Review of Valentine Haunt Sacramento Haunted Attraction

Review of Valentine Haunt Sacramento Haunted Attraction

Review of Valentine Haunt Sacramento Haunted Attraction

Valentine Haunt Sacramento

Valentine Haunt Sacramento is a Haunted Attraction located in , .

4909 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95841
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Free Parking, Handicap Accessible, “Old-School” (Low Tech), You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, All-Indoor Attraction

Team In-Corpse-A-Rated reviewed this attraction on February 11, 2017.

Final Score: 8.14


For several years, we’ve attended Fear Overload Scream Park in San Leandro, CA but we’ve never gotten a chance to see their sister haunt, Ultimate Terror Scream Park in Sacramento. For the Valentine season, Ultimate Terror has rebranded themselves as “Valentine Haunt Sacramento” while Fear Overload is rebranded as “Valentine Haunt San Francisco”(San Leandro is less than 20 miles away from S.F.). Valentine Haunt Sacramento has similar music and scenery as Fear Overload, featuring loud and intense music, realistic yet grimy and bloody walls, actors startling us from all directions, and mutilated bodies throughout. Whether you live in the Bay Area or Sacramento, you will get a similar show, which is not bad.

Cast: 8.25

The cast of Valentine Haunt Sacramento was very “gung-ho” about their performances, with the majority of them being either vampires or zombies. I only caught one actor who broke character and started giggling after startling us; but, overall, the actors were very intense. None of them engaged us in conversation, but several did walk up into our personal space to intimidate us. One actor made bizarre grunting and snorting sounds as he walked up close and personal. The actors hid behind scenery pieces and corners right before they lunged at us. A few actors also remained stationary, as they fed on the corpses of those who’d gone before us.

Costuming: 8.25

The costumes in the haunt seemed intentionally designed for Valentine’s Day. In particular, many actors were dressed in traditional Dracula costumes. This did conflict with the scenery, however, which was very modern in terms of bathrooms, showers, operating rooms, and private residences… most of which can be attributed to this being an off-season event. Having said that, the costumes were put together very nicely. Another common costume used for several of the actors was scrubs. The makeup for the actors was professionally done. There were several actors whose makeup had personal touches, like blood markings on their foreheads or metal implants in their mouths. A few even had occult markings, like pentagrams. It’s worth mentioning that there was one really unusual costume: a teddy bear suit. We assume it was a reference to the “Five Nights at Freddy’s” video game.

Customer Service: 9.25

Valentine Haunt Sacramento is a safe haunt to walk through. It’s located in a one-story building (which makes it wheelchair accessible) and there were plenty of clearly-marked exit signs. There were no billboards or any directional signs to the haunt, but once you get there, it is easy to spot from the large banner above the front door lit by different colored theatrical lights. Parking is readily available and the ticket booth is inside the front door. There were no restrooms, gift shops or concessions, so be mindful of that when planning your trip. The only queue entertainment during our visit was the heavy metal music playing outside and inside. The staff were very professional, helpful and willing to answer any questions we asked. Security was clearly visible at the front door because they checked us with metal detector wands before we entered.

Atmosphere: 7.5

The main source of atmosphere outside of the haunt was the music. They were cranking heavy metal from artists whom have creepy personas, like Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. The loud and intense songs foreshadowed the intensity inside. The music and banner were the two main focal points that called attention to bystanders that this was a haunted house. Other than that, the building appeared to be a former D.D. Discount building. I must say that the run-down look of the building did tie in with the run-down look of the décor that we found inside.

Special Effects: 8.4

First thing to say about Valentine Haunt Sacramento is that there is no awkward silence; heavy music is cranking throughout the haunt. The scenery is very similar to their sister haunt, having a very modern look, but with “unkempt” details. The walls have dust, grime, and blood splatter everywhere. Simply put, this haunt looks gross. You do not want to touch anything in here. Since we were automatically repulsed by the décor, we were more open to startles from the various actors. There are several realistic, bloodied and mutilated corpses scattered throughout the haunt and lighting was used very sparingly. By “sparingly,” I mean the only source of light was a flashlight issued to each group of attendees by the ticket booth staff. Otherwise, the haunt is almost pitch black inside. The darkness worked very well in the actors’ favor as we traversed through because we couldn’t see where they were coming from.

Theme: 7.5

This event was Ultimate Terror Scream Park’s Valentine’s Day-themed attraction; although, it was difficult to see how the Valentine’s Day theme played here. Having actors in traditional Dracula costumes was an odd mix with the modern décor. During October, Ultimate Terror has three haunts. For Valentine’s Day, they combined them into one large haunt, but it was still obvious to see the three themed zones: The Bath House (a homage to rundown restrooms, showers, and basement plumbing), The Tooth Fairy (a psychotic dentist’s office) and The Seven Deadly Sins (a private residence with a deadly sin theme in each room).

Fright Effect: 8

Valentine Haunt Sacramento had some very good scares. The actors utilized the dim lighting to their advantage, as they shot startles at us from the front, middle, and rear of our group. Most of the scares came from the actors lunging out at us from behind corners; however, some of them did bang walls and props. There was one actor behind a drop wall panel that startled us as well.

