Pageant of the Monsters is a rare occurrence, emerging from the shadows once every every five years. This year, Director Diane Challis Davy revived the Laguna Beach based event transforming the backstage into a Haunted House with a truly creative twist. Combining classic scares with arts and crafts, this experience is a wonderful event for families, especially ones with young kids–but also offers plenty to do for adults or teens looking to celebrate the Halloween season.
This year’s theme, Raiders of The Lost Ark, has guests follow the footsteps of legendary archaeologist and world adventurer “Cincinnati Smith” on his quests across the globe. Guests are invited to trek through the spooky Amazonian jungle empire to the desert tombs of pharaohs in this whimsical and haunted spoof on the Indiana Jones classic. Guests are directed through the amphitheater, Pageant workshops and stage, which are transformed into a series of eerie artistically presented vignettes. A staggering 100+ costumed volunteers from around Orange County appeared, showcasing the enthusiasm and passion this team brings forth every single night.
Special thanks to Haunting’s Kevin Hsu for the beautifully shot look at the festivities, Jon Kobryn for his editing skills, and of course The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, a profit with a mission to promote, produce, and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts.
For more information of this year’s Pageant of The Monsters, that ran October 26,27,28 and 31st, see their website here. Be sure to stay tuned for the possibility of catching it next Halloween haunt season.