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Your local boos

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.

October 28, 2011 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Horror Valley High

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.

October 21, 2011 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Pumpkin patching

Sure, you can purchase your pumpkins at the supermarket or at the corner lot. But there is so much more fun and atmosphere awaiting you. There are large pumpkin patches and "harvest festivals" to be found in the Santa Clarita Valley, and more within an hour's drive - and the PumpkinLiner Train out of Fillmore offers its own unique slant on the season. Corn mazes, pony rides, petting zoos, face painting, live music and more, seasonal good times are calling. So take the kids and make a day of it.

October 14, 2011 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Theme park haunts

Fright Fest

October 07, 2011 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Your green refuge

You are probably aware that the city of Santa Clarita has a number of excellent and inviting public parks, most featuring cool green expanses of lawn where you can participate in sports or just lie on your back and watch the clouds float by. But you probably aren't aware just how many such parks there are in our city. Our illustrations here are borrowed from the fall 2011 edition of the city's Seasons brochure, which not only gives you the specs on all the parks, including the facilities available at each of them, it also fills you in ...

September 30, 2011 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Santa Clarita Jazz Festival

If you've been craving some great jazz music and wishing you didn't have to drive out of the SCV to hear it, your longings will be satisfied. Jazz is back!

September 23, 2011 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Primetime Emmy Awards

Come on, you know you love television, and you spend far too many hours in front of the tube. Well, now is not the time to back off. Offer a big "in your face" to those snobby friends of yours who tell you TV is a waste of time - and throw an Emmy Awards party this Sunday. It's, well, an excuse to party, even if you disagree with some of the nominees.

September 16, 2011 | By Jim Walker, TV Addict, and Michele E. Buttelman, TV Critic | Escape Cover Story


Countdown to Fall TV

It's time to put fresh batteries in the remote, program season passes into your DVR and sit back and enjoy a plethora of new television entertainment. At least until the network cancellation axe falls. There will be dinosaurs, Evil Queens, "bunnies," ghosts, funny stuff and "Revenge." Oh, and no Charlie Sheen.

September 09, 2011 | Michele E. Buttelman Television Critic | Escape Cover Story


One-day vacations

If you are going away for the Labor Day weekend, you know, this weekend, your plans should have been made long ago. However, if you are like me, and have trouble with commitment, you've been turning down invitations left and right because the locations or events or people involved were not up to your standards of perfection - and you're still hoping someone will drop the ideal trip in your lap at the last minute.

September 02, 2011 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Highway 126 Road Trip

The kids are back in school, it's hot and you can't really afford to run far, far away. But you can take a drive down Highway 126 to Ventura Harbor, have lunch, then walk across the street to the beach, where you can feel the sand between your toes and the sea breeze on your face. On your drive home stop off at one, or several, of the fruit and vegetable stands that line the side of the road.

August 26, 2011 | Signal Features and Entertainment Editor | Escape Cover Story


Where to beat the heat

It's hot, and going to get hotter, my friends. Whether in late August or September, the really high heat is coming. Count on it. With, maybe, your kids back in school, and you wearing your life away at work, air conditioning probably has you covered on weekdays. If not, you are even more in need of our offerings here, and you have our sympathies. Sure you can go to the beach or to the movies or mountains to escape the high temperatures. But there are other possibilities you might have forgotten. Herein, Escape reminds you where you can beat ...

August 19, 2011 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Wings over Camarillo Air Show next weekend

Next weekend, Aug. 20 and 21, the Wings over Camarillo Air Show takes over Camarillo Airport, bringing you a multitude of thrills in the sky and good times on the ground. And this year something really special has been added. For the first time in America, the 2011 Wings over Camarillo Air Show presents the Ultimate Air Racing Championship demonstration.

August 12, 2011 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Art house theaters

I think there's a famous quote that goes: "There are no small movies, only small moviegoers." And if there is, I fit the category. You see, my upstate brother recently recommended that I go see the Woody Allen comedy "Midnight in Paris." And the first words out of my mouth were, "Well, I'd have to drive over the hill to do that." This I followed up with, "We don't git no 'little' movies 'round these parts."

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


All up in the air

It all begins tonight, with the sunset wine dinner and balloon glow - and continues through the rest of the evening and on through Saturday and Sunday. There will be novel attractions, celebrity appearances and majestic hot air balloons at the fourth annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival, July 29 through 31, in Santa Paula.

July 29, 2011 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Keep in mind if left behind

Whether it's the economy or some other limiting factor, many of you may find yourselves taking a "staycation" this summer instead of traipsing off into the wild blue yonder. But even if all your friends have left you behind, this town is no ghost town. There is still plenty to do in and around the Santa Clarita Valley this summer. From theater to outdoor concerts to amusement parks, train rides and local historical attractions, you'll have your days and nights full.

July 22, 2011 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


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