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Haunted Houses in California for Halloween 2016

Find the best Halloween haunted houses in California 2016.  The state has many haunted attractions featuring lots of zombies, demons, vampires, devils, and Freddy’s that work in Hollywood.  We have separate attraction links and listings for haunted houses USAhaunted corn mazes, haunted trails, haunted zombie paintballhaunted forests, haunted hayrides, and ghost tours.

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Also check out the Funtober 100 list of  America’s Best Top 100 Haunted Houses in 2013 (with videos).

California has some of the largest Scream Parks in the US.  Hollywood keeps producing scary characters.  Enjoy a movie and take your friends to a fun house this October.  You will love the thrill of being scared out of your mind.

Haunted Houses in California
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We ask is that you don’t let any of the ghosts escape from their California haunted houses. We can’t have them taking over the internet by invading Silicon Valley. Thank you and enjoy.

Sacramento / Stockton Haunted Houses

More than a few bodies are buried in California’s capital city. So it shouldn’t surprise you that around Halloween these politicians have recruited their friends to scare the masses.

Callson Manor – 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville, California
As Sacramento’s largest haunted house, Callson Manor features 9 scare attractions plus it provides a wonderful group of entertainment events.  The haunts are The Chase, Road Kill Café, Darkness, Panic, Vampire’s Crypt, Callison Manor, Oddities, The Asylum, and Chainsaw Maze.   They advertise they will “change the way you scream.”  Callson Manor is located in Roseville at the Placer County Fairgrounds.  It opens October 2nd.  The times are 7:30 pm to 10 pm.  In addition to the haunts, enjoy Bubbles BBQ, the tarot reader, The Long Dead Stage show, and zombie paintball.

Slipknot’s Scream Park  – 4909 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA. 
Named one of the best in the nation, this Scream Park is produced by the twisted minds of the international metal band Slipknot.  Three outrageous haunted attraction plus live horror entertainment.  Attractions are Prepare For Hell, Clown’s Playhouse, and Skin Ticket.  Parking is free.  General Admission is $25.  Yes be afraid, you should be very afraid.
Dates open in 2015:
October 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22-31
November 1

Fright Planet – Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815
America’s Haunted Theme Park is Fright Planet.  It opens Friday, October 2nd.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Tickets prices vary starting at just $13 per person on select night.  The haunts include Cannibal Cabin, Blackout Live, Distorted Maze, and Hobart’s Doll Factory.

Fear Overload Haunted Houses – Bayfair Center, 15555 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94578.  The two haunts at Fear Overload are Zodiac Killer and Your Psychotic.  Zodiac Killer  is a high shock attraction with horrifying scenes about San Francisco’s grisliest serial killer.  You Psychotic takes you into a labyrinth experience through the paranormal.   Are you next?  Fear Overload opens October 2nd.  Costumes can be worn but leave the face paint and mask at home.  Tickets start at $25.  Doors are open at 7:00 pm until 12:00 am on most Friday and Saturday nights or 10:00 pm on other nights.

Image of clown carrying chainsaw at Fear Overload Scream Park.

Fear Overload Scream Park in San Leandro, California. Photo courtesy of Fear Overload.

Corbett’s House of Horror runs Zombieland at 360 North Sunrise Avenue, Roseville, CA.
Zombieland has three haunts.  House of Horror, Carnevil crazy clown maze, and zombieland apocalyptic shootout.  

Cemetarium Haunted House – 7983 Arcadia Drive, Citrus Heights, California
Cemetarium operates the 20,000 square foot haunt named Terror in the Night.  It has over 100 volunteers working each night.  It opens their Full Scare show in early October.  Attractions include KAUS, Alternative Therapy, Zombie Heights, Hallway of Fear, and the all new Psycho Circus.  Doors open at 7 pm.  Tickets are  for the combo low scare ticket or for the full scare combo ticket.  Individual tickets to a single attraction are less.  They operate as a low scary family facility on select nights.  They open for full scare on select nights.

