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The Halloween season is upon us and besides it being a time for Jack O’ Lanterns and spiderwebs, it’s a time to get the candy scared out of us. When you’ve exhausted your stack of scary movies, it might be time to wander through a haunted house or two for a scream-filled, skin-crawling kind of fun.

The Sacramento Press put together a list of several haunted houses in the area that are sure to make one’s hair stand straight.

Maines Haunted Mansion

Location: 2501 I St., Sacramento
Hours: Oct. 21-31 (except 24th and 26th)
7 – 11 p.m.
Admission: free – suggested donation

Promotional poster for this year’s show at the Maines Mansion

This traditional Midtown classic is now moving into its sixth year with a completely new show every year. This year brings a funeral parlour theme to Midtown as attendees play the role of a crowd that has come to see a funeral. Visitors will take part in a classic interactive melodrama, advertised by the family as Maines’ Funeral Emporium, as the attendees become a part of the plot. The story unfolds as visitors tour through the century-old Victorian house and attend a funeral at the end. Visitors will solve a mystery as they become enveloped in the action.

100 percent of the proceeds will go to Sunburst Projects, a nonprofit organization devoted to children with HIV/Aids and their families.

For the website, click here.

Fright Planet

Location: Cal Expo (formerly Raging Waters) 1600 Exposition Blvd.
Hours: Oct. 19-10, 23, 25-26, Nov. 1-2 open 7 – 10 p.m.
Oct. 21-22, 27, 30-31 open 7 – 11 p.m.
Oct. 28-29 open 7 – midnight
Admission: $19.95 general admission to all five haunts, $26.95 general admission plus one 3-D haunted movie,
For VIP prices, click here)

This theme park features five different haunts run by a total of 150 actors each night, all of whom had to undergo an intensive training session, for over 100 hours, which organizer Krystie Bolton said prepared actors to take on multiple roles such as walking and talking like a zombie.

Dead Man’s Lagoon- a new haunt in the style of “Pirates of the Caribbean”
Death row – not all of the cells are locked in this haunt
Psycho Midway – a “4-dimensional” carnival theme, which includes the classic scents (fourth dimension) reminiscent of your general carnival, with clowns
Blackout – playing off of the classic phobia, this haunt is completely pitch black
Pirates of Scurvy Island – this year’s newest haunt, which Bolton said is more theatrical than the others as actors play out a script and put on a show for visitors

For the website click here.

Haunted Hagan Screampark

Location: 2197 Chase Drive drive, Rancho Cordova at Hagan Community Park
Hours: Oct. 21-22, 28-29 open 7 – 11 p.m.
Oct. 23, 26-27, 30-31 open 7 – 10 p.m.
Admission: For one train ride and one entry into each haunt- $20 adults, $15 children 12 years and under
For train ride only- $8 adults, $5 children 12 years and under

Scarecrows in Haunted Hagan corn maze

Joel Watson, director of the former Heartstoppers Haunted House, brings his haunt to this premiere theme park. The park features several attractions, including Heartstopper’s Haunted House – an 1867 western town inundated by zombies with three different buildings to explore – and the former ScaryU Haunted House transformed into the all-new Hangtown Sideshow – a take on the classic traveling freak show, complete with the bearded lady, a juggler, a bed of nails and more.

In addition to the haunts, this theme park also features a spooky train ride to and from the haunts and a corn maze filled with scarecrows. An open courtyard holds all sorts of attractions for families with children in a non-scare zone.

For the website click here.


Location: 5415 Kenneth Ave., Fair Oaks at U Pick Pumpkins
Hours: Oct. 21-22, 28-29 open 7 – 11 p.m.
Oct. 23-27, 30-31 open 7 – 10 p.m.
Family-friendly hours (low-scare) 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $8, children 12 and under accompanied by an adult

The industrial room, one of several rooms throughout the haunt

Spawning from what began in 2002 as a fundraiser for his son’s school, Fair Oaks native Frank Babcock and joins with partner Troy Clapham to bring their haunt to the pumpkin patch this year with several unconventional scares sure to catch one off guard, multiple times.

In its first year as a professional haunt, this house has more than 20 actors playing multiple roles and producing scares from multiple rooms on a given night, and organizers still welcome more to participate.

