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South Lake Tahoe’s Trapped in Tahoe transforms puzzle rooms for Halloween

Autumn Whitney

South Shore’s escape rooms received a unique twist in mid-September, and it’s the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming holiday. Trapped in Tahoe transformed two of its three puzzle rooms into Halloween-themed fun for all ages looking to get in the spooky spirit.

Dracula’s Castle and Funny Faces join the Sector 11 zombie-themed room, which stayed on during the change.

“I was telling my mom what we had planned and she brought up Dracula, so she inspired the Dracula room and we ran with that. My wife’s brother is a movie director and he’s working on a movie called ‘Funny Faces’ — his script inspired our Funny Face room,” Trapped in Tahoe founder and owner Mike Brambila said.

Guests who choose the Dracula’s Castle experience are trapped in the vampire’s fortress and must find a way to escape his clutches before the sun sets and he awakes. If you fail, you join his undead legion.

In a hypothetical world, Funny Faces is a popular place for children’s parties, and Dahlia — whose birthday is on Halloween — typically holds her celebration there each year. However, your group bumps her party from the list, and she’s out for revenge. Locked in a room that is seemingly set on fire, you have one hour to escape her wrath.

Sector 11 has been featured at Trapped in Tahoe since the business opened in May earlier this year, and there are currently no plans for it to leave. In the midst of a zombie apocalypse, your group is tasked with finding medicine key to your survival.

While all Trapped in Tahoe rooms are family-friendly, Brambila ranked the rooms by terror level for those concerned about fear factor.

“The zombie room is absolutely first. That room is the scariest because there’s a zombie in there that tries to get you. It’s hard to tell between Dracula and Funny Faces — they could be tied, but I’d say Funny Faces is second because there’s a clown mannequin in there, so if you’re afraid of clowns…,” he said.

Dracula’s Castle and Funny Faces will be at Trapped in Tahoe for approximately six months, but Sector 11 is a “forever room,” according to Brambila, and there are plans to change the mission in the future.

“Right now you’re on a medical run — at the end of summer we might change to an ammunition run, then change to a food run,” Brambila said.

Trapped in Tahoe’s traditional hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays 2-9:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. While the company is typically only open on Mondays by appointment, they are making an exception on Halloween, when they will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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