The Blind Scream Haunted House
2150 Bluebell Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Heightening your screams to a blood-curdling pitch is easy when you enter this haunted nightmare. Said to be the darkest and longest maze anywhere, The Blind Scream is open for 18 horrifying nights. This haunted experience opens at dusk (typically 6:45 p.m.). Come early as the lines are longest during the later hours. There are real actors that make up this fright so get ready to be scared witless. This haunted house is not recommended for young children. Children 16 years and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult. Refer to this calendar for opening dates and special VIP events at the Blind Scream: blindscream.com.
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The Wicked West Ghost Town
Jose Ramon Ave. and Donna Maria Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Rated the fifth most extreme yard haunt in the world by the National Home Haunters, this ghostly scare offers frights through October 31st. The crux of the show centers on the legend of the Rosa Witch. This extreme yard haunt is constructed from a façade of old buildings that look like the buildings of days long ago in Sonoma County. The light show is computerized and uses an 80-channel Light-O-Rama system to synchronize the lights to popular Halloween songs. The Haunted House Maze will feature live monsters, in-your-face spooking, intense sounds and extreme visual effects.
Napa River Inn
500 Main St.
Napa, CA 94559
Formerly a warehouse and feed store back in the late 1800s, this building is now a luxury – and ghostly – hotel. First built and owned by Captain Albert Hatt who lived there along with his wife and six children, the family was thriving in the midst of a booming commerce. But tragedy struck when one of Captain Hatt’s children hanged himself from an overhead beam in the warehouse in 1912. Since then, many today have witnessed apparitions and ghostly happenings such as opened and closed doors, moved items and unique scents of hay or grain left behind after an apparition appears. Make a reservation at this hotel and maybe Mr. Hatt himself will give you a fright when he greets you in the middle of the night!
The Blue Wing Inn
133 E. Spain St.
Sonoma, CA 95476
Said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the town of Sonoma, this inn was one of the first hotels in northern California. Ghost hunters believe The Blue Wing Inn is haunted by “The Blue Lady” who has been seen on the second-story balcony and by the back staircase. She is said to be dressed in blue velvet. The locals have also reported seeing a pirate and a puppy on the second floor of this haunted inn. Once a hostel and a saloon, today it is considered a part of the Sonoma Plaza National Historic Landmark District. The inn remains empty and closed to the public today since the methods used to construct this building have been deemed potentially hazardous. Standing outside of this location, however, may improve your chances of seeing one of these reported apparitions. Who knows, maybe “The Blue Lady” will show up for a special Halloween “How do you do?”
Charles Krug Winery
2800 Main St.
Saint Helena, CA 94574
Since 1861 when this winery was founded, ghost stories have been brewing. Multiple alleged sightings have reported of a lady in white walking the upper levels of the Redwood Cellar. Not much is known about Charles Krug, but these visions and sightings are still being witnessed today. Contact the winery to reserve a tour and some tastings, but try not to be too loud or you could upset the lady in white.
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