber and size in Los Angeles. Much like every year, the annual Eyegore Awards will kick off the night and this year will feature the likes of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Jason Blum, Danny Trejo, Greg Nicotero and more.

After the ceremony concludes, it will be into the park for me and this is where the goings will get good! This year’s event will expand even further into the backlot making it the first time the historic street sets will be used for both a maze and scarezones based on “The Walking Dead.”

Along with that one highlight, there are some awesome new mazes and scarezones being featured this year (click the images for further details)!

The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven

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Evil Dead: Book of the Dead

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Insidious: Into the Further

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Black Sabbath: 13 3D

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El Cucuy: The Boogeyman

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Universal Monsters Remix: Resurrection featuring the Music of Figure

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Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead

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The Curse of Chucky

Years ago, Charles Lee Ray, “The Lakeshore Strangler,” transferred his soul into a toy doll – becoming the pint-sized, merciless killer known as “Chucky.”

Now, he’s back and he has a personal score to settle. Get ready for a deadly game of hide and seek.

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The Purge: Survive the Night

Once a year, there’s a day where law and order become chaos and bloodshed – and murder becomes legal. That day is The Purge and you’re here to try to live through it!

Sadistic masked murderers wielding knives and chainsaws are on the prowl to hunt you down. Can you last ‘til dawn?

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Cirque Du Klownz

Bienvenue! Welcome to the elegant streets of Paris, home to the Grand Guignol. Come see the lively clowns perform right before you.

But, beware, they may not be there to entertain you… they may be looking to put you in their next act… the gruesome ending to their horrific show.

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Scarecrowz

Scarecrows were once built to ward off crows and evil spirits. Now they welcome them. A new breed is on the loose!

Tremble in terror as colossal, haunted Scarecrowz tower over you, driven to harvest the blood of the innocent to fertilize their land. They’ll take whatever’s left back to their fields, limbs and all. Slaughter is now in season.

Also included in the event is the Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure Show. And since it’s Universal Studios, you can also experience some cool rides including TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride, Jurassic Park – In The Dark, and The Simpsons Ride.

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights runs on select dates from 9/20 through to 11/2. Check this link for ticket availability.

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OK, now let’s talk about the other big Halloween maze event that is happening in Los Angeles. As I mentioned above, my preference lies with Universal, since their mazes are better. Maybe that’s due to the fact that Universal is a movie studio and they own the rights to some great horror properties on which they can base mazes and scarezones. Or maybe it’s also due to the fact that at Universal Studios, they focus more on quality than quantity. Still, Knotts Scary Farm has the longevity thing on their side as Halloween Haunt really is the longest running event of its kind in Southern California. What they may lack in originality, they surely make up for in size and scope.

This year, Knotts will feature ten original mazes (including four new ones), five scare zones, six shows including a  new one starring Elvira of all people, and of course, all of those damn rollercoasters! As I said, scope.

Here’s a list of the mazes (seriously, click the images!):

Black Magic

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Delirium

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Dominion Of The Dead

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Endgames

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Forevermore

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Mirror, Mirror

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Pinocchio Unstrung

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The Gunslinger’s Grave

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Trick Or Treat

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Uncle Willie’s Slaughter House

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 The Witch’s Keep

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Trapped: The New Experiment

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Here are this year’s scarezones (do I need to tell you to click the images again?):

Carnevil

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Fiesta de los Muertos

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Ghost Town

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Gypsy Camp

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Necropolis

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This year’s shows include Elvira’s Sinema Seance, Blood Drums, Carny Trash, Cursed, Possessed, and The Hanging: A Gothic Fairytale. You want descriptions of these? I got your descriptions right here.

And lastly, if this wasn’t already enough to get you to trek out to Buena Park, the rides you can expect to see open are Boomerang, Coast Rider, Ghost Rider, Jaguar, Montezooma’s Revenge, Pony Express, Sierra Sidewinder, Silver Bullet and Xcelerator. Click here if you want the rundowns for each of the rides I just mentioned.

Knott’s Scary Farm’s Halloween Haunt is in its fourth decade of existence and begins again on September 26th. For all the details on tickets and dates, check this link.

Tune in next week for more reasons to visit L.A. for Halloween this year, when I’ll discuss more ghoulish events to keep your devilish thirst at bay. Mwah..hahah….hahahahah….ahem….hah.

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Aside from throwing words onto your screen here, he has written for the likes of FEARnet, Examiner, Dread Central and MTV Movies Blog. And yes, he was Percy on VR Troopers.
  • Sandra Rangel

    Go The Walking Dead, it is so realistic that it is not even funny.