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Haunted House Raises Money For Animal Shelter

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Continuing their 27-year long Halloween tradition, Diane and Preston Meyer have once again turned their front yard into a haunted house. This year, the family-friendly attraction has been themed as a gateway into the underworld, going by the name, “The Portal.”

Although passersby might assume the couple are only interested in making profit from their home, the Meyers have never accepted money made off the attraction, and instead, ask visitors to donate however much they would like to various charities. For the second year in a row, they are raising funds for the “Volunteers of Burbank Animal Shelter.”

“Back before Katrina hit, we had never collected any money at all, because we aren’t supposed to and we didn’t feel it was right. That year we collected some money for Habitat for Humanity and sent it to them for Katrina,” said Preston Meyer.

“For a couple years we did different charities and decided, we don’t really make a whole lot of money. So now, we pick local charities where that much money makes a big difference in their budget for the year.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

In the past, the Meyers have donated their Halloween earnings to the Burbank Arts Education Foundation, Bikers Against Child Abuse, the Burbank Boys & Girls Club, and several other foundations listed on their site.

Originally, the Meyers converted their driveway into a haunted house as a way to celebrate their daughter’s sixth birthday, which falls a week before Halloween.

“Kids came to the birthday party and had to walk through the haunted house. It developed from there,” said Preston Meyer.

Preston, who has a background in construction, begins the building process every year in September with the help of his family and a crew. Using recycled aspects of the attraction’s past incarnations, the Meyers don’t finish until days before opening.

Pointing to a hooded life-size skeleton, he recounted its history, saying, “It started off as a pumpkin, and it’s been a clown, a werewolf, an alien… This year, it’s the Grim Reaper.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Meyers’ haunted house operation which goes by the name “Rotten Apple 907” is a local classic. As it approaches its third decade, the generation that grew up visiting the house is introducing their favorite Halloween tradition to a new wave of trick-or-treaters.

“We have parents who came as kids, and now they’re bringing their own kids to share the experience,” said Preston.

“The Portal” located at 907 N. California St. is open for visitors of all ages on October 28, 29, and 31 from 7 pm to 10 pm. Doors may close prior to 10 pm, depending on the demand.

Colony Theatre Screens “Halloween” Friday The 13th

The Colony Theatre offers a night of spooky fun with a Halloween-themed party Friday evening, October 13. While the marquee event is the screening of John Carpenter’s 1978 classic teen scream movie Halloween, the party kicks off with a live DJ and drink specials along with a horror and sci fi art show in the theater’s gallery.


Art by George Kalcoff available at The Colony Theatre’s Friday The 13th party. (Image Courtesy The Colony Theatre)

Popular local artists featured in the gallery include Glen Orbik, Laurel Blechman, Shawn Zents, Paul Wee, Drew Ragland, George Kalcoff and more. The art will be available for purchase.

“I’m so excited about this event,” commented Heather Provost, The Colony Theatre Director of Development.

“It’s different, it’s fun, it’s edgy and the combination of these mediums – art, music, film, is going to make it really special.”

“So much art happening in one place, at one time, is always a great thing… and bringing something unique like this, in our very own way, to the community, is important.”

The screening of Halloween, which features Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence, will be the first time the cult classic has been shown on the big screen in more than 20 years in Burbank.

Pre-sale tickets are $10 and $15 at the door. Seating is limited and assigned and tickets can be bought via the theater’s website here. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 8:00 p.m.

The Colony Theatre is located at 555 N. Third Street in Burbank. Plenty of free parking is available in the attached parking garage.

Warner Bros. Is Conjuring Up a Spooky Studio Tour For Halloween

Did you know that some of the scariest Horror movies ever made were filmed right here in Burbank on the Warner Bros. Lot? This Halloween, for the first time ever, the Warner Bros Studio Tour is inviting you in to see where they were filmed those nightmare inducing movies with a special two-night tour.
On Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th, the Horror Made Here Tour will take you to the exterior sets and stages for “The Exorcist”, “The Lost Boys”, “Gremlins”, “House of Wax”, “Monster Squad” and “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”, to name a few.
Then as a nightcap they will be showing “The Conjuring” on the first night and “The Conjuring 2” on the second one. All to be topped off with movie-themed treats and the chance to see the Annabelle doll up close along with other iconic items inside Stage 48.
Sounds like a night to remember for any Horror fan and the $75 price tag is not terrifying. Tickets go on sale September 17th, so get them while they available.
If you have a Halloween event or know of one coming up, send me an email.

Halloween Hits Gordon Howard Museum Saturday

The Burbank Historical Society is scaring up some nostalgic entertainment appropriate for the season.

