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Molar Manor will be open Saturday and Sunday. Bobby Boris Pickett will perform Monster Mash Saturday only. Illustration/Mary Wenthe/The Signal
Molar Manor is a Graveyard Smash
Bobby Boris Pickett will perform Monster Mash Saturday at haunted collection event.

10/21/2005
Stephen K. Peeples Signal Staff Writer


The immortal Bobby “Boris” Pickett, who headlined last year's “Molar Manor — A Haunted Collection” children's charity fund-raising bash and helped make it a graveyard smash, has been resurrected for an encore headlining appearance on the first night of this year's two-night event.
    Pickett, who last year received the first “Stake of the City” award from then-Mayor Bob Kellar, will materialize live on the stage in the parking lot outside the Manor Saturday night, Oct. 22 to perform a spirited medley of his 1962 hit, “The Monster Mash,” channeling the voice of 1930s horror movie icon Boris Karloff. Pickett will perform first at 7 p.m. and be resuscitated for an encore at 8:30 p.m. Between sets, he’ll sign autographs for fans.
    Molar Manor, a half-million-dollar, movie-studio-quality haunted house located in an ugly green 5,000 square foot warehouse at the end of Fremont Court in the Valencia Industrial Center, will be open 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday night, and again 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
    The Manor’s menacing maze of mayhem takes the brave-hearted through a spectacularly spooky, hilariously horrific faux-Victorian mansion replicated inside the warehouse, past more than two dozen shockingly detailed and sometimes animatronic ghouls, goblins, witches, skeletons, crypt-kickers and creepy characters.
    Among them are “Electric Man,” “Hanging Man,” “Witches' Brew,” “Flying Bed Man,” “Rabid Dog,” “Barbecue Pig” and “Dead Ballerina” (a.k.a. “Spiny Dancer”).
    Even the weak-hearted spectators who dare not enter Molar Manor will enjoy the evening's additional live entertainment onstage, the terrifying tunes spun by DJs Bobby and Monica Alatorre of Extreme Sound Systems, and the row of concession booths featuring freaky, fun arcade games and a complete food and treats court.
    “We’re expecting hundreds of kids to show up in costume again with their parents this Halloween like they did last year — we can’t wait!” said Dr. Ron Singer, who created Molar Manor as a non-profit organization in 2002 as a Halloween fund-raiser for local children’s charities. (See related story.) Singer, a horror-tainment fan since childhood, is today a popular pediatric dentist with a very successful practice in Valencia.
    “We have dancers coming from the Star Dance Studio, Studio 1, Dance 84, Saugus High, West Ranch High, the Nancy Horak Group and Hugo Chere’s demo team from Fun ‘n’ Fit,” said Dena Blank, Molar Manor’s entertainment director and a consultant/instructor at Star Dance Studio.
    “We’ll have the California Flyers from GymCheer USA, Brooke Van Grisvean & Company, plus various singers,” Blank continued. “And Vince Falzone and his band with a singer will be onstage, too — he’s very popular in the area.”
    Throughout the evening, local radio station KHTS-AM 1220 will also broadcast segments live from its booth in the middle of not-so-desolated “Concession Row.” “I hear Carl Goldman from KHTS will be in a coffin, but I’m not sure yet!” Singer laughed.
    “Some of the City Councilmembers have also told me they’ll be there,” he added. “Mayor Cameron Smyth will be onstage to help me introduce Bobby and officially welcome him back to the community. Bob Kellar was mayor last year when we presented Bobby the ‘Stake to the City,’ and Mayor Smyth and I are planning something special again this year!”





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