UPDATE: Bring this back to the top because both Haunted Fresno and Raisin Hell Ranch are opening this weekend. There’s a spread on those and the other local Halloween attractions in this coming Sunday’s paper, but you can read the story online early.
Remember to join us at Fright Night Scream Park next week for Screamup Tweetup.
ORIGINAL POST, 10/5: If you’re a local Halloween haunt enthusiast, all the news today must be a bit frightening.
First comes word that Hobb’s Grove — the long-time Sanger attraction — isn’t opening this year. According to a story by The Bee’s BoNhia Lee, the couple that owns Hobb’s is divorcing and all the ensuing drama is keeping the place closed. It’s supposed to be back next year.
Next, we learn that Cobb Ranch, well-known for its corn maze, will be closing after this season. Here’s a brief story from The Business Journal.
Luckily, the last few years have brought us a handful of new Halloween attractions, so we’re not without spooky alternatives:
- Raisin Hell Ranch: This is another cornfield attraction near Highway 99. It was closed last year because of bad weather, but it looks good to go this year.
- Fright Night Scream Park: It’s an old movie theater in Clovis converted into four walk-through attractions. We’re biased, but we think Oct. 21 is a good day to go.
- Haunted Fresno: This is a multi-attraction haunt started three years in an empty downtown warehouse.
- The Patch: New this year, The Patch is more carnival than a haunt, but it’s still looks like a good Halloween stop if you’ve got kids.
Any other notable local Halloween destinations out there that we missed?
[photo: Haunted Fresno]