Americans who wanted to scare themselves in the 1920s usually stood in front of the mirror, repeated “Grover Cleveland” three times, and screamed at the knife-wielding mustache that appeared shortly. Enjoy the large-scale evolution of self-induced terror with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get one general-admission ticket to Fright Planet in Citrus Heights (a $25 value). Fright Planet is open weekends in October and some weeknights. Check out a full schedule here. This Groupon expires October 27, 2010.
Fright Planet, a ghoulish crossroads of four indoor haunted houses, is central California’s haunted headquarters for thrill-seeking fans of the undead, the dead, and the alive but still brain-eating. Your Groupon is good for access to each of its four haunted houses. Each eerie abode is organized around a terrifying theme, so you can mingle with cowboy ghouls in the Hellrazor Saloon, issue superfluous stays to the immortal creeps on Death Row, or brave the toe-tagged halls of Undertaker’s Revenge. Once you make it through the shriek-soundtracked houses, you get your choice of entry into either the ScreamMax 3-D Theater or the Mystery Shack. The ScreamMax screens a 40-minute, 3-D horror film, while the Mystery Shack seemingly twists gravity with its physics-bending dose of mystery.
Great for fearless families, roaming packs of fiendish BFFs, and first dates that nearly guarantee shock-induced, sweaty Halloween hand-holding, the atmosphere of Fright Planet supports an inventive ecosystem of screams, howls, and the fun kind of terror.
Fright Planet Haunted Theme Park
Fright Planet Haunted Theme Park's outdoor theme park acts as a library of the world's most potent phobias. Every year, cast members reimagine its catalog of haunted environs, crafting new sets, props, and characters to prey on guests. Its dedication to genuine scares calls for only the best actors and the most grisly scenery, which is constructed with the help of a former Disneyland artist and a bulldozer possessed by the soul of a 1700s architect.
The lineup includes eight attractions. Though the houses all have distinct themes and decor, they share two factors: a richly painted backstory and a population of live, ghoulish denizens. Staring toys line the shelves at Hobart's Doll Factory and tight passageways put the squeeze on those brave enough to enter Jatinga: The Forbidden Temple. Other experiences play on claustrophobic fears—for example, Buried Alive: The Ride shuts patrons into a coffin where they endure a simulated hearse ride, burial, and the chilling sound of worms calling dibs on their body parts.