09.11.2018

Heartstoppers Haunted House Returns to Rancho Cordova! And as a nonprofit - Scare for a Cause

Heartstoppers Haunted House brings back multi-level steampunk horror at their 11th annual haunt, returning home to Rancho Cordova at The Mineshaft property long-term

Two Non-Profits Come Together to “Scare for a Cause” and Support Year-Round Community Programs

(Rancho Cordova, CA – September 6, 2018) -- Ready for a really good scare? Not only are there excellent haunts at the Heartstoppers Haunted House in Rancho Cordova, it is the ideal venue for such an attraction given that that the Mineshaft property itself is rumored to be haunted. Not only are there two major haunts within the main building, upstairs and in the creepy caves and basement, but there are two spooky outdoor haunts adjacent in the former mini golf course and property adjacent to Folsom Boulevard to complete the experience with spooks in every corner. Tickets start at $25. www.heartstoppershaunt.com

Heartstoppers’ production team has been running professional quality haunted houses for 11 years. In 2016 and 2017 they joined forces with Callson Manor to create DireWorld in Roseville. Given the redevelopment @The Grounds, the haunt needed to find a new home. Heartstoppers, now affiliated with a 501c3 nonprofit called Theatre Education 4 Theater Nerds, Inc., was welcomed back to Rancho Cordova with open arms and was offered a long-term home at the Mineshaft. They have deepened their relationship with the Cordova Community Council and will receive community and marketing support from the Council. Shared profits will then go to support various community programs in Rancho Cordova run by the two organizations.

“We love being back in our favorite location to make ourselves at home with more permanent investment in the property and the community,” said Joel Watson, producer of Heartstoppers Haunt. “Our long-term plan is to not only run the Heartstoppers Haunted House in October but expand to open seasonally for workshops and eventually some other holidays for specialty themed haunts.”

Tickets include all attractions, plus an Old West Saloon waiting area indoors (so inclement weather won’t be a problem) where themed refreshments and souvenirs will be available to help guests prepare for or wind down from their Heartstoppers experience. Its four attractions are loosely themed around the Old West including:

·        Deadlands – Old West meets The Walking Dead – outdoors under the moonlight

·        The Steamghast Asylum – Steampunk Asylum - upstairs

·        Underland 3D – The darkest side of Alice’s Wonderland – golf course

·        MURK - NEW mystery haunt! To be announced closer to grand opening – Basement

Tickets are $25. For those who don’t have the guts to wait in line and enjoy the anticipation, Fancy Pants tickets for $40 enters them into the Fast-Q. If you can’t get enough, upgrade to the Season Pass for $80 and visit us as you wish all season. For those wanting a truly unique and even more thrilling experience, they can purchase Committed: The Ride tickets, $60 for a private tour via antique wheelchair, alone with one character “guide” with the guarantee of extra “attention” in the attractions. Limited number sold per night and only available for purchase at the box office.

Lolliphotos will return this year with “ghost photos” to create a unique and surreal commemorative souvenir of your Heartstoppers journey this season. Gather your group, ideally in costume, for a fun yet chilling experience that you can savor forever for just an additional $25.

“Our volunteers are the heart of our organization,” explained Joel Watson, producer of Heartstoppers Haunted House. “We are grateful for their hard work and dedication to learn an artistic craft while help us bring our vision to life for a premier haunted house experience that benefits the community.”

The Cordova Community Council Foundation is very involved in supporting Heartstoppers Haunted House in many ways. From helping recruit community volunteers to running the parking, helping secure the venue and marketing support, they are a valuable partner.

 “The Cordova Community Council is up for another good scare, so join us – if you dare,” said Shelly Blanchard, executive director.  “If it’s fun you’re looking for, we’re never far away.”  

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Rancho Cordova community activities presented by the Cordova Community Council.

Heartstoppers Haunted House will host its Grand Opening Thursday, Sept. 29 and will operate for the public Fridays and Saturdays each weekend in October, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Two Sundays, Oct. 21 and 28, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. And additional dates on Oct. 30, until 10:30 p.m. and 31, until 11:30 p.m. Halloween week will include Tues. and Wed. night. Ticket booth opens at 7:00 p.m. View the full schedule here.