The gears are turning for the tenth anniversary of California’s Great America Halloween Haunt. Have you got your skeleton key ready for 10 Years of Fears?
In a throwback to their very first Haunt, Great America presents the Backwoods Maze. With an inspired set designed to throw you into the creepiest camping trip you can imagine, let’s check into our cabin in the woods. Let the full moon light your way….
Several other mazes are back again this season, including Zombie High, Toy Factory, CornStalkers, Madame Marie’s Massacre Manor, Roadkill Roadhouse, and one of my favorites, the Wax Museum Chamber of Horrors. With a mix of wax and flesh, we encounter the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Nosferatu, and a possessed Reagan with her exorcist priest, to name a few. Watch your back! You won’t be able to tell the wax figures from their stalking counterparts!
The Haunt’s other new maze of the year is Chaos House, and no better name could have been chosen. This madhouse is an experience in sensory overload, from its winding mirrored corridors and strobe lights that have you wondering whether that reflection belongs to yourself or your evil twin. Can you find your way out before your doppelganger gets you?
As you make your way around the park, you won’t be able to avoid the three Scare Zones. Will you die laughing in Jester Town? Or maybe the storybook characters in Feary Tales will spin you a story that will enchant you for a thousand years. Then again, you might be tempted to join the dead army that is summoning you to Underworld Alley.
If you’re in the mood for a show, then sit a spell in Ed Alonzo’s Psycho Circus of Magic & Mayhem. You might remember Ed Alonzo from his role on the classic teen sitcom Saved by the Bell. He was the madcap magician Max who ran the school canteen. Now he’s joined by five very lovely assistants who will mesmerize you with classic disappearing acts and bizarre magic. But don’t neglect the other shows, Nytewalkers, Blood Drums, and my new favorite, Sideshow. Combining today’s top music with zombies and acrobatic displays, this outdoor attraction will be a favorite with the whole family.
Do you still have your skeleton key? Use it to unlock secret adventures at Post Mortem, Aftershock, Witch’s Lair, A51, and Panic Room: Escape. In the Panic Room, your key won’t let you back out, so keep your thinking cap on if you want to get out alive!!!
The Great America Halloween Haunt is open weekends through October 29, 2017. For more information and tickets, visit https://www.cagreatamerica.com/play/haunt.
Kimberly is a writer for Jen is on a Journey. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, natural wellness proponent, synesthete, steering wheel drummer, seasoned book club member, weather wimp and bad tennis player. Her introspective travel writings have garnered the praise of several friends, two kids and a husband, a dog named Wolfie and a cat named Lavender. She was hatched and raised in Missourah, but has traveled the world and now hangs out in a beautiful little California valley, playing trivia, and belting out karaoke. Her latest endeavor is recipe-based blog that you can find at www.goaheadandbiteme.com.
Media passes were offered for this review, all opinions are 100% our own.