Halloween is taken very seriously in the San Francisco Bay Area. Once October comes around, every bar, hotel, and restaurant has famous ghost story they want to tell.
Here are the top 5 Halloween attractions you should visit this Halloween season in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Halloween Attraction #1: Crawloween
CrawlSF is hosting Crawloween, a pub crawl in San Francisco en route with 20 bars, $3 drinks, costume contests, dancing, and more. 2016 hosted over 5,000 crawlers for this Halloween attraction. Because Halloween falls on Tuesday, there will be pub crawls on both Saturday the 28th and Tuesday the 31st.
Early Bird Rate: $12.00 (+$1.29 service fee)
Early Bird Mini Group Rate: $9.00 (+1.22 service fee) Groups for 4 or more
Early bird Big ‘ol Group Rate $7.00 (+$1.17 service fee) Groups for 10 or more
Early Bird 2-Day Rate $15.00 (+$1.37 service fee)
For more information, head over to the EventBrite event page for more details.
Halloween Attraction #2: Haunted Winchester Mystery House
The legendary Winchester Mystery House tale gained popularity because the 160-room mansion is the result of a continuous building effort conducted by Sarah Winchester, widow of William Winchester, founder of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
Beginning in 1884, Mrs. Winchester had construction conducted upon the home 24 hours a day, every day of the year, until her death in 1922. Legend has it the spirits of the people who were killed by her husband’s products haunted Mrs. Winchester. The residence has doorways opening to blank walls, staircases leading to ceilings and a host of other abnormalities. Despite its 40 bedrooms, the home has but one functioning bathroom, presumably to confuse the spirits.
Learn more about the Winchester Mystery House on our real estate and local blog.
2 hour candle lit tours are offered on select nights in October.
Adult (ages 13-64): $47
Senior, Military, Fire, EMT: $42
For more information, head over to the Winchester Mystery House website for more details.
Halloween Attraction #3: Haunted SF Ghost Tour
Wild SF Walking Tours offers a 1.5 hour tour through the hotels and streets of downtown San Francisco. Your tour guide will share little known tales of mysterious deaths, famed ghosts, and notorious criminals in buildings such as the Westin St. Francis, Curran Theater, Glide Memorial, and Tenderloin. This attraction is not recommended for children
For more information, head over to the San Francisco Travel event page for more details.
Halloween Attraction #4: Overnight in Alcatraz
Pay $666 a night to stay in America’s most infamous prison, Alcatraz. Included for the night is four twin prison beds in the “Ghosts of Alcatraz Suite” jail cell, prison pajamas, midnight snacks, a bedtime ghost story, and VIP entry to the final San Francisco Dungeon show.
Those who survive the night can enjoy breakfast in their cell bed and a swag bag of dungeon goodies include a Merline Annual pass ($279 value) for access to over 30 U.S. attractions.
For more information, head over to the SF Dungeon Booking page for more details.
Halloween Attraction #5: Halloween Haunt At Great America
Great America Amusement Park is filled with rides during the day, and screams, clowns, and zombies at night. Great America’s Halloween Haunt features 8 haunted mazes, 5 skeleton key rooms, 5 live shows, 3 scare zones, and hundreds of monsters.
What makes Halloween Haunt different from other Halloween Attractions are their skeleton key rooms where visitors get an exclusive interactive experience with the monsters in the maze. Children under 13 are strongly advised not to attend.
Haunt Admission: $33
Haunt Admission and Fright Lane Plus: $81
Fright Lane Plus: $55
Fright Lane: $40
For more information, head over to the Great America main website.
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