Fremont’s Haunted Hydro offers vampire and werewolf nightWritten by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Twenty-one years in business is impressive for a seasonal business that was built to haunt and horrify its clientele.
Bob Turner (aka Crazy Bob) and his wife Beth (aka Vanna Fright) own and operate the Haunted Hydro in Fremont. “We’ve been running the Hydro for 21 years because of the passion we have for the art of entertainment,” Beth said.
Entertaining and satisfyingly scary, the Haunted Hydro has attractions well-suited for the hardcore fright fan and the average family.
“The attractions change every year. We update the themes and give them a fresh look. About 70 percent of the rooms in the Hydro are redesigned every year,” Beth said.
The “Evil Inferno,” this year’s theme for the Hydro, is dark, dingy and ingeniously lit; there is enough light to walk, but not enough to always see who — or what — is in the darkness waiting for you. Cast members in the Hydro sport Hollywood-worthy makeup and are masterful at misdirection. Just because you watched the last “monster” reposition, doesn’t mean there isn’t another fanged clown waiting for you nearby.
The Haunted Hydro also features a second outdoor attraction, the “Lair of Scare.” While most walk-throughs are less intimidating because of their openness, that’s not the case with this fear factory. The Lair makes expert use of trick doors, dense fog and chainsaws.
If you’re not a fan of voluntary fright, you can also play “Zombie Paintball,” “Hit The Haunted Hooptie” or have your tarot cards read.
“People visit haunted houses to escape reality,” Beth said. “This allows them to experience a human 3-D interactive entertainment experience where they can feel many different emotions including fear, apprehension and laughter in a totally safe environment. We have a special vampire and werewolf event on Halloween night. All of our actors are encouraged to dress as vampires or werewolves and we have a special fire presentation that night called the ‘Flame Effect’.”
For dates, hours of operation and ticket information, visit thehauntedhydro.com.