The Scream Zone 2016

Join us this fall for 24 days of terror:

September 30–October 2
October 6–9
October 13–16
October 19–31


The Scream Zone is sponsored by



Welcome to Your Nightmare!


The 2016 Scream Zone is assembled from a collection of body parts and roughly stitched together into four terrifying haunts and other monstrous attractions. This year the Scream Zone runs 24 selected days beginning September 30 and continues through October 31.

Our year-to-year favorite is back -- the horrifying House of Horror, along with our newest attraction known as KarnEvil, and the Haunted Hayride, each casting its evil spell on the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Other features this year include: The Dusk Till Dawn Bar, The Walking Dead Prison, and The Exorcist. We must warn you as well to keep a sharp eye out for Pennywise the Clown.

Opening night features the famed Triple Haunt at half-price (night of September 30 only).

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.

Attention parents: You are welcome to enter The Scream Zone compound to wait for children. Our parent lounge is free and there are lots of things for you to do and see, including great food vendors and adult beverages. So come on down and enjoy The Scream Zone alone or as a family!

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Buy Tickets

When you click Buy Tickets below, choose the night you wish to attend and you'll see available ticket types and options available for you, your friends, and family:

  • September 30–October 2
  • October 6–9
  • October 13–16
  • October 19–31

Buy Tickets

Triple Haunt (A)

Includes House of Horror, Haunted Hayride, and KarnEvil

Double Haunt (B)

Includes House of Horror, and KarnEvil

Double Haunt (C)

Includes Haunted Hayride, and KarnEvil

Single Haunt (D)

Includes House of Horror

Single Haunt (E)

Includes Haunted Hayride

Fast Track

Double Fast Track (box office only)
Single Fast Track (box office only)

The Scream Zone Hours

The Scream Zone's attractions are open Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00PM to midnight.

We are open all other nights from 7:00PM to 11:00PM.

Gates open at 6:45PM.

Group Sales

For larger groups, we offer special pricing and discounts. With 20 tickets or more you can enjoy special pricing, menus, and the new RIP Lounge while also having the opportunity to avoid long lines on busy nights. Find out more:

Group Sales

Military Tickets

For military ticket ordering and information, view our military discounts page.




Join us this fall for 24 days of terror:

  • September 30–October 2
  • October 6–9
  • October 13–16
  • October 19–31


The Scream Zone's attractions are open Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00PM to midnight.

We are open all other nights from 7:00PM to 11:00PM.

Gates open at 6:45PM.



2016 promises to make your worst nightmares come true. The Scream Zone will be more bloodcurdling than ever! Last year, these haunts were terrifying enough and this year promises to be so much more:

The House of Horror

High anxiety fills the air as you enter this malicious mausoleum known as The House of Horror, featuring 12 new terrifying dens, including 13 Ghosts, Zombie House, Monster Attack, Texas Graveyard and the Underworld. Movie monsters lurk around every dark corner to intercept and ambush your attempt to run, so don't bother. Last year, 523 poor souls became "victims" of The House of Horror. Accommodations are available, and with heaps of headstones obtainable… will you become another casualty this year?

The Haunted Hayride

Climb aboard The Haunted Hayride where all of your frightmares come to life. Climb aboard and thrill to Zombie Prison, Zombie Town, and Zombie Containment; also featured are The Hills Have Eyes (for you), and Haitian Voodoo. Don't let Doll Town fool you, the term "child's play" will not come to mind as those pretty and peculiar oddities entice you to stay and play, forever and ever. The Walking Dead will saunter aside your seat moving you along the cold, dark and dreaded path of one of our most popular entertainments.


A traveling troupe of bloodthirsty curiosities may be found in this fatal freak show that features Dr. Marvel S. Mayhem and his treacherous troupe who make special appearances nightly on the Scream Zone stage. Feature performers also include our killer clowns KarnEvil and Sprinkles, as well as the Graverobber.

Zombie Boot Camp

Are you prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse?

Join us at the Del Mar Scaregrounds for Zombie Boot Camp, a basic training course for Zombie survivalists. Survival groups will face multiple obstacles and challenges as they attempt to survive a zombie outbreak and preserve the future of civilization while being chased by the living dead.
Purchase at box office. Must be 18 years or older.


Deals and Meals


Check back later for Screaming Good Deals and Meals...

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2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, California 92014
Directions: Google Maps
Phone: (858) 755-1161

Public Transportation

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Check out the Metropolitan Transit System's or North County Transit District's train and bus routes. Both offer select bus service areas that include local, urban, express, and rural routes that will help you get to The Scream Zone. Enjoy the ease of getting to and from The Scream Zone using NCTD from the north, or connections from MTS originating in the south. (Note: Buses and trains are not direct to the Fairgrounds. Also, when planning your journey, be aware of service end times, which may precede Scream Zone closing.)

Directions & Parking

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The Del Mar Scaregrounds is roughly 20 miles north of San Diego in Del Mar. Driving by automobile from I-5, take the Via de la Valle exit and head west. Follow Via De La Valle to Jimmy Durante Boulevard and turn left. Follow signs and instructions to Scream Zone parking. A parking charge applies for most events, however, we don't anticipate a parking fee for The Scream Zone. (Note: for taxi service pick-up or drop-off, consult your directory for the service of your choice.) More at the Del Mar Fairgrounds' parking information webpage.



How May We Scare You?

Questions? Call (858) 755-1161
Give Us a Piece of Your Mind: Contact Form
Event Questions? Event Manager
Ticket Questions? Box Office
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Countless hours are spent creating The Scream Zone, but our evil expanse would not be complete without the best and most terrifying team of haunters in the business. Actors and tractor drivers (for our Haunted Hayride), who are over age 18 and with a valid drivers license (for driving positions), may apply immediately on the Del Mar Scaregrounds' job page.

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