Society members have decorated the Cunningham Room with skeletons and spiders, creating the perfect backdrop for early film collector Galen Wilkes’ free presentation “Flickers from the Silver Scream: A Vintage Halloween Show!” beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon R. Howard Museum.

He has produced a historic show of film clips for Halloween from the 1890s to 1940s — some silent, some talkies.

 Burbank Historical Society board member Craig Bullock takes a break from decorating the Gordon R. Howard Museum for Halloween. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Craig Bullock toasts to a successful Halloween-themed show coming up on Saturday at the Gordon R. Howard Museum. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

“I also have some old tyme theater slides they used to use in theaters, like Remove Your Hats, No Smoking and Don’t Spit on the Floor,” he said.

There will be a sing-along portion where the audience follows along with the words accented by a bouncing ball.

“It’s fun!” Wilkes said. “You don’t see this type of thing anymore and a lot of people haven’t been exposed to it.”

The silent films to be shown include a couple by French director Georges Melies, who was well known for “A Trip to the Moon” from 1902.

“Everybody has seen the famous scene where the rocket goes into the eye of the Man in the Moon,” he said. “He made most of his films in the late 1890s and early 1900s. He was pretty spectacular for someone who was there at day one. He pretty much had the ideas of story telling and special effects all worked out before anybody.”

Wilkes will also show the earliest surviving clip from the 1911 silent film “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”.

 A faux skeleton of a cat poses on the vintage Victrola phonograph at the museum.

A faux skeleton of a cat poses on the vintage Victrola phonograph at the museum.

“These are films that aren’t going to scare anybody, because of the time period they were made. But they are fascinating to see — it’s our own culture, so we are getting to see what people saw a century ago.”

In the second half of the program, he will show a film clip of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and an excerpt of an interview he did with a friend who watched filmmakers back in 1923 shoot the film with Lon Chaney Jr.

Wilkes’ interest in the time period between the 1890s to 1920s was sparked at the age of 2. His father took him to the home of a co-worker who had a player piano, which was popular from the mid-1800s to 1920s and played itself. There was a roll of paper with perforations that the piano was able to “read” to produce sound. The result was a very unique tone.

His father’s friend was an engineer and connected it to his vacuum cleaner so it would run itself.

Wilkes began playing the piano a few years later, then started collecting films as a teenager, he said.

“I got interested in the whole turn-of-the-century era, which to me is an era that is full of aesthetics that have never been excelled — music, architecture, cars, wardrobe — all these things are fabulous,” he said. “Everything today is made to throw away and people don’t really appreciate things or want to hang onto things — it’s a month old, let’s get rid of it, we need something new.”

But at the turn of the 20th century, people didn’t live like that, he added.

Burbank Historical Society board member Craig Bullock is the chair of the Halloween event.

 Craig Bullock toasts to a successful Halloween-themed show coming up on Saturday at the Gordon R. Howard Museum.

Burbank Historical Society board member Craig Bullock takes a break from decorating the Gordon R. Howard Museum for Halloween. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Burbank Historical Society board member Craig Bullock takes a break from decorating the Gordon R. Howard Museum for Halloween. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

“The purpose of the event is to get people in the door to see the museum and also to appreciate vintage movies — it’s frightfully fun,” he said. “Galen is going to be showing movies from the turn of the 20th century. He will be walking us through the history of early cinema.”

The show last year was incredibly popular and the historical society had a big demand to have him again, Bullock said.

“He is a preserver of early entertainment film and paper collectibles like movie posters and movie tickets,” he said. “His presentations are educational but fun at the same time, so you don’t feel like you are in an academic-type setting.”

Adding to the nostalgia, Wilkes will be playing the museum’s own Square Grand Piano or Box Grand Piano. This piano is built in a rectangular-shaped cabinet with the strings running left to right. More Square Grand Pianos were built and sold in America and Europe than any other type of pianos combined, but today they are all but extinct, according to the website of the Antique Piano Shop.

The Gordon R. Howard Museum is in Izay Park, next door to the Burbank Creative Arts Center. Free parking is available in the parking lot at 1100 W. Clark Ave. The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: A Burbank Halloween


Nothing says Halloween like a good old fashion Witch Burning!

And You thought that sort of thing was only done in Salem Mass. This is the Media Capitol of the World so we want a Witch Burning that can be seen from outer space!

halloween1So “who you gonna call?”

Why Park and Recreation of course! Every year on Diamond 2 and 3 at Olive Rec. they hoisted up the Evil Witch on a pole, put about 3 cords of wood with a bucket of gasoline under her… and Poof!, You have a Witch burning fit to Dance and chant around!

I love the poor little girl in one picture who is about to tear up and run screaming when face to face with the Condemned Witch and her broom.

Please write to your Park and Rec Director to bring back this fine Burbank Tradition!


