OA: Trail of Terror returns; Partners, Haunted Acres also in spooky mix

Medical mischief is on view in the surgical room of the Express Allstar’s haunted house.

Judge Killmore lays down the sentences for visitors to the Express Allstar’s Trail of Terror.

The Phantom plays a frightening fugue on his organ at the Trail of Terror haunted house at Sixth Street and Pitkin Avenue.

At the Trail of Terror Haunted House, evil forces are at play.

Muwahahahaha (echo, echo).

If fear, terror and horror are feelings you enjoy, ‘tis the season, the supernatural season.

After a two-year hiatus, the Express All Stars cheerleaders are back with a bigger, badder and more horrifying haunted warehouse at 601 Pitkin Ave., (the corner of Sixth Street and Pitkin Avenue) in the old Mesa Supply building.

Just look for the sign on the Dumpster.

The Trail of Terror haunted warehouse is 15,000 square feet of fright, spread out over three floors, spanning 28 rooms with scream-worthy ghouls.

Trail of Terror threw open its creaky doors last weekend, but there’s still plenty of shock left inside.

The haunted warehouse is open Fridays and Saturdays until Oct. 27, then it’s open all Halloween week long. Tickets cost $10.

Parental discretion advised.

(For children, the Express All Stars are having a free event called Trick or Treat Street from 5–6 p.m. Halloween Friday at 601 Pitkin Ave.)

The warehouse alone is scary, the temperature drops in the basement and the ground in covered in rubble. Add special effects, 150 actors and a month’s worth of work making this Trail the thing bad dreams are made of, (did someone say clowns?) and it’s one long 30-minute fright fest.

The regular cast of demons are there along with Freddy, Frankenstein, that chain saw guy, the guts splattering doctor, psycho-killers and more. The Trail winds through horror movie hell; you’ll get sentenced in court and lead away in handcuffs.

But it’s all those creepy crawly, ooky spooky things lurking in the shadows that are often the scariest of all.

Wear shoes you can run in.

Hope you’re not claustrophobic.

For more spooks that go bump in the night, check out these other Grand Junction haunted houses:

• The Mesa County Partners’ Haunted House is back and everything is new this year, new props, new volunteers and a new location, 735 South Ave., in the old Western Colorado Conservation Corps building.
Opening weekend is Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 23–25, then Wednesday, Oct. 29, through Halloween night.
Partners vows to live up to its haunted house reputation with enough creativity to scare even the most seasoned visitors.
Tickets cost $2 for children ages 12 and under and $6 for adults ages 13 and up. Tickets can be bought from 7–10 p.m.
Proceeds benefit Partners.

•  Haunted Acres, 7 acres of indoor and outdoor gore on a farm at 2465 I Road, between 25 and 24 1/2 roads on I Road. This is another new haunted house tour for the valley.
Spend 30 minutes walking through the woods before entering a house maze built especially for haunting.
Haunted Acres is open Oct. 24–25 and Oct. 29 through Nov. 1. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7. Children under 5 years old get in free.


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