It’s officially spooky season in the Bay!
Autumn is finally here! There are plenty of fun seasonal activities to enjoy during this time, from apple picking to pumpkin carving. But if you’re looking for something a bit more spooky, you’re in the right place. We’ve rounded up some of the best haunted houses in the Bay (in no particular order) plus some ghost tours for those wanting a tamer experience. Read on to start planning your Halloween season!
The San Francisco Mint is one of the city’s oldest buildings, and it has been transformed into the ultimate haunted experience. They claim to “lift the veil between the mortal and immortal worlds” and offer different levels of interactive experience. Other attractions include the Fang Bang Vampire Bar, offering Halloween-themed cocktails and snacks, and the Terror Ball on October 30, a private Halloween soiree!
Location: 88 5th St, San Francisco
The SF Ghost Hunt is an essential ghost tour experience in San Francisco! Learn about the haunted Victorian homes of Pacific Heights and the neighborhood spirits. You’ll see the haunted trees of abolitionist Mary Ellen Pleasant, learn about the Chambers Mansion poltergeists, and more. This special Halloween version led by Christian Cagigal will take you looking for ghosts yourself! Tickets are $30 per person but you can get $5 off with promo code OCT2021!
Location: Meet in front of Healing Arts center, 1801 Bush St, San Francisco
Here’s another SF ghost tour that takes you through Chinatown alleyways and the old Gold Rush district with your own ghost hunting equipment! This exciting tour investigates both paranormal activity and true crime throughout SF history. Learn about forgotten graves, notorious brothels, and the underground “Shanghai” tunnels.
Location: Start at 600 Montgomery St, San Francisco
Find two excellent award-winning haunted houses at this San Leandro location. “Descend the Basement” tells the story of an old man who kept all of his children in the basement of his home, barely feeding them. He wandered downstairs one night and never came out, and now the children are said to haunt the entire home! The other experience is “Demon,” in which a demon called Jungler haunts the building in the form of a young child with long dark hair covering her face. The more fear you show, and the more you scream, the more powerful she becomes!
Location: 15555 E 14th St, San Leandro
This popular spot in Oakland has 2 haunted house options! You can do the “less scary” version for kids and scaredy cat adults, where they’ll turn on the lights and shut off the creatures. Or you can try the scary version, in which something dark lurks around every corner…
Location: 4414 Piedmont Ave, Oakland
The famous Winchester Mystery House is stepping it up a notch for the fall season! All Hallows’ Eve features the Lost in the House tour, a theatrical experience where you can investigate the house’s paranormal activity. There’s also a Jack O’ Lantern trail adorning the house’s gardens as a family-friendly outdoor option!
Location: 525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose
Dead Time Dreams offers two spine-chilling experiences! The first is “Midway of Terror,” a terrifying pre-show that will set the mood before you even enter the maze. The second is the “Meat Factory” maze, an open-air experience that replicates the feeling of walking through an alley in a horror movie.
Location: 2501 Tully Rd. at East Capitol Expressway, San Jose
This terrifying haunted house has been in action since 2003! This year’s theme is “Camp Schmetterling,” with the motto “What dies at camp stays at camp.” Are you up for this frightening outdoor haunted house? Keep in mind, tickets are sold at the gate. You could have a bit of a wait, but there will be activities to keep you occupied, including a festival, Thriller dance performances, and more.
Location: 555 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley
9. Blind Scream
This blood-curdling house is haunted by 3 terrible witches, who have cursed all who dare cross the threshold. The experience is not for the faint of heart, so come prepared for a terrifying time!
Location: 98 Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa
The entire park at Great America has been taken over by monsters, zombies, killer clowns, and more! Walk through terrifying scare mazes, themed zones, and spooky shows and performances. They will also host a voodoo dance party at Orleans Place, complete with awesome live music and activities.
Featured image: Winchester Mystery House