Five Horror Shops to Visit if You Attend Son of Monsterpalooza

The Museum of Death

For sure be warned, dear reader. This is most certainly NOT for the faint of heart, and that cannot be stressed enough. If death and the grave, or sights of real murder and tragic accidents cause triggers, I highly recommend you pass this one up on the list. Now that you’ve been warned, well let’s enter a shadowy domain.

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Founded back in 1995, the museum is more of an education of death rather than a glorification of it, as some critics have accused it of being. It certainly showcases a definite grim subject. And the displays here are way more than a hard-R rating. This is a shop that is rated X and the things you see inside are real and not playful in the least.

It’s a death metal tour of the grizzly reality of our own mortal existence. Death is out there. Shadowed and mysterious. The Reaper has his list, and yes our names are on it.

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I see this place as a much-needed reminder that life is precious and it encourages us to get out there. Laugh. Love. Scare the Hell out of one another in the name of good fun. Make memories and leave a legacy here.

That’s what Death reminds us to do. “Don’t forget to live” it whispers.

What to expect within?
“Museum of Death houses the world’s largest collection of serial murderer artwork, photos of the Charles Manson crime scenes, the guillotined severed head of the Blue Beard of Paris (Henri Landru), original crime scene and morgue photos from the grisly Black Dahlia murder, a body bag and coffin collection, replicas of full size execution devices, mortician and autopsy instruments, pet death taxidermy, and so much more!” – Museum of Death’s website.

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The letters written by G.G. Allin from his time in prison really caught my attention. Written in his own blood and spouting out the kind of flare you’d expect to get from his unique mind.

Also funny story. When I was in there I was all dressed up – top hat and all. And people kept confusing me as a curator of the museum. Scarily I fit in a little too well!

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If you’re into visiting Haunted Houses for Halloween, this should be on your to-do list.

Be sure to check them out online here

Halloween Town

Last but not least, let’s return to Magnolia Street. To break up the severity of the last place we just visited.

Do you like Spirit stores and mark your calendars each year in anticipation of their annual return? If so, oh you’ll love this place. Open year-round, this is Halloween Town and the name doesn’t deceive. It’s remarkable!

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Props, decorations, T-shirts, spooky-decorative kitchenware and toys, there is so much here! You could shop here to turn your entire home into a genuine house of horrors. I walk in and have to decide “ok what do I need?” and then find a couple of a dozen things I can’t live without. Like both of my Freddy and Jason cups. Hell yeah, I had to get those. Board games, puzzles, gifts of all sorts – all right here.

And while you’re at it – if you need a costume for the holiday – be sure to visit Halloween Town’s sister store (just down the street) that’s exclusively costumes of all sorts.

Visit their online store here

2921 W. Magnolia Bl.
Burbank, CA 91505.

For Halloween Town Costumes:
3021 W. Magnolia Bl.
Burbank, CA 91505

Pumpkin-spice will be flavoring everything you can imagine. Soon lawns will be decorated and landscaped to such unspeakable horror that even Satan himself would be proud to pause and admire the sights. Regular homes will be transformed into Haunted House masterpieces! So make plans for an exceptional Halloween this year! Never too early to get in the spirit.


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