Haunted Houses, Trails and Hotels in San Diego – 2016

As the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder, our dearly (and not-so-dearly) departed rise again for their unwelcome annual visit. If you’re brave or foolish enough to greet them in person, head out to one of these haunted houses and trails throughout San Diego county.

“They’re heeeeere!” – Carol Ann

The Scream Zone

The Scream Zone

The 2016 Scream Zone is assembled from a collection of body parts and roughly stitched together into four terrifying haunts and other monstrous attractions. The year-to-year favorites are back – the horrifying House of Horror, along with our KarnEvil freakshow, and the Haunted Hayride, each casting its evil spell on the Del Mar Fairgrounds. New this year is our fourth attraction, Zombie Bootcamp. Try your skills at outrunnig the gruesome undead creatures that await around every dimly lit corner.

Note: The Scream Zone is designed for a teen and older audience.

Where: Del Mar Fair Grounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 30 – October 31, 2016
Cost: $19-$53
> Find out more about The Scream Zone

The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel

Courtesy of the Haunted Hotel

Named one of the top 13 haunted houses in America by Haunt World magazine, The Haunted Hotel is one of San Diego’s longest running haunted houses. This year, see where the Hellevator takes you, try to stay in one piece through the Slaughter house and the Dissector’s Autopsy Morgue, visit the ALL NEW Doll Island, twice as big, twice as scary…and don’t forget to brace yourself as you ride with our demented clowns on the moving subway.

Note: No pregnant women, infants, or children being carried will be allowed entry. Not recommended for children under 10.

Where: 424 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 23 – October 31, 2016
Cost: $19-$29
> Find out more about The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park


Enter the mile long Trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. Visitors watch your back, you’ll never know which way the terror will hit you. This year, watch your back while creeping down New Orleans famous Bourbon Street as vampires lurk in the shadows. Squeeze through the crowd of creepy clowns on the Haunted Ghoul Bus, experience an Alien Autopsy and run screaming through the gauntlet of Horror Icons. Oh yes, and don’t think we forgot about the saws. Ready yourself for the terror of the chainsaw wielding voodoo masters.

Note: No pregnant women, infants, or children being carried will be allowed entry. Not recommended for children under 10.

Where: 6th & Juniper at Marston Point, San Diego, CA 92103
When: September 30 – October 31, 2015
Cost: $25-$40
> Find out more about The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

Savage House

As an unknown infection sweeps the nation, one company pushes forward in an attempt to find an answer, to contain and stop the spread, and to try and find a cure. S.P. Industries is a government funded laboratory and research facility. It is a fully self-contained installation that includes a surgical unit, laboratory, pharmacy, an observation room, containment facilities for the infected, and a decontamination chamber to insure the safety of the public sector. In an effort to bring awareness to their efforts, as well as gain the public’s support, S.P. Industries has agreed to open its doors and conduct tours of their facility. However, due to a technical glitch, the buildings safety grid has become unstable and some systems are beginning to fail, so visitors should be forewarned, they are touring the facility at their own risk.

Note: Attraction not recommended for anyone under the age of 12 years old.

Where: Westfield Mission Valley – 1640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: September 30 – October 31, 2016
Cost: $5-$18
> Find out more about the Savage House

The Whaley House

The Whaley House - The OG of Haunted Houses

Step into one of America’s Most Haunted Houses and immediately feel a chill! See something out of the corner of your eye that you can’t explain? Hear the sound of a ball bouncing off the wall but don”t see it? Throughout October, the Whaley House will be offering special tours, extended hours and the chance for you to have an actual paranormal encounter.

Where: 2476 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110
When: October 5-31, 2016
Cost: Prices vary by event
> Find out more about Halloween at the Whaley House

> Find more Scares and Halloween Happenings in San Diego

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

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