Last Halloween season, my family and I visited some truly spectacular home haunts and yard displays, but the one that stood out the most was most definitely The Pirate’s Cave (see our mini-review from last year). The father and son team of Dave and Jacob Larson put on a fantastic show and really blew us away with their innovative scares.

With COVID-19 still a major issue, especially in Southern California, we were afraid it would keep some home haunts, much like The Pirate’s Cave, from operating this year. But you can’t keep the Halloween spirit down, and it’s great to see these home haunts come up with new ways to keep their show rolling and give us the scares we want.

Dave and Jacob Larson

Case in point, The Pirate’s Cave will be open for their 21st year this year with Pirate’s Cave Origins, a socially distant and COVID-safe yard display that will help tell the story of how the undead crew was released from their captivity. The event is a 10-minute multi-screen, video projection show synced to lighting effects, props, special effects, and live actors.

To help thin out the crowds, and keep everyone safe, they have added more nights to view it this year. Masks are also required to view the show, along with proper social distancing & other COVID-19 safety measures.

I was thrilled to hear this, because I know what a labor of love The Pirate’s Cave is. Its ingenuity truly shines through, and it takes about 3 months of preparation and up to 25 volunteers to set-up and run the haunt each year.

This year, the haunt is being sponsored by Jeffrey Simons of Keller Williams Realty and Pam Dunn of Mulberry Street Mortgage. Without their help, and the donations of fans, The Pirate’s Cave would not be possible.

The yard display presentation will run October 23, 24 ,25, 30, 31 & November 1 from 7PM through 10PM. It is located at 2548 E Garfield Ave, Orange, 92867. A $1 donation per person is suggested but not required.

For more information, visit them online at:

About the Author: Jeff Heimbuch

Jeff Heimbuch writes. A lot. On a variety of things and in different mediums. He also created the fiction podcasts LIGHT HOUSE and RETURN HOME (of which you can find both on all podcasting platforms), loves all things horror, works in social media, and is probably writing something right now. You can find him on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok at @jeffheimbuch.
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