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The haunted trail – balboa park.
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is BACK, with two haunts in one; the 3,500 square foot eXperiment Maze and a mile-long terrifying outdoor Trail through twisted pines and gnarled oaks.
Feel your way through the fog of the upside-down world with Vecna breathing down your neck. Climb aboard the Ghoul Bus, where a cloister of Nuns share the horrifying ride with you, Chainsaw-Wielding zombie rodeo clowns will corner you in their corral, preparing you for the slaughterhouse.
CNN named The Haunted Trail on the Top 5 BEST HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS in America!! True to its reputation, these haunts are not for children under 10 or the faint of heart.
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Fall in southern California may not consist of the same amounts of apple picking and pumpkin patches that you might find in the Midwest states, but Balboa Park in San Diego did not come to play when creating their haunted trail
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The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is a favorite of the San Diego frightening fall activities. Bordered by twisted pines and gnarled oaks, the trail consists of plenty of spooks throughout Balboa Park that allow visitors to revel in this outdoor horror experience.
Get ready to climb aboard the Ghoul Bus where a cloister of nuns share the horrifying ride, feel Vecna breathing down your neck in the Stranger Things Upside-Down world, and soak up the scares at one of the top 5 best-haunted attractions in America.
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park
You get two haunts in one at the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park. The terrifying mile-long trail is accompanied by an eXperiment maze that is sure to frighten as visitors watch around the dark corners for jump scares and more.
Here are some important things to know ahead of your trip:
When Can I Visit the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park?
The Haunted Trail in San Diego is open from September 23rd to October 31st and runs as early as 6:30 pm to as late as 11 pm. Hours vary based on the day of the week, though, so make sure to check out the Haunted Trail website for information about your visit.
Is There an Age Restriction to Visit the Haunted Trail?
Really, the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is not meant for kids under 10 years old. Thanks to the scary clowns, creepy twisted pines and gnarled oaks, and other frightening scenes, this fall event is better suited for an older audience.
Don’t get us wrong, the haunted attraction is so much fun, with jump scares, plenty of outdoor horrors, and a school bus full of additional horrors that you can climb aboard. It might just be better for older kids, teens, and adults that are looking for a mile-long trail full of horrifying haunts.
Other Seasonal Activities at Balboa Park, San Diego
While the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is a fun falltime activity, Balboa Park is home to plenty of fun weekend events with different themes that run throughout the year.
You’ll want to make sure to arrive early, in the season and during the night, to make the most of your tickets to the popular seasonal activities hosted on Balboa Drive.
In the winter, for example, Balboa Park hosts December Nights, which takes place the first weekend of December and helps to kick off the winter season in a way that everyone from adults to kids can enjoy.
In the spring, head to San Diego Earth Fest which coincides with Earth Day, and in the summer, you’ll find plenty of monthly outdoor events to pass the time and enjoy the weather.
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So, what else do you want to prepare for ahead of your visit to the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park?
Can Characters Touch You?
There are certainly some scary scenes meant to freak out guests, especially in the eXperiment maze.
Not to worry, though, characters are never actually allowed to touch you, you’re just sure to get a few frights nonetheless.
Haunted Trail Tickets
You’ll be able to buy timed tickets ahead of your visit so that you can avoid spending too much time waiting in line.
Haunted Trail Parking
Parking at Balboa Park is free, making your visit just a little easier, and saving you a few extra dollars. You won’t have to fight to find parking, either, with plenty of space in the huge lot, which is shared with the large and popular San Diego Zoo.
Whether it’s the eXperiment maze or the Haunted trail that catches your eye first, you’re sure to enjoy the Upside-Down world, Ghoul Bus, and all the other things the San Diego trail consists of.
Make sure to buy tickets ahead of time and bring a hand for your less horror-inclined friends to hold!
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Best Haunted House in San Diego – Recommended by a Scare Actress
September 26, 2023 By: Hedge Metreyeon This article may contain affiliate links. We may earn a small commission if you buy through our links.
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During the Halloween season, it’s custom to want to be scared or at the very least a little disturbed. Horror movies have fallen into the same cliché routines as romantic comedies and feel-good movies. Scary stories just don’t have the same fright to them anymore. Read below my 2 Best Haunted House San Diego options.
The absolute best way to get scared is to experience fear for yourself. There is no better way to experience it first hand than to go through a haunted house. However, most haunted houses are meant to be kid-friendly. Teens and adults have two great options of getting that awesome fearful pleasure in San Diego though.
