“Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of ALL Ages, please direct your attention to the center ring for The Most SPOOKTACULAR SHOW ON EARTH!”
In October of the year 1918, Mr. Magnifico was bringing his “Spectacular Circus Show” to Half Moon Bay but just as they arrived in town, their train derailed, killing all the performers aboard. The locals buried the bodies behind their church but the circus performers, unaware that they had passed on, continue to put their show on every night for anyone who happens to be passing by their final resting place.
We invite you to trespass past their graves and witness the Haunted Circus but beware, not all of the undead are friendly!
The Haunted Circus features live (undead) actors from The Coastside Young Actors Workshop alongside audio-animatronic figures, ghosts, intense lighting, sound effects, and more unexpected surprises caused by Unseen Forces.
The real treat is the Young Actors themselves, students from grade school through high school trained in the art of improvisation, staying in character, and playing for an audience.
The theme of each room is based on a script, but the performers are able to interact and play with the visitors' reactions, making each tour a unique experience. Please note that strobe lights are used in the Haunted House.
The Coastside Young Actors Workshop has been presenting themed haunted houses at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival since 1990, in various locations. Past themes have included a Haunted School, Haunted Dentist Office, Haunted Toy Store, Haunted Mini-Mall, Haunted Gym, Haunted Laboratory, and the Haunted Pirate Barn.
The Haunted Circus is located behind the United Methodist Church, at 777 Miramontes Street, just one block from the festivities on Main Street, in Half Moon Bay.
The Haunted Circus will be open during the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 19-20 from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
It is considered appropriate for families, however, children under 5 may find the experience too intense.
Admission is $8 per person. Children 3 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the non-profit children's theater group, The Coastside Young Actors Workshop. For more information call (818) 205-7300 or visit www.youngactorsworkshop.org.