Halloween season is not quite over yet! This Halloween, I was able to check out two very unique events in Los Angeles. The first was Urban Death at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in North Hollywood, a maze and a visual stage show. The second was Trapped in a Room with a Zombie from Room Escape Adventures in downtown Los Angeles. Both events were great ways to get into the Halloween spirit, so if you’re sad that Halloween is already over, you can get a taste by attending one of these with friends!
Urban Death starts with a spooky, disorientating maze. You can walk though the maze with three or four friends and a small flashlight. The bravest in your party should walk first as he or she will be the first to experience the sights and sounds of the maze. I’ll leave the details out so that you have something to look forward to, but it was definitely visually thrilling.
From there, guests can enter the main theatre for the stage show, which is presented in the dark. The actors are extremely professional and they will get almost uncomfortably close to you and your group, especially if you sit in the front. The scenes presented are visually disturbing, visceral and sexual. Very few words are spoken the entire show -the actors reply on visuals, sounds and motions to put on a horror display. Compared to attractions such as the Queen Mary Dark Harbor, I would say Urban Death was much more creative in the small scenes portrayed. After the show, you are ushered back through the maze for new frights!
A note of caution – do not bring children to this show. As I previously mentioned, many of the scenes are quite violent, disturbing and sexual in nature. Urban Death is $12 per person, but discounted tickets are available on Goldstar in limited quantities. Last showing is tonight so buy tickets now!
Trapped in a Room with a Zombie is a unique experience put on by Room Escape Adventures. You have 60 minutes to find the key and escape from the room. There is a zombie hungry for you and your friends chained to the wall. Every five minutes, the buzzer sounds to indicate that one of the zombies’ chains is released.
You can enter the room with a bunch of friends or strangers. The room holds 12 at a time. This is definitely a great team-building experience, as you quickly learn how everyone can contribute to solving the puzzle of finding the key. Clues are hidden all around the room and you and your friends have to work together to open locks, desks, drawers and more to find the key.
Is the puzzle truly hard? I would say yes…there is only a 33% success rate and my team came close but was not able to escape the zombie in time. While solving the puzzles, you have to also be sure to keep away from the zombie because if it touches you, you are out! The team inside truly has to work together to distract the zombie and decipher the clues.
All in all, it was a great, interactive experience in getting to know other people and extremely fun! Room Escape Adventures is available all over the country so you don’t need to be in Los Angeles to escape from the zombie! The room is located in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are $28, but you can get a discount by using the code EYESPYLA, which lowers the price to around $15. The event runs all year long on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at varying times. A whole new puzzle will was teased at coming next March, so stay tuned for that after you try to escape once!
Hope everyone had a fun Halloween! If there are any events you’d like us to review, feel free to send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @SurvivingLA for all the latest events in Los Angeles and like our Facebook page Surviving LA on a Budget.
Until next time,