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The Chamber of Chills

Malloy's Bar, 1655 Old Mission Rd., Colma

Reviewed: 10/15/2004

Looks like the Colma/Daly City area finally has itself a haunt, as The Chamber of Chills has set up shop behind Malloy's Tavern in Colma!

Malloy's is registered as an historical landmark and features beer on tap, music, pool, and an outside patio.  Now, just beyond the patio, they have a haunted house and other fun family activities, sponsored by the Colma/Daly City Chamber of Commerce and created by Intermission Productions.

The area the Chamber of Chills occupies has a small carnival-like feel to it.  There are games, balloons, Halloween decorations, and good eats: hot dogs, Cold Stone Creamery ice cream, and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  Each weekend through Halloween there are special events planned for the kids.  Weekend activities include meet and greets with monster characters and other Halloween activities for the kids, plus food and drinks.  The weekend of the 23rd - 24th, they will have balloon sculptures, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, and Halloween give-aways with KFRC.  The weekend of the 30th - 31st, they will have a bake sale and Monster Cupcake contest, a trampoline and kids games, and a walk about by the haunt's characters.

To spook you while you wait in line to enter the Chamber of Chills there is a haunted graveyard, with spooky characters and coffins. The haunt itself, although fairly short (it's priced appropriately), is perfect for children and the young at heart.  It has dark passageways you have to feel your way through and unlike many other haunts where the action is automated and mechanically driven, the Chamber of Chills uses a collection of well designed human-powered props. Unlike their automated counterparts, these are guided by people and thus can pick the best moment to scare and don't have to rely on a set action. We enjoyed the full-sized characters at the end!

 Don't let the tavern location fool you, families will enjoy all The Chamber of Chills has to offer.

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When 2004 - Oct. 15 - 31, 2004, Mon. - Fri., 7 pm - 10 pm; Sat. - Sun., 1 pm - 10 pm; Oct. 31 extended hours: 1 pm - late night
Where Malloy's Tavern, 1655 Old Mission Rd., Colma
Admission $5; groups of five or more $4 each
Contact www.chamberofchills.net

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