Over the next few weeks we will be vising quite a few home haunts and yard displays. We want to make sure you can check some of these out as well so we'll be posting some pictures and where you can find them.
As always, you can check out the Southern California Haunt List for lots of Halloween fun. But there are a LOT more out there. If you find anything good, let us know!
We'll be adding to this post as we visit more.
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Haunted on Hope
Location: 6190 Hope St, Simi Valley
Dates and Times: Oct. 9-31: 6p-11p
For the first time in all of our visits to Zombie Joes, we're going to try and review this event. But how do you review an event that just has to be experienced?
Written by Gregg Condon
Last Saturday after our visit to the amazing Reign of Terror, we made our way to North Hollywood to take in this years Urban Death Tour of Terror. This would be my 4th or 5th time visiting Zombie Joes, and it would be my wife's first. After a LOT of coaxing and convincing I finally got her to one. Even though she kept telling everybody she was going to the "porn haunt", she quickly realized it was anything but.
A bit of background on Zombie Joes. This event is definitely for adults only, and not for the faint of heart.
The first time I experienced Zombie Joes was 5 years ago at Midsummer Scream. With my 18 year old son. Neither of us had any idea what to expect, needless to say there was radio silence for a good 20-30 minutes afterwards.
And that seems to be the case with any Zombie Joes show. It takes you a few minutes, or even days to digest.
The Urban Death Tour of Terror starts off with a flashlight tour of their maze, which is basically in the lobby of the theater. You get some glimpses of what is to come, but never too many glimpses.
In all of my visits to Zombie Joes I always still wonder if and where I'm supposed to look. But that's kind of the point I guess.
After arriving in the theater you experience a 15-20 minute show featuring vignettes that are equal parts sexy, disturbing and thought provoking. And it's all uniquely Zombie Joes.
The actors, as always, give it their all in each scene. There are a few scenes that are definitely tough to swallow for some, so be prepared for that.
This event is not for everybody, in fact, the day after my wife admitted to me that it's just not her thing. That said, I think I may have her convinced to go check out their holiday show this year.
But if you're game for something a little different than your standard Halloween maze, we definitely recommend Zombie Joes. It's a top-notch production from top to bottom (puns definitely intended).
For more information on Zombie Joes, visit their website.
Tickets on sale here.
The event runs through November 1st with shows every hour or so.
They also run a "family friendly" Urban Death on Saturdays at 7:00pm. I have to be honest, I have no idea what that would even look like.
Zombie Joes runs shows throughout the year, so if Urban Death isn't your thing, there may be some other shows that are up your alley.
It's 2021 and Reign of Terror in Thousand Oaks, CA is back for another year of amazing fun. We aren't sure how they do it, but this event just continually brings it each and every year.
Written by Gregg Condon
In a new location for 2021 (in the same mall) they've taken over what used to be a Famous Footwear and we think one other store. This event has always taken about 20-25 minutes to walk through, and this year we think we clocked it at about 30. And it was all our group of 5 for most of it, save for a couple of pre-planned stops in the maze to make sure groups are spaced out.
Themes for this year include: Un-Hallowed Ground (new), Containment, The Asylum, Infected, The Haunted House, Miner's Revenge, Inbred, Fun House, Casa Blood and Quarantine.
While most of these themes are holdovers from previous years, all have been rearranged in their new location. So if you're expecting the same Reign of Terror you've experienced before, it's not this.
It's somehow even better.
Without giving too much away, Reign of Terror is basically the length of every maze at say Knott's Scary Farm combined, but you walk through them all at once. Each theme is clearly outlined as you are walking through.
The talent is amazing as always, and the animatronics are right up there with any major Halloween event you've experienced.
As far as admission, they've gone with timed entry this year which is $30 (so basically $1 a minute, well worth it). We got the first time-slot of the evening and waited maybe 10 minutes.
If you're in a hurry you can get "Immediate" entry for $55.
But even if you decide to wait, you'll have some friends waiting for you.
Masks are required at all times inside the event.
The event runs through November 6th this year so you have plenty of time to get your tickets. They are running a special "LIGHTS OUT" event on November 6th. Not 100% sure what that is but we may have to go check that out to end our Halloween season.