Top 5 Haunted Places In San Diego

Bobby Dyer

It’s time to say hello to every Halloween fanatics favorite time of year! Whether you are traveling from another city, state, or country, join us here in San Diego for some of the world’s scariest experiences that America’s Finest City has to offer! We guarantee you will have a ghoul’d time at any of these 5 places:

The Haunted Hotel


Haunted House San Diego
Image from The Haunted Hotel website

“The Haunted Hotel is packed full of spine tingling, heart pounding effects that are so real they will keep you screaming for your life as you try to find your way out”. Rated the #2 scariest haunts in the U.S. by, The Haunted Hotel will make you wish you had more than just a glow stick lighting your way! Get your tickets for this intensely scary experience!


Balboa Haunted Trail


Haunted Trail San Diego
Image from Balboa Haunted Trail website

With more than 3,500 sqft of terror running through San Diego’s world famous Balboa Park, Balboa Haunted Trail is a must-do on your Halloween list. Not only will you walk through a haunted trail here, you will first have to try to make it through their maze called “The eXperiment” or become an experiment yourself. This haunting experience runs from 7pm-11pm until 10/31 (RAIN OR SHINE!)


The Scream Zone


Halloween San Diego
image from The Scream Zone website

Located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, The Scream Zone is San Diego’s largest haunted experience. It offers 3 major “scare-tastic” attractions: The House of Horror, Haunted Hayride, “KarnEvil”, and the all-new Zombie Boot Camp! Other features you can find at The Scream Zone are The Walking Dead Prison, The Dusk Till Dawn Bar. (Keep an eye out for Pennywise the Clown!)


San Diego Monster Bash


San Diego Monster Bash
Image from San Diego Monster Bash website

This is San Diego’s largest Halloween festival (and the ultimate Halloween party) and it’s happening on October 29th, 2016! With 5 stages for music listening pleasure and wristbands for the event that get you food and beverage discounts at over 25 bars and restaurants in downtown San Diego, the only thing haunting about this event is how much fun you will miss out on if you don’t go to San Diego Monster Bash!


Whaley House


Haunted San Diego
Image from The Whaley House website

Looking for an experience that is more of the paranormal type? Known as the number one most scary house in the United States by the Travel Channel, The Whaley House is a haunted house that will give you the paranormal chills with it’s dark pasts. See something move in the shadows or hear something creak in the next room? Could be the ghosts of Anna, Thomas, or Violet Whaley…


International Traveler’s House (ITH) Halloween Party

ITH Halloween Party

After getting scared out of your mind at one of the aforementioned, join us back at ITH’s Halloween Party where we will have entertainment, food, as well as a costume contest! Book your Halloween time travels with ITH by October 20th and save 20% by using the promo code ITHHALLOWEEN20. (Offer valid as ITH’s Zoo Hostel and Adventure Hostel only. Valid for stays 10/23-10/31)


So whether you are looking for an intensely bone-chilling, startlingly frightful, or spook-tactularly good time; it’s no disguise that any of these experiences are ones to be remembered! Don’t be haunted by the ghosts and goblins of Halloween’s past and get your tickets and enjoy Halloween in San Diego!


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