Local haunted house opens doors, spooks community

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Will Grubb

Prop skeletons sit around a table in a hauntingly decorated room at the Elk Grove Historical Society’s new haunted house. This October marks the Historical Society’s first invitation to their haunted experience.

Will Grubb, Staff Writer

Inside you will find undead banjo players, a radioactive pumpkin, a mad scientist’s laboratory and even an exorcism taking place. This isn’t the vault of the crypt keeper, this is the first annual Elk Grove Historical Society’s Haunted House.

Elk Grove Heritage Park, located along East Stockton Blvd., will host the haunted house every Friday and Saturday evening in October from 5-9 p.m. The Historical Society’s haunted house is unique, as the Stage Stop Museum is 163 years old.

“It will be a fun event, I’m sure. I think people will enjoy the detail,” said Barbara Claire, president of the Historical Society.

The extensive detail that was put into the haunted house makes it a truly unique experience. From the subtle bloody hand prints on upstairs windows to the very real, antique medical diagrams, every effort was put into making the Stage Stop as spooky as possible.

Guests will tour seven rooms in total, each with a different Halloween theme before being led through the back door and out into a mock graveyard. Fog will roll past the tombstones as witch noises echo from the trees and a hung corpse gently blows back in forth in the wind.

A family-friendly event, Claire said that while there will be members from the Historical Society in costume, there won’t be anyone jumping out and spooking the guests, mostly children.

“I think they’re going to be screaming anyway,” Claire said, noting the many animated devices inside the Stage Stop.

Echoing the theme of a family friendly event, decorator Lori Steel said her favorite part of working on the haunted house was her time spent with family.

“My son is here, my husband’s here [and] my daughter in law [is here],” said Steel, noting that putting on the haunted house had been a family affair.

The cost to enter is $5 and all proceeds go to benefit the restoration of the Foulkes House, the oldest standing home in Elk Grove, built in 1853. According to the Historical Society’s website, the Foulkes House was recently put on a new foundation and is ready for the next stage of restoration.

The Haunted House’s success will help in the restoration of the Foulks House.

“If this is a success, and people want to see it and enjoy it, we will do it again,” Claire said, hoping that the Historical Society will add the Haunted Stage Stop to their calendar of yearly events.