The Scream Zone | San Diego’s Most Bone Chilling Haunted House at the Del Mar Fairgrounds 2018-06-08T20:47:08+00:00

Welcome to your nightmare

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!

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The Scream Zone is assembled from a collection of body parts and roughly stitched together into three terrifying haunts and other monstrous attractions. This year the Scream Zone runs 24 selected nights beginning September 28 and continues through October 31. Parking at The Scream Zone is free.

Your Triple Haunt favorites are back: the horrifying House of Horror, the dizzying KarnEvil, and the Haunted Hayride, each casting its evil spell on the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Scaredy Cats are welcome to enter The Scream Zone compound at no charge if you want to wait for your children or hang with your friends but are too scared to enter the haunts. There are lots of things for you to do and see, including great food vendors, photo opportunities and our Spirit Lounge bar.

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Fridays & Saturdays:

Open from 7:00PM to Midnight.

Sundays thru Thursdays:

Open from 7:00PM to 11:00PM.


The House of Horror

The House of Horror  features room after room of frightening and surprising visual and visceral experiences. Imagine being trapped and moved by a bevy of clowns or shaken, rattled and upended so that you don’t know where or who you are within utter darkness!

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The Haunted Hayride

The Haunted Hayride piles visitors into a wagon with an unknown destination. Ride through the darkness terrified and filled with hallucinations, including Wicked Alice in Horrendous-land and a trip through the Rabbit Hole as part of the hair-raising ride through a Never, Never Land of creepy and petrifying clowns, zombies and other wicked characters.

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KarnEvil is everything carnival and freak show, including the weird and surreal trailer park of clowns and a death spiral that leaves visitors disoriented and terrified. 

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The Running Dead

“Run for your Life” at The Running Dead Obstacle Course!

The first of its kind and only one in the country, The Running Dead is a 30,000 square foot unique obstacle course challenge that puts the participants agility, coordination, reflexes, and speed to the test.

Participants literally run for their lives from brain-eating, blood-sucking Zombies while competing against the clock and their friends as they climb, crawl, scramble, and run around, over, up, and under a wide variety of ghoulish obstacles and creepy passages.

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This attraction requires running, crawling, and getting dirty. Athletic attire and footwear are encouraged. We do not take responsibility for patron’s personal property, so it is advised you leave personal items and valuables at home. All participants will be required to sign a release of liability waiver upon entering the attraction and must present a valid ID. You are participating in the attraction at your own risk. No one under 18 will be admitted.


Online Sales

Avoid lines at the Box Office! Choose the night you want to attend and you’ll see all available ticket types, including our newly added Single Haunt option. Questions? Get in touch with our Box Office.

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Group Sales

Buy in bulk and save a bundle!  Purchase 20 tickets or more and save 50% on Sept. 30.  Save up to $16 on other nights

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Box Office

The Box Office is open during the same nights and times as The Scream Zone. More questions? Check out The Scream Zone FAQ.

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Military discount tickets are sold only at military base ticket offices and are subject to availability. For information on ticket prices and availability, call or visit a base ticket office near you.

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1/2 Off Opening Night

Triple Haunt admission is slashed in half for opening night only, Friday, September 29.

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VIP Package

Save up to $50 on a VIP Triple Haunt

Double the Terror. Deluxe VIP Package includes:

  • Souvenir VIP Badge & Lanyard
  • Enter the House of Horror TWICE with Fast Track
  • Enter The Haunted Hayride TWICE with Fast Track
  • Enter KarnEvil TWICE
  • Two Alcoholic or Non-alcoholic Beverages

Includes a souvenir ticket and Triple Haunt Admissions for one person to enter each attraction twice.

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Get a $5-off Coupon

At participating Albertsons & Vons stores

Visit the service desk at your neighborhood Albertsons or Vons grocery store for a $5 off coupon, while supplies last.
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This fantastic deal is good for every fright night except Friday and Saturday.

Just $10 on Thursdays!

Run for your life on Thursdays at The Running Dead Obstacle Course for only $10.

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This offer is good on Thursday, October 5, 12, 19 & 26.

Slashed Price School Nights

Show your current High School or College ID, and save $10 on our Triple Haunt admission Sunday through Thursday nights.

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Out at the Scream Zone

On Thursday, October 19 our Scream Queens take the stage. Save $10 on our Triple Haunt using promo code OUTSZ online or at the Box Office.

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Special Events

Kreepy Karaoke

Wednesday Nights

From “Monster Mash” to “Psycho Killer,” you can scream along to your favorite tunes every Wednesday night. Featuring Rock Out Karaoke.

Maniacal Magic Shows


The bizarre talents of Dr. Mayhem and our creepy cast are on display during nightly performances on the Supernatural Stage.


Friday & Saturday Nights

Join us for hand-mixed craft cocktails in the ultra-swanky Speakeasy: Demonology tent.  Ask a roaming Scream Zone character for an exclusive invitation.

Electronic Dance Music

Sunday Nights

EDM fills the air with bone-chilling beats and dead-cool dubsteps. This elektrifying dance music features Scream Zone’s Krooked Man and Electronic Friday DJ ISOxo.

Out at The Scream Zone

Thursday, October 19

Join us for Out at The Scream Zone when our Scream Queens will take the stage. Save $10 on our Triple Haunt using promo code OUTSZ online or at the Box Office.

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Contact Us

Del Mar Scaregrounds

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, California 92014

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Phone: (858) 755-1161

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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 driver’s license (for driving positions), may apply immediately on the Del Mar Scaregrounds’ Job Page.

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