The Bay Area has some great haunted houses for Halloween. I have no doubt that the Bay Area is a great climate for ghosts. Below, is a list of haunted houses that can be visited during this spooky season. Good walking shoes are a must.
Alcatraz Night Tours – Yep, you can go to Alcatraz and take part in special night tour program. If there is any place in the Bay Area that is haunted by ghosts of evil men, this has to be it. The tour lasts 2 ½ hours and includes the cell blocks at night. This tour also includes a boat tour around the island, which discusses possible escape routes from the island. More information can be found at www.alcatrazcruises.com.
Haunted Height Walking Tour – This is a tour of renowned haunted homes in the Height Asbury part of San Francisco. The tour leader will regale you with real stories of the folks who lived in early San Francisco. You will visit the actual sites where these people lived. To participate, go to www.hauntedheight.com.
San Francisco Ghost Hunt – Another haunted house tour in San Francisco hosted by Jim Fassbinder. This tour will take you to various haunted sites, and teach you how to catch a ghost. You will need to do some hill climbing here. To join the walk, visit www.sfghosthunt.com.
Goblyns Glen – This Halloween haunt in Los Gatos features a haunted town with characters that will teach you about Halloween. Here you can enjoy being spooked, eat and shop all at this site. This site closes at 8:30 for the under 12 age group. At 9, they do it all over again for adults and teens. Visit www.experienceshadowhills.com for more information.
Candle Lighters Ghost House and Haunted Village – This is the 41st year for this haunted house in Fremont. Set at the Chadbourne Carriage House at the Fremont Hub, this haunted house is for families and kids under 12. Besides two haunted houses, you can visit a country store, pick up a caramel apple or play at the midway games. Find more facts at www.candlelighters.com.
Fear Overload Haunted House – This is a haunted house for teens and adults, guaranteed to shock and scare you. Set at the Bay Fair Mall in San Leandro, this haunt has two area to tour. It features zombies and psychotic serial killers who stalk your every move. Not for the faint hearted, you can find out more about this haunted house at www.fearoverload.com
Pirates of Emerson – These are supposed to be haunted ships, but people live on ships, right? This attraction has moved this year to the Pleasanton Fairgrounds to allow more ships and more advanced special effects. This is a truly adult experience in haunting including robots and animatronics. Instead of visiting, if you would like to work at a haunted house, Emerson can usually accommodate this too. Just don’t wait too long to apply. They have a great website at www.piratesofemerson.com.
Winchester Mystery House – This has to be the king of Halloween haunted houses. This place is creepy enough to visit during the day, but during Halloween you can visit it at night by flashlight.
This house with its strange rooms and dead ends must have some ghosts lurking around the premises. Your tour will update you on the latest hauntings at the Winchester Mansion. Located in downtown San Jose, you can find more information at www.winchestermysteryhouse.com.
Now you have a haunted house to fill up every weekend until Halloween. What are you waiting for?