Alone: An Existential Haunting Quite Possibly the Scariest Haunt Attraction

Before we even went through Alone we were feeling anxiety,  Perhaps it was because we had done an investigation of the building a few nights before and had some results where the haunt was located, in the basement of the Odd Fellows Temple, built in the 1920’s.  We had heard that this old building, located off of Washington Blvd. in Downtown Los Angeles had a long history.  Going through the basement alone seemed like a daunting task, especially since “real” spirits can get to know you after just one investigation.  The experiences we had just a few nights before led us to believe that the location is truly haunted so we didn’t know what to expect.

When we arrived, we gave a lady sitting behind a computer in the lobby our names and sat down to wait to be called.  There was another lady standing next to her who was leading the guests to their departure point.  Both of them looked like they were dressed in ceremonial garb which was apropos to the location.

After what seemed to be about a 45 minute wait my name was finally called.  I was led by the one lady through a door into a dark room with a staircase where I was met by a guy who briefed me on what I was about to experience and handed me a flashlight.  He asked me if I knew the safety word and then told me that, “We’re born alone, we die alone, but tonight we’re definitely not alone,” and then left me to start my own exploration of the haunted basement.

We don’t want to spoil the experience for anyone, but we’ll say that this 30 minute experience was one of the scariest things we’ve experienced.  I was grabbed, brought into pitch black rooms where we had conducted EVP sessions just nights before, forced to crawl in dark areas and put in claustrophobic situations where I was shut-in.  The attraction has very light set decorations and not much costumes or make-up, but part of the thrill is the unknown and the anticipation.  Some of the scenes seemed to fit the history of the location.  This made it even more realistic.  The haunt will make you feel disoriented and confused.  On more than one occasion I wasn’t sure if what I was experiencing was part of the haunt or actually something paranormal.  At the end of the experience I came face-to-face with something that felt so personal to me that it seemed to have just been waiting.  Words can not describe the way I was feeling.  Perhaps this review is biased and our experience was magnified by the supernatural events that occurred, but needless to say we feel that Alone: An Existential Haunting is worthy this year of Best New Haunted Attraction.  We have a couple more haunts to go to before the season is over, but it looks like it’s also the top contender for Scariest Haunt as well.

To find out what I experienced you will have to go Alone.

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