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Annual Boo Bash Coming October 18

The 30th Annual Boo Bash Carnival family Halloween event hosted by the Burbank Parent Education Council is scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Burbank Adult School, 3811 Allan Avenue, Burbank, CA 91505. This annual event for children ages 1-9 features carnival games, prizes, a spooky maze, a costume parade, cake walks, a bake sale and food for purchase. Additionally, the event will have a children’s concert featuring the Wonderland band, performing a set at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.. Children 2 and over are $6 each; Adults and children under 2 are free. The concert, games, prizes, cake walk and maze are all included with the price of admission.

The Burbank Parent Education Program is a school full of resources for parents and their children to gain knowledge in parenting and child rearing skills. Classes are available every day of the week for parents and their infant to school-age children. The Boo Bash event is offered by the Parent Education Council as a service to the community.

For more information about the Boo Bash or Parent Education Program, visit www.burbankparented.org or call (818) 558-4733.

Burbank / LAPD Team Up For Halloween Safety Tips

Each year, children take to the streets to scare the bedazzle out of people in exchange for some great candy treats.  LAPD’s Traffic Division and Burbank Police teamed up to remind parents as well as kids to be careful during Halloween.

Burbank Motor Sergent Kerry Schlif speaks at Press Confrence held by LAPD on Halloween Safety. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Motor Sergent Kerry Schlif speaks at Press Confrence held by LAPD on Halloween Safety. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Twice as many children are hit by cars on Halloween then any other day of the year,” stated Captain Charles Hearn of the LAPD. “There are 41 million expected kids on the street throughout the country tonight.

Last year we had 16 traffic accidents in the Valley with children involved,” stated the Captain.

Some of the reminders for parents include:

  • Always escort your children with a flashlight
  • Be familiar with the area
  • Set a specific time when young children are out
  • Always know who is trick or treating with your children
  • Never let your kids enter a strangers home
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in streets
  • Inspect all candy before children eat it

and for the kids….

  • do not trick or treat by yourself
  • stay out of alleys
  • obey all the traffic lights and always look in both directions when crossing the street
  • do not run
  • wait until you get home before eating treats

It is also important for motorists to be aware of children, especially when entering or exiting driveways and try to stay off the cell phone while driving.

Burbank Motors Sgt. Kerry Schlif and Officer Randy Lloyd at Halloween Safety Press conference. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Motors Sgt. Kerry Schlif and Officer Randy Lloyd at Halloween Safety Press conference. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Detective William Bustos of the Valley Traffic Division wants to also make parents aware of the fake packaging that contain marijuana and not candy.  There are many illegal products out on the street that look exactly like well known candy products, but with just a little difference in the names.

“It is really important for parents to inspect all of the candy their children receive,” said Bustos. “It just takes a second to spread out the candy and inspect it.”

Burbank Motor Officers Randy Lloyd and Sgt. Kerry Schlif were also on hand to enforce the safety message.

Schlif reminded parents to make sure they kept on eye on their kids and were safe when walking neighborhoods.

Also mentioned were being careful of candy, especially dark chocolate and dogs.  If a dog consumes chocolate, especially dark chocolate, it could kill the animal.

Burbank Motor Officers Randy Lloyd and Sgt. Kerry Schlif. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Motor Officers Randy Lloyd and Sgt. Kerry Schlif. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Halloween Nightlife in Burbank 2013

Photo Courtesy of Toby Ord

Photo Courtesy of Toby Ord

Halloween will be here in two days, and instead of going out to West Hollywood or Santa Monica, why not stay here in Burbank for some Halloween nightlife? Below is a list of some Halloween events in Burbank. If you hear of anything you want to add to the list, tweet us at @MyBurbankNights!



“Nightmare at the Museum” – Haunted Wilsley Manor II, featuring a walk-through maze. Every year the theme of the house changes, and this year, it’s a haunted museum! Oct. 31, 7:00-10:00 p.m. http://www.rottenapple907.com

“The Backwoods Maze”- Haunted maze perfect for Halloween! Oct. 31, 7:00-10:00 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/TheBackwoodsMaze?rf=152756731433886

Fear House- Haunted front yard walk-through maze. http://www.hollywoodgothique.com/2013/10/2013-halloween-recommendation-burbank-yard-haunts-tour/

Lucy’s 51- Halloween party starring KISS tribute band! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=562608493818821&set=a.553699164709754.1073741896.128860277193647&type=1&theater

Viva Cantina- Costumes, drink specials and live music http://www.vivacantina.com

Flappers Comedy- Thomas Dale and Karen Rontowski 7:30, 8:00, 10:00 p.m. http://flapperscomedy.com/site/

