Drive-thru experiences are the new pop-up museums of 2019. But it is 2020, and we are in the middle of a pandemic. So what do you do when you still want to have fun and stay safe? Take a ride through Haunt ‘O Ween LA, a drive-thru adventure in the safety of your car. Halloween is not cancelled thank to Jasen Smith, Experiential Suppy’s Chief Experience Officer. As a dad, he wanted his daughter’s birthday to be special and he is making it happen. He envisioned and executed the most amazing drive-thru experience for Angelenos. It is a 30 minute interactive experience that provides “Door to Door” Trick or Treating, immersive installations, scenic paths, pumpkin patch, video and photo ops.
I had the opportunity to attend their VIP Preview Night and it was fantastic. My kids are still talking about their experience. Their eyes lit up when we went through the pumpkin tunnel and we entered a spooky world of pun-kin patches, a skeleton loop, Party City Lane and the most decorative neighborhood in town. We were driving in a maze-like route which was really fun! My kids went bonkers when the round receiving baskets of candy were being tossed into the car. Okay, so I only saw these baskets during church offering, and I have to say whoever thought about this as an option, is genius! The music was so amazing and got us even more pumped up for the experience.
Here are some tips for a smooth ride:
- Make sure to fill up your gas tank so you aren’t worried about limited gas. Also, use the restroom prior to arriving because restrooms are not on site.
- Have your ticket ready to show and save it! Take a screenshot of your code because you will be asked to use for the tunnel experience as well as for the photo op. These are two awesome take-aways that you can share on your social media.
- Make space in your trunk for your large pumpkin. Employees will bring you a pumpkin to take home and ask you to open your trunk. So please make space for your pumpkin. And take a “carfie” with them, they are happy to smile.
- Bring a bucket or bag for all of your candy. There is something fun about watching it all being tossed inside your car. However, my kids wanted to immediately collect it all. You can choose to tell your kids that they will trick or treat or keep it a secret. It is amazing to watch their faces as they see candy coming in. What a treat!
- Once you have to take your photo, make sure everyone can be seen on the screen. If not, make sure you scoot over so everyone’s face will show.
- You are required to adhere to the 5 MPH requirement and mask wearing too since you will be socially distancing while trick or treating.
Planning on a pre-party or “tomb”gate experience? I went with my entourage and we did both. We were celebrating a birthday and decided to grab some food at the Village which is located across the street. There are plenty of eateries and outdoor space to get a bite to eat prior or after your experience. Hauntoween LA is located at Warner Center community in Woodland Hills so there is so many outdoor/take-out dining options.
Hauntoween LA is open now until Saturday, October 31st from 3pm-9pm, 7 days a week. It is located at 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, Ca 91367. Enter on Erwin Street, across from the McDonald’s and Staples. Hauntoween LA is sponsored by brands such as Butterfinger, FX, Sun Maid, Party City and Suja Organic and they did a FANGtastic job! What will they think of next? I am hoping they will decide to create a winter holiday experience!