Are you crazy enough to be scared out of your wits? If so, then read on, and learn about the scariest haunted tours San Diego has to offer. Look for some expressions, which are in bold, that we often use when we talk about scary or dangerous situations. The definitions are at the bottom of this page.

And now, CISL presents, the scariest experiences in San Diego. Enter at your own risk . . .

The best haunted houses in San Diego
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The Haunted Hotel (Downtown)

There is a reason that the Haunted Hotel is the longest-running haunted house in San Diego: it’s SCARY! Doll islands, clown subways, torture rooms . . . this place is not for the faint of heart. It’s no wonder that the Haunted Hotel was named one of the 14 scariest hotels in the United States.
Tickets are $17.00 and can be purchased online. Click here to buy tickets and click here for more information.
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The Scream Zone (Del Mar)

The Del Mar Fairgrounds are normally the location for happy events, like the summer fair or the annual horse races. But in October, the venue is transformed into the scariest of locations, with zombies wandering the grounds and clowns playing on playgrounds. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 

Tickets are from $18 to $32, depending on which exhibits you choose to attend. Click here for information on the park hours.
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Haunted Trail (Balboa Park)

The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park is one of the most famous (and largest) parks in the U.S. Walk an entire mile through scary scenes, from a New Orleans plantation to a mass of clowns. The actors at the Haunted Trail are known for their incredibly real performances, and for chasing guests from one exhibit to the other, so watch your back, and don’t ever think you’re safe!

Tickets for the Haunted Trail are as follows:

  • $25  (General Admission to Trail & Experiment Maze)
  • $19  (General Admission to Trail only)
  • $35  (FAST PASS Admission to Trail & Experiment Maze)
  • $29  (FAST PASS Admission to Trail only).

Click here for more information.


Expressions used in this article:

  • Scared out of your (one’s) wits: very, very scared
  • Enter at your own risk: it’s dangerous!
  • Not for the faint of heart: not a situation for the weak
  • Don’t say we (I) didn’t warn you: you’ve been warned!
  • Watch your back: be careful


For more Halloween vocabulary, check out our posts on Expressions with Scared and another on Halloween Vocabulary. We would like to wish all of our CISL students a safe and happy Halloween!


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