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October 16, 2007 > Hauntings at Ardenwood

Hauntings at Ardenwood

By Anuja Seith

Goblins and ghouls, wobbly with exhilaration, are planning to roam local environs as the spooky season of Halloween approaches. Ghostly sounds will reverberate at Ardenwood Historic Farm offering a chilling and thrilling experience with haunted train rides and a frightfully confusing and fun corn maze.

The Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources (SPCRR) narrow gauge railroad group at the farm presents the haunted railroad for a ghoulishly fun ride. These trains take passengers through dark forest grooves and villages that SPCRR has created in the woods, and provides an exciting but not-so scary time. "We are geared to children 12 years and under so we want them to have fun without being frightened," says Barbara Culp, General Manager, SPCRR. Characters from books and T.V. like Winnie the Pooh peek out from amidst the woods to add a bit of fun during this pleasurable - but a bit spooky - ride. While waiting to begin this exciting journey, passengers can buy coffee, hot cider, tea, popcorn, ghost chasers (glow sticks), and cookies at the station. Proceeds will go to the non-profit railroad group. Some food proceeds will help support the nonprofit Patterson House Foundation.

Excitement at the farm doesn't end at the railroad depot. As you step off the train, eerie corn fields are waiting. Only brave and adventurous souls will challenge the depths of the haunted corn maze in the darkness of night. Those who enter will need a clear head and caution to find the correct path and make their way safely through this living labyrinth. Bring along a family member or friend to cling to when you roam this life size puzzle; this ghostly jaunt might last for 45 minutes...or much longer.

While working your way through it, you may find yourself turning around and looking over your shoulder. Survivors from previous years in the maze have reported unnatural and chilling rustling sounds as they wandered within the maize. Some shrug is off, saying it is nothing but an illusion on a cold, dark and windy night. Others are not so sure about that explanation. Who knows what else lurks within the cornfield?


Halloween at Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

Haunted Railroad
Friday - Sunday, Oct 19 - 28
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Sunday: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)
Tickets: $6 Adults (13 and older); $4 children (3-12 years)
(510) 796-0199

Haunted Corn Maize
Friday - Saturday, Oct 12 - 30
After 7 p.m.
Tickets: $8 Adults (12 and up); $6 children (6-11 years)
(510) 205-8314
Not recommended for children under eight years

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