Hello everyone! This is a friendly reminder that any of these fun places we may visit, we are a guest at. Please treat both businesses and trails with the utmost respect. We here at Hidden San Diego follow the 'Leave no Trace' mantra, meaning whatever you bring with you comes back with you. If you see trash on a trail, please do your part to help remove it. Remember, we are not picking up trash from another person but instead cleaning up for Mother Nature. Happy adventures!

For those of you who enjoy getting out and about during the Halloween season, we've got you covered on all the annual hot spots. These range from kid-friendly to for only the bravest mofo's out there (seriously). Read up and enjoy!

1. Campo

Pumpkin Express Train Ride: Join in the fun as we board the Pumpkin Express train ride at the historic Campo Depot and travel to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Children and their parents will enjoy the one hour train ride, then may tour the Haunted Train. Each child gets to pick out his or her own pumpkin and decorate it inside our Display Building.  The Great Pumpkin doesn't want you to miss his train, so plan on being at the Campo Depot at least 45-minutes before your departure time, especially if you haven't been to Campo before. Email Haunt Owner

2. Del Mar

The Scream Zone: San Diego County's largest haunted experience, The Scream Zone is considered among the goriest, scariest, and screaming-est fright fests to be found in the dark corners of Southern California. We invite you to be our guests, that is, if you have the nerve! Buy tickets now.

3. Downtown

The Haunted Hotel: Featured on the Travel Channel, The Haunted Hotel is one of America's top haunts. The Hotel is full of new spine tingling, skin crawling effects that are so real you'll scream for your life as you try to escape. The Haunted Hotel, Where Horror Movies come to Life!


The Haunted Trail: Located in San Diego’s world famous Balboa Park, The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget. Enter the mile long Trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. Visitors watch your back, you’ll never know which way the terror will hit you. True to form, the Haunted Trail is not for children under 10 or the faint of heart. Experience an outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors.

4. El Cajon

Haunted Amusement Park: One of the best haunted houses we have in San Diego is located at an abandoned amusement park out in east county. Not much effort is needed to make this place creepy as the decay from years of being abandoned is adding all the natural spooky touches itself! The Haunted Amusement Park, formerly known as Scotty's Scare Trail, is only open on weekends, I highly recommend checking this one out if you're into the Halloween spirit.

5. Escondido

Haunted Village: A haunted attraction that will scare the manliest man. Over 10,000 square feet of haunts and scares plus the haunted marketplace with food and vendors where you can sit and have a soda with one of our monsters.

The Annual Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch:   Over 50 years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. Family and friends enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral and pony rides. Grab a wheelbarrow and pick from variety of pumpkins: Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella, Jack O’ Lantern, minis, squash, gourds and other fall décor. In addition, weekends at Bates include live entertainment from 12:00 -3:00, BBQ, kettle corn, food trucks, rock climb, bounce, slide and other family friendly events. Check our calendar for details and schedule. Admission is free. $5.00 parking on October weekends.

6. Mission Viejo

Higgins Manor: With 11 themed rooms, a walk-through cemetery and amazing monster talent, it's not to be missed.

7. Mira Mesa

Monster Manor: You will be taken into the very depths of the Ghastley Family Manor, making your way through dark corridors, sinister rooms, and an army of the Living Dead.


8. Normal Heights

Nightwalker Canvern: A Hellavator transports visitors down into the maze leading to the underground caverns. The caverns have been used for centuries as the homes and resting places of some of history's most infamous criminals. Some still lurk about the dark corners and hide among the stalactites waiting to scare unsuspecting visitors. Visitors do get wet. Email Haunt Owner

9. Rancho Penasquitos

McKamey Manor: McKamey Manor is a very in your face, aggressive and claustrophobic experience, and not your standard (boo), haunted house. In fact, this is more of an audience participation type of performance in which the audience will become a major part of the show. We're looking for exciting and energetic guests to take part in the MCKAMEY MANOR experience. Update: McKamey has since closed its doors in San Diego, but we will keep the page up in its memory.

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10. Temecula

Vampire Vail Halloween Festival: Haunted house, horrific hayride, Zombie Zone for kids 10 and under, live bands, DJ, food, refreshments.

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    When I looked up nigtwalker cavern it just comes up as a escape/puzzle room. Is that what you meant in this article?

    October 5, 2019

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