The best-haunted house San Diego are Scream Zone in Del Mar, The Disturbance in Mission Valley (closed in 2023), and the Haunted Trail in Balboa Park. I’ve touched on them in a previous post about Things to do on Halloween in San Diego but I think it’s best I go into depth.
Update : In 2023, The Disturbance will be closed. They have promised to come back bigger and better in 2024! Stay tuned…
Scream Zone Del Mar
Opening hours: 10/5 – 10/7: 7PM-11PM Fri & Sat: 7PM-11PM Sun – Thu: 7PM-10PM Sun 10/22 & 10/29: 7PM-11PM
There are 3 haunts that you can choose from:
- Labyrinth Manor
- Stars of the Silver “Scream”
- The Haunted Hayride
Tickets : We recommend you book your tickets in advance, especially during the weekend. Get tickets here>>
Haunted Trail Balboa Park
The Haunted Trail in Balboa Park is my favorite Halloween experience in San Diego. CNN agrees with me and named it as one of the top 5 haunted houses in America. Pretty cool, eh?
This haunted “house” actually takes place outside, so if it rains, it will be canceled. However, if it does not, you will make your way through a 3500 square foot eXperiment Maze where you will be haunted by nightmare-inducing fairytale characters. Then you will embark on a mile-long haunted trail through a haunted graveyard, a Zombie bus, a Clown House, and other terrifyingly fun spots. Are you ready to be scared? Then get your tickets here>>
Opening Hours: September 22 – October 31 daily from 7 to 10/10:30/11 PM (check here for details)
Location: Balboa Drive / Juniper Rd
One of the most common things to do in the Halloween season is to go to a haunted house. It is no different in San Diego. So as you plan your scary activities in October , don’t forget to add a haunted house!
Top Tips from A San Diego Haunted House Expert
I understand that some blogs may have research-based details on these locations. The Travel Channel actually featured the Haunted Trail Balboa Park at one point. Nothing is better than the first-hand experience from someone who not only has been there but actually has worked as a scare actress in both (as well as others in California and Texas).
Now, I love things that most would consider scary or creepy. My favorite time of year is fall and I’ve done years of research on the origins of Halloween as well as paranormal occurrences. I am so into Halloween that during the season I work as a scare actress. I’ve worked at both The Disturbance and the Haunted Trail in San Diego.
In my time working there, I became familiar with the setup and the other actors that work there. I also know first hand just how terrified visitors can get as well as the thought process behind the different areas of each haunt. So let’s get into it!
What Is The Disturbance and The Haunted Trail?
They are both mazes that feature frightening scenarios and rooms to create an optimum scaring environment. Every year there is something different to experience and a new room or themed maze to terrify visitors.
A few fan and employee favorites remain year after years such as the school bus in the Haunted Trail or the zombie elevator in the Haunted Hotel part of the Disturbance.
What Are The Themes of the Rooms?
Those vary every year, as I’ve said before but some come back every year.
2019 Themes To Expect
Kill-Billy Alley brings the southern nightmares to light. The 3D Freak Fest tests your courage against circus freaks and clowns. The Haunted Hotel is a place to be cautious as it’s been contaminated by a zombie virus. Expect to have a bit of claustrophobia in the famous Ghoul Bus too.
Are Haunted Houses Safe?
Of course, they are! Some think these attractions are like the carnival; quickly put up and quickly taken down. This is not actually the case. Both locations are like huge stages with multiple scenes going at the same time. Every part is meticulously puzzled together as any theater set is.
The entire staff takes pride in making the experience both safe and scary at the same time. Yes, at times you may fear for your life. But, your life is never actually in danger.
On top of the set is well constructed, the crew is seasoned in setting up and takedown of the sets so it can be relatively fast. The Disturbance is newer so it takes a touch longer to put together and take apart than the Haunted Trail.
What Will The Scare Actors Do?
They will scare you. Surprisingly, it is in their job description to scare the pants off of everyone that comes in. We are also there to entertain our visitors though. If we can’t get a scare then we will settle for a laugh instead. Yes, we are getting paid for it but we’re also having a lot of fun too.
To scare you, we may jump out at you or make a loud noise. Remember we still have your safety in mind. Scare actors are not allowed to intentionally touch you but we will get as close as possible to unnerve you.
What Should I Expect Out of The Haunted House?
You should expect to jump, scream, and feel your heart pumping. I won’t give anything else away because that’ll just give it all away. If I give it all away, you’d have no fun at all.
