Haunted House Update 2010

With less than two terrifying weeks till the arrival of Halloween there is still time to get your share of shrieks and scares at many local haunted houses. Now that you have carved pumpkins and made some delicious treats with roasted pumpkin seeds it’s time to exit the safety of your Encinitas home to venture among the living dead…..if you dare!

If you have the tenacity to endure a trifecta of terror the Scream Zone Del Mar has once again transformed the Del Mar Fairgrounds into an underworld of ghoulish goings on. You can check out their three themed environments featuring the Haunted Hayride, House of Horror and The Chamber. New for 2010 in the House of Horror are the Rodeo Clowns, the Ward, the Infirmary and many other spooky surprises. They offer the following packages: Triple (Combo) Haunt: House of Horror, Haunted Hayride & The Chamber all 3 for $27.99 Double Haunt: The Chamber plus House of Horror or Haunted Hayride $18.99 Single Haunt: House of Horror or Haunted Hayride $14.99 This attraction is recommended for teens and above.

The Haunted Hotel, located in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp district, is another favorite fright spot. Named by Haunt World Magazine as one of the top 13 haunted houses in America and also featured in “America Haunts IV” on The Travel Channel in 2009. Admission prices range from $15 to $27 depending on the night and whether or not you want a VIP fast pass bypass the general line. The Haunted Hotel is not recommend for those under 10.

Another fiendishly favorite outdoor thrill is the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park. This mile long stroll will take you on some twisted turns through a trail of terror with surprises around every corner. Back by popular demand is the Carnival of Carnage Maze complete with crazy Carny folk who take sheer delight in frightening the faint of heart. Price packages range from $15 to $32 with a separate admission to visit the maze and VIP fast passes are also available. The Haunted Trail is not recommended for those under 10.

If you crave a little history coupled with some truly frightening experiences, your spirit can be transported to documented historic haunted locations throughout San Diego on the Haunted San Diego Ghost Tour. Complete with ghost stories told outside each grisly stop on the tour, featured fright spots include the famous Whaley House, a Victorian manor containing a sinister secrets, a dark mysterious mansion, a romantic Gaslamp Quarter hotel, and an infamous San Diego graveyard. Prices for the 2 hour tour are $35 and advance purchase is required. The tour dearly departs each evening at 7:00 pm from the The Best Western Hacienda Hotel (Directly Outside of The Lobby Door) 4041 Harney Street (Just behind The Whaley House Museum)

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