Ghost Gulch 2003
Chadbourne Carriage House, Fremont
Reviewed by Hauntmaster: 10/15/2003
The Candle Lighter's is a non-profit organization of nearly
130 women volunteers dedicated to raising funds for non-profit
groups and community-based projects in the Fremont, Newark, and
Union City areas. Money is raised solely through their annual
haunted house held every October in and around the historic 19th
century Chadbourne Carriage House at the Fremont hub in Fremont.
2003 marks the 34th year of haunting for the Candle Lighter's
and this year's haunt is called Ghost Gulch and is filled
with the sights and sounds of an old west ghost town.
After being greeted by a very spooky yet friendly witch we
were ushered into the haunt by an ominous disembodied hand.
Allowed in, in our own small group, we hesitantly passed through
a black curtain and back in time to the old west.
As we wandered a dark twisting path past scenes of the
haunted southwest with wide desert vistas, a graveyard, an assay
office, a bloody barber shop, and a skeleton filled saloon, we
were really impressed with the quality of acting.
haunters at Ghost Gulch were local children. They have
obviously been instructed well because they stayed in perfect
character and knew their lines well. Each had a story to tell
relating to the room he/she was in. One particularly spooky
little girl running the assay office creepily warned those who
would try to give her "fool's gold" motioning to part
of the last person who tried. In the barber's shop a spooky shop
keeper asks the passerby if they would, "Like a cut?"
amongst the gore splattered set.
Separating the various scenes were dark drapes and mirrors.
More than once, while turning a corner, the Hauntmistress walked
directly into her reflection releasing a small scream.
If all of this sounds too scary for your little one don't
worry, there is a separate line to get in for "Good
Fairies". Entering from this line they'll make sure there
aren't too many frightful characters so even the youngest can
enjoy the event.
It was surprisingly spacious inside Ghost Gulch, even though the carriage
house is quite small looking from the outside. They really
planned the visitor's route well, packing in a lot of fun into a
small space. And at $2 (that goes to help charity) it is a great
In addition to the Ghost Gulch haunt, in the square
next to the carriage house there is a small carnival area with
games, face painting, photo booths, food, toys, and crafts for
On October 25th at 3 pm there will be a kiddie costume parade
Although aimed primarily at a younger audience we had a great
time at the Candle Lighter's Ghost Gulch. If you're in
the Fremont area this is a haunt your whole family will enjoy.
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||Oct. 15 - 30: Mon. - Thur., 6 pm - 9 pm; Fri., 6 pm - 10 pm; Sat., 1 pm - 10 pm; Sun. 1 pm - 9 pm
||The Chadbourne Carriage House, at the Fremont Hub on Fremont Blvd. at Mowry, Fremont
||510-796-0595 (General Info)
925-831-9721 (group and pre-sale tickets)