Michael’s Bar & Grill- Karaoke and costume contest, 9:30-2:00 a.m. http://michaelsonolive.com

Barney’s Beanery- Costume contest, drink specials and karaoke, 10:00 p.m. http://www.barneysbeanery.com/#!burbank/c8w2

The Hollywood Way- Halloween drink specials http://www.thehollywoodwaybbq.com

Burbank Bar and Grille- Karaoke night http://www.burbank-barandgrill.com

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride- 7:00-10:30 p.m. http://www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com/index2.html#/hours

Falcon Theatre- See “The Mystery of Irma Vep” and wear your costume! http://www.falcontheatre.com

Timmy Nolan’s- Staff will be dressed in Halloween costume, drink specials, check-in deals for costume wearers http://timmynolans.net


Yummy Cupcakes Sweetens Magnolia Park

By Lisa Paredes

For almost a decade, Yummy Cupcakes has been baking up exciting combinations at their flagship shop on Magnolia Blvd. in the Magnolia Park district of Burbank. Known for a wide selection of flavors that change from day to day, Yummy Cupcakes has drawn on the Halloween theme and introduced some special flavors and decorations for the month of October.

With vegan, sugar-free and gluten-less options available every day, along with popular favorites, the new creations for October include the aptly-named: Blackout, Blood Orange, Caramel Apple, Devil Dog, Midnight Delight, Trick or Treat and more. There are so many offerings that a Daily Flavor Calendar is required to keep track of them all.

Mini cupcakes in Brown Sugar Cinnamon and Pancakes n' Bacon pump up the early morning. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Mini cupcakes in Brown Sugar Cinnamon and Pancakes n’ Bacon pump up the early morning. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Recently, I’ve stopped in a few times to check out the varying flavors. One morning, my family took advantage of their Monday – Friday early hours (7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.) special of a dozen mini cupcakes, split evenly between Pancakes n’ Bacon and Brown Sugar Cinnamon. They’re so filling, just two minis are plenty for a breakfast bite. Crazily enough, the slightly salty bacon really does work with the pancake and maple syrup flavored cupcake and not-too-sweet frosting. The kids’ favorite of the two kinds is the Brown Sugar Cinnamon with its lightly crunchy topping under a small amount of piped frosting.

Midnight Delight, Trick-or-treat, Peanut Butter Cup, from foreground left, clockwise rotation. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Midnight Delight, Trick or Treat, Peanut Butter Cup, from foreground left, clockwise rotation. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

While I have recently enjoyed the 7-Up and the lightly orange-y Blood Orange, the chocolatey cupcakes are consistently delicious and always tasty. Midnight Delight, a chocolate cake filled with a Cabernet cream, topped with chocolate frosting and decorated with a black spider, is absolutely fantastic – the Cabernet cream adds an exciting flavor to the otherwise regular chocolate cake.

My kids love the fun Trick or Treat cupcakes with the added bonus of mini candies decorating the top. If you’re not in the mood for chocolate, the Happy Day or 7-Up cupcakes are a light and sweet alternative.

Yummy Cupcakes is a great stop for a small, or a large, bite of something sweet and fun. The shop also sells Cupcake in a Jar, Cupcake on a Stick, Cupcake Push Pops, miniature cupcakes in all of the daily flavors and even more wild ways to enjoy cake and frosting. While they do a brisk business with online orders and special deliveries for nearby hotels and businesses, the shop also has a fairly consistent walk-up clientele.

The chefs at Yummy Cupcakes seem to delight in combining every flavor under the sun and coming up with some terrific concoctions in the process. The Magnolia Park shop is open and airy; people can watch the bakers mix batter and frost cupcakes, preparing them fresh behind glass-walled counters. Yummy Cupcakes is Tops In Town for consistently producing delicious and creative desserts on just about every day of the year.

Restaurant Info: Yummy Cupcakes is located at 2918 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA  91505. 818-558-1080. Open Monday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., also open Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for Breakfast Mini Cupcake Special and coffee only.

Yummy Capcakes receives: Tops In Town

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Roadkill)

Craziness Ensues When Halloween and Baseball Collide

Gumby was tough on the mound as Chinese Take-out food watches closely

For the second straight year, Burbank High Head Varsity Coach Bob Hart celebrated Halloween by encouraging players to dress in their costumes and come out for practice.

Practice consisted of a baseball game with a basketball and some shortened bases.  The players came in all sorts of costumes with some more elaborate than others.  The game had to come to a quick end when Gumby spotted some Chinese takeout on the field and thought that Pokey had been slaughtered, since no one had dressed as a cat.

It’s a joke people – get over it!!

This is what Coach Bob Hart actually sees everyday when he looks at his players

All the baseball players at Burbank High dressed as something