Ghouls put the ‘fear’ in Fairplex
Posted Oct. 17, 2008
Rafael Anguiano
The Fearplex attraction at the Fairplex contains two haunted houses, Mangler’s Haunted Asylum and the Lanterman Manor. Running through Nov. 1, Fearplex also offers a less scary version during family time on Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost of admission is $13.50 for one attraction and $18.50 for both, if purchased together. Parking is $9.



The Fairplex was the bright and sunny home of the Los Angeles County Fair less than three weeks ago.
Now it is the dark and eerie home of demon-possessed creatures and monsters.

Beginning last Friday, the Fairplex became Fearplex with the opening of two haunted houses, Mangler’s Haunted Asylum and the Lanterman Manor.

Mangler’s Haunted Asylum, is based on a fictional massacre that occurred on the evening of May 16, 1921, at Pomona’s California Colony.

Mangler’s Haunted Asylum takes visitors on a believed-to-be haunted journey through an abandoned asylum taken over by disturbed inmates, both alive and dead.

As the story goes, Mark A. Mangler, an inmate sent to the colony for seclusion from society, joined fellow inmates on a killing spree throughout the facility using medical instruments for weapons.

That evening, 23 staff members and four inmates were murdered while 45 inmates were reported missing.

“I was walking down the hallway and felt something grab my leg, and it wasn’t one of our monsters” Alyssa Deltoro, a Fearplex staff member, said.

Whether or not visitors choose to believe the asylum is haunted, no one can deny loud banging noises and random cries coming from the walls while navigating through the maze.

Guests of the asylum are led by disturbing bloody inmates through hospital rooms and padded cells equipped with skeletons and corpses.

“I’d like you to meet Joseph,” one of the inmates said, pointing to a head-less body dangling from the ceiling.

If visitors are able to get past a screaming corpse blocking the passageway, they are led by a little boy into the operation room where bloody brains and organs are proudly displayed on counters and tables.

Then the lights go out, and the door behind closes.

After what seems like an eternity, the lights come on, and visitors are startled by a demon girl with screws in her face screaming, “Get out! Get out!”

Visitors get out as instructed and are left wandering through the dark maze. Everyone approaches corners slowly, expecting a possible surprise encounter by a possessed creature.

“It was terrifying trying to exit the tunnel because the girl inside looked like the girl from ‘The Exorcist’ and wouldn’t let me through,” Citrus College student Amanda Walters said as she described her experience getting through one of the passages.

The tunnel replicates the supposed escape route used by inmates during the 1921 massacre.

After dodging stalkers and maneuvering through corpses, visitors finally reach safety out of Mangler’s Haunted Asylum; that is, unless they purchased a VIP ticket, which entitles them to another haunted attraction at Fearplex, Lanterman Manor.

Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona, which currently houses individuals with developmental disabilities, used to be called Pacific Colony back in 1927 and was once the residence of State Assemblyman Frank D. Lanterman.

Experts believe that the center is haunted due to random voices and footsteps heard on the premises.

The Lanterman Manor attraction takes the perceived haunt a step further by replicating the residence with spooky creatures.

“There was a lot of screaming, and I felt trapped,” Los Angeles resident Erica Chong said.

Lanterman Manor takes visitors on a tour with more loud banging noises and screaming zombies roaming about.

Monsters were camouflaged with the black floor as they crawled around unsuspecting victims.

The attraction was complete with all the necessary frightening elements, including spider webs, coffins and clowns.

Mark Vidal

Staff Writer

The Fairplex was the bright and sunny home of the Los Angeles County Fair less than three weeks ago.

Now it is the dark and eerie home of demon-possessed creatures and monsters.

Beginning last Friday, the Fairplex became Fearplex with the opening of two haunted houses, Mangler’s Haunted Asylum and the Lanterman Manor.

Mangler’s Haunted Asylum, is based on a fictional massacre that occurred on the evening of May 16, 1921, at Pomona’s California Colony.

Mangler’s Haunted Asylum takes visitors on a believed-to-be haunted journey through an abandoned asylum taken over by disturbed inmates, both alive and dead.

As the story goes, Mark A. Mangler, an inmate sent to the colony for seclusion from society, joined fellow inmates on a killing spree throughout the facility using medical instruments for weapons.

That evening, 23 staff members and four inmates were murdered while 45 inmates were reported missing.

“I was walking down the hallway and felt something grab my leg, and it wasn’t one of our monsters” Alyssa Deltoro, a Fearplex staff member, said.

Whether or not visitors choose to believe the asylum is haunted, no one can deny loud banging noises and random cries coming from the walls while navigating through the maze.

Guests of the asylum are led by disturbing bloody inmates through hospital rooms and padded cells equipped with skeletons and corpses.

“I’d like you to meet Joseph,” one of the inmates said, pointing to a head-less body dangling from the ceiling.

If visitors are able to get past a screaming corpse blocking the passageway, they are led by a little boy into the operation room where bloody brains and organs are proudly displayed on counters and tables.

Then the lights go out, and the door behind closes.

After what seems like an eternity, the lights come on, and visitors are startled by a demon girl with screws in her face screaming, “Get out! Get out!”

Visitors get out as instructed and are left wandering through the dark maze. Everyone approaches corners slowly, expecting a possible surprise encounter by a possessed creature.

“It was terrifying trying to exit the tunnel because the girl inside looked like the girl from ‘The Exorcist’ and wouldn’t let me through,” Citrus College student Amanda Walters said as she described her experience getting through one of the passages.

The tunnel replicates the supposed escape route used by inmates during the 1921 massacre.

After dodging stalkers and maneuvering through corpses, visitors finally reach safety out of Mangler’s Haunted Asylum; that is, unless they purchased a VIP ticket, which entitles them to another haunted attraction at Fearplex, Lanterman Manor.

Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona, which currently houses individuals with developmental disabilities, used to be called Pacific Colony back in 1927 and was once the residence of State Assemblyman Frank D. Lanterman.

Experts believe that the center is haunted due to random voices and footsteps heard on the premises.

The Lanterman Manor attraction takes the perceived haunt a step further by replicating the residence with spooky creatures.

“There was a lot of screaming, and I felt trapped,” Los Angeles resident Erica Chong said.

Lanterman Manor takes visitors on a tour with more loud banging noises and screaming zombies roaming about.

Monsters were camouflaged with the black floor as they crawled around unsuspecting victims.

The attraction was complete with all the necessary frightening elements, including spider webs, coffins and clowns.

“If there was anything scary about Lanterman Manor, it was the gigantic clown that popped out of nowhere and followed me,” Walters said.

Lanterman Manor was a little bit shorter than Mangler’s Haunted Asylum, but offers the same scare factor and guaranteed spooky thrill.

Fearplex theme park is located at Fairplex Gate 1 off of McKinley Avenue. Parking is $9. Each attraction is $13.50. A VIP ticket may be purchased for $20 and includes admission to both attractions as well as a shorter wait time.

Fearplex dates are Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The attraction will also be open on weekdays Oct. 28 through Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, visit www.fearplex.com.

Mark Vidal can be reached at mark.vidal@laverne.edu.


Rafael Anguiano
Fearplex visitor Arnold Rodriguez enters another bedroom in the maze as Maritza Zambrano clings to his sweatshirt. The monster, who calls himself Sinister, was one of the many creatures who patrolled throughout the maze. Besides the Fairplex site, BHK Enterprises runs three other mazes, located in Chatsworth, Ventura and Old Town Pasadena.

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