A haunted house awaits those who dare to enter, where rooms are filled with horrors once only alive in nightmares at the fifth annual Hesperia Haunted House on Halloween night, hosted by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Hesperia Explorer Post #505.


This year's house is bigger with a total of nine rooms to walk through like, "a scary clown room, toxic room, Sweeney Todd room and a graveyard" and includes two mazes, according to Hesperia Sheriff's Deputy Lisa Guerra.


Attendees too scared to brave the haunted house can still enjoy a variety of other delights with a DJ, dunk tank, cotton candy, bounce house, face painting and Halloween candy.


Carnival booths including a balloon dart toss, beanbag toss, miniature golf, basketball, and ping pong will also be on hand, according to Guerra.


Demonstrations by Hesperia Police Activities League, Jeff Speakman's Kenpo Karate and New Breed Mixed Martial Arts, as well as food vendors Out of This World BBQ and Pasco's Pizza will be available.


"It's important to offer a safe place for members of our community and their children to come and spend Halloween and have a good time," Guerra said, with few places in the High Desert offering families the chance to enjoy a haunted house, games and food at the same location.


The Explorer's Post program helps youths ages 14 to 20 1/2, who are interested in a law enforcement career or in volunteering in the community to get "career experiences and educational training," Guerra said.


The Explorer Post includes 24 explorers, coordinator Sgt. Doug Hubbard and deputy advisors Guerra, Derek Stokes, Chad Gomez, Joe Garay, Patrick Rose and Jesse Doner.


All proceeds go to the Explorer Post for competitions and charities, among others.


Hesperia Explorer Post #505 is at 9393 Santa Fe Ave. East. The event is from 4 to 9:30 p.m. and the costume contest starts at 7 p.m. with better prizes than last year, according to Guerra. Tickets are $1 each: three tickets for haunted house admission, one ticket for each game booth. For more information, call Guerra at 909-644-1392.