Attendees will have to fight their way through this 600-foot-long house, which features several sections, each with different characters and fears to overcome, including The Parlor, which captures visitors in the cobwebs of antiquity as the furniture takes on a mind of its own, The Crypt, The Torture Room and the Industrial Room, among others, and according to organizers, the scares might not stop once you pass the threshold.

For the website click here.

Corbett’s House of Horror

Location: 1120 Galleria Blvd. across from the Roseville Galleria
Hours: Oct. 20, 23, 25-27 open 7 – 10 p.m.
Oct. 21-22 open 7 – 11 p.m.
Oct. 28-31 open 7 p.m. – midnight
Admission: $10 for one haunt, $20 for all four haunts

A nurse in the medical house

Corbett’s House of Horror is a premiere haunt in the former Expo Design Center and is open rain or shine. After 15 years worth of experience with home haunts, Steve Baker decided to partner with friends Jim Corbett and Jim Carey to bring the home haunt to a larger setting.

With more than 40 actors on any given night, Corbett’s House of Horrors offers four haunts:

The Hollywood Experience – an homage to several time-honored horror movies and their monsters such as Elvira and Freddy Krueger
Medical Center – playing off of classic phobias such as mad dentists, crazy doctors and insane asylums
Haunted “Carn-Evil” – A haunted carnival with clowns and tricks around every corner, including drop floors and
House of Horror – a take on the classic Halloween theme of haunted graveyards and the living dead

The idea for all four haunts spawned from four rooms that were featured in Baker’s home haunts.

With any mention of Sacramento Habitat for Humanity this Thursday, as a special event fundraiser, $5 of the ticket purchase will be donated to the charity.

For the website, click here.

Callson Manor

Location: 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville at Placer County Fairgrounds
Hours: Oct. 7-9, 13-16, 20-23, and 26-31 open 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 per haunt, $7 for all four mini attractions, and $23 for all eight attractions (see website for VIP tickets and combo pack)

In one of the haunts at Callson Manor

Back for its fourth year in Sacramento, Bryan Patterson’s pro haunt features four haunted houses, each with a different theme and level of scare. From greatest level to least:

Panic – a combination of several classic phobias, including claustrophobia
Vampire’s Crypt – described as one of the more popular of the year, this haunt includes a vampire bar and dance room
Miner’s Revenge – explore the mine shaft without getting stuck
Callson Manor Funeral Home – using real caskets as props, infested with zombies

A scare-free courtyard, described as the “safe zone,” is available to children and families with multiple photo opportunities with cast members and a Living Dead Stage featuring the Obsidian Butterfly fire dancers on some nights, and punk rock bands on others. The park features four mini attractions as well, including Senses (all senses will be tested if one dares), Maze Craze, Zombie Crawl and the Oddities Exhibit, with voodoo dolls and many other pieces to the collection.

For the website click here.

Forest of Lost Souls

Location: 485 Platt Circle, El Dorado Hills
Hours: Oct. 29 5 – 6:30 p.m for young trick-or-treaters, 6:30 – 8 p.m. for adults and teens
Oct. 30-31 6 – 9 p.m. for adults and teens
Admission: $5 per person without canned food item, or $4 with one canned food donation, and $3 with two canned food items.

Forest of Lost Souls 2010

What organizer Joe De Celle described as a “pro haunt out of the garage,” this attraction is featured right out of his three-car garage for its second year in El Dorado Hills, but De Celle’s seventh year putting on the home haunt. With 600 square feet to work with, this haunt features a maze intertwining five thematically different rooms with scares coming from any direction and builds a reputation on surpassing visitors’ expectations.

The maze starts with a mild scare, a classic phobia, and those who continue further enter "the Forest of Lost Souls."

De Celle uses security cameras throughout the haunt to keep surveillance on the guests. To view videos of the haunt from past years, click here.

A “scare-free” window is set early in the evening on the first night for younger children and families to go through the haunt without actors jumping out at them.

This is the first year admission is being charged. The haunt has partnered with Food Bank of El Dorado County and is trying to raise up to 300 pounds of non-perishable canned food items to donate by the end of the month.

For the website, click here.