Who Is It Appropriate For?
They can be appropriate for people of all ages if they’re brave enough. I’ve seen older visitors and I’ve even seen kids come through. However, no pregnant women, infants, or small children can get in. I don’t recommend this to kids younger than 10 years old unless they are super brave.
We have those rules because the children can be traumatized, pregnant women should not be that stressed out or scared, and nobody WANTS to make a baby cry.
>>For more Kid-friendly ideas, take a look here: Free Things to do in San Diego with Kids
When Is the Best Time To Go to a San Diego Haunted House?
If you want to fight the crowds and not feel like you have to rush through, then you shouldn’t go in the middle of the month. The best time to go is in the first weekend when nobody has noticed the attractions are there. More specifically, you should go on the first Sunday of the scare season.
If you can’t go on the first weekend, then you can go during the week, on Wednesday or Thursday when people still need to get up the next day for work. The scare actors hate the downtime, we want to be scaring you guys. So come in bunches!
Surprisingly, on Halloween too. Toward the later hours, everyone is busy at parties or out Trick or Treating with kids. It’s relatively dead and not in a good way. It is by far the best time to come.
When Do Ticket Sales End?
We sell tickets throughout the night until closing time on the dot. However, we will not turn you away if you buy your ticket a minute before the official closing time. We let you go through the haunts at your leisure. We don’t clock out and head home until everyone is satisfied with their visit.
How Long Does It Take To Go Through?
Well depending on if you’re running or leisurely walking, it takes about 20-30 minutes to get through at both locations. The Haunted Trail Balboa Park is self-directed so you have a little more freedom. The Disturbance, while also self-led, is also more hands-on. Before each haunted house , you learn the rules of each haunt.
What Else Can I Do After or Before My Visit?
As a native San Diegan, I can see a whole bunch of stuff to do around town. If you plan to visit one or both of these haunts then you can also find plenty of restaurants around and activities.
If you’re at the Haunted Trail Haunted House, then you can explore the nightlife of Downtown San Diego. Balboa Park is a short walk from Little Italy where lovely restaurants and bars await your exploration.
Since the Disturbance is by the mall then you can catch a late-night or early evening movie showing. This is also a great place to go window shopping as there are shopping areas all around. If you’re from out of state or country then I highly recommend trying the famous In-n-Out burger place. Forewarning: the fries are not salted so add some.
What Haunted House Discounts Are Available?
The following discounts are available at both locations. For 20 tickets or more, you are subject to a group discount. Group tickets are available for order and pick up through our office. They are good for any night we’re open excluding Halloween.
Military receives $5USD off tickets up to two with valid I.D. You can also get $5USD off with our Goodwill coupon. You cannot combine any coupons or discounts.
Is Working At the San Diego Haunted Houses Fun?
Yes! Oh my goodness, it is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. I’m still fairly new but I have spoken to veterans of the company who’ve been coming back year after year for decades. They also absolutely love it. To me, it’s a great non-violent stress relief when life gets hard.
I get to scream and scare people without hurting them or receiving a lawsuit. I can also be free with the characters I play since there are no lines to read or specific stage directions.
Even the crew, from the make-up team, to wardrobe to set, they all get to have fun with it too.
Why Did You Start Scare Acting?
Well, as I said earlier, I absolutely love this time of year. Since I was little, the dark and depraved fascinated me. I’ve never been scared while watching horror movies and gruesome stories of ghosts, murders, and other weird stuff like that are right up my alley.
On the other hand, the history behind Halloween and the origin of some of our long-standing Halloween traditions interested me as well. I felt so comfortable reading and studying about the Celts and Samhiunn as well as Wicca. I wanted to be more involved with it.
Since there aren’t a whole lot of Celtic activities around and I have an extensive background in theater, I thought a scare actress job was exactly right for me.
I started in 2018 at the San Diego Haunted Trail but I was scare acting back in Texas since 2016. Really, I hadn’t thought about it until I moved back to San Diego in 2018 when I needed some extra money. I hated my job at the time and found it extremely stressful so I thought, “Why the heck not?” I applied in the middle of the season so I didn’t work a lot of shifts but either way, I liked scaring people so I applied early for 2019.
What Are Some Of The Things You Hear Most Often From Visitors?
I am normally the person in a special effects mask. It makes me sweat a lot and they rub my face so makeup doesn’t stay on my face very long. I like the creepy weird masks that disturb people from the moment they see me. A lot of the time I hear the following:
- “Oh wow, that’s cool!”
