Teen Haunted House – Open & Ready for Scary Business

Teen Haunted House

Yes, Halloween on the Island is here, and the Teen Haunted House is up and running.

Tonight, October 22, as well as Saturday and Sunday, October 23 and 24, kids can bump into monsters and scream to their hearts’ content in the dark from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The venue is Veteran’s Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave.

Tickets are $4 for kids 5-17, and $7 for adults. And proceeds of the event benefit teen activities organized by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department.

Decorations are up in yards and homes all over town, and costumes are for sale in lots of spots, too.


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Sal Hernandez is one of a group of Alameda residents who take great pride in their Haunted Houses. Sal’s is at 915 Broadway.

Each year, he picks a theme and goes all out so that he and his neighbors can get into the Halloween spirit. He evens spends $100 or more on candy as Alamedans flock to his home for trick-or-treating.

This year, his theme focuses on Virginia City, Nevada, a mining town and one of the most famous boomtowns in the Old West. It appeared overnight as a result of the Comstock Lode silver strike of 1859.

Sal has done his homework. He’s got a group of skeletons enjoying a drink at the Bucket of Blood Saloon, for instance, which is an old bar in Virginia City that continues to delight tourists.

He’s also done a tribute to one of Nevada’s red-light district establishments with his display entitled “Mable’s Horror House.”

In past years, Sal has decorated his lawn and home with dead knights, pirate skeletons and more.

He’s really appreciated competing in Haunted House competitions over the last few years, but doesn’t know about any in town this year.

Please let us know if there are any competitions going on. And be sure to visit the Teen Haunted House at Veteran’s Memorial Hall this weekend (October 23-25), 2203 Central Ave.

Sal does issue a warning each year: His home is a very spooky (and popular) place to be on Halloween Night.


Fall Carnival Events & Fun Coming Up

As the decorations and costumes come out of the closet for Halloween, Alamedans have lots of activities to entertain themselves with.

This Saturday, October 24, for instance, Otis Elementary School is holding its annual fall carnival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus, 3010 Fillmore Street, next to Krusi Park.

The carnival will feature a haunted house and games, along with music performed by the Lincoln Band. There will be a costume parade and contest, kids’ obstacle course, cake walk, face painting, pumkin walk, as well as arts and crafts.

Tickets will be sold for the games and the haunted house, with proceeds going to benefit Otis school and students.

Next weekend, on Saturday, October 31, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Bay Farm Community Church at 3189 Mecartney Road on Bay Farm Island will celebrate fall with “Under the Big Top-Circus.”

The show includes wild cats, Red Panda acrobats and fire spinners. And there will also be face painters, uniciyclists, stilt walkers and a super slide. The cost of entry is $5 for kids and $6 for adults.

There will also be hot dogs, popcorn, and other treats on sale, as well as tickets for games and train rides.

Please comment on any other events that you know about going on in and around Alameda! Thanks.