DESERT DECAY MANOR
Desert Decay Manor is a home haunt located in Whitewater, California, just outside of Palm Springs. Located in a dark and remote desert foothill just off the freeway, the drive to the Manor is a harrowing experience in itself!
- Located on Calico Ave. and Chapparal Rd in Whitewater, CA.
- Walkthrough haunted house with jump scares
- No intentional touch from actors
- Recommended for guests age 13 and up, but haunt offers “no scare” walkthroughs upon request
- Some gory props
- Special effects including strobe lights and fog
- Guests go through in small groups of around 5 people
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Though Desert Decay Manor is new to the scene, having broken ground in 2018, creator Randall Killgore and his partner Michelle have three decades of haunting experience under their collective belts. The Manor’s official website outlines the dark world in which guests will find themselves stranded:
“Nestled in the foothills of the West Palm Springs Village, The Killgore family has resided on these hallowed grounds for generations. Some left trying to escape the family curse of a horrific untimely death. Gravely, they always come home, to dwell within the halls and walls of the manor. Hoping to never be sent to the depths of hell which loom so close to their souls.”
In a brief interview with Haunting, Killgore explained that the Manor’s remote desert location sets it apart from home haunts in the city. “Some said, ‘We were too afraid to stop.’ It looks like a very scary place once exiting the freeway.” The haunt typically runs on Halloween and a few nights surrounding, and begins around dusk, setting a quiet and eerie mood. Guests are a long way from help.
Once inside, visitors will encounter a variety of classic horror scenes and imagery, with frequent jump scares and detailed set design. Despite some gory props and dark themes, Killgore notes that he is here to serve whomever might walk through the door. “We recommend teens and up, but will cater experiences to the young ones, as this holiday is truly for them. All one needs to do is ask for the “NO SCARE” option before entry and/or say, “chicken coming!” as they walk the halls.” It’s a wonderful feature for children and adults alike, and one that’s rarely explicitly offered by haunts of any kind. At Desert Decay Manor, there’s no wrong way to have fun.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome. While most donations are currently helping to recoup construction expenses, Killgore hopes to grow the production into a full-on nonprofit benefitting the ALS Foundation and City of Hope, two causes close to his family’s heart. Besides the normal Halloween weekend run, Killgore also plans to offer a “Haunter’s Weekend” production the following weekend, so that other home haunters and overbooked horror fans can come visit.
While Desert Decay Manor is new to the scene, it is sure to grow quickly, and its unique location makes for a worthwhile detour on any haunt crawl. Its passionate creators have considered every aspect of the guest experience, and all are welcome at this fun and frightful place.
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