- Some kind of profanity
- “That’s the scariest thing here.”
- “How can you see?”
- “Where are your eyes?”
- “You must be so hot in that thing!”
- “I can see you!”
- “Aww so pretty.”
- “Work it, girl!”
Yes, it is very hot in those masks, that’s why I’m not running around like everyone else is. In the masks, I can see just fine. I just can’t turn my head or stretch my neck much. I also can’t see out of my peripherals. But, I really like them because I’m not relying on jump scares like most actors. I rely on my creativity to creep people out and leave them with a sense of disturbance.
What Is The Weirdest Interaction You’ve Had As A Scare Actor?
That’s an easy one. I was wearing one of the aforementioned special effects masks, scaring as my job entailed. A larger group of teenagers came in so I did my bit where I act as a dummy then start lurking toward you. Most of them freaked out which I expected. I reach the end of the group and this guy, probably a foot taller than me (I’m 5’5) smiles down at me and says, “Awww.” Then he proceeds to kiss my latex head and chuckle as he walks out.
That is by far the weirdest thing to have to happen to me while scaring. But it also made me feel all warm and fuzzy. So, forehead kiss boy, if you’re out there, I appreciate you had such a good time and enjoyed yourself!
What Is The Vibe In The Haunts?
Okay, so here is where I reach a complicated topic. As I’ve said before, I love horror, it fascinates me and I like doing scare acting. However, most of the rooms have the same vibe to it. The scenery is creepy and the sound effects are on point to set the scene. They have if set up perfectly for some real out of the box scaring.
Here’s where it’s complicated..they only jump scare. Most haunted houses rely on jump scares because you are most certainly going to get a reaction out of somebody but it takes the originality out of it. So the vibe is very creepy but most places don’t take advantage of it and use older forms of scaring rather than using new weird ways to creep people out.
Yes, both the Disturbance and the Haunted Trail kinda mix it up every year, but they rely on the same scare tactics. I would rather have new scare tactics in reused rooms than the other way around. But if it works it works, I guess. They’re both very good haunts to visit.
How Can I Scare Act?
That’s an easy one. Scare acting is still a job and it requires a creative mind. For these particular haunts, you just need to apply either via Indeed or email. It doesn’t require any previous acting experience but if you have a passion for it then that’s all the more reason to apply.
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I hope I answered your questions and provided you with good information. Working for the Disturbance and the Haunted Trail is the most fun you can have on the job. I highly recommend visiting one or both of them to get into the spooky mood for Halloween. And if you want to see some REAL haunted houses, check out my post on the most haunted places in San Diego and my post about the Whaley House in San Diego .
Best Haunted House San Diego County – FAQs Answered by a Scare Actress was written and edited by Hedge Metreyeon. For more San Diego Explorer posts, check out our homepage. For more of their articles visit here . Follow them on social media here.
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August 3, 2021 at 8:31 pm
Every Halloween around 3 million Americans willingly pay money to be scared shitless at a haunted house—though that number will be slightly smaller this year due to the pandemic, despite 75% of haunted houses across the U.S. staying open. No longer just a Halloween hobby, haunted attractions have evolved into a million-dollar industry and full-on experiences, including covering guests in blood, strapping them to hospital beds, or promising $20,000 to those who survive. While I personally will never understand handing over your hard-earned cash in exchange for being traumatized, there s certainly an art to creating a truly terrifying experience. The set and scenery play a crucial role in creating the environment, of course, but the real scare factor is courtesy of the actors doing the lurking, grabbing, and spooking, all with a face of makeup that s the stuff nightmares are made of.
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As the days grow shorter and the weather grows cooler, ghosts, ghouls and specters of all sorts arise for their annual supernatural sojourns. If you're feeling brave enough to greet them, head out to one of these haunted houses or trails throughout San Diego County.
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Experience the outdoor horror that is simply too big to house indoors! Located in San Diego's world famous Balboa Park, The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget. Make your way out of the eXperiment Maze before entering the mile long Trail through the grove of twisted pines and gnarled oaks. Visitors watch your back, you never know which way the scares will hit you!
Note: No pregnant women, infants, or children being carried will be allowed entry. Not recommended for children under 10.
