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.