NIGHTMARE IN WHITING WOODS
Nightmare in Whiting Woods is a long-running home haunt in Glendale, CA. Despite its history and great popularity in the neighborhood, Nightmare in Whiting Woods only opens its doors on Halloween night.
- Located at 413 Whiting Woods in Glendale, CA.
- Walkthrough haunted house with jump scares
- No intentional touch from actors
- Recommended for guests age 13 and up
- Some gory props
- Special effects including strobe lights and fog
- Guests go through in small groups
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Located on a winding road in a quiet Glendale neighborhood, Nightmare in Whiting Woods typically flies under the radar of most press outlets and haunt guides. For almost two decades, the Whiting crew has built an immense fan base almost entirely on word of mouth. Despite their continuing popularity, they are known for running the haunt on one night only, that night of course being October 31st. Lines are long, and guests who don’t arrive at opening often experience hour-plus wait times. The haunt is open from dusk until 11 pm on Halloween night, and admission is free.
A passion project of veteran haunter David Krohn as well as his friends Gary and Steve Trousdale, Geoff DeBoskey, Mark Enright, and Alan Bernhoft, Nightmare in Whiting Woods is often praised for its charming and detailed set design, utilizing a surprisingly large space to create a number of moody scenes. The theme changes every year, and has included everything from a haunted Victorian home to a suspicious funeral parlor called Dewey, Slaughter, and Howe.
The haunt itself is fairly traditional, with a cast of costumed actors providing entertaining jump scares throughout. Notably, Nightmare in Whiting Woods takes a little more time between scares, giving the audience a chance to take in the sets and set up micro-narratives in each room. Characters often talk to each other and the guests, leading to a number of creepy and funny interactions. The creators like to play into certain limitations of the space – it’s hard to scare people on a nice patio, so instead we take a brief intermission there to relax with a few card-playing skeletons. The lighting is uniformly excellent, especially in the outdoor sections that usually represent the titular Whiting Woods.
The entire experience is surprisingly long, at 5-10 minutes. There are some gory props, but the haunt is not terribly intense relative to other home haunts in the area, and is appropriate for ages 13 and up with parental discretion. Parking may be limited, and as previously mentioned, lines are always a consideration, so guests should arrive early.
Nightmare in Whiting Woods is a charming DIY haunt with an infectious love for the holiday. Before the explosion of LA’s haunt scene, kids had just one night to face their fears and collect all of the candy they could stomach. Whiting Woods harkens back to that simpler time, making it a fitting end for any Halloween season.
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