TEMECULA TERROR 2021
Temecula has been a haven for attractions for many years and most notably for their coveted wineries. Located in the Inland Empire and sprawling with hillsides laced with windy roads, Temecula created an ideal palette for this year’s freshest horror attraction: Temecula Terror 2021.
Going in blindly to something new was exciting. Having no previous history or expectations, as well as venturing into territory that was more rural than most haunts I’ve experienced in the past, added to my anticipation.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by hosts at the check-in stand, who then guided me into a cemented tunnel of green lights and smoke. It was considered the entrance to Temecula Terror and I was so intrigued as to what was at the end of that cryptic tunnel. As I walked inside the tunnel, I was met with a sprinting character who appeared to be jester and clown-like. I already loved the mystery coupled with a jumpscare entrance prior to even entering the haunt. Definitely a nice touch!
Once at the end of the tunnel, I was able to grasp the layout and explore a bit prior to the official “opening” of the mazes and haunt attraction. To the right were vendor tents/booths, a stand and repeat sign that showcased the Temecula Terror logo for an optimal photo, food stands, as well as a single carnival ride. On the flip side was the entract to the hauntland, as well as three bars for cocktails. The most eye-catching part of the entrance was the giant devil with his mouth open as the gateway to enter and the signage that read: “Enter Here/Enter At Your Own Risk.” The art for the sign had a vintage carnival appeal and immediately piqued my curiosity.
Before the mazes/haunts opened, I ventured around to check out the vendors. Unfortunately, the vendors didn’t quite seem to meet the initial feel for a Halloween/haunt attraction and just seemed irrelevant. There was so much focus on contemporary/bohemian fashion/jewelry, which didn’t quite seem to fit the overall theme. However, there were food and drink vendors that more than made up for this, as there was a fun selection of tasty options.
There were a few core areas to snag a tasty drink, but the VIP Bar was definitely my favorite for premiere libations. Whiskey and rum were some of the strongsuited drinks, which were doppled with dry ice adding to a spooky vibe and almost cauldron-like.