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Haunted Honeymoon

1818 5th St., Berkeley

Reviewed 10/29/07

We've been waiting for the Haunted Honeymoon to open again so we could make a visit. Being a home haunt, they open every other year, I can only guess because they go all out on their haunt and displacing yourself year after year can be a big undertaking.

And a big undertaking is what we found on our visit. The house is located in a light industrial area in Berkeley and is the perfect location for a haunted house.

When you arrive you purchase your $5 tickets (kids under 12 years are free!) and a few goodies if you want in front of the house. Then you make your way around the side of the house. There, you are greeted by a very professional and maniacal usher who leads you to the backyard of the house to begin your visit. We liked that only two people are let in at a time, as this always makes for a more intimate and enjoyable experience.

The haunt leads you up three stories of the house and back down again and consists of five scenes depicting the story of a honeymoon gone horribly wrong, including the wedding, reception, the honeymoon cruise on "The Love Boat" (complete with dinner at the Captain's table), and the honeymoon cabin.

Each scene is detailed and very well done. There are life-sized mannequins interspersed with numerous live actors, each wearing similar scary masks that made it hard to determine who was alive and who was...not. There are a few good "jump out" scares, making it all the more fun when you thought you had finally determined they were not real people.

The reception room and the Captain's Table in particular were super detailed and spooky. Both are filled with people (real or mannequins, you make the call) and really look like parties. There is much to look at and no detail was spared, including the floor.

Overall the haunt is relatively short but the detail and depth of each scene makes it feel much longer because there is so much to see. 

All proceeds from the Haunted Honeymoon benefit Greyhound Friends for Life, a Northern California racing greyhound rescue organization, so contribute to a great cause and have some fun at the same time!

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When Oct. 29-31, 2007, 7 pm-9:30 pm
Where 1818 5th St., Berkeley
Admission $5; free for kids 12 years and under
Contact www.berkeleyhauntedhouse.com

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