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Haunted Houses Return

Ready for Pageant’s Monster Mash?

Expect to see the inside of a faux corpse during an autopsy on the grounds.

Expect to see the inside of a faux corpse during an autopsy on the grounds.

Reviving an event from years past, the Festival of Arts’ transforms its “Pageant of the Masters” backstage into a haunted venue with an artistic twist known as Pageant of the Monsters.

Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy’s take on the season for ghouls and goblins takes place Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 31 at the Festival of Arts, from 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Davy originated the haunted house idea in 1996. This year, its fourth iteration, the creative team of artists and technicians has reunited to resurrect the haunted house as part of the Pageant’s 80th anniversary celebration.

“Over 100 bewitched Pageant of the Masters volunteers will transform into the ghostly passengers of a doomed luxury liner plus other creepy creatures,” Davy said.

“It’s not your usual haunted house. Guests will be directed through the amphitheater, Pageant workshops and stage, which have been transformed into a series of eerie artistically presented vignettes. It will be a little scary and spooky, but lots of fun for the whole family,” she promised.

6 monsters_MG_5302In addition to the haunted house, the grounds will be filled with other ghoulish tricks and treats including wandering zombies, fortune tellers, mask making and craft fun.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under (not recommended for children under 5). Tickets are available online at www.PageantTickets.com or by phone 800-487-3378.

Children welcome in costume on Oct. 31 only.

Getting into the act, Festival spokeswoman Sharbie Higuchi appears to have befriended vampires.

Shelter’s CarnEvil Promises a Spooky Time

 Back by popular demand, Kristy Amber Richard and the residents of 637 Glenneyre St. will be hosting the third annual haunted house, “Glenneyre Cemetary:  Welcome to the CarnEvil,” with donations benefiting CPS Laguna Beach Teen Shelter.

Prepare to be spooked — a little or a lot — as creepy carnies and come to life in this maze that is guaranteed to fright. Visitors will be guided through a lighted walk through the complex “haunted” by a strange cast of characters.

Doors open at 7 p.m., Oct. 25 and 26 and Oct. 31, 637 Glenneyre St.

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