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September 25, 2012 > The pirates are back!

The pirates are back!

By Mauricio Segura

What began over 20 years ago as a backyard neighborhood attraction in Fremont has now become a phenomenon of fright recognized nationwide as one of the best of the best. Housed at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, patrons can expect blood curdling terror around every corner.

Pirates of Emerson... not just your ordinary haunted house, but a haunted theme park encompassing acres of pure terror. Eight haunted walk-through attractions beginning with the original Pirates of Emerson, Mental Maze, Dark Realm, Fractured Fairytales, Scareaton, Arachno, Corn Walk, and the Bumkin Patch will have even the bravest souls shivering from head to toe. If that's not enough to fulfill one's lust for horror, attend the Carnevil, The Bone Ball, or have lives and dreams shattered by the Misfortune Teller.

David Omar of San Jose says, "I've been going to the Pirates of Emerson for years. My girlfriend has never gone. This will be her first time. She doesn't have a clue how cool and scary it will be!" "We love to dress up," says Jessica B. of Hayward. "It's just a bunch of us girls out for a night of fun. Even though none of us sleeps for the next three nights 'cause we're so scared, the Pirates of Emerson has become our Halloween tradition. You won't find anything else in the entire Bay Area as scary and fun as this." Jessica's friend Lori, also of Hayward added, "The coolest thing is that it changes every year. Just because you went last year or a few years ago, they keep changing and adding, so each time you go, it's completely different."

The Fields family (Karl, Patty, and Brian) along with countless others, work hard all year long putting this theme park together. They plan, design, build, and transform their nightmares into everyone's reality. If you're up for a mind blowing excursion into the darkest zones of terror, the Pirates of Emerson is the place to be.

Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. High heels are not recommended and bare feet are not allowed. Also, no pets, service dogs or indoor photography are allowed. The entire area is wheelchair accessible.

Admission is $25 on weekends and Halloween, and $20 on weekdays. Credit cards, checks, and ATM cards are not accepted at the ticket window, but tickets can be pre-purchased at

Pirates of Emerson
September 28 - October 31
7:05 p.m. - 10 p.m. (open some nights until 11 p.m. and midnight)
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Corner of Bernal and Valley Ave., Pleasanton
(510) 657-2121
Admission: Weekends and Halloween $25, Weekdays $20
Parking fee: $8

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