Local frightful attractions2 min read

Krystal Alvarado, Staff Writer

De Anza College students are buzzing about the Halloween attractions going on this year.

“Great America gets better and better every year,” said Liz Sanchez, 19, bioscience major. “Winchester Mystery House is cheaper but Great America’s Haunt is more scary and thrilling, more of a jump thrill.”

“(Great America’s Halloween Haunt) is not scary; don’t waste your money. The Winchester Mystery flashlight tour is a good one,” said Joe Martinez, 27, marketing major.

Local Halloween attractions include:

•Halloween Haunt consists of eight mazes, three scare zones, and five shows. Two new maze themes this year include Dia De Los Muertos and Zombie High. A 2014 gold or platinum season pass holder can enjoy this attraction for free. Single admission tickets are available online at a discount.

•The Winchester Mystery House, located in San Jose, offers flashlight tours during the Halloween season. During the month of October, the house also has a ½ acre straw maze. According to the website, there have been numerous reports of paranormal activity and psychics say three spirits currently reside in the mansion.

•Dead Time Dreams Haunted Attractions offers three new mazes located in San Jose. The mazes include Outbreak, House of Voodoo, and The Dead Zone. As guests are waiting in line to enter the mazes The Dead Time Dreams Haunted Attractions preshow debuts scary creatures and monsters to the crowd. Tickets to this attraction are $20 with a $3 discount for groups consisting of 20 people or more.

Olivia Salazar, 19, undeclared major, suggested another site for a good scare. “Fear Overload at the Fairgrounds, it’s pretty thrilling. It’s named to be the scariest in California. Great America’s Halloween Haunt is semi-scary, more interesting and fun,” she said.

A helpful tip when going to the haunted attractions is to not dress up in costume. Halloween Haunt and Dead Times Dream Haunted Attractions both state costumes are not allowed upon entrance. Also, avoid bringing children under the age of 13.

Halloween is fast approaching and these attractions won’t be here for long. Enjoy this Halloween season with a fun and frightful time.

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