Boo! Haunted Houses In San Diego That Will Get Your Skin Crawling

The Halloween season is not complete without haunted spooks and scary frights. Luckily, San Diego offers a wide range of attractions during October. From shooting zombies with paintball guns to running through outdoor trails, you can be sure to find something scary for everyone! Here is a quick look at some of the featured activities going on throughout the county.

Scream Zone at the Del Mar Scaregrounds
Where: 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, California 92014
When: September 27-November 2
About: The Scream Zone includes four different terrifying haunts! Enjoy shooting at zombies with paintball guns at the Zombie Paintball Safari, or scream as the headless horsemen chases you and your friends in the Haunted Hayride. Other attractions at the Del Mar Scaregrounds include the popular House of Horror and The Chamber. The House of Horror includes 12 walkthrough dens, while The Chamber includes Southern California’s longest spinning kaleidoscope tunnel.

The Haunted Hotel
Where: 424 Market Street, San Diego, California 92101
When: September 27-November 2
About: The Haunted Hotel has been a San Diego icon for years. Located underneath the Gaslamp District inside a basement, this venue changes themes and decorations every year. From a moving subway to a shaking elevator, the Haunted Hotel is bound to fright even the bravest thrill seekers. We do recommend arriving early and buying tickets online. As one of the regions more popular locations, the Haunted Hotel can have very long waits exceeding an hour. Save time by visiting their ticket booth downtown or by buying tickets in advance.

The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park
Where: Balboa Drive & Juniper Road, San Diego, California 92101
When: September 27-November 2
About: One of the most unique haunted attractions in San Diego is located inside Balboa Park. The Haunted Trail is an outdoor walkthrough featuring some of the scariest chainsaw murderers and ghosts in San Diego. As you descend down the hillside, be prepared to run for your life while goblins and clowns chase you in the near dark. Themes change every year, but there are a few permanent things you can expect. The infamous haunted school bus will be sure get you running. As you walk down the isle, have fun guessing which school mates are fake and which ones are ready to jump out! The added fog machines and light effects make for a memorable and scary night.

Now that we have shared with you some of our favorite haunted houses, it’s time for you to go out and experience them for yourself. Share what scares you most about haunted houses and be entered for a chance to win a free pair of tickets to the Scream Zone!

Photos shared from,, and the Haunted Hotel.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (

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