13 frightening things to do around San Francisco for Halloween
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SAN FRANCISCO, October 23, 2012 – Halloween is nearly upon us; the frightfully fun holiday that allows people to tap into their inner freak and put it on display for everyone to witness without judgment.
San Francisco is full of rich history and tragedy. These gems add up to some downright creepy places that are rumored to be haunted and open for business.
So where can a Halloween-loving, fright-seeker find places and events to whet their appetite, and perhaps even their pants? Follow this ghoulish top 13 list for the very best of the Bay Area’s frights.
Be prepared to be scared stiff at the Winchester Mystery House this Halloween. Begin with a flashlight self-guided tour through the mysterious house that Sarah built. This bizarre 160-room house is the product of crazed Sarah Winchester, who built the house to appease the ghosts of those that her late husband William Winchester’s gun company’s weapons killed over the years.
This house holds such unexplained architectural oddities as a staircase that descends seven steps and then rises eleven. There are miles of twisting hallways, secret passageways and doors that go nowhere. Sarah herself died in this house in her bed on September 5, 1922, and is still rumored to walk the halls of her unfinished maze of a house. Zombies, ghosts and other assorted spirits of the night are in the house to surprise you as you tip-toe through the house, unsure of what awaits you around the next corner.
Once you finish the house tour, head to the haunted maze, where portions of the house, graveyard and garden have been transformed into a gateway between this world and hell. Actors expertly portray ghastly scenes of the undead, and frighten you out of your skin as you wind through this maze of horror, pushing you to want to run for your life. Fright Nights are available nightly through November 3rd.
This historic prison and San Francisco icon is well known to be haunted by spirits of past prisoners and would-be escapees. Ghostly hotspots include the solitary confinement cells (supposedly the most haunted) and the utility passageway of Cell Block C, where a bloody uprising took place in 1946.
On your tour, be sure to step inside one of the solitary cells and close the door to be alone. Try taking the night tour to elevate the spooky feeling, as well as the hair on the back of your neck. Book well in advance, these tours “cell” out.
3.Blind Scream – Santa Rosa
At this house of horrors, their theme is “scream if you can.” This fright fest is sure to get the blood pumping as you wander through your worst waking nightmares in the House of Zombies. Blind Scream also features a claustrophobic nightmare called The Last Ride, where you lie down in a casket and get “buried alive.” Neither is recommended for young children. Want a sneak peak? Check out this video, sure to get a few goose bumps started.
4. California’s Great America – Halloween Haunt
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