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Halloween Activities in the Bay Area by Mitchell Fulfer

What says Halloween like a carved pumpkin or a scary haunted house? Halloween traditions set it apart from all the other holidays during the year. The Bay Area has different ways that you can get scared or just get in the Halloween spirit.

In the Bay Area there are numerous haunted attractions that you can visit. Some may not be age appropriate for kids but they would mention if it is mature audiences only. For example, the top rated haunted house in California is located in San Leandro and it is called Fear Overload Scream Park. Right across the water in the east bay. It features 2 haunted houses, including one that you can only use a flashlight in. On certain nights, there is live entertainment to entertain the guests in the queue lines. The haunt has been ranked Best Haunted House in California by hauntworld.com and “Best in the West” by Forbes. The haunt runs 23 days in the month of October including halloween night. This haunt is recommended for mature audiences only because of its intensity and graphic nature. The owners of this haunt also have another haunted attraction called Ultimate Terror Scream park located in Sacramento. Tickets range from $25-$75. That ranges from basic admission to both haunted attractions to admission to both locations of haunted attractions in San Leandro and Sacramento. “I went to Fear Overload in 2015” says NDNU junior, Eli Leslie, “it was a blast.”

Along with Fear Overload in San Leandro and Ultimate Terror in Sacramento, there is a haunted attraction that is located more central in the peninsula. Great America in Santa Clara hosts an annual Halloween Haunt throughout the month of October. It features 8 haunted houses, 4 shows, and 3 “scare zones” The “scare zones” are different areas with themes that guests walk through on their walk to the next haunted house. The rides are also open when the haunt is open. The haunt opens its gates at 7pm and closes at 1am. “It’s an overall awesome experience” says Junior Alex Campbell “you are constantly surrounded by someone trying to scare you or by the scary decorations.” The themes of the haunted houses vary from a Bed & Breakfast to a backwoods cornfield to a demented toy factory. The haunt closes October 30th.

If the haunted houses are too intense for your taste, there are a couple of pumpkin patches in the surrounding areas of Belmont. These are more of a family friendly way to get in the Halloween spirit. There is a pumpkin patch with a inflatable slides and different activities near NDNU. Both on El Camino Real, just in opposite directions. There is one located across from CVS in San Mateo about 3 minutes from campus and the other is located towards San Carlos a couple of lights.

Whether you want to be scared or just carve a pumpkin or two there are plenty of opportunities across the bay area. Halloween only comes once a year so be sure to get in the halloween spirit somehow.

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