Where: 6th & Juniper at Marston Point, San Diego, CA 92103 Region: Downtown When: September 22 - October 31, 2023 Cost: Starting at $32.99 > Find out more about The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park
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The Haunted Amusement Park is a HAUNTED Scare Trail set on the desolate grounds of the iconic San Diego Amusement park Marshal Scotty's Playland. The once joyful sounds of fun and laughter are now replaced with screams of terror as visitors make their way through the remnants of the carnival rides from the 1960's.
Where: 14011 Ridge Hill Rd, El Cajon, CA 92021 Region: East County When: September 29 - October 31, 2023 Cost: TBD > Find out more about The Haunted Amusement Park
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This October, three bone chilling Haunts and a mind-bending Midway await you at the Del Mar “Scaregrounds”. The Haunted Hayride, Stars of the Silver “Scream”, and Labyrinth Manor will have you screaming for a way out!
Note: The Scream Zone is designed for a teen and older audience.
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Whaley House Museum
Step into one of America's Most Haunted Houses and immediately feel a chill! See something out of the corner of your eye that you can't explain? Hear the sound of a ball bouncing off the wall but don't see it? This October, the Whaley House will be offering extended hours and the chance for you to have an actual paranormal encounter.
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The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park 2023
Open Select Nights Sept. 22 - Oct. 31, 2023 Opens at 6:30 or 7 p.m. daily (closed Mondays except Oct. 30 and closed Tuesdays except Oct. 24 and 31) Hours/Info: www.HauntedTrail.Net FAQs
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is BACK, with two haunts in one; the 3,500 square foot eXperiment Maze and a mile long terrifying outdoor Trail through twisted pines and gnarled oaks.
CNN named The Haunted Trail in the Top 5 BEST HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS in America!
The first gauntlet to survive is the 3,500 square foot eXperiment Maze; featuring Little Dead Rising Hood and all her fellow fairy tale freaks. Then it’s on to the mile long trail through the foggy Ghost- filled Graveyard, the Zombie Prisoner filled Ghoul Bus, Demented Doll Island, the possessed Room 666 in the Haunted Hotel, the crazed clown house, and the dark slime of the chainsaw filled southern swamp.
Located at the corner of Balboa Drive & Juniper in Balboa Park Parking is FREE in Balboa Park
The Haunted Trail is NOT recommended for children under the age of 10.
However, if they are old enough to walk on their own, they will be allowed in with a parent. You will not be allowed to pick them up and carry them, they must be able to walk on their own two feet. Sorry, NO ENTRY for Babies, Stollers, or Children being carried.
Children need a ticket to enter and we do not offer special pricing for children. There are many emergency exits throughout each attraction in case anyone gets too scared to continue, but please be warned, scared patrons/children who need to exit (or choose not to enter) will not receive a refund.
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The Haunted Trail Balboa Park
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is BACK, with two haunts in one; a mile long terrifying outdoor trail through twisted pines and gnarled oaks and the 3,500 square foot eXperiment Maze.
Follow the faceless boy through Merlin’s Forest, float downstream with Pennywise, climb aboard the Ghoul Bus where a cloister of Nuns share the horrifying ride with you, steampunk Chainsaw-Wielding clowns have the run of the trail, feel your way through the fog of the upside down world, and meet your favorite Horror Icons lurking in the dark corners……Do you have the guts?
CNN named The Haunted Trail on the Top 5 BEST HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS in America!! True to it’s reputation, these haunts are not for children under 10 or the faint of heart.
Parking is FREE at the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park!
Scare factor: Scary
Appropriate For: Ages 10+
Organization Type: Commercial/For profit haunted house
Category: Haunted House
Additional info: Outdoor Events, Touching not allowed, Free parking
What are the hours of operation?
In general, The Haunted Trail is open 7:30pm – 10:30pm but hours are extended on certain dates.
Please check the Dates & Times page for full calendar of dates and hours of operation.
What if it rains?
As the Haunted Trail is outdoors, inclement weather may cause us to close due to safety reasons but WE WILL MAKE ALL EFFORTS TO STAY OPEN!
If there are light or intermediate showers, we can typically stay open. If it turns into a storm or heavy rain, we will have to close.
If the official decision is made that we must close, whether it is before opening time or at some point during the night, it will be posted on our Facebook page (TheHauntedTrailBalboaPark). If you bought a ticket for a night that we have to close, we will include on that post when you are able to return with that ticket for entry.
This update/info will also be on our website as soon as we are able to put it up but FB will have the quickest update.
Parking and drop off zone?
We do not have designated parking but you can find parking throughout Balboa Park and walk over. Majority of parking is free.
