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San Pedro haunted house shut down

October 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A decade's old Halloween tradition is being forced to perform a "vanishing act" this year.The Beacon House, haunted house, along Beacon and 10th Street in San Pedro is being shut down because it failed to register for a special events permit.

You have to dig way back in the Beacon House library to find video of the early days of its haunted house of horrors.

The alcohol and drug recovery home has staged the Halloween fright nights for neighborhood families for nearly a quarter of a century, drawing in thousands of people each year.

"It was an event that was started by the men in the Beacon House to provide a safe and fun place for the children in the community to come and have some fun during Halloween," Luis Lozano said.

The haunted house of horror is no more, at least not this year. Organizers say the event was shut down this year because of some truly frightening red tape from the city.

"We were starting to face new regulations and new requirements that we were unable and un prepared to fulfill in a timely manner," said Lozano.

"Kids will be very sad this weekend in San Pedro," L.A City council member Janice Hahn. "We need to get a hold of every non-profit that does these annual events that we all know about and lets bring all of them into the room with the fire department and building and safety and make sure that everyone knows what they need to do to comply with this new city policy."

The Halloween decorations are being boxed up and packed away as Beacon House administrators hope they're able to have their Halloween tradition back up and running next year.


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