Starting on Saturday night, San Leandro’s Bayfair Center will be the home of cursed amusement park employees and the criminally insane at the 4th annual Fear Overload Scream Park.
It is named one of the top haunted houses in the nation according to Hauntworld.
Fear Overload features two horrifying and twisted haunted houses. The first haunted attraction is a cursed amusement park where a schoolgirl was found hanging in the bathroom stalls. After finding your way out of the amusement park, you enter Ward 9. This was the asylum for psychotic inmates. But after the 1989 San Leandro earthquake, the isolation cells unlocked.
I was able to take a sneak-peek tour of the 20,000 square foot haunted house, and I was so lucky the lights were on (I am not a fan of Halloween or haunted houses). But even as Antonio Daniels, lead make-up artist and designer for Fear Overload, took me on a tour of the haunted houses — I was still scared. There were times I hesitated to enter the next room because I didn’t know what to expect next.
I don’t want to give anything away, but these haunted houses will have you screaming and keep your heart racing — especially when you're only given a tiny flashlight to help you find your way out. Daniels told me that he's had to hold people's hands while they went through the haunted attractions.
"Some people get to the end of the first one and they can't handle another one, so they give their ticket away," said Daniels.
If you’re brave enough to enter these high shock haunted houses, make sure to check out Fear Overload Scream Park’s opening on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. The haunted house will run every weekend until Saturday, Nov. 2.
“There’s not a lot of scary haunted houses over here,” says
Daniels. “But this one will definitely be worth your money. People always tell
me that it was worth it.”
To see Fear Overload’s hours, click here.
To view ticket prices or to purchase tickets online, click here.