If you are dropping off or picking up, you will want to get to the cross streets of Balboa Dr & Juniper. The entrance is just to the left. You can pull over to drop off here but you cannot park or stay so you will need to find parking elsewhere.
If you are picking up, this is also where the customers will come to once they exit the haunt. The exit of the Trail is at the bottom of the closed off street and they will walk back up the street to the entrance area.
Please Note, on Busy Nights this intersection can get very congested as this is where customers will walk as they leaving the event.
How long does it take to go through the Haunted Trail?
Before you start on the mile long Trail, you will be sent through The eXperiment Maze. You are in the maze until you find your way out (usually no more than 15 minutes unless you are having a very difficult time). After you exit the Maze, you will have short wait before you are sent through the Trail, which takes anywhere from 20-30 minutes depending on the pace of your group. However, this does not include your wait time in line.
The Ticket Booth & General Admission entrance lines can be very long on busy nights. We strongly recommend that you buy your ticket online in advance and to save even more time, you can opt for the Timed Ticket or VIP Admission.
How long is the wait line?
Your wait in line depends on what night you are going/how busy, if you purchased online in advance, and what ticket type you have purchased. Typically, if you go the first 2 weeks of season and/or on a Sun-Thurs, the wait is not too long. If you go on a later weekend or on/around Halloween night, the Ticket Booth & GA entrance line can be well over 1 hour each.
This year, to stick with nightly capacity limits, all tickets are date specific and subject to selling out. We strongly recommend that you purchase online in advance.
What to expect when you arrive: There is a separate line to PURCHASE at the Ticket Booth if you didn’t buy in advance and then you will need to wait in the Entrance Line. There are 3 different Entrance Lines once you have your tickets: General Admission (typically the longest wait), TIMED TICKET (about 1/3 wait of GA line), VIP (shortest wait with Fast Pass entry).
The Ticket Booth line can get long on busy nights and is subject to selling out. We strongly recommend buying online so you can go directly to entrance line when you arrive.
Can I make a reservation?
You can reserve a specific time frame for arrival by purchasing a Timed Ticket or you can purchase VIP Admission and arrive anytime during hours of operation on your selected night. Both of these options will let you skip the General Admission entrance line. In addition, when you purchase online in advance, you do not have to worry about a ticket booth line.
If I have already bought my ticket and I am in the line when the trail closes, will I get a chance to go through?
If you have already been waiting in the entrance line with ticket in hand, we make all efforts to make sure everyone is able to get through. If the line is simply too long or we have reached our time limit for operating, we will honor your tickets on another night when we are open. It is always best to arrive as early as you can and/or buy your tickets online in advance.
Can I buy tickets in advance?
Yes! We strongly recommend buying your ticket online in advance. This will guarantee your entry before the night is sold out and will also allow you to skip the ticket booth line when you arrive. Please be sure to read ticket instructions so that you bring the correct ticket with barcode to be scanned.
I bought my ticket online, will I still need to wait in a line?
Buying your ticket in advance will save you from the ticket booth line (which is usually a long wait). You will need to wait in the GA entrance line, which can also be very long on busy nights, unless you purchase the Timed Ticket or VIP Admission. The entrance line for those ticket options is typically significantly less than GA.
Do I need to print out my online ticket?
Printing your online tickets is the safest option but as long as you can pull up the Barcode and do not have a cracked screen, we will be able to scan from your phone.
Please note, sometimes the wait in line is long, if your phone battery dies and you cannot access your tickets, you will need to purchase new tickets for entry.
Can I reschedule my online ticket?
You can reschedule the date of your ticket(s) up to the night before your scheduled date. For example, if you have a ticket for Saturday, you must reschedule it by 11:59pm Friday. To Reschedule:
-Go to your 2021 Tickets email, click on the link to print your tickets.
-At the top of that webpage, click Reschedule.
-You can choose the new date (if still available) for some or all of your tickets and save. Please note, if you are changing to a date that is a higher priced night, you will need to pay the difference.
-Reprint your new tickets.
If you want to UPGRADE your tickets from GA to Timed or VIP, you cannot do this through the reschedule feature. You will need to place a new order for the Ticket Type & Date that you want and then contact the office to have your original order canceled.
If you arrive at the entrance with a ticket for a different date or time, we cannot guarantee entry as we are subject to nightly capacities.
What is Fast Pass and how do I get one?
VIP Admission will allow for you to use the Fast Pass entrance. These lines may still have a short wait but you will not need to wait in the General Admission entrance lines.