Image of horror attraction Cemetarium.

Cemetarium Haunted House in California

San Francisco / Santa Rosa / San Jose / Salinas Haunted Houses

The San Francisco Bay Area was the home to Alcatraz, the federal penitentiary which claimed that no prisoner successfully escaped during its 29 years of operation. We’re not so sure, since three prisoners allegedly drowned but their bodies were never recovered. Perhaps their souls, and those of their fellow inmates, are seeking revenge at one of these haunted houses.

Pirates of Emerson Haunted Theme Park – 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, CA 94566
Located at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds, Pirates of Emerson is a full entertainment complex.  It has run for 24 years and now features 5 haunt attractions for the one low price of $25.  Included is lie music, dancing, and entry into Pirates of Emerson, Mental Maze, Bumpkin Patch, Fear Beneath the Pier, Hotel Hell,  and Clown Evil.  The times are 7:05 pm to 11 pm most nights.

Dead Time Dreams Haunted Attraction – 2501 Tully Road, Santa Clara County, CA
Tickets are $20 for Dead Time Dreams.  It features the twisted maze Meat Factory and the zombie apocalypse haunt The Church.  There is also a midway of terror wait area with freaks, creatures and shows each night.   Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Doors close 11:00 pm weekdays and 12:00 am weekends.  They have free parking.

Blind Scream Haunted House – 1500 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park, California
Blind Scream opens Friday, October 9 th at the Sonoma Mountain Village.  It runs starting  at 7:00 pm and closes at 10:00 pm or 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.  This years attractions include walk through outdoor mazes Blackout, and Carnicus, plus the haunted house Swamp Shack. 

House of Blackbeard – Vallejo, California 94590
Noted writer, director, and producer David Scott Harris brings the House of Blackbeard Haunted House to Vallejo, California.  Now in its 9 th year Blackbeard is a modern high startle attraction.  Doors are open from 7 pm to 10 pm.  Location remains a secret for now.

Winchester Mystery House Fright Nights – 525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose, CA 95128
Sarah Winchester house is a popular San Jose tourist attraction open every day of the year.  They operate a number of attractions here.  The Mystery House tour opens each fall.

Great America’s Halloween Haunt – 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
The amusement park Great America operates a Halloween haunt on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning September 25th.  The haunt runs from 7 pm to midnight.  The regular park is open Saturday and Sunday in October from 10 am to 5:30 pm.  There are several days and nights that are family friendly including Snoopy’s Trick or Treating.  Check website advance ticket prices.

Knott’s Scary Farm – 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, California
Now part of Cedar Fair this Halloween event continues its forty year history of quality family entertainment.  The Scary Farm in the month of October generates so much activity it is responsible for nearly half the annual revenue for the whole park.  The theme is Nowhere to Hide and once you are inside the park the mazes, shows, rides, actors, and haunts really bring the scares to you.  It features 11 mazes and two Halloween shows and thirteen thrill rides.  It is one of the largest Halloween events in the country.  Read our article on the Funtober blog about Knott’s Scary Farm.

Fresno / Visalia Haunted Houses

Fresno is home to the first modern landfill in the United State. As such, it can claim its status both as a National Historic Landmark and as a Superfund site. We’re sure that there’s a lot of things were buried in the city during the fifty years the landfill accepted waste. And these ghosts are no doubt ready to keep their secrets safe.

Bakersfield Haunted Houses

Unlike other California cities, Bakersfield is overwhelmingly Republican. So if you want to meet some conservative ghosts, check out these haunted houses.

Talladega Frights Haunted House – 3825 Riverlakes Dr., Bakersfield, CA
All new and all scary for Talladega Frights at its new Bakersfield location.  Tickets get you into the Detention and Hillbilly Hell attractions.  A combo ticket gets you into both those attractions plus Wicked Dark.   All tickets include the carnival games, pedal karts, slide, pumpkin canons, rock wall, and pumpkin patch.  The attractions opens Friday, October 2nd.  It opens at 7:00 pm.  Friday and Saturday night tickets also gets you into the DJ Dance Party with sounds by Freestyle Entertainment.

