THE HAUNTED SHACK
This is a long running Torrance home haunt, put on for free to the public, and to collect charity donations for a good cause each year.
- Located at 5112 Maricopa St, Torrance, CA 90503
- Home Haunt
- Family Friendly
- Runs only one weekend at the end of October
- All Ages
- All proceeds go to charity.
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Rolling down Maricopa street on Halloween night, parking isn’t the only nightmare in Torrance. There is a giant line outside one of the most well-known houses of the neighborhood. For over 20 years now, The Haunted Shack has been providing what they call a “Free to the Fearless” experience. Their free event also collects donations for a local charity that benefits breast cancer research.
The outside of this house is small, and could fool you into thinking it will be a very quick pit stop in the night. However, the giant line and long winding insides are a different story. Luckily, the line moves quickly and there are scare-actors entertaining everyone waiting; a few people in line shriek with horror when they sneak up behind them. Families with baskets full of candy eagerly swap stories of past years and wonder what could possibly be inside the haunt this time around. It has become a local legend in its own right and attracts numerous volunteers to work as scare-actors inside. Outside is a donation box, recommending a $10 donation if you can spare it, and a creepy coffin photo op for anyone to take photos in, proving they visited the infamous SoCal house.
Perhaps some of the most impressive parts of this home haunt are what some might find gimmicky – such as an ice cavern room that fully moves while the entire group is trapped inside, or the ghostly figure swinging on ropes overhead. While not the scariest attraction, these professional-grade tricks could keep even the most cynical participant entertained. Not to mention the psychological scares of picking the right door out of three while avoiding a whirling, possessed Christmas tree, or the furniture and walls coming alive in other rooms. There is so much going on in this haunt, it’s easy to get caught up in the details and miss the scare-actors jumping out from every corner.
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