Take Two for October 25, 2013

Halloween showdown: 2 OC neighbors stage fierce haunted house rivalry

Rival Haunted Houses

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Clay Stevens' daughter Sierra and stepdaughter Jen take a look at the Halloween supplies in the garage.

Rival Haunted Houses

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Clay Stevens' family has piles of Halloween items in their garage, including these scary-looking clowns.

Rival Haunted Houses

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Alissa Stevens, Jen Campbell, Sierra Stevens and Clay Stevens inside their garage full of Halloween stuff.

Rival Haunted Houses

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Donald Julson molded these "babies" for his baby barbecue, part of his haunt on Loganberry Lane.

Rival Haunted Houses

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Lynda Julson, Donald Julson's mother, puts up a Halloween-themed wreath on her door.

Rival Haunted Houses

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Donald Julson works on his "baby barbecue," part of his haunt on Loganberry Lane in Lake Forest.


An annual Halloween showdown is about to take place between two Orange County families.

They have spent thousands of dollars to transform their suburban homes into their darkest nightmares. This year, Donald Julson is building a haunted maze on his parents’ driveway, while across the street, Clay Stevens and his daughters will blow up a huge circus tent filled with nefarious clowns.

Hundreds of visitors are expected to visit the spectacle on the night of Oct. 31. It's part of an annual tradition on Loganberry Lane in Lake Forest. Over the years, it’s become a playful rivalry between the families, each vying to see who can get the most screams in the neighborhood. 

KPCC's Wendy Lee reports


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