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West L.A. Gets a Haunted House

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Strobe lights. Fog. Serial killers. Screams. God damn, I love Halloween. Not only do I love dressing up in costume, eating lots of candy and carving out Jack-O-Lanterns, I love all the frightening fun Halloween entails. And for me the pinnacle of spooky good times always involves a haunted house.

But there’s a problem. I’ve been to Knott’s Scary Farm and Halloween Horror Nights so many times that they have lost the element of surprise. And the element of surprise is key to getting your pants scared off. And I know there are lots of great haunted houses in the Valley, but I am a Westside girl who hates to drive. I pretty much avoid the valley at all costs— even my love of a good scare can’t get me there.

The good news for me, and all you other ghoul-loving Westsiders, is that on the corner of National and Overland Ave (Culver City/Palms area) there is a new haunted house that goes by the name of Creepy Hollow. It’s a mom-and-pop operation set up in the building that formerly belonged to Blockbuster. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children. And parking is very easy.

Find out more about Creepy Hollow after the jump!

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Saturday night a friend and I went to check it out, and boy did we have fun. There was no line, which was refreshing compared to places like Knotts. Also, when we bought our tickets the proprietors asked us how high our fear tolerance was. We replied that we are bad ass and wanted the scariest experience that they could give us. "Sure", they said. "Just tell the guy who takes your ticket CODE RED." ...Well the Code Red experience was exactly what we asked for--it was so scary that my friend even uttered "Abort Code Red! Abort Code Red!" We got the poop scared out of us and loved every second of it. It was so thrilling we wanted to do it again. But alas, it probably won't be scary the second time around...

Though I had an awesomely terrifying experience, the crew at Creepy Hollow can customize your experience to your fear-level. If you are sensitive they can do a medium scare, or if you have little kids with you they can make it fun for the whole family. So every Westsider can and should enjoy the haunts that await at the Hollow. Support a fun local family attraction, get in the Halloween spirit, and thank Jesus you don't need to go to the valley to have a little haunted fun!

Only 6 days left till Halloween! Hurry and get thee to Creepy Hollow!

Creepy Hollow
3101 Overland Ave.
Corner of National and Overland (where Blockbuster used to be)
Neighborhood: Palms
Hours: Friday- Sunday 7 :00 PM- 11:00 PM
Open Halloween.

photo by sekundo via Flickr.

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