The Crypt Returns to Scare the Entire Valley at Fiesta Mall by Lynette Carrington The Crypt Returns to Scare the Entire Valley at Fiesta Mall September 23-October 31 The Crypt Haunted Attractions is returning for its 17th frightful year September 23-October 31 at Fiesta Mall. Owners Keith Rich and Mark Anderson have re-imagined their nightmarish festival with three distinct attractions designed to scare, shock and unnerve guests during the Halloween season. “There are three attractions,” explains Rich. They’re all re-themed with all new scares. Last year was all about patients’ nightmares and what drove them to The Asylum. This year, it’s all about getting back to the Doctor and how he runs The Asylum. He wants to convert you and make you insane. You have to see if you can make it out with your sanity!” Dr. Vantas will be the one in charge of The Asylum this year… Beware of what lurks in the shadows!Chaos is a self-guided maze where you have to find your way out and The Crypt and The Asylum are traditional scary haunted houses. “There are characters in there,” warns Keith. “You just don’t know if they’re there to help you or deter you!” If a guest ever needs assistance, staff is immediately available to help or get you out of the attraction, if necessary. Last year, The Crypt saw thousands of the living visit the spooky grounds at Fiesta Mall. The attraction includes 70 cast members, with approximately 75 percent of them returning from previous years. Special Nights at The CryptOn two different days The Crypt will be having a Red Cross blood drive. If a guest comes out to give blood, they will receive a free ticket to the attraction. “Red Cross always looks forward to this because it’s one of their biggest donations.”On opening weekend, September 23-24, first responders and military are free with ID. “That’s our giveback,” says Rich.” There will also be a canned food drive where guests who bring a donation of canned food will receive a discount to The Crypt attraction. Cost of Admission:$18 for a single haunted house$25 for all 3 attractions (The Crypt, The Asylum, Chaos)$35 for all 3 attractions with a Fast Pass, which will put you right at the front of the lineAttractions are designed for those ages 12 and older. If kids are under the age of 12, they must be accompanied by an adult at all times.Fridays and Saturdays and in the immediate days leading up to Halloween, there can often be nearly a two hour wait. Rich suggests getting the $35 Fast Pass to get you into the attractions much more quickly, or come right at 7 p.m. when the hauntings first open. Food trucks will also be on site with everything from kettle corn, cotton candy, drinks and much more! There will also be a truck with glow items and a psychic on site.The Crypt, The Asylum and Chaos are all located in the parking lot at Fiesta Mall located in Mesa at 1600 S. Alma School Rd. Hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday and starting the week of October 5, the attractions are open Wednesday through Sunday and daily the entire week of Halloween. Hours are Sundays through Thursdays 7-10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. until midnight. Visit www.hauntedaz.com for additional information, a special coupon or to purchase tickets in advance.