History of the Haunt
The Haunted Hall of Horrors is a charity Haunted House, operated by the Fort Bragg Leo Club (a youth club, ages 12-18, sponsored by the Fort Bragg Lions). In 2005, the Leos wanted an activity for older teens and adults during the Halloween season, other than trick-or-treating. There are many Harvest parties for young kids, but nothing really geared towards older teens/adults. They then began attending The West Coast Haunters Convention, taking classes on makeup, and special effects. Each year, the haunt grew, both in size and in sophistication. In fact, they have grown so large, they now have a new location, which is double the size of where they were! They are now located at the Masonic Center - 428 N. Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA.
In 2016, they are celebrating their 11th year of operation. Over the past 10 years, the Leo Club has raised more than $45,000. Proceeds have benefited the anti-bullying program for Fort Bragg Middle School, vocational scholarships, the Lions In Sight Program, the Lions Eyeglass recycle program, and many youth activities on the Mendocino Coast.
After three years of providing funds for the anti-bullying program, the State of California now provides the funding.
This is a high-tech, very scary haunted house and is not recommended for young children. Children, 10 and under, must be accompanied by an adult.
This charity haunt would not be possible without local merchants, businesses and friends providing sponsorships, as well as Lions Club members and parents to help build and act in the haunt. Planning for each year, begins in November. Building of props begins in April and the haunt is put up in September to be taken completely down in November of each year.
The Leo Club is grateful for the opportunity to rent the Masonic Center, this year. Ultimately, it is their hope to find a permanent location where they can keep their maze up and store their extensive inventory of props, walls, and costumes.
About the Fort Bragg Leos:
Leo Club Objective
To provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community.
Leo Club Motto
Leadership – Develop skills as a project organizer, time manager and team leader.
Experience – Learn how teamwork, cooperation and collaboration can bring exciting changes to your community and the world.
Opportunity – Make friends and feel the rewards of community service