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The best ‘neighborhood’ haunts in the SCV

Posted: October 28, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: October 28, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Escape brings you the best local haunted houses.

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With all the Halloween gadgets and spooks, scary doo-dads and yard art available for purchase these days, it's no surprise there is a credible "haunted house" in almost every neighborhood in the SCV. And, each year, Escape offers up some of the best of these, just in case you want to go a-haunting around town. Don't forget to visit the haunts we may have missed in your neck of the woods, but here are "the best neighborhood haunts" we know of.

Collection of Miniature Haunts
14210 Everglades Court, Canyon Country, CA 91387
(Soledad to Mammoth to Sequoia to Yellowstone to Everglades)
Open Halloween night from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
"We are back after a one year hiatus," said Bob Baida. "Come see over 300 pieces of Lemax Halloween miniatures, with sounds and animation displayed in unique settings. Settings include: the amusement park, pyramids along the Nile, shootout on main street, suburbia USA, spooky lane, the haunting, the cemetery and many, many more. Additionally, see over 40 unique tombstones displayed in our graveyard setting, pirates of the south seas, and the man in the black coffin and his friendly zombies. Oh yes, don't miss the hanging of the last outlaw. Children of all ages invited. Nothing too scary for the youngest trick or treater. Nothing gory and nothing jumps out at you. Please bring a food item for the SCV Food Pantry to assist the needy in our community."

The Abode on Abelia Road
29539 Abelia Road, Canyon Country, CA 91387
(off Grandifloras near Shadow Pines)
Open Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Snyders bring their yard to you for the first time this year. The Zombie, Ghouls, Skeleton and Rotting Corpse have come to the Shadow Pines Cemetery, which is open on Halloween night. When the sun goes down the dead come alive. It's spooky, come if you dare. The graveyard is open to kids and adults. It's a night out with your family and friends. We would like you to support our local Food Pantry by bringing canned goods in this time of need.

Sweet Scares on Sweetgum
17772 Sweetgum Lane, Canyon Country, CA 91387
(Lost Canyon to Wren to Cape Jasmine to Silverbell to Sweetgum)
Open for viewing every night
Neighbors have been stopping by to marvel at the Halloween décor in the Tolentinos' yard, which is near the elementary school in Fair Oaks Ranch. There are ghouls, graves, fog and a host of other scary items.

Haunted Observatory
27257 N. Blakely Place, Valencia, CA 91354
(Hillsborough Parkway to Dunsmore, right on Blakely to the end of the cul-de-sac)
Open Halloween night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
As always, astronomy professor James Somers, his wife Eufemia, and son Andrew will open their backyard observatory so haunters can view the stars through the 11-inch telescope - and receive treats after they do. Somers will also give a star talk to those who are interested.

The Haunting on Kristin Lane
22005 Kristin Lane, Saugus, CA 91350
(off Pamplico in the cul-de-sac - between Grovepark and Seco Canyon)
Enter if you dare as the MacLennan house has been taken over by many evil entities. Experience true fear as you walk through a haunted forest trail or live your worst nightmares with our clowns. If you make it that far you will surely die after watching the actual cursed videotape from "The Ring." Did we mention the murderer wielding a chainsaw? Visitors are welcome starting at dusk until late on Halloween night. All ages are welcome ... and in fact encouraged. Depending on how busy we are we will let children walk through without being scared.

House on Rodeffer Hill
22020 Rodeffer Place, Saugus, CA 91350
(off copper Hill and Kenton)
Open 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly
We bid you a welcome to The House on Rodeffer Hill, and invite all to experience this year's offering: a tribute to Filmland's Dracula. As portrayed in the image of Bela Lugosi, there is much more to our count than readily meets the eye.
The Tezai family proudly heralds the return of our Ghouls and Zombies - more numerous than ever, along with the Pumpkin Patch Choir, but beware as some Wrathful Wraiths have also taken up residence under the monstrous Weeping Willow. We toil during every waking moment on a new and expanded version of "The Crypt," a maze offering introduced last year. We've also given more attention to the ambience, which has added to the creep factor.
Our haunt does not include gore, but not all aspects might be enjoyed by the very young. The House on Rodeffer Hill is up and running from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for nightly viewing. "The Crypt" debuts on Halloween night and will open to visitors until 9 p.m. or as needed, weather permitting, until any lines at that time have ended. Come and enjoy our delightful and sometimes frightful blend of the whimsical and sinister sides of Halloween.

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