Los Angeles Haunted Houses | Long Beach | Riverside |
Santa Barbara Haunted Houses

The City of Angels isn’t always dominated by those from heaven. On Halloween, there are quite a few souls which were too bad even for the devil to accept into his midst. You may even recognize a few celebrities among these scary spirits.

Old Town Haunt – 20 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, California 91105
 Sorry we have not seen any updated 2015 information.

Haunted Hollywood Sports – 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower, CA 90706
Haunted Hollywood Sports is a brand new Halloween event in Southern California based at Hollywood Sports Park, located in the city of Bellflower. With 2 scare-zones, 3 walk-through mazes, and 3 interactive “Killhouses”, an 18 and over Club, Shooting Range, and Group E-Photo Booth”, HHS brings in a new level of terror for Halloween 2015.  General admission tickets are available online or at the park.  Tickets include the 3 mazes plus other 2 scarezones.  Additional attraction tickets can be purchased.  Attraction is open Friday and Saturday.  Doors are open 7:30 pm to midnight.

Alone – Downtown LA
The owners of Alone are tying to make this a unique experience.  It is unlike any other haunted houses you are familiar with.  The location is a secret until you buy your tickets online.  Their concept seems interesting and may prove to be the fright of your life.  They are working on a haunted experience called ALONE this year in Downtown LA––think haunted house but this ain’t your Momma’s haunted house.  It’s not a “classic” haunted house, it’s not cliché or campy or gross (all of which are great at times…just not our thing), there are no “scary” clowns nor fake blood nor people chasing you with chainsaws nor little girls acting like dead, insane children nor demons popping out…but instead it is more interactive like a one-on-one type theater thing.  It’s closer to performance art or something like that. We have a space in south downtown and the participant viewer walks through totally ALONE with a flashlight…and encounters various people and situations. Doors open at 7 pm and tickets are timed for the one hour experience. You can read way more about this on their site. 

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride – 4730 Crystal Springs Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027
In my opinion this is a must see attraction.  Started just three years ago the owners are opening more haunts across the country.  They expect more than 100,000 people this year.  Famous businessman Mark Cuban invested a half million dollars in this enterprise.  It must be good.  There are three attractions at the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.  The haunt is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights beginning October 2nd.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Tickets for the Hayride are $30.  A combo ticket for the Hayride, In Between Dark Maze, House of the Horseman, Seven Sins, and Purgatory are $43.  Caution you can get wet on the Hayride.

Halloween Time At Disneyland – Anaheim, California
Disney has an actual event called Halloween Time that runs daily from September 11th through October 31st, 2014.  The park has been converted into a not scary but beautifully displayed Halloween theme.  You get all the Disney rides both day and night except for the 13 nights that are reserved for Mickey’s Halloween Party.  Both are lots of fun for the kids and adults alike.  We have written a tips article about Halloween Time , a Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and we have another article comparing the Mickey’s Party in California with that party in Orlando.  Check them out for lots of information.

Mickey’s Halloween Party – A themed event at Disneyland during Halloween Time.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood – 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California
Once again Universal Studios runs the Halloween Horror Nights attractions now in its 16th year.  Explore some of the haunted houses and attractions in the theme park.  Tickets online for Horror Nights and park admission are as low as $60.  Don’t miss attractions Walking Dead, Evil Dead, Insidious, Black Sabbath, El Cucuy, or Universal Monsters.  Daytime park admission is separate.  Night time hours are generally 7:00 pm until 2:00 am.  Funtober names Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood the #1 Haunted House in California. (2014)

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor – 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA
Halloween frights on the Queen Mary ship are especially scary this season.  The Queen Mary runs special events all year long.  Dark Harbor tickets start online at $20.  It is open from 7 pm to midnight.

