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October 25, 2011 > Lucky year 13 for Blacksand Manor

Lucky year 13 for Blacksand Manor

Blacksand Manor, sometimes referred to as Fremont's best free haunted house, returns for lucky year 13 on Halloween night from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. What started in 1998 as a heavily decorated front yard has evolved into a traditional walk-through haunted house with multiple scenes including Ghouls at Home, The Black Lab, The Creepy Corridor and The Witch's Kitchen. Says founder Marc Ricketts, "I remember how much fun it was as a child to go to a Halloween party that had a haunted house. With that in mind, we started adding more and more to our annual decorations, until we were finally able to include the inside of our house."

The main focus of the annual haunt is providing some extra fun for the trick or treaters that live in the 28 Palms neighborhood and surrounding areas, so "We're only up for a couple of hours on Halloween. We've had many kids over the years tell us how they enjoy and remember our house, and how they look forward to coming here on Halloween. That's what it's all about. Some of the ones that volunteer to help these days first visited when they were in Kindergarten. Fortunately, as my son has aged, it has become less of a one man endeavour."

Blacksand Manor is about ghosts and skeletons, and other traditional Halloween imagery. "We all know that kids love a good scare, but our audience is mostly pre-teens," says Ricketts. "Therefore, we don't want anything too gruesome. We'll try to give a few moments of unexpected frights, but it's all low key. When very young children are walking though, we signal anyone lurking within to tone it down as they pass."

Blacksand Manor is located at 5008 Blacksand Road, just off of Royal Palm Ave. Most of the exterior decorations are in place during the week leading up to Halloween. It will be open on Halloween night from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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