If you already have a GA ticket, you can purchase the Fast Pass separately at the ticket booth (if still available) but please note, you may have to wait in the ticket booth line. On site Fast Pass upgrades are typically $10-$15 per person but can go up on busier nights.
Can I get a refund?
Sorry, no refunds.
We do not offer refunds for unused tickets or patrons (including children) who are too scared to go through. If you have an unused ticket, you are more than welcome to give it to a friend to use before the season is over.
Are there group discounts?
Yes! If you are buying at least 20 tickets in advance through the office, you may qualify for a group discount. NOT VALID for entry on Fridays/Saturdays/Halloween.
Group Tickets must be ordered and picked up in advance through our office.
For more details or to place an order, please email [email protected] .
Is there a military discount?
Yes, thank you for your service! There are a few restrictions so please read carefully.
You can receive a military discount of $5 off when you buy at the Ticket Booth & show your valid Military ID. Only valid for admission SUNDAY-THURSDAY, excluding 10/31. One ID will be valid for up to two discounted tickets.
Not valid on Fri/Sat/Halloween. Not valid with any other coupons or discounts.
Are there age restrictions?
Our haunts are NOT recommended for children under the age of 10. They will be allowed in if parents choose to bring them, however you will NOT be allowed to carry them. They must be able to stand and walk on their own two feet.
No Babies, Stollers, or Children being carried will be allowed entry.
Children need a ticket to enter and we do not offer special pricing for children. There are many emergency exits throughout each attraction in case anyone gets too scared to continue, but please be warned, scared patrons/children who need to exit (or choose not to enter) will not receive a refund.
Can I go in if I'm pregnant?
Sorry, but no pregnant women, infants, or children being carried will be allowed entry. This attraction is not recommended for visitors who have heart conditions, are prone to seizures, or are in general poor health. We reserve the right to determine if you are not allowed in due to safety reasons.
Are dogs allowed to enter the Haunt?
A service animal is permitted for individuals with a disability. Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. All service animals must remain on a leash or harness and may not be left unattended. Service animal behavior is the responsibility of the owner and you will be asked to leave The Haunted Trail if their behavior becomes a threat to the safety of another guest or employee. We do not have accommodations for pets at the The Haunted Trail. All other will need to stay home where they are safe from our ghouls.
The DOJ/ADA does not qualify “Emotional Support or Companion Animals” as service dogs.
Are the characters allowed to touch you?
Our actors are not allowed to touch you and you are not allowed to touch our actors. Please be warned, they do get very close and will chase you but they will not grab you. You may brush up against their costumes or props or come into contact with some of the sets, but you will not be grabbed or pushed. We reserve the right to prosecute any patrons who strike or harm our actors.
Can we take photos or video inside the haunt?
You can take personal photos/videos while going through the haunt but please be advised, we strongly suggest you keep your phone securely put away! We are NOT liable for lost or damaged phones nor will be have a search party to find it in the haunt. Many phones get lost or broken so please be aware!
NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY OR LIGHTS! For the safety of our actors as well as not ruining the experience for other patrons, we do not allow any type of FLASH photography or flash lights while you are walking through the haunts. You may be asked to exit early should you use flash or have any type of light turned on while going through.
If you are trying to film for media purposes, you will need to contact the office ahead of time to get permission.
Can we wear our Halloween costumes when we come through?
YES! You are allowed to wear costumes. PLEASE NOTE: if your costume is offensive or involves nudity, you will not be allowed in. Any props you are carrying will need to be left at the entrance.
Can we be thrown out for any reason?
Yes!! We do not allow foul language, pushing, vulgar behavior, weapons of any kind, alcohol, harming our actors or staff, etc. We do not allow babies or children to be carried through. Smoking and alcohol is not allowed. We reserve the right to remove any patron from the event if we feel it is necessary.
Violation of these rules will usually bring a warning and then being asked to leave without a refund.
What can't we bring with us inside your haunted attraction?
Items NOT allowed into the Haunted Trail include, but are not limited to, the following:
Skateboards Backpacks Large Bags Pets Weapons Props Alcohol Cameras Laser Pointers Flashlights Food or Beverage Babies/ Strollers / Children being Carried
There is no smoking or vaping allowed inside our gates or in our lines.
Please also be aware, there is no smoking in Balboa Park in general and you can be fined.
Do you serve alcoholic beverages?
