It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween in San Diego! The county’s three main haunted houses are all open as of this weekend to begin scaring guests through Halloween night...and perhaps your dreams for longer?
Located on Fourth and Market, the Haunted Hotel is San Diego’s longest running haunted house. Now in its 26th year, the unassuming building will boast an all-new Hellevator this year along with the “wrong turn” hillbilly swamp, Mutant Mine Shaft and a clownish surprise. Tickets start at $20 and the haunt runs Wednesdays through Sundays and select Mondays and Tuesdays. Be advised, Wednesdays are “lights out,” which means guests will have nothing to light their way but a glow stick. Reader’s Digest recently rated the Haunted Hotel as one of the 15 scariest haunted hotels in the country for 2018.
Just a few miles away, nestled among the sculptured gardens and Canary Island Pines of Balboa Park, is the Haunted Trail. This haunted house without walls takes guests on a mile-long hike through the Island of Misfit Toys, Camp Crystal Lake the Ghoul Bus in Derry, Maine, where “It” lives and the Stranger Things House. Tickets start at $25 and the maze runs from Wednesdays and select Mondays and Tuesdays.
Rounding out the three haunts is the Scream Zone at Del Mar. San Diego’s largest haunt, the Scream Zone offers three different attractions. Those brave enough to join the Haunted Hayride will get to take an eerie tour of the racetrack and stables at night with a few ghosts and ghouls along the way. The House of Horror takes guests back to the year 666 for the Medieval Butcher’s Menu and KarnEvil twists fairy tales into something resembling more of a nightmare. Tickets start at $21 and the haunts run Wednesdays through Sundays and the last Monday and Tuesday before Halloween.
Scared? Don’t worry, running for your life is great exercise.
Both the Haunted Trail and Haunted Hotel were listed as one of the top 20 haunted houses in America by the Travel Channel in 2013.