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The haunt down the street

Where locals lose their heads for good times and good causes

Posted: October 29, 2009 5:01 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2009 6:00 a.m.

In addition to a graveyard and skeleton/pirates, miniatures are a highlight at Everglades Manor.

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Part of the charm of Halloween has always been the neighborhood haunt - and the SCV has some very good ones. While Heritage Haunt is still happening, you might also check out the free scares your friends have on hand for you. Here are those that Escape has exhumed.

Heritage Haunt
located inside Hart Park at Heritage Junction
24101 Newhall Ave.
Newhall, CA 91322
Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31,
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
All Proceeds Benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and the William S. Hart Union School District.
Adults - $10
Children 8 -12 - $8
Children 7 and under - free
Group Discounts (12 or more people) of $3 per person are available when you purchase general admission at the event box office.
Ticket price includes entrance to all events, shows, performances and mazes.
For additional information and tickets visit www.scvhaunt.com
Haunt-line: (661) 998-3026
Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society: (661) 254-1275
Info@scvhaunt.com
Visit www.the-signal.com/news/article/19090/ for all the details.
Schaefer's Scary Yard
20201 Lakemore Drive, Canyon Country, CA 91351
From Soledad Canyon Road, take Langside north ½ mile to Lakemore. Open 6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31.
You never know what you will find to frighten you at the Schaefer's, but you can be sure it will be good, and Lizzie Borden will definitely be there, with her ax in hand. Lauren Schaefer said, "Lizzie, as are 99 percent of our characters, is all handmade and built from scrap materials and whatever clothing we find appropriate at the Goodwill. My husband, Bob Schaefer, is the talent behind all our decorations. He has been doing this for 20 years at the same house and adds to it each year. He is a set painter for the studios and his creative talent and the detail he puts into it all really make the difference in his display. Each year we have people as far away as Port Hueneme and Costa Mesa come back to see it again. (And these are strangers, not family and friends.)"

House on Rodeffer Place
22020 Rodeffer Place, Saugus, CA 91350
(off of Copper Hill and Kenton)
(661) 803-9627 Robert or Christine Tezai
Open for viewing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31.
Submitted for your approval The Tezai family presents its annual spooky offering for the Halloween season. This year is sure to be a "Thriller," featuring a tribute to the King of Pop; a few ghoul friends, and a return of the singing pumpkins. This year, son Mykhail, 21 months, is also a contributing haunter!

The Haunted Observatory
27257 N. Blakely Place, Valencia, CA 91354
Take Hillsborough Parkway to Dunsmore, right on Blakely to the end of the cul-de-sac.
For a different kind of cosmic thrill, it's perfect for little kids. Open to star gazers on Halloween from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., where visiting trick or treaters get to view the sky through an 11-inch telescope.
Moorpark and Glendale College astronomy professor James Somers, his wife, Eufemia and their 15-year-old son, Andrew, will open the observatory to allow little haunters a view of double stars and globule clusters. Professor Somers will give a star talk to interested star searchers. "We've been doing this for 13 years," James Somers said. Be sure to get treats from the Neighborhood Witch. "But it's a requirement you look through the telescope before you get your treat," Somers said.

Everglades Manor
14210 Everglades Court, Canyon Country, CA 91387
(Soledad Canyon to Mammoth Lane, right on Sequoia Road, left on Yellowstone, right on Everglades)
Open Halloween night only from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Bob and Lynn Baida recently returned from a cruise and had a little less time to prepare their annual haunt this year. But never fear there will be no lack of animated characters and scary figures large and small. Visitors are asked to share a canned good for donation to the SCV Food Pantry before they visit the graveyard in the front yard and Pirate's Cove at the entry. However, Baida said that his miniatures in the garage are the big thing. These include, among others, a Western Town, Amusement Park, Sahara Desert, Egyptian Tombs and a Haunted Neighborhood.
The MacLennan's
22005 Kristin Lane, Saugus, CA 91350
Off Pamplico in the cul-de-sac - between Grovepark and Seco Canyon.
Halloween night only, from dusk until "we'll see." Cindy MacLennan said, "We are having a Halloween haunt that will be going around our house this year." Included will be a house boarded up, a graveyard, an enclosed area with "scares," special lighting, sounds and more. The event will also serve as a fundraiser to benefit Johnny Borondy, a Saugus High School student who is suffering from cancer. The MacLennan family, which includes Tom, Cindy, TJ, Ashley and Bre, and helped by Angela, Mel, Shelby, Kelley, Jahan and Chris, notes you should "Fear our imagination."

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