The Pirate’s Cave home haunt has been providing family friendly scares to the city of Villa Park & Orange for 22 years now. It’s a labor of love headed up by the father and son team, Dave & Jacob Larson at our home in Orange.
New to the neighborhood, Dave started the unofficial Pirate's Cave back in 1999. That first year, Dave simply stood out in the front yard with a "Phantom of the Opera" mask and a shovel. The haunt has been growing each year after.
In 2004, his son Jacob was born into the haunt life. Over the years, Jacob grew a strong passion for Halloween and slowly began to help his dad more and more every year to construct the annual haunted house.
The father and son now work hand in hand and create memorable screams for years to come. It takes them about 6 months of preparation and up to 25 volunteers to run the haunt each year. Our volunteers are Jacob’s fellow students & some of their parents.
The Pirate’s Cave is a family friendly pirate-themed haunt recommended for ages 10-adult. No blood or gore here. As a result of our efforts over the years, The Pirates Cave and Garfield Ave. have become the premiere destination for trick or treating on Halloween.
What will you do this year?
Last year’s show was a socially distanced stage presentation in the front yard due to COVID. This year, we are excited to be back to our favorite walk-through format. The event is titled “Pirates Cave:Curse of Calico Jack” This year’s haunt is 3X the size of our previous walkthrough. We have spent the last 6 months working on some new high tech scares that will knock your socks off!
How ABOUT THE YOUNG ONES?
For those families with kids that are too young for our scares, we open up the cave for a “No Scare Candy Hunt.” during the last two weekends of the event from 5-6pm. Families can tour the Pirates Cave with the lights on and no monsters in sight. Kids can search the mine for 3 candy stations throughout the haunt if they are brave enough. This is brand new for this year!
How do you fund this?
Creating attractions at a high artistic level is costly. Every year we heavily rely on our sponsors as well as donations from our fans. This year, we are excited to announce that Jeffrey Simons of Keller Williams Realty, and Pam Dunn of Mulberry Street Mortgage will return as sponsors for this year’s event. If not for our sponsors and donations from our fans, we would have to seal off the cave for good. Please try to mention them in your story, as it goes a long way to having them continue to sponsor us.
Also new for 2021 is Express Queue. Pirate's Cave Haunt is a free non-profit event, made possible by donations from our guests and sponsors. To thank our donors, we have implemented Express Queue. This service is a one-time use front of the line pass for our newest attraction, Pirate's Cave: Curse of Calico Jack. See our website for more details. Express Queue is not required to experience this event. General Admission is free and reservations are not required*
The Pirates Cave Haunt in the City of Orange
Walk-Through Haunt October 16-17,22-24 29-31 from 6:30-10PM (Sundays we close at 9PM)
Children’s Candy Hunt October 22-24, 29-31 5-6 PM
2548 E Garfield Ave, Orange, 92867
$4 Donation per person Suggested but not required
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