NO! And they are not allowed on the property. Should you bring any, you will be asked to leave without refund.
Is smoking allowed?
NO! Smoking is illegal throughout all areas of Balboa Park, including in our lines, inside the gates, and inside of the haunts.
Is The Haunted Trail wheelchair accessible?
Due to the terrain, it is very difficult for wheelchairs to maneuver through this outdoor event. We can send a staff member to accompany you through in case help is needed, but please be aware the pathways are dirt and mulch and they may be uneven as they wind through the park.
Will there be smoke, strobe lights, special effects?
YES! This attraction contains high impact scares and strobe lights which may not be suitable for people with heart conditions or prone to seizures. Attraction may include the use of fog juice as well as spraying water.
Is it a ride/maze/dark?
This is a walk-through attraction. The eXperiment Maze is a maze which may take some people longer to find their way out but you will not get lost. The Trail has a pathway that you will follow. Rooms may very dark and some may be pitch black but the entire attraction will not be pitch black, you will see the actors and sets.
Do you sell beverages and snacks at your attractions?
Yes. We sell bottled water and sodas as well as candy and snacks. We also have glow novelties. The concessions booth is cash only.
Once we've used our ticket can we go through again with the same ticket?
No. A new ticket is required for each visit.
Do your attractions have security?
Yes, we do have security. We seldom, if ever, have a problem that actually requires security but we have it just in case.
We also have an EMT on staff each night.
Can we be injured at your event?
Running is the main cause of minor injuries. Make sure to follow the rules and DON’T run and you should be fine!
Is this the haunted house where there are 13 floors and when you get to the top, you get your money back?
Unfortunately no, that haunted house does not exist in San Diego. As far as we know, it is an urban legend.
And the #1 most often asked question... Is it scary???
Yes! Bring a change of underwear!
The eXperiment Maze
Before you are sent through the mile long Trail, you will have to make your way through a 3,500 square foot maze. A maze so horrifying it is known as “The eXperiment”! Brace yourself as your favorite Horror Icons are lurking in the dark corners; just to name a few, Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, Chucky, and the Ring Girl are waiting for you!
The Haunted Trail
WE ARE BACK! Follow the faceless boy through Merlin’s Forest, float downstream with Pennywise, climb aboard the Ghoul Bus where a cloister of Nuns share the horrifying ride with you, steampunk Chainsaw-Wielding clowns have the run of the trail, feel your way through the fog of the upside down world…..do you have the guts?
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MARKOFF'S MIDWAY - FR E E!
Entry to the Midway is FREE , and you can enter at any time!!
This space is full of energy, defined by the giant bonfires, our weird ghouls & goblins, crazy DJ, and high risk activities. Some nights MHF hosts local entert ain ers: live bands, dance groups, and (if you’re lucky) fire spinners.
OPEN AT 6.30PM.
Activities & Concessions are pa yable with credit card.
Save $$ by purchasing tickets in advance. Day-Of prices carry a Day-Of surcharge.
MHF Trail Tickets are limited capacity & time-stamped by half-hour increments.
BUY EARLY to secure your spot!
MHF CANCELLATION POLICY: We do not issue refunds. If you need to switch your ticket date, please contact [email protected] . Dynamic pricing means that tickets have different costs based on the date you are buying. Date switches may be subject to additional fees. You will be charged the ticket price that’s relevant to your new date. BRING YOUR TICKET WITH YOU, either as an image saved to your phone or a printed paper version. Your ticket will be scanned when you enter the Midway, and you will receive a TRAIL PASS at that time. When your TRAIL PASS DOA time rolls around, step up PROMPTLY to the ticket scanner (under the MASSIVE PUMPKIN) and prepare to enter the woods! You'll return to the Midway after your hike , so you can recollect y o ur energies & celebrate life!
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MHF The Town Tickets are available for MOST NIGHTS.
The price includes a 10-minute wagon ride to the edge of our property, where you’ll disembark for an entirely different fright fest – up close & personal with the zombies who inhabit Onslaught Mills.
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Saturday, October 28th from 6pm – 10pm
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Clovis Haunted Trail is scary haunted, outdoor, walking experience designed to thrill those who love Halloween and all scary things. You can expect to hear eerie music, foggy trees, and spooky lighting. Live zombies, creepy clowns, coffins, and skeletons climbing about. Headstones, pumpkins, hay bales, witches, and creepy dolls. Now is the time to walk with the dead or nearly dead!
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Friday, October 27th from 6pm – 10pm
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