October 5

ACE Night at the Haunt - California’s Great America

We attend this year's ACE Night at the Haunt at Great America. I'm joined by Toby, Brent, Jim and Trevor. We meet up around 3:30pm that sunny warm afternoon. Ryan from Great America led our group on backstage tour of three mazes: Dia de los Muertos, Slaughterhouse, and Madame Marie's Massacre Manor. Then we had a nice dinner at Madame Marie's Voodoo Restaurant. After dinner they gave away a raffle for a couple Halloween park posters and the grand prize was for a makeup session to be a ghoul in one of the mazes. After the raffle we had ERT for half an hour before the park opened to guests at 7pm. From that point we purchased the front on line pass for the mazes and prompty did all the mazes. My favorite mazes were CarnEvil, Toy Factory and Dia de los Muertos, especially with the special 3-D glass.. make it more spooky!

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  • By the Haunt bus in the entrance of the park

  • By the Haunt bus in the entrance of the park

  • Brent goes FWEE!

  • Heading to our first maze

  • Entrance to Dia de los Muertos maze under Gold Striker

  • Walking by Gold Striker en route to Dia de los Muertos

  • Brent and Alan

  • A haunted Gold Striker effect

  • Alan and Toby

  • Touring Dia de los Muertos

  • Jim touring Dia de los Muertos

  • Detail of Dia de los Muertos

  • Jim by the skeleton coffin

  • Toby and Jim in Dia de los Muertos

  • Touring Dia de los Muertos

  • Touring the 'jungle' of Dia de los Muertos inside the old Pictorium building

  • The seats of the Pictorium are stil there! (although very dusty)

  • Hanging corpses inside the maze

  • Walking through the back area of Gold Striker

  • Walking through the back area of Gold Striker

  • Entering Madame Marie's Massacre Manor

  • Inside Madame Marie's Massacre Manor

  • Inside Madame Marie's Massacre Manor

  • A haunted doll

  • A guest has lost his head

  • Poster raffles during dinner

  • At Madame Marie's VooDoo dinner with Brent, Trevor, and Jim

  • Heading over to Gold Striker ERT

  • Overlord greets the Halloween guest

  • Brent, Toby and I just before we left the park

  • At the carousel

  • Flames lit up the plaza and fountains by the carousel

Toby, Brent and I while on ERT on GoldStriker at California's Great America.

Event attendees at the park entrance.

Event attendees in front of the Gold Striker entrance.