Spooky Hollows is a home haunt/yard display located in Lake Balboa, California (near Van Nuys). Setting itself apart with a unique swamp theme, Spooky Hollows is a fixture in the San Fernando Valley haunt community.
- Located at 16418 Gilmore Street in Lake Balboa, California
- Mixture of yard display and walkthrough haunt
- No intentional touch from actors
- Family friendly – recommended for ages 10 and up
- Guests go through in small groups
- Special effects including some fog and lighting effects
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Spooky Hollows, created by Tracy Cassella and Christopher Els, is a quaint home haunt with a critically underused theme: a swamp. Trading the red and amber hues of most home haunts for an eerie green, Spooky Hollows takes us to a wet wilderness crawling with creatures of all sorts. The darkness of the thick foliage contrasts with streaks of neon paint lit up by blacklight. It often evokes memories of the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Carribean’s Blue Bayou.
With a history stretching back nearly a decade, Spooky Hollows has been steadily growing year by year. Though its central theme rarely changes, the maze is often tweaked and upgraded with new scenes and scares. The haunted swampland is also rife with stories, and the creators are always eager to fill in more details about the lore of their creepy lagoon. Spooky Hollows makes frequent appearances at horror conventions like Midsummer Scream and ScareLA, usually offering a teaser version of the upcoming season’s productions.
Compared to most home haunts, Spooky Hollows places itself on the lighter side, with some exaggerated, fun set design (and recently featuring a cartoonish new character named Mr. Sticky). The jump scares, of which there are a fair number, are typically followed up with humorous bits of dialogue. Guests will often get the chance to banter with their tormentors, with some sections playing out like full-blown scenes. There are a number of special effects used, including some well-placed projectors.
The haunt is somewhat more family friendly than most, though some of the props still depict severed body parts and other types of unpleasantness. Parent discretion is advised for children under ten. It also functions as an entertaining yard display, for those simply looking for a nighttime stroll. The haunt is near Rotten Apple 907 and The Backwoods Maze, making it a great candidate for a Valley haunt crawl.
Spooky Hollows (not to be spelled *Hallows*, which can cause some googling frustration) typically runs on Halloween and a few surrounding days. The haunt is free, though donations are encouraged – sometimes forcefully, as you may encounter a monster stomping around with a bucket. The creators also call for donations of canned goods, which go directly to local charities.
With its original theme and atmospheric but fun vibe, Spooky Hollows has carved its own place among LA’s most loved home haunts. It’s one swamp you won’t mind sinking into.
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