Are you a Halloween fright seeker looking to have the living daylights scared out of you? If so, Scott and April Shanaman, the new owners of Lost Valley in Auburn, have the event for you! They’ve transformed the lodge basement at Lost Valley into a pro-level haunted attraction for the month of October. Dubbed “The Dark Cellar,” the attraction is part of Lost Valley’s new Mountain of Terror, which opens Friday, October 14, at 6 p.m.
“The basement of the lodge seemed like the perfect place to create this,” said Shanaman. “We’re protected from the weather, and its already dark and spooky down there when the lights are out.” Organizers have been tight lipped about the exact nature of the scare, but they hint that the main theme is not from our planet.
In addition to the haunted basement, fright seekers may ride the Gravitron or take a seat on the “Chair Lift to the Unknown,” a lift-served attraction that brings guests to another eerily-themed area, a pay-to-play zombie paintball gallery sited at the top of the mountain. For younger Halloween thrill seekers and families, the upstairs of the lodge will be a “Family Fright Zone” featuring games, photo props, kid-friendly scary scenes and an indoor train ride.
Also, Lost Valley has partnered with nearby Wallingford’s “Nightmare on the Ridge” to offer a combo pass to both locations for an entire evening of terror-filled fun. Combo pass buyers will get a wagon ride to either location from the top of Lost Valley to Wallingford Orchard or vice versa.
The Mountain of Terror is open rain or shine every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. starting October 14. Lost Valley is located at 200 Lost Valley Road in Auburn. For more information, call 784-1561 or see LostValleySki.com.