If you’re looking for some homegrown creativity of an ilk not found in corporate parks then check these donation-only mazes of fright.
#1 Killlroy’s Kastle
A humorous and aggressive maze and show that started out as an installation in Toronto, Canada. Alllyson Mitchell and and Deirdre Logue can promise severed penises, nudist grannies and other hyper-styled lesbian and queer nation tropes.
“KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House,” opens at 5:30 p.m. Friday and runs on select evenings through Oct. 30. (Check the calendar for operating days and hours.) Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.
#2 Boney Island
Boney Island returns with a haunted tree house, wise cracking skeletons and a ten minute glow in the dark dancing waters display led by a skull-faced maestro, plus a very elaborate and pleasing lawn display.
#3 The Backwoods
In the backyard of this unassuming little home on a peaceful street in Burbank lies a time machine that thrusts us into the future in a post-nuke wasteland full of mutants and huge cyborgs. Scary.
Supported by donations. 1912 N. Pepperstreet. Burbank 91505
#4 The Rotten Apple Hollow
The Rotten Apple Gang presents: The Rotten Apple Hollow. This year it is an elaborately decorated western-themed ghost haunt. There is a small donation for charity, but if you show them your CalFresh card and make a sad puppy face they’ll probably just shoo you on through. But if you can, pay the donation. They work their butts off every year.
907 N California St. Burbank Starting October 24th. See website for schedule.
#5 Spooky Hallows: Legends of the Swamp
I’ve never been there but I’m trying to squeeze it in this year. It always gets good word of mouth and they come from a long tradition of Haunters.
16418 Gilmore St., Van Nuys. October 30th 7 31st. 91406 See website for details.
#6 Blackthorne Haunt: McRaven Manor Lights Out
This on my list of spooky things do. Around thirty rooms cloaked in darkness that you get to explore two people at a time armed only with a small flashlight on its last legs. This haunt is said to be very scary. It’s on my list to visit next week. The trailer looks great.
5503 Blackthorne Ave. Lakewood. Donations accepted. October 24th, 30th & 31st.
[Sherwood Scare is closed this year -Ed.]