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Blind Scream Haunted Houses

1500 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park

Reviewed 10/11/14 by Hauntmistress

Blind Scream Haunted Houses is back haunting the North Bay this year. It is located in the former Agilent campus, which is now the mixed-use Sonoma Mountain Village. The location offers plenty of parking, a large indoor room that houses the haunts, and clean and spacious bathrooms (very important when they aim to scare the … well, you know what I mean).

There are three walk-through haunted houses at Blind Scream: The Swamp Shack, Carnicus, and Blackout.

The first haunt we entered was The Swamp Shack, which we were told was the scariest of the three. The theme is a swampy Bayou in Louisiana's Deep South, the dwelling of Mama Sante Hunter, supposed Voodoo witch. As we entered we were warned by a hillbilly to keep walking or we would be buried like the others, in his swamp. As we walked through there were a few surprises that I particularly liked, such as a creature almost jumping on us and a wall almost falling on us. The haunt did a good job of making us feel like we were walking through the Bayou. All the evil and distressing backwood stereotypes are there. There is an authentic looking boat and lanterns that guided our way through the “swamp”, voodoo witches, murderous inbreds, and cannibal hicks. The haunt was very well done, with a few scenes that were so detailed they looked like someone actually lived there (if one was inclined to live in a backwoods dwelling…). The journey took us through the aforementioned swamp and through the dwellings of evil women, including Lucy and creepy daughter Belle. The actors, which were plentiful, were wonderful, as were their costumes and make-up. The haunt took us about 5 minutes to walk through, and I keep a pretty quick pace.

Next we entered Carnicus, which we were told was more funny than scary. The Great P.T. Hunter offers up this bloody Big Top with Monkey Boy, Goat Girl, evil clowns, and an assortment of other creepy characters. Upon entering, P.T. sets up the haunt for you with a rhyming soliloquy. Someone give this guy an Academy Award right now! He was magnificent in his character, funny but scary, and completely captivating. “Hear the music, hear the sounds, wait until, you see the clowns!” he warned.  He expertly set the tone for the haunt and made us excited to go through. The circus atmosphere was wonderful throughout the haunt, and from the Jack in the Box to the clowns, to the creepy girls, the actors were once again top notch and ready for us when we entered the rooms. One of my favorite things was the way the walls of the haunt in certain parts were the same pattern as the curtains that we were supposed to walk through. This was a disconcerting effect and had me running into multiple walls. Toward the latter part of the haunt we were given 3-D glasses and treated to some well-painted scenes. It took us about 7 minutes to go through this haunt. It ended up being our favorite of the three haunted houses at Blind Scream. It was funny at times, as we had been told, but it was also scary and fun!

Next we entered Blackout. As its name implies, this is a walk through the dark. However, it’s not pitch black because the lights from the ceiling cannot be completely blocked out. It gets pretty dark at times however, making it difficult to make out what the actors are wearing or their make-up. But they were still spooky and menacing. Because the main attraction of the haunt is the blackness, there is not that much to look at as you walk through. It took us about 4 minutes to walk through.

One of the things I really liked that Blind Scream offers is Creature Features Cinema. It is a curtained off room adjacent to the haunts with comfortable chairs and couches where you can take a rest between haunts and watch horror shorts. Your host for the evening is Al Omega. He offers interesting trivia and insights into the movies and even offers you a piece of candy.

Blind Scream also offers The Last Ride, in which you get into a coffin on its way to the grave... I love haunts but a girl has to draw the line somewhere, so there’s not much I can tell you about it other than the younger patrons I watched climb in, exited with smiles on their faces.

On Friday and Saturday nights you’ll see Hooter’s Zombie Girls roaming around for you to take photos with, and vendors that will sell you sodas and jewelry.

All in all, this is a great value for $20!

Be sure to take a look at our Events Calendar or our map of pumpkin patches and haunted houses to find all the other great events going on in the Bay Area.

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When Oct. 10-12, 16-19, 22-26, 28-Nov. 1, 2014, 7 pm-10 pm (open until 11 pm certain nights; see website below)
Where 1500 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park
Admission $20
Contact www.blindscream.com

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