LA Paranormal and The Halloween Experience present:
The Countdown to Halloween-THE SUMMER EDITION
If you live around Southern California and love Halloween like we do, you might have noticed that haunt season just isn’t reserved for October anymore. More and more monsters and ghouls are emerging from the grave to bask in the LA summer heat and supply the chills and scares usually reserved for the moderately chilly nights of October.
While we Angelenos wait impatiently for the Halloween season to descend upon us, let’s take a look back at some events that made the summer of 2015 a ghoulish delight for local Halloween fans.
GREAT HORROR CAMPOUT (June 12th and 13th)
The Great Horror Campout has become LA’s signature off-season horror event. While not a typical haunted attraction, the 12 hour camping experience puts you in the middle of slasher movie full of monsters, ghouls, ghost stories and a scavenger hunt with a bloody twist. The rave reviews for this year’s incarnation all but guarantees a 2016 return of TGHC. Be sure to check out thethirtyone PRODUCTIONS’ flagship event, The LA HAUNTED HAYRIDE this October.
URBAN DEATH @ ZOMIBE JOE’S UNDERGROUND (JUNE-JULY)
Hiding in a non-descript North Hollywood theater location, Zombie Joe’s Underground’s URBAN DEATH is a subversive gem. In years past, UD was only unleashed in October, but due to popular demand the show spread its unique brand of terror this summer. Urban Death is a live show of dark performance art vignettes that makes you feel like you’re having nightmarish fever dream as you watch it. Not for kids or the faint of heart. For those brave enough, Urban Death returns this October!
SINISTER POINTE’S “EVENT” (MAY)
Leading up to SINISTER POINTE’S “EVENT,” details were vague to say the least. But suffice it to say, that horror slanted “event” delivered SP’s signature wit and interactive thrills. Let’s hope this real-life “Operation” game meets “Escape Room” competition makes a return next summer. Sinister Pointe’s yet-to-be revealed haunted attraction returns this September, so stay tuned!
ALONE: An Existential Haunting (JULY/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER)
ALONE: An Existential Haunting is definitely not a typical haunted attraction. Four distinct experiences (Refraction, Diffusion, Reflection and Absorption) launched this summer inviting you to “Unweave The Rainbow” in a weird assault of light, sound, touch and uncomfortable situations. With the haunt season approaching, the last two chapters (Reflection/Absorption) are still left to unfold.
THE PANIQ ROOM and THE BASEMENT (ONGOING)
2015 saw the emergence of a new experience called the “escape room”. The themes vary from venue to venue, but THE PANIQ ROOM and THE BASEMENT definitely have a horror vibe going for them. If you can’t wait for October, either of these events will satisfy your twisted needs until then.
SCARELA (AUGUST 8th and 9th)
In its 3rd year, the SCARELA Convention came into its own. Like years previous, the event offered haunt themed panels, vendors and mini-attractions, but the increase in scope and quality this year was tangible. While Monsterpalooza is great, SCARELA is now LA’s horror con to beat.
That concludes our look back at the spooky summer events in Los Angeles this year. How many of these did you go to?