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Preston Castle Halloween Haunt in Amador County

Oct 22, 2015 05:24PM ● Published by David Norby

Friday, October 23 Saturday, October 24 Friday, October 30 6:30 to 11:00 pm each night

The event you've been waiting for, Halloween 2015, at the magnificent, eerie, scary, Preston Castle! Now that we have ownership, we are planning a bigger and better Haunt, and you will see some new areas of the Castle.

Featured on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, come experience Northern California's only REAL Haunted House!

This is a fun "scare" tour and not a historical tour of the Castle. Please be advised that it may be too intense for younger children, so leave the real youngins at home. There will not be a children's carnival this year.

Food concessions by Clark's Corner and KJ Hot Dogs will take care of your hunger and thirst. Cool merchandise including really great T-Shirts, will be available for purchase.

Come and see if you dare!

Gates open at 6:00 pm, scare tours start at 6:30 pm. Admissions are limited for each night, so order early to make sure you can get in.

New: A VIP Upgrade gives you Fast Pass line access and a second Haunt walk thru. Just buy your ticket(s) for the night you want, then buy the VIP Upgrade(s).
Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for youth under 14, $15 for VIP Upgrade. No Refunds. The Haunt is open from 6:30 to 11:00 pm. For advanced tickets and information go to
. We’re waiting for you!

WHAT: Preston Castle Halloween Haunt
PRICE: $20, $10 youth under 14, $15 VIP Upgrade WHO: Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation

Bill Thiry, Chairperson WHERE: Preston Castle, Ione, CA

35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione

WHEN: Fri. and Sat., October 23, 24, and 30, 6:30 to 11:00 pm

About Preston Castle Foundation

The strikingly beautiful Romanesque style Preston Castle, on a hill in Ione, was actually the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, the first major attempt in California at rehabilitating, instead of just imprisoning, young offenders. Opened in 1894, the Preston School of Industry became a leader in the juvenile prison reform movement by giving convicted boys a real chance at life by educating them not only in academics, but in all of the useful trades of the time. Closed in 1960, when the Preston Youth Authority moved into a new administration building down the hill, the Preston Castle was left to deteriorate due to weather, vandalism, and general neglect. It now serves as a vacant, but vitally important landmark for Ione, Amador County, and the Motherlode. It is a California State Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Mission of the Preston Castle Foundation is to preserve, rehabilitate, and utilize the historic Preston Castle site. We are proud of the fact that the State of California has deeded the title for the Castle, four other buildings, and surrounding 13 acres of land, to the Preston Castle Foundation. This year we are working hard to obtain our own water and sewer connections. To help raise money for this important project, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year.

In addition to the Halloween Haunt, we will be holding a Halloween Costume Ball on Saturday, October 31, and a holiday fair/bazaar called Old Tyme Christmas on December 12 and 13.

Help Save the Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting: All contributions are tax deductible. Image and info courtesy of Preston Castle.

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