There’s a good explanation as to why there are so many haunted houses in California. Think about the number of zombies, demons, vampires, devils, and Freddy’s that work in Hollywood. And it doesn’t even involve the fact that California is large enough to be its own country. America’s Best Top 100 Haunted Houses in 2013 (with videos).
Instead, it involves the frequent disruption of the dead by earthquakes. When their bodies are disturbed, their souls find the nearest house, errr, mansion to haunt.
We ask is that you don’t let any of the ghosts escape from their California haunted house. 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 these politicians have recruited their friends to scare the masses during Halloween.
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. Tickets are $26. They advertise they will “change the way you scream.”
Callson Manor is located in Roseville at the Placer County Fairgrounds. It is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 4th through the 27th plus the 17th, 24th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st. 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.
Fright Planet - Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815
America’s Haunted Theme Park is Fright Planet. It is open Friday and Saturday from September 27th through November 2nd plus the dates of the 10th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 23th, 24th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st. Doors open at 7 pm.
Tickets are $19.95 for the haunts Blackout, Nightmare Vision 3D, Distorted Maze, Dead Man’s Lagoon in 3D, and Hobart’s Doll Factory. You can add Podunk Farm and Scream Max Theater for another $10. For a total ticket price of $39.95 you get all the attractions above plus 18 Extreme Haunt, Buried Alive, and unlimited reentry all night.
Fear Overload Haunted Houses – Bayfair Center, 15555 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94578
The two haunts at Fear Overload are Insomnia and Asylum. Insomnia is a high shock attraction with horrifying scenes. Asylum is about a 1960 hospital for the criminally insane and deranged minds. What happened to the six dead doctors? Are you next?
Fear Overload is open September 28th and then Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from October 4th through the 31st plus the added dates of the 17th, 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st. Costumes can be worn but leave the face paint and mask at home. Tickets are $20.
Corbett’s House of Horror runs Zombieland at 360 North Sunrise Avenue, Roseville, CA.
Zombieland tickets are $10 or $20 for all three haunts. The attraction is open Friday and Saturday from October 4th through the 26 plus the 30th and 31st. The times are 7 pm to 11 pm.
Cemetarium Haunted House - 7983 Arcadia Drive, Citrus Heights, California
Cemetarium operates the 15,000 square foot haunt named Terror in the Night. It has over 100 volunteers working each night. It runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from October 4th through November 2nd plus the nights of the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are just $13. They operate as a low scary family facility on October 4-6. They open for full scare on October 11th. Tickets on low scare family nights are $8.
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 22 years and now features 8 haunt attractions for the one low price of $25. Included is lie music, dancing, and entry into Pirates of Emerson, Mental Maze, Dark Realm, Fractured Fairy Tails, Scareaton, Arachno, Corn Walk, and Bumpkin Patch.
Pirates of Emerson is open Friday and Saturday from September 28th through November 2nd plus October 10th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 27th, 3th, and 31st. The times are 7 pm to 11 pm.
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 pm.
Dead Time Dreams is open September 27-28, October 4-6, 11-13, 17-20, and every night from the 23rd through November 2nd. Doors close 11 pm weekdays and 12 am weekends.
Blind Scream Haunted House – 1400 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park, California
Blind Scream opens Friday, October 11th at the Sonoma Mountain Village. It runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from October 11th through November 2nd plus the 17th, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th, and 31st. Doors open at 7 pm and close at 10 pm or 11 pm on Friday and Saturday.
House of Blackbeard - 1000 Main Street, Vallejo, California 94590
Blackbeard will run October 11-12, 18-19, and 24-31. Tickets are $15. Doors are open from 7 pm to 10 pm.
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 Maze is open from August 30th through November 10th. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday 7 pm to 11 pm events are $12. All other days are 11 am to 7 pm events for $8.
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 27th through October 27th. The haunt runs from 7 pm to midnight. The park is open during the day on these same dates. There are several days and nights that are family friendly including Snoopy’s Trick or Treating. Tickets are as low as $27.99 online.
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.
Haunted Fresno - 665 Fulton Street, Fresno, California 93721
Haunted Fresno opens at 7 pm on October 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 31st. Tickets are $20 for the Fortress of Fear and House of Zombies attraction. The Séance ticket is $10. The combo ticket for all attractions is $20 on Friday and Saturdays. Parking is free.
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 - 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA
All new and all scary for Talladega Frights at its new Bakersfield location. $10 gets you into the Halloween Town plus $10 for either the Taladega Frights or Zombie-X attractions. A combo ticket for $27 gets you into everything. All tickets include the carnival games, pedal karts, slide, pumpkin canons, rock wall, and pumpkin patch. The attractions are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 27th through November 2nd plus the 31st. It is open 7 pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday or until 10 pm on other nights.
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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
Old Town Haunt runs October 4th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 30th, 31st, November 1st and 2nd. Doors open at 7 pm. General admission tickets are $17.
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 2013. General admission tickets are $29 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 nights on October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 plus the 27th and 31st. Doors are open 7:30 pm to midnight.
Alone - Downtown LA
The owners of Alone are tying to get this haunted attraction started for October 24th, 2013. They are seeking pledges and ticket purchases through Kickstarter. 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. The attraction will run from October 24th until November 2nd. 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
There are three attractions at the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. The haunt is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from October 4th through the 31st plus the 30th. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets for the Hayride are $30. A combo ticket for the Hayride, In Between Maze, and Purgatory are $39. Caution you can get wet on the Hayride.
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 13th year. Explore some of the haunted houses and attractions in the theme park. It runs Friday and Saturday nights from September 20th through November 2nd plus the dates of the 6th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 27th, and 31st. Tickets online for Horror Nights and park admission are as low as $69. 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 pm until 2 am. Funtober names Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood the #1 Haunted House in California.
