Every year in October, local haunted houses start to pop-up all over the Sacramento region, offering a wide variety of wickedly themed haunts, insanely impressive special effects, set designs and all-too-real make-up on (gasp!) live actors that will make you jump out of your skin. Whether you’re looking for a spooky date night or something to do with a big group of friends, you can’t go wrong hitting up one of these six local spots to let out some screams. Enter if you dare!
Bertha’s Haunted House on Old Spanish Drive in Stockton has a fun, mom-and-pop feel, debuting in a family’s front yard in 2010 in honor of their beloved grandma, Bertha. This year’s theme is “Sinister Swamp: Where Humans Become Animals,” and they’ll only be open a handful of dates: Oct. 26, 27, 30 and 31, as well as Nov. 2. It’s just a $5 donation per person, kids under 13 not recommended. Check them out at Facebook.com/BerthasHauntedHouse for more info.
Cemetarium Haunted House, operated by Terror in the Night Halloween Productions, is another homegrown, family owned haunt that has been creeping people out for 17-plus years. This year they’ll be located at Sacramento Raceway (5305 Excelsior Road), a new space for them, which offers a lot more room for more scares, including three total attractions: Psycho Circus, Zombie Heights and Cemetarium. They open Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. and will be open through Nov. 2. Check out Terrorinthenighthalloweenproductions.com for specific times and dates, including several “low scare” options for a more family friendly setting. Prices vary from $8 to $35, so look them up online.
Corbett’s House of Horrors located in Davis is already open! This year’s theme is “Fear Farm,” and they’ll be serving up screams through Halloween night. Three haunted attractions are featured including their new Scarecrow Corn-Trail and Zombie Paintball Shootout. Prices start at $12 and go up depending on options and perks. Some of their designers and artists have been seen on HGTV and DIY’s Yard Crashers and Turf Wars, so you’re sure to love the set designs. Check out Corbettshouseofhorror.com or Facebook.com/FearFarmDavis for more. Address is 46500 County Road 32B, Davis.
The Haunted Pumpkin Patch in Grass Valley is celebrating their 10th year as a pumpkin patch by day, haunted house by night. Expect a charming home-grown vibe where the community chips in to help build and open (they still take their scaring seriously though). Their haunt and maze are scheduled to open Oct. 19, but you’ll want to check Thehauntedpumpkinpatch.com or Facebook.com/thehauntedpumpkinpatch to be sure. Located at 11263 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, across from Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Heartstoppers Haunted House in Rancho Cordova does not pull their punches and is considered one of the best scares in town, having perfected their craft over their 12-plus year run. This year they’ll have four main haunts: Deadlands, Underland 3D, The Ward and Murk. They’re open 13 total days now through Nov. 2. Passes range from $25 to $90. Look up Heartstoppershaunt.com or Facebook.com/heartstoppers for more info. Address is 2300 Mine Shaft Lane, Rancho Cordova (the building itself is rumored to be actually haunted, so yeah, there’s that, too!).
Ultimate Terror Scream Park is arguably the biggest and best haunted house in Sacramento, if not the most famous, as they’ve been featured on nearly every major television network. Three elaborate haunts await: The Bride, Screech Ward and their signature attraction, Morbid Manor. We’re talking big budget stuff here, people. Scream Park spared no expense so that their attractions look and feel “Hollywood level.” They’re open now through Nov. 2, with ticket prices ranging from $27.99 to $51.99 depending on when you go and what level pass you want. Get all the details at Screamparkcalifornia.com. Not recommended for kids 12 and under. Address is 4909 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento.
**This write-up first appeared in print on page 6 of issue #302 (Oct. 9 – 23, 2019)**