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Araceli Lopez

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Great America’s Halloween Haunt review

October is the time of heavy sweaters, warm beverages and thriller films. Halloween is near. Halloween encourages candy, costumes, and horror flicks to play on loop. With Halloween comes the anticipation of the unknown, of questioning what is lurking in the dark.

Opening ceremony of the annual Halloween Haunt at the entrance of California’s Great America in Santa Clara

[/media-credit] Opening ceremony of the annual Halloween Haunt at the entrance of California’s Great America in Santa Clara

With 17 spooky attractions at Great America’s Halloween Haunt, now is the time to test push fears to their limit.

Great America’s Halloween Haunt is open from Sept. 25 – Oct. 31 on weekends after 6 p.m.

For the weekend of Oct. 16, 17 and 18 for Great America offers College Nights for Halloween Haunt. Admission is Friday, Oct. 16 and 17 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 18 from 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. You must purchase your Halloween Haunt Ticket online at www.cagreatamerica.com using the promo code: CNHH located at the top right corner of the website and click “Go.” The general admission is $35.99, with the college student discount; it is only $28 for the weekend Oct. 16-18 for Halloween Haunt only. Processing fees will apply.

Halloween Haunt featured nine different horror themed mazes, including a new Dia De Los Muertos maze and an InSanitarium maze.

There are four scare zones where you could not simply walk around, only walk through, with ominous lighting, well placed fog machines and lurking characters waiting to scare park goers.

Four different live shows feature fantastic dancers were an upbeat contrast, where even in costume, gave the night life and positive energy.

Fright Lane + Skeleton Key passes are $55.99, allows access to the front of every maze line. Skeleton Keys holders were led into secret Skeleton rooms in certain mazes: a secret room that you would have to experience for yourself.

By the third themed maze, voices were almost lost from so much screaming.

Public Relations Manager of Great America, Roger Ross said this entire event appeals to the 13-year-old and up crowd; young adults are the Haunt’s audience.

Other attractions such as Killer Klown Town and the Toy Factory were avoided for obvious reasons: clowns and living dolls. It does not help when there are characters waiting outside, beckoning an audience and sneaking up on others.

During the Haunt, the park’s rides are still open, so while taking a break from screaming in a maze, you can scream from fear of a sudden drop in Drop Zone.

“The Halloween Haunt was so much fun,” Denee Lopez, 20, Child Development major said. “Every maze had me scared and made me feel like I was a part of a horror movie!”

Watching people get scared by a quiet clown is definitely worth getting scared over and over again, to the point of a hoarse voice.

For more information and tickets, visit http://www.cagreatamerica.com/haunt or call (408) 986-5853.