Value: 8

It took about 18 minutes to walk through Valentine Haunt Sacramento. At a $25 admission fee, this haunt comes in at 0.79 minutes of entertainment per dollar spent, which we feel makes it a bit high-priced. The haunt had plenty of room for waiting in line, but there was one area behind the ticket booth that could have been utilized for additional entertainment. For $7, they offered a glow-in-the-dark rosary to ward off the vampire actors. It’s a nice idea for that member of the group who’s too much of a chicken, but for the hardcore enthusiasts like ourselves, what’s the fun in that!? There was also a flashlight upgrade being offered from the original small flashlight for $7 as well.

Guest Reviews
Guest Average: 0 out of 10

Sarah – 10/10
Challenge Accepted was awesome! Me and my boyfriend were looking for escape rooms in our area, and …show more as poor college students, price was a big factor. Despite being only two small locations in the mall, they have multiple rooms, at 20, 40, and 60 minutes long, with the 20-minute rooms being only $10 each! We’ve been back multiple times, and loved every one! Staff is very helpful and enthusiastic about their job, and is thrilled to explain all the little secrets after you escape. Will be back every time they make a new room!

Norma – 4/10
We visited this attraction on the last night of their 2018 season I believe. We did show up late …show more (about 20 minutes before they closed) and it was dead in the waiting line. Regardless, every group that was in the haunt somehow ended catching up to one another. We walked as slow as we could knowing there wasn’t anyone behind us but we still couldn’t stay away from the group in front of us. They had one teenage female that was petrified of everything so all the monsters kept taking advantage of it, cornering her every chance they got. They also followed her through multiple scenes that weren’t theirs while our group tried to stay behind some and there were no entertainers around because they were all following her. When they would stop and turn around to go back to their base spots (if they even have them there), some of them just walked passed us without any effort towards scaring us. It was a disaster. This chic’s name was Lauren and by the time we got to the exit of this thing, we were relieved that we didn’t have to hear her name called out over and over and over anymore. She had to of been extremely annoyed by it herself. It took all of the fun out of it. Actors even stopped us in some of the maze portions so the other monsters could entertain their group for quite some time and they would just be staring off into outer space. The only way we knew they could talk is because they said Lauren’s name already. Besides that, costuming was mostly store-bought quality. Nothing different to look at here. Scenes were the same. Some looked as if they had been built out there in the woods for years and they’ve sat through the seasons and no one’s ever gone back to touch them up. Parts of the maze where there’s a lot of plastic and wood seem to possibly be a danger. We didn’t see any actors for quite some time in them bc they were following Lauren and if someone ignited one of these things, I’m afraid it would have taken us a long time to find the exit. Some spaces were very tight for us, if those were to fill with smoke where there are roofs, I don’t think that would be good at all. At one point, we didn’t know where to go at all so we weaved through these pipe-like things and found a hole and we started walking on this really dark path into the woods. There were props and things out there but 0 lights. Come to find out, it looked like a previously closed portion of the trail because when we got to the end of it, there was no way to get back into the maze. We had to crawl under caution tape to get back in. That right there tells you that no actors were paying any attention to our group. We paid full price for our tickets that night and we honestly should have just passed this place up. We’ve been here before too and it wasn’t that bad. The highlights of the trip were the gentleman that introduced us to the park and gave us the rules before we went in. There was also one clown (Pickles, maybe
?) that actually put effort into scaring us but he was mostly one of the only ones. In one of the mazes there was a chainsaw assailant behind a door and we could hear the saw and see him through the crack of the door but we couldn’t get in. When that door finally opened, holy shit! That was the best scare in there for sure! Also, there are places where you will need to duck down, tight corridors as mentioned above, uneven terrain, and a lot of walking (especially if you’re bad at mazes) so be prepared for that.

Norma – 6/10
Maybe we just went on a bad night but we weren’t very impressed with this haunt. We had heard many …show more good things about it and we ended up with a free Saturday night so we gave it a shot. We showed up at probably 9:30 at night. Waited in line maybe 15-20 minutes so that wasn’t bad. We really didn’t have problems with spacing inside the haunt except for a few times but we were able to slow down and it helped when there wasn’t anyone behind us. I will say, there were a lot of unique things in the haunt portion. One interactive set was very different and unnerving. Some of the characters were really into their roles while others were bland. One was sitting on top of a washing machine and he jumped down and we were thinking, “Oh shit” but he didn’t do anything, he just jumped at us a little and said, “What?” In the outdoor portion of the haunt it was a bit too dark to see the characters, especially the Creeper. Our favorite part was the alligator! They know how to utilize this now, commonly-seen prop to the fullest for sure! If you are likely to pee your pants, you just might lose it on that one! I would give the house itself a 7 out of 10. Now we were under the impression that the corn field was haunted too. Although it was a good maze, there were three scareactors in it and they were terrible. No lights, sounds, sets, nothing but mud and corn and the dark. At first it was creepy but after we walked and walked and nothing happened, we were aggravated and ready to find our cars. The last actor that we came across could have hidden well since they were in all black but they didn’t, they stood in the middle of the trail acting like they couldn’t see, whispering to us as we walked asking us if we were customers. Wow. Don’t upgrade to the corn if you’re expecting a fright in there, it won’t happen.

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