by LAINEY KRAL

BOO!

Get ready to get spooky this fall! Whether you’re looking for family-friendly chills or the scare of a lifetime, San Diego offers a variety of haunted experiences this Halloween season. Most open in October or late September, and some are open year-round with special events in October.


The Whaley House

Known as one of the most haunted houses in the country, Old Town’s Whaley House Museum is open year-round for tours. The museum highlights the house’s early history, with a focus on the late 1800s. The house’s long history includes plenty of ghostly folklore, and legends that its earliest residents are still haunting the halls.

The Whaley House is open for extended hours from Oct. 24 through 31.

www.whaleyhouse.org


The Scream Zone

San Diego’s Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is three attractions in one. The House of Horror, Haunted Hayride, and KarnEvil all feature creepy clowns and murderous mayhem – not suitable for children under 10. The general Scream Zone area is open free of charge so the rest of the family can enjoy the atmosphere and food vendors while the thrill-seekers sample the attractions.

The Scream Zone is open Sept. 28 through Oct. 31.

www.thescreamzone.com


Spooky Schools

For closer-to-home thrills and chills, many local schools host fall festivals and haunted houses in October. Admission is either free or supports school programs, which makes it a great way to give back while getting your scare on. Look up your local school to see what they’re offering and what age ranges the attractions are suitable for.


Other Local Haunts

The Haunted Hotel
Sept. 28 – Oct. 31
www.hauntedhotel.com

The Haunted Trail
Sept. 28 – Oct. 31
www.hauntedtrail.net

Savage House
Oct. 4 – 31
www.savageproductions.org