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Finally You can Live the Horror 

Wednesday, Oct 23 2013

Amid the many masquerades and costume balls that accompany the Halloween season, there is one classic attraction that San Francisco has been sorely lacking: the haunted house. Not so this year. The Haunted House of Horrors is designed to scare the wits out of anyone, with hundreds of life-sized ghosts, ghouls, demons and monsters, as well as two different mazes, and "25 chambers of horror." The event includes a cast of 75 actors, boasts $175,000 in decor, and takes place in the perfect venue, the Old Mint. For those who haven't noticed it, the Old Mint is that large, empty-looking granite building on Fifth St. between Market and Mission. It was built in 1874, and the front steps are often populated by a brand of ghoul native to the Tenderloin. As we said, the perfect location. To be clear, organizers insist that this is more than just a haunted house. "This is a live horror movie experience," says their website. There is a story and plot, and participants will be "running for their lives" in a bid to kill the monsters and save the world. If they dare.

Oct. 26-27, noon; Oct. 28-31, 5 p.m., 2013

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