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A ghoul of a good time helping at Heritage Haunt

Volunteers invited to help create Halloween havoc to benefit the SCV Historical Society

Posted: August 15, 2009 9:45 p.m.
Updated: August 16, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Guests to the annual Heritage Haunt and Pumpkin Festival at the SCV Historical Society in Newhall enjoy the company of a pair of "ghouls." Volunteers are invited to work on this year's Heritage Haunt. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available, including construction and as Haunt characters.

The Heritage Haunt and Pumpkin Festival is a nonprofit haunt to raise funds for the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society.

The Haunt is opening its creaky doors and inviting brave souls who dare to join us in our volunteer passion to bring thrills and chills to the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Haunt is looking for anyone with acting, carpentry, construction, electronic skills or anyone who thinks working at a Halloween Haunt would be fun.

“We encourage whole families to join in and work together as a family.” said  Haunt manager Tony Monton.

This is the third year for the popular Heritage Haunt. The Heritage Haunt will be open five nights in October — Oct. 17, Oct. 23-24, Oct. 30-31. Hours of operation will be 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost will be $10 at the gate. Look for discount coupons for $2 off each ticket.

Plans are to expand the Haunt with two parades. A Zombie Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17 at dusk. The Zombie Walk will begin at Brave New World Comics, 22722 Lyons Ave., Newhall. It will end at Hart Park on Newhall Avenue.

A Family Costume Parade will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. It will be sponsored by the city of Santa Clarita and the Old Town Newhall Association.

The Family Costume Parade will start at the corner of Lyons Avenue and Main Street and end at Hart Park — just as the Heritage Haunt Pumpkin Festival is starting.

The Heritage Haunt Pumpkin Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 24. The family-friendly free event includes a pumpkin carving contest with 200 free pumpkins donated by Albertsons. There will be seven shows, live music and disc jockey’s.

“The Haunted Hayride is sure to be a hit,” said Vic Feany, a member of the Old Town Newhall Association. The Haunted Hayride will take guests from Hart Hall to the Haunted Campgrounds and then to the Saugus Train Station. It includes entertainment by a banjo player and guitarists.

In the campgrounds guests will encounter the California Desperados. The California Desperados are the premier cowboy mounted shooting club in Southern California. The Desperados take pride in outfitting themselves and their horses in authentic period clothing and tack.

“I’m looking forward to participating in the Heritage Haunt and Pumpkin Festival. It should be a great event,” said Gentleman Joe Whiteley, president of the Desperados.

This year the Haunt will add a new maze, Psycho’s Fun House — an intense clown maze with attitude. There will be a new Scare Zone area with four newly decorated homes, created by Gavin Dell of Saugus. Glenn Terry of Canyon Country will be adding his Haunted Pirate Ship, as well.

The Heritage Haunt will bring back it’s Scare Zone entrance and there will be a haunting in the Newhall Ranch House Maze. Be sure to look for Martha the Ghost.

New World Dance Co. will return with its dance production of “Sleepy Hollow” in the Saugus Train Station.

“There aren’t many Haunts adding events this year considering budget cuts and all, but with the help and encouragement of Norm Philips and the County of L.A. Parks and Rec. Staff we couldn’t say no,” said Haunt manager Ed Marg.

If interested in working on the Heritage Haunt and Pumpkin Festival contact Haunt Manager Scott Sivley at or call (661) 904-4766.



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