October 11, 2011 > Candle Lighters Ghost House
Candle Lighters Ghost House
By Mekala Neelakantan
Prepare to enter the "Haunted Hotel" beginning October 15. This year's Candle Lighters Ghost House, constructed by the local non-profit organization of approximately 130 women volunteers, is a perennial Halloween favorite. A midway of games, food and activities is always a big draw as well as a trip to otherworldly sights and sounds of the Ghost House. Witches, ghosts and goblins are in attendance as well to help the organization raise funds assisting non-profit groups and community projects throughout the Tri-City area.
Spooky fun begins at the 19th Century Chadbourne Carriage House on Fremont Boulevard for two weeks on October 15. Exciting days and nights of goblins, ghouls, witches, and warlocks is sure to be a great family experience for newcomers and has become a tradition for many who visit year after year. And the younger ones have nothing to fear; they can be escorted through the Haunted Hotel by "Good Fairies" who will protect them from the scary apparitions that scream and go bump in the dark. Hotel grounds include an array of games, goodies (including famous, fabulous caramel apples), country store and, on October 29, a Kiddie Parade and Scardie Tour. The parade and tour begin at 1 p.m.
The Ghost House is managed solely by Candle Lighters members and funded by sponsor donations, from construction to costume and makeup, to the entire Halloween magic of each evening. Students over the age of 12 or in junior high school are welcome to volunteer to help each year by completing a release form located on the Candle Lighters' website and attending a volunteer sign-up day at the Ghost House.
General admission for the Ghost House is $3, game tickets are 25 cents; a brand new addition to the Ghost House allows attendees to pre-purchase "Ghoul-pons," a perfect way to treat family and friends by giving them passes to various activities in the Ghost House. There are four types of Ghoul-pons: those good for two Ghost House tickets, for two plain caramel apples, $2.50 worth of Games tickets or for a $5 photo booth item.
For more information regarding becoming a sponsor, applying for project funding or becoming a volunteer, visit www.candlelighters.com or call (510) 796-0595.
Saturday, October 15 to Sunday, October 30
Monday through Thursday: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Fridays: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturdays: 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sundays: 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Chadbourne Carriage House at Fremont Hub
39169 Fremont Blvd., Fremont