Reign of Terror, 197 N. Moorpark Rd #B, Thousand Oaks, CA
Reign of Terror has run for 16 years.  Tickets for this 12,000 square foot haunt are $17.  It is open Friday and Saturday nights from October 3rd.  The four attractions here are Haunted House, The Asylum, Blood Manor, and Miner’s Revenge.  It has over 82 bone chilling rooms.

Field of Screams Haunted Stadium, Lake Elsinore
Field of Screams operates 4 haunted mazes and 2 scarezones.  Each are themed for the maximum terror.  Doors open at 7:00 pm each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October.  The address is The Diamond, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530.

San Diego Haunted Houses

Because of San Diego’s mild climate and famously beautiful weather, the ghosts of San Diego really don’t have much to complain about. If you encounter a scary one at these haunted houses, please ask for us why they are so upset!

Savage House – Westfield Mission Valley, 1640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA.  All new scares and new location for 2015.  Opens Thursday October first and every night from October 1st through October 31st.

The Haunted Hotel – 424 Market Street, San Diego, California
San Diego’s longest running haunted house is back again for 2015.  Escape the tortuous Dissectors, hop aboard the Clown Subway or enjoy creepy doll island.  Tickets are $18 on Friday and Saturday or Sunday through Thursday nights at The Haunted Hotel.

Scream Zone – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, California
Now in its eighteenth year the Scream Zone features three bloodcurdling attractions named the Haunted Hayride, The House of Horror, and The Chamber plus a fabulous zombie paintball attraction.  These attractions are open from September 25th.  The park has concession stand with food, gifts, and beer.  Tickets start at $16 for one attraction and go up to 3 attractions plus a number of combo ticket options.  Buy online and save some money.  The times are 7 pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday or 11:00 pm other nights.

Mckamey Manor Haunted House  San Diego area, CA.
This attraction is open year around every Friday and Saturday night.  You need to call 858-672-2848 to reserve a ticket and find out the secret location.  This is an experience unlike any other around.  The actors here can and will touch you.  Expect to be roughed up.

We also have information on ghost tours, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and home haunted houses.

Home Haunts (New List of Home Haunted House for Halloween 2014)

Burbank – Rotten Apple (Willsley Manor) 907 N. California St., Burbank
Campbell – Mantooth Manor 1134 Longfellow Ave., Campbell
Concord – Cursi House of Screams 5625 Lewis Way, Concord
Covina – Maniac Mansion 476 S. Rancho Del Sol Drive, Covina
Fremont – Chris’ 2013 Yard Haunt 38642 Moore Dr., Fremont
Modesto – Deathworkz 2404 St Charles Place, Modesto
Sunnyvale – Fox Hollow 1461 Yukon Drive, Sunnyvale
Yorba Linda – Perdition 5181 Manor View Dr., Yorba Linda
Simi Valley – The Haunt at Hellizondo 2134 Elizondo Ave., Simi Valley

Best Haunted Houses in California 

Additional Haunted Attractions
Sometimes the nearest haunted house to you may be in another state. If you live near the California border, or you are headed for a weekend in Vegas, there is probably a haunted house that is worth considering there. I’ve located these close states with haunted attractions for you to consider in addition to the California haunted houses.

Haunted Houses in Arizona
Haunted Houses in Nevada
Haunted Houses in Oregon
Haunted Houses in Michigan

Help Me Out
Have you bought a ticket to one of these haunted houses? Future visitors would love to hear what you thought. Did you have a good time? Was it worth the money? Would you suggest it to visitors here? Any suggestions to maximize your experience? I’ll gladly publish what you send me and give you a great big hug.

Find other fun things to do in California in October:

Oktoberfest in California
California Festivals
California Corn Mazes
California Ghost Tours
Pumpkin Patches in California

If you are the owner or employee of a haunted house on this list, or one I missed and need to add, I would love to have more information about the haunted house, photos, dates/times/hours for 2015, etc. Use the contact form to get in touch and I’ll tell you where to email your answers to these questions.


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