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.
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.