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San Diego can be a pretty scary place in October. It is home to many spine chilling Halloween attractions that are sure to keep you up at night, and even some places that are actually documented as being haunted.

Yes, San Diego is mostly known for Shamu and great weather, but few know about the many ghost stories that surround this historic city. Keep reading to learn about some spooky Halloween events and some true stories about actual haunted places in San Diego.

Scream Zone
San Diego's largest and scariest haunted attraction is back and scarier than ever! Open on select dates between Sept. 30 and Oct. 31, it features a huge House of Horror with the largest spinning tunnel in San Diego, a one-of-a-kind Haunted Hayride through a pitch-black void and a mystifying 3-D Ghost Maze. Scream Zone is filled with goblins, ghouls and monsters that are dying to hear you scream. This intense event is definitely not recommended for small children or people with heart problems. You will be scared!

Scream Zone hotel and ticket packages available
at Comfort Inn and Suites Hotel Circle for $139

For more Halloween events in San Diego, visit
San Diego Getaway's Seasonal Events Page

The Haunted Hotel
The doors to the Haunted Hotel creak open for the 2005 Halloween season in September, kicking off the Haunted Hotel's thirteenth and scariest year yet.This year's Scare-a thon starts with grand opening on Friday, September 30th, followed by a continuous run of horror filled nights October 1st through October 31st.

Horror movies rule this years Haunted Hotel. Enter the infected hive of "Resident Evil." relive the twisted mind games of "Saw," fun from flesh hungry zombies from "Land of the Dead," or find yourself encased in a "House of Wax." Experience the terror of these and many more of your favorite horror movies.

Frightmare on Market St.
This Halloween season, your worst nightmares will come to life when Frightmare on Market St. opens for its 11th bone chilling year of haunting San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.Experience sensory overload as you step into the immense catacombs of this nightmarish Victorian building and find yourself face to face with your worst fears and a cast of characters that will send you screaming and clawing your way through this demented labyrinth that lies beneath Market Street.

The horror begins on Friday September 30th and the screams continue through October 31st. As you stroll through the Gaslamp Quarter you will find Frightmare located at 530 Market St. on the corner of Sixth and Market St.

The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park
Located in the world famous Balboa Park, 93.3 presents the Haunted Trail. San Diego's only all outdoor haunted attraction.
The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget.

The horror of fairy tales comes to life at the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park. When the brothers Grimm wrote these fairy tales, they surely were not expecting these to be children's sotries. True to form they are still not for children or the faint of heart. Experience outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors.

Real Haunted Places in San Diego

The Whaley House
The Whaley House is one of the best known, and thought to be "possibly the most haunted house in America," said Hans Holzer, a well-known ghost hunter, who investigated this house. Numerous people have observed ghostly presences and phenomenon here as well. Various ghosts may inhabit the Whaley House including an executed man, Yankee Jim, Mr. Whaley himself, Whaley's wife, several unknown apparitions, a little girl, & one of the Whaley's children, who died from scarlet fever. Pictures taken of some these ghosts are on display in the courthouse room of the house. The Whaley House is definitely worth the visit, even if you don't have a personal ghostly encounter.
Read more about the Whaley House

El Campo Cemetery
El Campo Santo Cemetery was a Catholic Cemetery that was started in 1849. Many early founding San Diegans were buried in this Cemetery. It is presently only a fraction of its original size, containing now only 447 visible graves. This cemetery once included the area that is now the commercial district of Old Town, all the land up to Old Town Avenue.
Read more about El Campo Cemetery

October is always the best time to experience these phenomenoms, and events like Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds should not be missed.

If you would like information about more San Diego events or hotels, feel free to email me at editor@sandiegogetaway.com.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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