Barbie Scream House makes its debut in Menlo Park — and it’s a winner!

by Linda Hubbard on October 29, 2023

We stopped by the Barbie Scream House at 787 Gilbert Avenue in Menlo Park late yesterday afternoon — and it’s a wow!

The work of Sara and Eric Filipek and their teenage daughters, it’s the seventh (or eighth?) year they have been transforming their front yard with a distinct theme.

The Barbie Scream House tells a tale of the Mattel Barbie — all bright and fun versus dolls made by Barby (above) — dark and sinister. You can hear the whole story by a creepy gnome like character (below).

The Barbie Scream House will be open again tonight (October 29) from 5:00 to 10:00 pm and then on Halloween the same hours. Eric says they expect a couple thousand people to pass through on Halloween.

Note: The Naughty Clowns are right around the corner on Santa Monica.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2023


Linda Salser October 30, 2023 at 11:54 am

Thank you for your contributions to our neighborhood!

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Edward Prouty October 30, 2023 at 1:44 pm

I just love what you and the young people are doing for everyone’s enjoyment . We were doing this in Atkinson, New Hampshire 40 years ago . It was so much fun for me and my son Dr. Devin Prouty ( of Menlo Park and New Zealand ) and many of his friends. The creativity of the young people is amazing then and now. Back then they set it up and ran it in the front yard as a haunted house and none of the trick-or-treaters ever made it to the front door to get their candy .

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