Offbeat L.A.: Halloween ’13- Haunted Hollywood Sports

Haunted Hollywood Sports in Bellflower (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Haunted Hollywood Sports in Bellflower (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

A gentlemen with menace on his mind (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

A gentlemen with menace on his mind (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

It’s nearly October, and as the days get shorter and our California nights get nippier, the veil begins to get thinner between the world of the living and the shadowy ghost vista on the other side. Or so they say. No matter what you believe, it is a time of harvest, a time of introspection and a time to celebrate what has pretty much become a month-long event in the United States: Halloween. If you hadn’t guessed from past articles, Offbeat L.A. is a sucker for a good haunt. Stir up some heart pumping adreneline, throw in a few menacing hobgoblins, add in some friends who like to laugh and you’ve mixed up a serious witches brew of a good time. So here in this column, Offbeat L.A. will do its best to cover as many local haunts this season as possible. Mind you, new and innovative ones are popping up faster than you can wave a magic wand…

Be very afraid... (Photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Be very afraid… (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

One of the new crop that made its debut last year, Haunted Hollywood Sports, located in Bellflower, is back for its second year. Normally functioning as a paintball and airsoft sports park, the facility has transformed itself on weekends in October into “23 Acres of Terror.” I was fortunate to attend a very welcoming press preview of this year’s opening. Besides three extremely fun mazes filled with great scare actors that startle, fog machines and sound effects, there are also three airsoft Killhouses which are innovative and unique.

A most unlikely Zombie hunter. The author and her airsoft... (Photo by Karin Swinney)

A most unlikely Zombie hunter. The author and her airsoft… (photo by Karin Swinney)

 

I was a newbie to the airsoft game. Of course I’d heard of paintball, although I’ve never played, but I had to do a wikipedia search to learn what airsoft actually entailed. Wiki says: Airsoft is a game in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with spherical non-metalic pellets via replica firearms called airsoft guns.                         Ok, then… sounds like fun! Zombies beware!

An airsoft maze called Cajun Terror (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

An airsoft maze called Cajun Terror (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

 

 

After being divvied up into squads of about 10 members each, we were told that if we were touched by a zombie we were “dead” and eliminated from the game. Our goal was to get through the maze without getting zombified.

The author and a new "friend" (photo by Karin Swinney)

The author and a new “friend” (photo by Karin Swinney)

The whole thing was exhilarating and full of many laughs. Adapting this game to the haunt genre was a clever and on target idea. This year’s Haunted Hollywood Sports also has a lounge area called Club Crimson where you can take a break from the monsters outside, listen to some music, shoot a game of pool and see some live magic performed by Magic Castle member Naathan Phan.

So do yourself a favor this year, add this haunt to your Halloween repertoire. It’s lively and original and well worth the trip. But don’t blame me if you come back as one of the living dead…

A talented scare actor at Haunted Hollywood Sports (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

A talented scare actor at Haunted Hollywood Sports (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

 

 

Haunted Hollywood Sports: 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower, CA 90706. (562) 867-9600. http://www.hauntedhollywoodsports.com

Nikki Kreuzer

About Nikki Kreuzer

Nikki Kreuzer has been a Los Angeles resident for over 30 years. When not working her day job in the film & TV industry, she spends her time over many obsessions, mainly music, art and exploring & photographing the oddities of the city she adores. So far she has written 110 Offbeat L.A. articles, published at the Los Angeles Beat. As a journalist she contributes regularly to LA Weekly, Blurred Culture and has also been published by Oddee.com, Twist Magazine, Strobe and Not For Hire. Nikki is also a mosaic artist, radio DJ and published photographer. Her photography has been featured in exhibit at the Museum of Neon Art, in print at the LA Weekly and in exhibit at the Neutra Museum in Los Angeles. She has recorded with the band Nikki & Candy as bassist, vocalist and songwriter, directing and appearing in the 'Sunshine Sunshine Santa Claus' music video for the band. She co-hosted the monthly radio show Bubblegum & Other Delights on Dublab.com for over two years. Her acting credits include a recent role in the ABC-TV show 'For The People', 'Incident at Guilt Ridge', 'Two and a Half Men', the film 'Minority Report' and 'Offbeat L.A.', a web series, written and hosted by Nikki Kreuzer. Her writing, radio and video portfolio can be found at OffbeatLA.com, her photography work @Lunabeat on Instagram and her music history posts @NikkiKreuzer on Twitter. Find Nikki & Candy music on iTunes, Amazon or at NikkiandCandy.com.
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