As one of the country’s oldest and most storied places, San Francisco is often called the most haunted city in the United States. After all, we’re home to some of the most notorious neighborhoods, legendary businesses and Alcatraz Island. If you want to explore some of these in person, we recommend checking out 15 Haunted Tours in the San Francisco Bay Area.
But if you’re looking for something that will get your adrenaline pumping even harder, direct your attention to the 15 seasonal attractions below. Packed with monsters, frights, ghosts and ghouls, these haunted houses, mazes and immersive experiences are not for the faint of heart. Enjoy!
From Bay Area production company Into the Dark, Terror Vault has been called the Bay Area’s most terrifying Halloween attraction for good reason. Restricted to brave guests 21 years and older, the tour takes you deep into the basement of the historic San Francisco Mint for an immersive experience that will bring you face-to-face with your worst fears and scariest monsters.
Dead Zone is the second Halloween attraction produced by Into the Dark. Suitable for anyone 10 years and older, the immersive, high-tech and interactive game invites you to join the race to find a cure for the zombie apocalypse. Join the U.S. Department of Zombie Virus Outbreak Containment inside the San Francisco Mint as you fight your way through four challenging games.
This bone-chilling and thrilling experience takes walking tour to a whole new level. The San Francisco Dungeon in Fisherman’s Wharf brings together theatrics, special effects, stages and scenes in an exciting walk-through experience you can see, hear, touch, smell and feel year round. Guided by professional actors, you’ll pass through ten interactive shows about San Francisco’s dark and sinful past in an attraction that combines haunted house with historical tour year-round. You can find additional ticket and show information here.
Open every day in September and October, this festive Oakland business has been on Piedmont Avenue since 1996, making it Oakland’s oldest (and cutest) pumpkin patch. Through the Halloween store and through the pumpkin patch, brave souls can journey into the haunted house which offers both the original, scary version and a less scary version with the lights on and the creatures switched off.
Nite Terrors invites brave individuals into the heart of infected Lab 5, the site of a possible zombie infestation. Not suitable for children under 12 years old, this haunting attraction is an intense experience that includes real actors, lights and harsh sounds. Get ticket information here and prepare yourself to enter the zombie-infested fray.
One of the most memorable and talked-about haunted house experiences in the Bay Area, Fear Overload offers two over-the-top haunted houses rich with monsters and demons straight out of your worst nightmares. Open from September 28th through November 3rd in 2018, you can experience the signature attraction, Amnesia Ward, and the unclean and daunting haunt, The Washroom. Get your tickets here.
For just one price, Pirates of Emerson Haunted Theme Park invites the bravest of the Bay Area to enter five different haunted attractions: Psychopath, The Haunted, Holiday Horror, Pirates of Emerson and Prison Panic. Admission also includes nightly live music, mazes, a misfortune teller, the frightmares sideshow and live entertainment.
The beloved Cursi House of Screams has been scaring the people of the Bay Area for two decades and 2018 brings us their scariest, their twentieth and their final year. Because this haunted house is run by family and friends, they do not have an admission charge but do ask for donations or volunteer help. If you want to join the fun of the final year, enter the fray on October 26th, 27th and 31st from 7 to 10 p.m.
Blind Scream presents two terrifying haunted houses covering over 20,000 square feet of pure terror. For 13 bone-chilling nights, you have the opportunity to enter Lil Horrus’s Fun House and Doc’s Horrortorium. After you make it through the horrors, check out The Last Ride, an experience that puts you face to face with your own death.
You’ll find year-round family fun at Lemos Farm, but during the fall, things get a little spookier. The Choo-Choo Train turns into a spooky Ghost Train and the bravest among you can enter the Scare Zone. Here, you’ll find two haunted houses, one for young children and the other for brave kids of all ages. Learn more about Lemos Farm and the Scare Zone Haunted House here.
Haunted House of Moss Beach has been terrifying visitors for more than 20 years. They’re on a hiatus for 2018, but are expected to return for their 21st year of operation in 2019. The thrilling experience takes about five minutes to navigate and only two people are allowed in together. Along the way, you’ll traverse a tightly wound maze of terrors and each twist leads to a new, starkly different scene. Get ready to encounter your biggest fears in Moss Beach! Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Opened September 21st and operating weekends through October 28th, Halloween Haunt is the Bay Area’s premier Halloween event featuring haunted mazes, live shows, scare zones and hundreds of monsters at every turn. From the original attractions of California’s Great America to the terrifying Chaos House, you won’t run out of things to do at the theme park this season.
Dead Time Dreams doesn’t just place you in a chilling scene, it puts you in the heart of the action. Buy tickets to this San Jose attraction and you’ll get the opportunity to enter two haunted houses, be surrounded by monsters, run from demons and, hopefully, make it out alive.
The Winchester Mystery House is notoriously one of South Bay’s most haunted buildings. For Halloween, they take the thrills up a notch with the Hallowe’en Candlelight Tour, an exploration of the legendary 160-room Victorian mansion noted for its paranormal activity. For just 26 nights during the 2018 Halloween season, you can explore the maze of hauntings and historic grandeur by candlelight. Brand new for 2018, they’re debuting The 13th Door, a journey through 13 Doors whose purpose and secrets the Winchester widow took to her grave.
The haunting story of Rebel Yell begins back in 1957 when the evil Doctor Von Braun purchased the abandoned Rebel Hill Funeral Home and moved there with his wife and two children. Now, you have the opportunity to enter the home yourself. For free admission and just a requested donation of $5, Rebel Yell is a small production attraction you won’t soon forget.
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