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October 12, 2004 > Halloween Fun in the Tri-Cities

Halloween Fun in the Tri-Cities

by By Ceri Hitchcock-Hodgson

Ghoul Gardens:

Scare up some fun this month with haunted attractions throughout the Tri-City Area.

For thirty-five frightfully fun years, the Candle Lighters have presented their annual Haunted House and Carnival on the Fremont Boulevard perimeter of the Hub Shopping Center. Ghoul Gardens, held at the historical Chadbourne Carriage House on Fremont Boulevard, has been a Halloween staple and it's easy to see why with a kid-friendly atmosphere and renowned haunted house. For younger children and the faint at heart, a "good fairy" will escort you through the house keeping ghosts and goblins at bay.

On October 23rd, the Kiddie Parade will unleash a cavalcade of costumes starting at 3 p.m.

The Ghost House is open daily from October 16 through October 30, hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Friday 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission is $2. Group & pre-sale Tickets can be purchased by calling 925- 831-9721 or 925- 417-0800. For general information, call (510) 796-0595 or visit

Pirates of Emerson:
Can you handle 35,000 of ghoulish fun? Pirates of Emerson is back for its lucky thirteenth year and it will surely be a time to remember. Voted one of the top thirteen haunted houses in the country by Hauntworld Magazine, this popular Bay Area attraction has added 5,000 square feet this year for a total of 35,000 square feet of terror.

Pirates of Emerson is open Wednesday through Sunday with additional nights on Monday the 25th and Tuesday the 26th, with the final night on October 31st. Hours are 7 - 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 - 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

General admission is $15 which includes Main Haunt, Pirates of the Deep 3-D and the Spider Web Maze. A V.I.P combo pass for $25 will get you to the front of the lines and the $50 ticket gets you the V.I.P. pass plus a backstage, after hours, guided tour. For more information visit their website or call 510-657-2121.

Ghost Train:
The SPCRR narrow gauge railroad at Ardenwood Historic Farm will attempt to navigate the nearby dark forests and bring passengers back to civilization along 1 1/2 miles of track. Spooky, but not too spooky, this ride has been a favorite Halloween haunt for many years. This rail line will operate on October 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Trains depart every 30 minutes. The ride is $5 for adults and $3 for children (3-12 years old). Children 2 and under ride for free. Wheelchair accessible. Advance tickets are available at the Bookend Bookstore in Newark (510) 797-4100 and on Sundays at the Ardenwood Train Museum. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. For more information and group tickets, call (510) 796-9164 or toll free (866) 417-7277.

Corn Maze
It may not be spooky, but it can be a unique experience for city dwellers. It is easy to get lost in a tall corn field and when a maze has been carved out in the field, it can get even more interesting. Try your luck at figuring out the correct path to the end when entering the Ardenwood fall attraction. Corn Cops are available to help out if a helpful hand is required.

For haunting fun, try the "Haunted Maze" that occurs every Friday and Saturday night starting on October 15th. The rustling sound heard within the maze is probably just the wind, but who knows what else lurks within! The Haunted Maze is not recommended for children under 8 years of age.

The Maze
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
(510) 205-8314

Tuesday - Friday
4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Adults - $6
Children (age 6 -11) - $4
Children 5 and under - Free with paying adult

Haunted Maze

Friday & Saturday nights after dusk
Adults - $7
Children (ages 6 -11) - $5

Halloween Carnival:

A fun and safe to alternative to Trick-or-Treating can be found at Union City's annual Halloween Carnival located at the Holly Community Center. Children ages 3 - 12 (accompanied by their parents) can tour the Youth Committee's Haunted House, play ghoulish games, win fun prizes, and snack on tasty treats. The carnival begins at 2 p.m. and winds down at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 31st.

Holly Community Center is located at 31600 Alvarado Blvd in Union City. For more information contact Corina Hahn at 510-675-5277.

Fall Festival

An alternative to Halloween activities awaits the whole family at this annual festival to celebrate Autumn. This is a fun and safe event held from 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Christian Community Schools, 39700 Mission Boulevard, Fremont. For more information, call (510) 651-KIDS.

Fall Candle Light Tours

The Patterson House is open for inspection in October in a warm candlelight setting. Ghosts are kept at bay and are asked to not interrupt visits to this historic home. Tours will be held from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 22 & 29; Saturday, October 23, 30.

Ardenwood House
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
(510) 791-4196
Tour Admission $6 (10 years or older, please)

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