Scary Attractions in San Diego
As Fall approaches many people think of scary attractions San Diego. Click here if you want to learn about real haunted houses in San Diego. Or, see below to find scary attractions:
|Haunted San Diego Tours is a 2 hour bus tour where a professional storyteller will guide you to 5 haunted locations:
~ The Horton Grand Hotel- A Historic Hotel with some "uninvited Guests"
~ The William Heath Davis House Museum - SD's oldest surviving structure
~ The Villa Montezuma - a haunting sight to behold
~ El Campo Santo Cemetery - murder disguised as town hangings
~ The Whaley House - America's Most Haunted Location
Most of the sites are drive-by with no entry into the establishment but you will be able to enter San Diego's oldest graveyard. At each location, you will disembark the "Ghost Bus" and walk up close to the site. Staff members, in costume, will recite the history behind each site: who lived there, who died there and who's still haunting the place.
Price is $35. Tour departs from the Best Western Hacienda in Old Town (4041 Harney S; corner of Harney and San Juan St). Tours operate Wednesday through Sunday nights; show times vary depending on season and demand. Maximum of 14 patrons per tour.
This Haunted San Diego tour is wildly popular and many restrictions / disclaimers apply: no children, no smoking, no alcohol, no excessive talking, and no disruptive behavior. There are no cancellations or refunds. If you are late, your seat will be sold to someone else with no refund to yourself. Go to web site for more details.
|Haunted Hotel San Diego is a house darkly decorated with props and actors who hope to scare your pants off. This attraction is not for the faint of heart and definitely not for children.
Actors in creepy costumes will come up to you and corner you; or they will chase you down with a chain saw; sometimes they creep up behind you and speak in tongues. Scary-looking clowns, creepy-looking dolls, decrepit old people... Combine that with dark corridors, strobe lightening, and moving floors... This attraction is sure to scare. Of course... there's always a few folks who are too cool to be scared. That's all right, they can enjoy themselves watching others be scared silly.
On busy nights, there are 2 lines: one line to buy the ticket and a second line to get into the Haunted Hotel. You enter as groups of about 12 people. It takes 10 to 15 minutes to walk through the Haunted Hotel, so take your time and enjoy the scare. Be wary of people coming behind you, shoving you aside so that they can run pass you screaming in fear.
|Haunted Trails at Balboa Park is an outdoor attraction where a one-mile walkway is decorated into ghostly "rooms" or sections. In one section, you walk through a school bus full of fake "Jasons" but one of them is real and he may jump out at you. Another section was decorated completely in black and white: skulls, strobe lighting, and zombies. Not to mention, the part where a guy with a chainsaw stalks you through a dark, narrow passage.
If a walk in the spooky, dark woods with people jumping at you is not enough,... you can pay an extra $5 and get into the "Carnival of Carnage". This is a 3500 square feet, walk-through maze dotted with freaks - (last year was clowns, but this year they've moved up to freaks in general!) Lit with black-light and crazed characters at every corner, this place is a house of terrors for anyone who doesn't like being cornered. Oh yeah, did I mention that it was a maze? Good luck!
Takes about 20 to 30 minutes to walk through the trail. Not for kids under 10. Pregnant women, people with heart conditions not recommended. Best to arrive early or go on Thursday instead of Fri/Sat. Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. Since you are walking outdoors in the dark, be sure to wear good shoes which you don't mind getting muddy. Go in groups of 4 or less. Large groups tend to be less scared because the people in front of the pack sees it all first. No photos allowed while in the trail.
|The Scream Zone at the Del Mar race tracks. This attraction is the one-stop-shopping for those who seek thrills and chills this Halloween. There are three attractions:
The Haunted Hayride: sit in a tractor-pulled hay-wagon and brace yourself. The route is pepper with ghosts, zombies, monsters and characters who will stalk you. Don't get off because they'll get you!
The House of Horror: walk through this house where each room is filled with blood-curdling sights and sounds. This attraction is probably the scariest and many people simply cannot get through the entire house - they escape before the end. Not recommended for children, pregnant women, and the faint of heart.
The Chamber of Chills: is more like the haunted House you might remember from the old days: spinning tunnels which you have to walk through, witches cackling, paths that lead to dead ends and so forth.
other days: 7 pm to 11 pm
Single Haunt: House of Horror or Haunted Hayride = $15
Double Haunt: The Chamber & one other (House or Hayride) = $19
Triple Haunt: do all three (Chamber, House, & Hayride) = $28
Tickets are available at the gate, or online through Ticketmaster. All major credit cards accepted.
Fast Track: Get front-of-the-line privileges by purchasing an additional $10.00 Fast Track for the House, or a $10.00 Fast Track for the Hayride. The Fast Track is an additional cost to the attraction admission price.
The Scream Zone
Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, California
Free parking at the Del Mar Fairground parking lot.
|Savage House at Grossmont Center Shopping Mall in La Mesa. This is an outdoor attraction located on the top level of the parking structure. The 10,000 sqft space is fitted to look like 14 rooms of horror and gore. Live actors will spook you as you walk through the rooms and hallways.
This attraction is brand new so you can be the first to experience it! What mysteries lie within? No one knows, but organizers tell us this: The Savage House used to be a research facilty for the diseased. There was a security breach,... staff members lost control,... and the infected have taken over. Do you dare enter?
The venue has met all City and Fire Marshal codes and is wheelchair accessible. Organizers do not recommend the attraction for children under 13 years old. Parents can bring their children "at their discretion".
Savage House takes about 15 to 25 minutes to experience. There will be strobe lights, fog, water and other natural elements, possible uneven pavement. There is also a Museum where you will find horror-movie characters, props, vehicles and visuals. Photos are permitted in the Museum.