By Hannah Larson
ScareScape, a brand new ghoulish attraction at the top of Murrieta’s massive Heritage Hill, gives guests a nightmarish experience in a dreamlike setting. ScareScape opened Friday, September 29, 2023 and will run for 19 select nights through Sunday, October 29, kicking off their first season.
The creative minds behind this new field of fright are Alexandra “Lexy” Berru, Emily Seruga, and Sean Riegler. Each maze forces force guests to confront some most persistent phobias. The four mazes each have a theme based on some of the most common phobias: coulrophobia (the fear of clowns), phasmophobia (fear of ghosts and the supernatural), nyctophobia (fear of the dark), and entomophobia (fear of insects).
To enter ScareScape, guests park on-site, board a shuttle bus and ride up the steep Heritage Hill where mazes, live entertainment and food trucks await. Skeletons and monsters wander through the landscape lurking in the mazes. One maze, “The Void,” plunges visitors into darkness as they wind through shadowy twists and turns. The “Eternal Echoes” maze features a dimly lit cemetery while the “Wayward Souls” path dares visitors to walk among half-dead creatures. Guests with VIP tickets can also access “Delirium,” a maze of bright flashing lights and colorful clowns.
There are a variety of snacks and beverages available for visitors to try as they explore the
grounds. Maze-inspired latte flavors at the San Diego-based Snapshot Coffee Bar include Eternal Echoes, a green toffee apple blend; Wayward Souls, a red dirty pomegranate chai and The Void, a black quad shot pumpkin maple bourbon flavor.
Another vendor, Tacos Albor, sells Mexican street food and quesadillas while URBN Market
Fusion, a family-owned mobile restaurant, mixes regional Asian flavors with other dishes to
create treats like dragon poke nachos. Kettle corn and lemonade are for sale at the family-run
Poppin’ Duo stand. A bearded lady, swamp creature and fortune teller frequent the Sideshow
Spirit Lounge, which only VIP ticket holders may access.
Tickets for the ScareScape attraction are on sale at scarescapehaunt.com. General admission
prices start at $25 per ticket while VIP tickets cost $50 and include access to the Sideshow Spirit Lounge and Delirium maze. ScareScape does not recommend the attraction for guests 12 years and under, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. ScareScape is open Thursdays through Sundays from Sept. 29 until Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. or 10 p.m., depending on the date.
Hauntings review dares you to “Step into your wildest nightmares, experience heart-pounding terror and spine-chilling thrills at ScareScape, the newest Halloween haunt to hit the Inland Empire”.