Found: Your (Haunted) Alternatives to Fright Planet

By Kellie Edson

Are you ready to get creeped out this October? As the air is finally getting cooler, it seems like we can finally look toward Halloween and the Fall. And with Halloween comes not only the release of some scary movies – can you say Sinister and Paranormal Activity 4?? – but also  the dozens of Haunted Houses that pop up in and around Sacramento.

Fright Planet of course leads this charge, but I wanted to talk about the (perhaps) lesser-known haunts around the area. Now I am the biggest chicken ever, so it’s sadistic of me to want to see either of those movies or go to any of these haunted houses…but a part of me is curious.

First off there is Maines Mansion. In it’s sixth year of operation and located a 2501 I St, this house offers FREE admission each year but gladly accepts a donation to benefit Sunburst Projects, a nonprofit that serves children and families with HIV/Aids. It is noted as moderately scary and one that is family friendly. AKA – on that I might actually be able to handle! From what I’ve heard, it’s not your chainsaw, blood and guts, typical haunted house. But the storyline is great and the effects and actors fantastic as you take a long tour of this spooky Victorian house. Be prepared to wait, though. We tried to go last year ON Halloween and they had cutoff the line because it was already to the point of as many groups that could fit within the timeframe. Go early. Open October 21-31 from dusk till whenever.

Next, there is Dave’s Haunted Corn Maze in West Sacramento.  Dave’s is open Dusk till midnight October 5 through Halloween (Friday and Saturday nights) and is also open Halloween Week the 28-31.  Also known as the “field of screams” there is a story about Clyde and his missing scarecrows detailed on their website that will set the scene as you wander in.  Corn mazes and scares, what could be more Halloween than that?

Source: Fair Oaks Patch

Third, there is the Cemetarium at U-Pick Pumpkins in Fair Oaks. This one boasts 15,000 sq feet of outdoor terror and originally started as a fundraiser for the creator’s son’s school in 2002. It has just recently turned professional haunt. The cool thing about this one is if you come between 7 and 7:30 they provide family friendly tours and then after 7:30 you get the real scares. So there is something for everyone. Open October 12-14 and 18-31.

And finally there is Heart Stoppers Haunted House in Rancho Cordova. Let this old promo video speak for itself – this one looks SCARY. Newly relocated to the mineshaft building off highway 50, it was once an arcade and mini golf family entertainment center, and has been abandoned for years.  This elaborate haunt includes 4 separate haunted houses, The Deadlands, Dr Lash’s Sideshow, Hangtown and Steamghast Asylum. Prices range from $20-50. The $50 price is the Wicked Wicker Wheel Chair and is only sold on site to 3 people per night. “For this insane ride of your life, you will be strapped into a wheelchair, then one of our lead characters will push you through all four haunted houses… alone.” If that doesn’t satisfy your need for terror, I don’t know what will.

Do you know of any other great scares in the area? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Halloween Haunting!

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