October 8, 2013 > Spooky hosts await visitors at "Ghost House"
Spooky hosts await visitors at "Ghost House"
By Isabella Ohlmeyer
Plunge into the Halloween spirit and become bewitched with a haunting blend of witches, ghouls, fairies, and warlocks at the Candle Lighters 44th annual "Ghost House" event. The spooky fun is family-friendly and will occur Saturday, October 12 through the 30th at the 19th century Chadbourne Carriage House in Williams Historical Park on Fremont Boulevard.
This annual fundraising event began in 1969 when a group of women volunteers launched a fundraising drive to build a new YMCA building with a passion for giving back to their community. Founding president of Candle Lighters, Anita DeDomenico, initially came up with the idea of the "Ghost House" and it has continued as a successful holiday tradition. Since it began forty-four years ago, the Candle Lighters' non-profit organization has raised over 1.5 million dollars from this event.
"We are a community organization raising money to fund grants to other non-profit organizations in the Tri-City area, which includes Fremont, Newark, and Union City. All profits are given back to the community," said Terri Schinkel, current Candle Lighters president.
Each year, a thrilling theme is chosen for the "Ghost House"; this year's visitors will enter "Camp Fear." When people visit Camp Fear, they will see a haunted campground where visitors may cautiously tip-toe their way into an eerie forest, visiting a ranger station, first aid station, and haunted campsites, where witches, ghosts, goblins are waiting with special greetings. For safety reasons, guests will not be allowed to wear masks during their visit. Children and those who desire protection from aggressive denizens of the forest can be escorted by "Good Fairies" to bypass their haunts.
Kids can enjoy games such as wheel of fortune, bean bag toss, ring toss, and a treasure chest game where there are few tricks but plenty of treats for everyone to enjoy. At the food booth, hot dogs, corn dogs, candy, soda, coffee, chips and the ever-popular caramel apple booth will satisfy hungry visitors. Don't forget to stop by the ghoulish general store filled with Halloween themed toys and jewelry.
Mark your calendars for the Kiddie Costume Parade on Saturday, October 26 at 1 p.m., also hosted by the Candle Lighters and musically led by the American High School band.
"The Ghost House is a fun, community-filled atmosphere with a lot of history. Kids enjoy it and it is a nice, affordable family event," said Schinkel. Admission to the Ghost House is $3, and game tickets are 25 cents each. Free parking is available at the Fremont Hub shopping center.
For more information on the haunted event, becoming a sponsor, or to apply to be a volunteer for future events, visit www.candlelighters.com.
Saturday, Oct 12 - Tuesday, Oct 30
Tuesday - Thursday: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 26
Chadbourne Carriage House
Fremont Hub Shopping Center
(between Mowry and Walnut Ave. by Chili's)
39169 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
Tickets: $3 per person, game tickets 25¢ each