Otis & Lester...can you get past them?
Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds is where you will find Otis, an imposing man with a scarred, baldhead and Lester, a scumbag carnie with a greasy mullet. They live at the old barn on county property where they help care for the aged bearded lady, trimming and shaving any stray hairs she might have. It has been rumored that Otis and Lester are cannibals.Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds has 3 venues. The first up is a live stage show with entertaining dancers before an impressive backdrop followed by a 3-D maze featuring bright colors and brilliant 3-D artwork. It sets the tone for an affable adventure. But next is the Old Barn where Lester & Otis live. Long dark mazes lead you into the gruesome, perverse and gory realm of carnie cannibals. The kitchen was stuff nightmares are made of and the attic deeply disturbing. Well set pneumatics, detailed scenes and fervent actors make this haunt astonishingly intense. Beware Bearded Lady.The final maze of metal fencing, blinding strobes and thunderous music was plagued with creatures that were no help in leading me out of its puzzling paths.For a family friendly adventure be sure to arrive before 6:00pm during the lights on tour. After that…well, just see if you can get through alive.
Looking for a night of terror and excitement? Then get on over to Maris Farms Haunted Woods. Maris Farms Haunted Woods is a self-guided trek with plenty of frights to fill the night. As you precede the corn maze leads you in and out of decrypted outbuildings and down wooded trails. I was particularly impressed with the length of the haunt. The actors are marvelous and well costumed. Each scene looks carefully planned, properly light and well themed.A particularly ominous gas masked creature gave me a good fright as we walked by unsuspectingly. Another being in the pitch black maze inquired what my fears were just before I got a shocking surprise. Creatures stalked us down long stretches of corn before disappearing back into the fields only to show up again later. There was a sinister school bus, disorienting vortex tunnel, iniquitous clown house and spongy flooring. The black & white maze was remarkable and the vibrating flooring quite a treat. While the chainsaws rev and the screams fill the night you are warned that you have to try to get past Mama.Maris Farms Haunted Woods will have long lines this weekend, so plan on making it a night with plenty of concessions and roaming ghouls to keep you entertained. My only complaint is that I did not visit before!
The Fright Factory has all the elements of a fantastic haunt.
Held in an off the beaten path town, in a rural residential neighborhood, inside a deserted house, yard & shack only things missing were 2 headed cows & mutant children. Inside this foreboding house was a vast array of sinister creatures, twisted clowns and some fresh meat for lunch. The scenes were flawlessly set with gore and grime, the actors’ obsessive while never breaking character. The door room was unrivaled and keeps you busy; the black maze truly unsettling and the bathroom scene made me want to run for bleach & a scrub brush.
Be sure to take in the electrocution scene & movie theater for special treats.
The Fright Factory is a must see this spooky season.
Evil Dead, The Musical is a live stage show that takes all the elements of Sam Raimi’s cult horror classic Evil Dead trilogy and combines them into the only musical with a splatter zone.The sets are excellent with familiar items from the movies (Loved the moose head) and the campy lines & catchy songs were well presented by the outstanding cast. My personal favorites were the hilarious “What the F*ck was that?” song and the oversexed Tree scene.Now let’s talk about the cast. They were brilliant! Perfectly in character, extremely enthusiastic, and well costumed. And there was a lot of screaming, dancing around, and BLOOD. This musical is destined to be a cult classic in its own. Must SEE
The splatter zone seat in front of us
Paradise Theater’s Theater of Lost Souls invited us to take a guided tour with Sir Archibald where the spirits of HORROR Celebrities would rise to scare the living so we did!This is a low gore theatrical haunt with oodles of visuals and brilliant campy lines. Many of the gags will go over young heads, but are entertaining for adults. While the spirits are interacting with the patrons be sure to check out the scenes for curious items. This production is held indoor and outdoors so be sure to where suitable clothing & shoes. I didn’t and my cape may never be the same; but it was well worth it.Theater of Lost Souls is perfect for first timers and families for a night of thrills, chills and laughter.
Rutledge Corn Maze in Olympia is a working farm that offers one price for 2 mazes to navigate. The Captain Phil Harris Memorial Maze is the large corn maze you go through with a flashlight on Friday & Saturday nights and is great fun for the whole family.The Haunted Maze is the smaller maze where small groups are releases to encounter the monsters that roam within. If strobe light troubles you, this one is not recommended, as that is the only lighting and with no set opening time can be quite a wait.
Hauntownsend "Carnival of the Twilight" is a dark attraction that takes you through the twists and turns of a carnival freak show.
This haunt is not just to be seen, but to truly be experienced.
The each scene was a wonderful choice for a carnival theme and well set with a plethora of detail. The sound track was exceptional having the most excellent blend of song & effects for each vignette without being overbearing or bleeding into the next room. (a very difficult task!)
The actors timing was just right with their deliberately sinister movements being completely intimidating. The suspension bridge & bouncy floors caught me off guard and the vortex tunnel left me dizzy. I was totally creeped out by the doll room, found myself singing Happy Birthday to Sven and overheard a patron say the snake charmer was “hot”. Be sure to find the humongous jumping spider.
Port Townsend might be a bit of a trek for most, but well worth the road trip to experience this unique dark attraction.
This year Nightmare at Beaver Lake takes you down the rabbit hole for a peek into their abnormal world. You can tell a lot of time, energy, and planning went into this haunt with each vignette showing a different nightmare.
You start out by going down the rabbit hole to encounter Alice and her friends, but from here it gets really twisted. While walking down the dark foreboding forest trail you encounter enormous snorting animals. Next up a vortex tunnel places you into a carnival with a Trebuchet; be sure to stop and play the toss game to win a stuffed animal.
New Orleans appears complete with vampires, and then a cemetery filled with the walking dead. You finally end up in the insane asylum where you need to be sure to investigate all the inhabitants and its electrocution room.
Scare Productions performance artists were top notch. They menaced, hissed and popped out in unpredicted places. In several scenes they called us by name and a vampire in the Public House tried to entice me to stay awhile; while his offer sounded tempting one look at those teeth made me run.
Don’t forget…. they are all MAD there~
The Pirates of Emerson has moved after 18 years and is now pillaging the Alameda County Fairgrounds with more spirits than a bottle of Rum.
The whole compound is intricately themed and the pirate souls that roam never break character even while chasing a skirt or dueling an adversary.
This year there’s “Monions” to purchase are for the superfluous attractions inside like Steam Punk Car and CarnEvil games.
There are 5 haunts if you can live to tell the tale; Dig of the Dead, Kill-Billy’s Cabin, (where I swear I heard banjo music) Night Scare before Christmas, (You’ll never think of Christmas the same again) Mannibal Lab (experiments gone disgustingly wrong) and the constantly remarkable Pirates of Emerson. Ever bewildering Bilge Rat Maze is on sight if you care to find your way out. Miserably, I did not and had to be saved.
For a full night of Yoho’s and frights, be sure to visit Pirates of Emerson.
Dead Times Dreams claims it is a journey into the deepest reaches of the mind, not something you watch, but something you experience.
And they are right!
Being its 1st year in Pleasanton this smallish tent haunt has a lot to offer. Swollen with props and FX it is worth taking your time in order to see the details, IF you can keep from running from the fiends that lurk within. The lasers FX were great, and I enjoyed the video “windows” in the Asylum. Be sure to look “up” the monstrous creature in the butcher room.
Producing an event in the bay area is difficult, but this haunt has the scares to make it.