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    Boos!Letter: Pomona Fairplex transforms into the Fearplex for Halloween
    • October 13, 2023

    Happy Friday the 13th, Ghosties!

    The home of the annual Los Angeles County Fair is getting a spooky makeover this haunting season with an all-new event dubbed Lights Out.

    Producers are making use of the the Pomona Fairplex’s 1930s-era grandstand building, which has been rumored to be haunted, for a series of very dark walk-thru mazes.

    The entire grounds will be turned into the Fearplex with multiple activities for horror fans to explore throughout the event.

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    Reporter Richard Guzman spoke to event designer Dirk Hagen who cautioned: “People are either going to come out less traumatized because they faced their fears or, well, they’ll come out very, very traumatized.” Read Richard’s full interview with Hagen and find out what to expect from Lights Out here.

    Our Inland Empire scream queen, reporter Mercedes Cannon-Tran, went to opening night of Lights Out and you can read her review of the event here.

    Lights Out runs select evenings through Oct. 31 and tickets are $27-$33 at

    Here’s more frightfully fun news.

    Haunted Hayride celebrates 15 years in Los Angeles 

    The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park has become a seasonal staple with terrifying mazes and a traditional hayride that’s filled with scares.

    For the 2023 season, the fictional town of Midnight Falls has taken over the grounds and various monsters, zombies, chainsaw-wielding maniacs and hungry cannibals are stalking visitors through a trio of walk-thru mazes.

    Event producers have also made changes to the actual hayride, with new, more comfy seating. However, this posh new luxury doesn’t spare you from almost certain death. Richard Guzman has more on what to expect from the annual event here.

    Haunted Hayride runs select evenings through Oct. 31 and tickets are $29.99-$119.99 at

    Descanso Gardens lights up with jack-o’-lanterns 

    Photographer David Crane (also my longtime Halloween Horror Nights partner-in-crime) checked out Descanso Gardens’ Carved event in La Cañada Flintridge earlier this week.

    There are hundreds of faux carved pumpkins lining the path, but the are 25 custom-carved 200-pound pumpkins that were carved by three artists. Since the work only stays for a few days before rotting, in total, these three artists will use about 144 large pumpkins through the run of Carved. See photos and read David’s interview with one of the artists here.

    Carved runs through Oct. 29 and tickets are $30-$45 at

     Until next week, happy haunting!

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