Category Archives: Attractions

LALS Ghost Train: Back on Track with Ghoulish Delight

Last October a scary thing happened. The annual Ghost Train built and run by the Los Angeles Live Steamers (LALS) pronounced the popular attraction dead on the tracks and announced it would forever go dark. Many lovers of the playfully … Continue reading

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Venice Beach: Where the Wild Things Are

Where else? Venice Beach is the setting for “wild thoughts,” the latest rush of wheat-pasted photocopy activism inspired by the genius of French-born global activist and street artist, JR and his Inside Out Project . “The event was designed to celebrate everyday … Continue reading

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Fox Horror Rewind: William Castle Would be Proud

Back when I was a kid, before the established MPAA ratings code came into being, ads for horror films would play on TV, mostly during the hours after school when kids would be watching. They made their bread and butter … Continue reading

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Mabel’s Six Feet Under: Guests Check in — Guests Get Lost

Just as we are heading past the Disney parks, the “chick in da box” (GPS) tells us to turn left and then make a right. And I’m wondering where in the hell is this haunt hiding? Finally we arrive at … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: The Madonna Inn – Happiness in San Luis Obispo is a Palace of Kitsch

There have been weavers of magic spells since the dawn of man’s existence; those who spin gold from mere thread, create wonderlands and sprout bouquets of sweet smelling flowers from their imaginations. Some of these magicians may not even consider … Continue reading

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Queen Mary Dark Harbor: Screaming on the Grey Ghost

It’s a beautiful, breezy night in Long Beach near the ocean where the Queen Mary is docked. Every once in a while giant columns of flames erupt from two black smoke stacks atop a spooky looking archway and chase the … Continue reading

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Knott’s Scary Farm 45th Anniversary: Let The Good Tombs Roll!

On Sept 21st, the first day of Fall, Knott’s Berry Farm debuted its annual haunt to giddy fans and members of the press. Despite the damage it did to my barking dogs (footsies) by the end of the night, it … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Surreality and The Salton Sea

The winds, warm and sometimes powerful, seem to whisper secrets as they exhale mighty gusts across the Salton Sea. This really is No Man’s Land. Such a haunted allegory this area does weave: creation, destruction, Mother Nature’s fickle impermanence, hope, loss … Continue reading

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Get Your Tickets for 29Rooms NOW! Go! Git!

Remember The Ice Cream Museum? How about Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors? Exactly. Tickets to cool stuff in this town sell out fast. So get over to Eventbrite and get your tickets now. 29Rooms will run for four full days and nights … Continue reading

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‘Dark Harbor’ at the Queen Mary: Prepare To Be Scared-Very Very Scared

I love to be scared.  That is why I go to horror films, not the gory ones, just the super scary ones. I like nothing more than to be so scared that I jump out of my seat. It does … Continue reading

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