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The Best Bay Area Haunted Houses | 2019

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Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooks and frights at a Haunted House.

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Whether it’s a big production full of elaborate props and character actors or a more local DIY Halloween attraction, you’ll be sure to find a fun way to celebrate this October.

Major Haunted Houses

Not for the timid, if you’re looking to scare the bejesus out of yourself, we’ve rounded up the biggest and baddest haunted houses around for maximum chills.

Pirates of Emerson

Pleasanton | Alameda County Fairgrounds | Oct. 4 – Nov. 2 | $30 online; $35 at the gate

Located on a 6 acre compound, you’ll experience 5 haunted attractions, mesmerizing belly dancers, live music, Misfortune tellers, the Frightmares Sideshow, nightly entertainment and more. On Sunday, get a free upgrade to go through the attractions twice.

Fear Overload Scream Park 

San Leandro | 15555 E 14th St. | Sep. 29 – Nov. 2 | Tickets start at $25.99
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One of the most popular haunted houses in the Bay Area, Fear Overload features two haunts, The Tooth Collector and Night Terrors with over-the-top staging, props and character actors. 

Halloween Haunt at Great America

Santa Clara | 4701 Great America Pkwy. | Sept. 27 – Nov. 2 | Tickets start at $32

Great America transforms for Halloween into a spooky over-the-top carnival with 8 haunted mazes, scare zones, live music and performances, 20 rides and over 500 character actors lurking around the park.

Fright Fest at Six Flags

Vallejo | 1001 Fairgrounds Drive | Sept. 21 – Nov. 2 |  Tickets start at $36.49

Zombies and ghouls take over Six Flags theme park with scare zones, live performances, haunted mazes, and rides. Some attractions may require an additional purchase.

Dead Time Dreams

San Jose | 2501 Tully Road | Oct. 4 – Nov. 2 | $20

Creep your way through the Midway of Terror before braving their two immersive haunted attractions.

Unhinged at Winchester Mystery House

San Jose | 25 S Winchester Blvd. | Sept. 6 – Nov. 2 | Tickets start at $44

Explore the haunted halls of the cursed Winchester Estate, scoping out secret rooms of the house (never before shown to the public) in an immersive walkthrough experience with chilling scenes that reveal the home’s twisted past. Plus see the terrifying, yet mesmerizing Unhinged:Light Show projected onto the mansion every half hour.

San Francisco

You surely don’t need to leave the city for a scare. These unique, historic San Francisco icons get into the Halloween spirit with their own tantalizing, terrifying tours.

Mayhem Mansion at Haas-Lilienthal

San Francisco | 2007 Franklin Street | Oct. 18-19 & 25-26 | $23
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San Francisco’s historic 1886 Haas-Lilienthal House transforms into Mayhem Mansion, a haunted house style attraction. Set in a spooktacular Queen Anne style Victorian-era house museum, ghoulish guides walk you through dimly lit parlors and passages on a “twisted tour of terror” replete with frightful encounters in unexpected places.

“Terror Vault” at The Mint

San Francisco  | 88 Fifth St. | Oct. 10 – Nov. 10 | $62
Exclusive Funcheap Discount – Save $20 with secret code FUNCHEAP (limited to 50 uses per date)

This is your chance to explore the historic 1874 San Francisco Mint after dark and check out their thrilling “Terror Vaut“. You’ll take a 45-minute immersive tour featuring interactive scenes depicting this secret prison. Additionally, test your wins at their zombie survival escape room, Apocalypse, for an additional fee. Tickets to either attraction includes access to the Morbid Midway.

Free Local DIY Halloween Attractions

For a more family friendly alternative to a traditional haunted house experience, look local for a bit of quirky Halloween fun.

Oakland’s “Driveway Follies”

Oakland | 3854 Greenwood Ave. | Oct. 29 – 31 | Free

If you’re looking for something different, Driveway Follies offers a rare opportunity to see the nearly lost art of marionette puppetry in an intimate setting. You’ll see professionally staged family-friendly Halloween marionette performances that celebrate and illustrate the historic and cultural aspects of Halloween. Shows run continuously throughout the night.

“Jurassic Park” at The Alberston House

San Jose | 497 N. 16th St. | Oct. 31 | Free

Open for one night only, the house features themed treats, an immersive, over-the-top front yard scene, costumed characters and more. The house welcomes 800–1500 trick-or-treaters and their parents annually and has been a source of family fun since 2002. The 2019 theme is Jurassic Park.


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