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‘Terrors in Time’ at the School of Scares

Posted: October 21, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: October 21, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Horror Valley High comes to Golden Valley High School this Saturday.

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Golden Valley High School will be the site of this year's big scare in the SCV, when it hosts Horror Valley High on Oct. 22 and 29. And, lest you assume this is a "typical" high school haunt, know that it is being presented by the same professional haunt team that has brought us the hugely successful Heritage Haunt in past years.

Haunt Manager Scott Sivley and "Pirate" Glen Terry gave me a tour of the offerings this week, and, comparing Horror Valley High to Heritage Haunt, Terry said, "It's going to be different, but fun."

Well, that may be an understatement, because, even though things still needed a few finishing touches when I visited, I could tell Horror Valley High is going to be awesome.

Horror Valley High is a Golden Valley High School production and the event will benefit the girls basketball team as well as other programs at Golden Valley High School, including the theater department, band and choir. And Golden Valley students have been instrumental in its creation. As many as 100 of them will be involved with the show in some way each night it is presented.

Sivley said much of what made Heritage Haunt a success has been transferred to the Horror Valley High haunt. (Remember the pirate ship "Chewy"?) Things begin while you wait to enter the haunt proper, with a Haunted Car Show that will include the "Ghostbusters" mobile, a dead bride and groom in a "T-bucket roadster," real hearses and "haunted cars" provided by our local Dodge dealership. There will also be a band and food stands, so, "You won't be bored," Sivley said.

Next, you will be led into the impressive theater, done up for the season. There you will enjoy a brief video presentation on magicians of the past, and be led up on stage by "scaracters." Then Mr. E., "the greatest magician of all," will transport you back in time - hence the show's theme, "Terrors in Time."

"Where you wind up in time, only time will tell," Sivley offered mysteriously.

Of course, we kind of tell you here.

When you arrive at your first "timely" destination, your maze adventure begins in the pirate section, where the pirate ship "Chewy" has crashed into a dock and is sinking (manned by Terry, so that explains things).

You will move from the pirate area even further back in time to the mummy area, and then jump back forward to the Haunted Discotheque and "the day disco died" (which Sivley said was officially July 2, 1979).

After that you visit a den of vampires and are, hopefully, rescued by military personnel who take you out of the frying pan, into the fire, when you find yourself running a zombie gauntlet with some really "special surprises."

Then you die, of course.

Well, that or you can enjoy the car show and assorted outside activities again.

Sivley said the show will provide about an hour's worth of entertainment, with the maze, itself, only taking up about 10 to 15 minutes. You will only be allowed one trip through the maze, but all the related activities should provide quite a fun evening.
"I want to encourage everyone to come on out," Sivley said. "This is not a ‘high school' haunt, but more of a professional production."

Horror Valley High School "Terrors in Time" at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Santa Clarita, CA 91350. Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 at the front gate. Discount coupons ($5 off) are available at Santa Clarita Valley Jack-in-the-Box restaurants. For more information visit the Horror Valley High School page on Facebook or www.horrorvalleyhighschool.com.

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