If you’re a fan of Halloween like I am, and you’re looking for some haunted houses to get your adrenaline pumping, here are some options:
1. The Cemetarium Haunted House in Fair Oaks (at U-Pick Pumpkins, 5415 Kenneth Ave.) opens this Saturday, Oct. 1, but is considered “family friendly”—next weekend is when the “big scares” start. The event is outdoors, and includes a haunted tour that’s over 600 feet. It includes Lost Souls in the Crypt of Darkness and Zombie House, among other things. Tickets are $8, and children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
2. The Callson Manor Haunted House opens next Friday, Oct. 7 in Roseville—at the Placer County Fairgrounds. It’s considered a “total emersion of your senses”—it’s not a “fright factory with black walls and kids in rubber masks.” The Callson Manor Funeral Home has real caskets and embalming equipment from the turn of the century, and gravesites, tombs, crematoriums and body lockers (gross, right?!). And that’s not all. Take a trip in The Afterlife, where demons, zombies, imps, spirits, apparitions and ghosts will visit your fears and dreams. Tickets range from $7 to $30, depending on the experience you’re looking for.
3. Also opening next Friday is Fright Planet, a haunted theme park located at Cal Expo (previously it was in Roseville). This year’s attractions include Pirates of Scurvy Island, Dead Man’s Lagoon and Psycho Midway, to name a few. Tickets range from $19.95 (for just the five haunted houses) to $35 (which includes the haunted houses and a 3D haunted movie).
4. Running just from Oct. 21 to Oct. 31 (closed the 24th and 26th, with a VIP night on the 25th) is Maines Mansion, which is more of a Halloween show that takes place in a Victorian at 2501 I St. The show is considered a dark melodrama that consists of audience participation and some humor, and lasts about 30 minutes. Admission is technically free, but donations for SunburstProjects.org—an organization that helps children and families in the Sacramento area who are affected by HIV/AIDS—are accepted.
5. Open from Oct. 29 to 31 is the Forest of Lost Souls in El Dorado Hills. It’s said to be the most intense and scariest home/garage haunt in El Dorado Hills, and this year includes the Twisted Haunted House. Cost of admission is $5 per person without a canned food item, $4 per person with 1 canned food item or $3 per person with 2 canned food items. Children 10 and under get in for free with 2 canned food items, but must be accompanied by an adult. All canned food items will be donated to the Food Bank of El Dorado County, and tickets to the event will donated to the Veteran Tickets Foundation.
6. In Antelope is Maldonado Manor, which is a family-run Haunted House that’s open Oct. 30 and 31. And admission is free, so if you’re already out that way, there’s no reason not to check it out! Address is 8148 Orchid Tree Way.