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Visit These Ladera Ranch Haunted Houses

Looking for local haunted houses this weekend? Here are two in Ladera Ranch:

First, the return of the Shepherd’s Court charity haunted house, running Thursday through Saturday nights:

And second, a new entry sponsored by Tom Bertog Real Estate Group, on Halloween Night only:


Top 10 Haunted Spots in Orange County

In celebration of Halloween, here are the links to last year’s “Top Ten Haunted Spots in Orange County”:

10. Katie Wheeler Library and the “Lady in Blue.”

9. John Wayne and the Wild Goose Yacht

8. Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm

7. Fox Theater

6. El Adobe de Capistrano Restaurant

5. Yorba Cemetery and the [...]

RSM’s Singing Pumpkin House is Back!

Featured on Good Morning America and other national media, the Singing Pumpkin house of Rancho Santa Margarita is back this year! They have a Facebook page, and all the information is on the flyer below.

The address is 8 Talega in RSM. You can find a map on our article from last year.

Here’s [...]

The Singing Pumpkin of Rancho Santa Margarita

We can’t speak for their neighbors, but one small but entertaining Halloween tradition in South County is the singing pumpkin at 8 Talega in Rancho Santa Margarita. (They go all-out at Christmas, too, and have a Facebook page devoted to their decorating!) The home features an automated light show with over 1000 channels of light [...]