It is one of the unfortunate facts of this business that we cannot get to all the Halloween attractions as early in the season as we would like to; consequently, new and unfamiliar haunts receive priority every Halloween, forcing us to forego old favorites until the last minute. That's why we're very glad that Old Town Haunt has remained open for the first few days of November.
We made a run out to Pasadena last night (Friday), and the haunt was just as good as last year. Many of the monsters and sets are familiar, but there were some new twists and turns that kept the underground labyrinth fresh and exciting, such as having one of the ghouls misdirect the visitors down dark corridors that came to a dead end. When one of our party loudly objected to being sent the wrong way, our dishonest ghoulish guide said quite simply, "Never trust monsters." The crawlspace, as always, was unnerving, and the spirits lurking in the shadows gave enthusiastic performances. Judging by the screams of the three young ladies who preceeded us into the depths, the experience was altogether effective for everyone involved.
In case you missed it, here is our video from last year's haunt. It still gives a pretty good presentation of what the maze has to offer.
Old Town Haunt is open one more day: Saturday, November 3. If you're going through Halloween withdrawls, this may be the hair of the dog that bit you.
With any luck, we'll get out to Seaside Haunt in Ventura before its last performance on Saturday night.