Shiver is a home haunt located in Santa Clarita, California. Brand new to the scene, having broken ground in 2018, Shiver creates a fun and gore-free atmosphere that blends scary and silly.
- Located at 26154 Montolla Lane in Santa Clarita, CA 91355
- Traditional haunted house with jump scares
- No intentional touch from actors
- All ages welcome, though parental discretion advised for young children
- Special effects including strobe lights, fog, and animatronics
- Guests are divided into small groups
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Shiver haunt recently joined the exploding Santa Clarita Valley haunt scene (which includes haunts like Beware the Dark Realm, Club Fear, and Coffinwood Cemetery), and made a strong impression in its inaugural season. The work of Halloween fanatics Gwen Zimlin and David Rosenthal, Shiver is a passion project whose proceeds go to charitable causes, with its first year benefitting a local high school track team.
Whereas many haunters start with small yard displays and work their way up to the big leagues, Shiver came right out of the gate in 2018 with a full-fledged maze, complete with a small team of scare actors. While the maze was primarily composed of store bought props and costumes, those elements are tastefully placed in well-decorated, themed rooms. Shiver also boasts an impressive variety of baddies not always included in traditional haunts, like undead nuns, creepy dolls, and a neon-painted underworld full of clowns. The scare actors are mixed in with a number of animatronics, keeping audiences tense and wondering what’s real and what’s not.
Shiver is among the milder home haunts in Los Angeles, with its traditional jumpscares balanced out by a good dose of humor. Thought it has yet to make an appearance in Midsummer Scream’s Hall of Shadows, Shiver announced their arrival to the scene by sending their character “Noname” to the convention, who ended up placing well in a costume contest. Noname is a beautiful, young, and unfortunately dead woman who doesn’t seem particularly fazed by the bloody infant doll crawling out of her pregnant belly. Guests were particularly amused when Noname approached them looking for her “baby daddy.” Despite some such crudeness, it’s all fairly suitable for early teens and up, with no gore or graphic material, although religious guests may take issue with some sacreligious imagery such as torn-up bible pages and unholy crosses.
The haunt typically runs for just a few days on and around Halloween. It is free of charge, though donations are welcome and go to benefit a selected charity. Being in a suburban neighborhood, parking is ample, and the haunt is easy to spot – just look for the horde of zombies. It also functions as an entertaining yard display, for those strolling in the area.
Shiver makes for a delightful stop on an SCV haunt crawl, and one can expect great things in the future as they continue to learn and grow.
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