The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor - 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA
Halloween frights on the Queen Mary ship are especially scary this season. Tickets are $20. The Dark Harbor schedule is October 3-5, 11-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31, and November 1-2. 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 14 years. Tickets for this 12,000 square foot haunt are $15. It is open Friday and Saturday nights from October 4th through November 1st plus the 27th, 30th and 31st. The four attractions here are Haunted House, The Asylum, Blood Manor, and Miner’s Revenge.
Field of Screams Haunted Stadium, Lake Elsinore
Field of Screams operates 4 haunted mazes and 2 scarezones for the low ticket price of $15. Each are themed for the maximum terror. Doors open at 7 pm each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October. The address is The Diamond, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530.
Hyde Park Massacre: a place of death and torment. The Orphanage and old place where the children are gone or are they? Kurtain Khaos is a clown terror maze. The Darkness: it’s not the dark that will scare you. It’s what’s in the dark. Scarezones is a midway of madness featuring Zeebo the clown. Lakeside Park is a famed children’s cemetery you do not want to get lost in after dark.
Marshall Haunt, 1696 Wellington Place, Westlake Village, California
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 - San Diego
San Diego’s newest haunted house attraction opens October 3, 2013. Savage House is located on the top floor of the parking structure at 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942. Behind the walls of Savage House sits a laboratory for collecting research on the infected. The CDC sealed the building. Are you brave enough to survive the zombie infested warehouse? Expect strobe lights, fog, water, uneven pavement, and flesh eating zombies.
Opens at 7 pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October 2013. Also open October 30th, 31st, November 1st, and 2nd. Tickets are $11.
The Haunted Hotel - 424 Market Street, San Diego, California
Tickets are $17 on Friday and Saturday or $15 for Sunday through Thursday nights at The Haunted Hotel. The dates it is open in September are the 13th, 27th, and 28th. In October the dates are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from the 3rd through November 2nd from 6 pm to 1 am. All it is open on October 28th, 29th, and 30th.
Scream Zone - 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, California
The Scream Zone features three attractions named the Haunted Hayride, The House of Horror, and The Chamber. These attractions are open from September 27th and 28th. It is open on October 4-6, 10-13, 17-20, 23-27, and 29th through November 2nd. The park has concession stand with food, gifts, and beer.
Tickets start at $17 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 11 pm.
Best Haunted Houses in California
- Callson Manor – Sacramento, California
- Savage House – 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa, CA 91942
- Heartstoppers Haunted House – 2300 Mine Shaft Lane, Rancho Cordova, California 95724
- Fright Planet – 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, California 95815
- Fear Overload Haunted Houses – 15555 East 14th St., San Leandro, California 94578
- Zombieland – Sacramento, California
- Forest of Lost Souls – Sacramento, California
- Cemetarium – Sacramento, California
- Pirates of Emerson – Pleasanton, California
- Dead Time Dreams – 2501 Tully Road, Santa Clara County, California 95122
- Concord Cascade Haunted House – Hollister, California
- Blind Scream Haunted House – Santa Rosa, California
- House of Blackbeard – 981 Bancroft Road, Suite E, Concord, CA 94518
- Winchester Mystery House Fright Night – San Jose, California
- Great America’s Halloween Haunt – Santa Clara, California
- Overkill Haunted House – San Jose, California
- Haunted Fresno – 665 Fulton Street, Fresno, California 93721
- Adventure Park Dungeon of Terror – Visalia, California
- Taladega Fright Haunted House – 11811 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, California 93308
- Old Town Haunt – 20 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, California 91103
- Los Angeles Haunted Hayride – Los Angeles, California
- The Darkside Haunted Attraction – Venice, California
- Universal Studies Halloween Horror Night – Universal City, CA
- Reign of Terror Haunted House – 197 N Moorpark Rd. #B, Thousand Oaks, California 91360
- Field of Screams Haunted House – 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore, California 92530
- Marshall Haunt – Westlake Village, California
- The Haunted Hotel – 424 Market Street, San Diego, California 92101
- Scream Zone – Del Mar, California
- All Saints Lunatic Asylum – 23275 Ramona Ave, High Desert, CA 92307
- Mid State Scare – 1106 E. Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande, California 93420
- Mistress Yvonne’s Haunted House – Riverside, California
- Mar Vista Fright Night – Mar Vista, California
- The House at Haunted Hill – Woodland Hills, California
- Coffin Creek Haunted House – 14600 Baron Dr., Corona, CA 92880
- House of Screams – Concord, California
- Pepper Tree Haunted Manor – Wildomar, California
- The Haunted Wilsley Manor – Burbank, California
- Trevis Family Haunted Attraction – Oak Hills, California
- Legend of Boot Hill – Irvine, California
- Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor – Long Beach, California
- Pagliacci FunHouse – 2706 Fallon Circle, Simi Valley, California 90805
- Haunted Haight Walking Tour – San Francisco, California
- Golojuch Manor – La Mesa, California
- Cemetery of Lost Souls – Yorba Linda, California
- Knott’s Scary Farm – Buena Park, California
- Horror on Frankel Street – Lakewood, California
- Sinister Pointe Haunted Attractions – Brea, California
- Doll Factory – 2140 Wardlow Rd., Corona, California 92880
- Sanctuary of Fear – Brentwood, California
- Dr. Mortis’ House of Horrors – 660 Minnie St., Grass Valley, CA 95945
- Friends of C.I.D. Haunted House – San Bernardino, CA
- Haunted Hollywood Sports Park – 9030 Somerset Blvd., Belliflower, CA 90706
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.
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