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Pageant of the Monsters features ‘Raiders of the Lost Art’

The Pageant of the Monsters is a somewhat rare scare in Laguna Beach. The event transforms the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters into a “haunted house with an artistic twist” every five years.

And 2018 is one of those years. The event started last week and continues — and concludes — Halloween night.

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One thing organizers don’t fear is a pun. This year they are — wait for it — “resurrecting” a previous theme, “Raiders of the Lost Art,” while advertising a “treasure haunt” and a “monster of a good time.”

The haunted house feature includes labyrinths and catacombs. And the overall festival grounds feature art, music, activities and other Fright Night activities.

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Hotels and the city fund the event, according to a news release. Though the event is largely family-friendly, organizers don’t recommend it for children under 5.

The Festival of the Art is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

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