The Scream Zone | San Diego’s Most Bone Chilling Haunted House at the Del Mar Fairgrounds2018-11-05T15:16:44-07:00

Weather Update

October 13:

Please note due to safety reasons and heavy rain, the Haunted Hayride will not be open tonight. 

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have a pre-purchased Triple Haunt ticket for tonight, please note that Hayride portion of your ticket may be used  at a later date, through October 31, 2018.

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.

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. Parking at The Scream Zone is free.

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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.

Enter the Zombie Lair and wonder if they’re in front of you, above you, or are they the wretched “fresh kill” breath on the back of your neck in the dark?

Welcome to the year 666 A.D., will your body parts be today’s “special cuts” on Ivan the Medieval Butcher’s menu or will you be scorched to the bone by the fire breathing Dragon.

Meet Pennywise, your drooling blood hungry host at the Neibolt’s house. Will his red balloon mark you as prey on the porch, in Beverly or Richie’s room, the basement well, or will you be devoured in the sewer barrows of Derry, never to be seen again?

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The Haunted Hayride

The Haunted Hayride piles visitors into a wagon with an unknown destination. You’ll definitely want to huddle together on this crazy ride as every turn is a new challenge for survival.

This years Haunted Hayride takes you to Motel Hell and the “Garden of Heads”, an inevitable “Wrong Turn” leads deep into the mouth of the “Mutants Mine Shaft”, the Hillbilly’s leave you stranded in a wicked wasteland, and there is no way out of the freak-infested “Dead End Truck Stop”.

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KarnEvil turns Fairy Tales into blood curdling “Scary Tales”.
In these twisted tales, a giant flesh-eating Rabbit hunts down Alice in Wonderland, an entire pack of teeth-gnashing Wolves chow down on Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel join the evil Witch in frantic fatal attacks on unsuspecting victims.

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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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Available Fall 2019

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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Group Sales

Buy in bulk and save a bundle!  Purchase 20 tickets or more and save.

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Available Fall 2019


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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VIP Package

This package is built for the true haunt-lover. The VIP Pass allows one person:

  • Entrance to all three haunted attractions two times (plus you’ll get Fast Track entrance for the House of Horror and Haunted Hayride)

  • Two drinks of your choice…Pick your poison!

  • Souvenir VIP Badge & Lanyard

That’s a savings of over $50!

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Get a $5-off Coupon

At your local Goodwill Store

Visit the cashier at your neighborhood Goodwill 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.

Slashed Price School Nights

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

Discount given at onsite Box Office; not available online.

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Buy Early & Save $10

The early bird gets the deals. Save $10 on Triple Haunt or VIP tickets by purchasing your ticket online before August 31.

Not valid with any other offer or discount.

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1/2 Off Opening Night

Triple Haunt admission is slashed in half for opening night only, Friday, September 28.
Opening night attendees will also receive a return coupon for a half-price admission on Wednesday, October 10.

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Special Events

Halloween Costume Contest

Wednesday, October 31

Dress up in your best, creepiest or cutest costume and join us on Halloween Oct 31st for a chance to win cash prizes at our Halloween Costume Contest. Entertainment by DJ Skeez from 7:00PM to 9:30PM.

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Friday & Saturday Nights

Join us for hand-mixed craft cocktails in the ultra-swanky speakeasy, Demonology. Ask a roaming Scream Zone character for an exclusive R.I.P. invitation.

Out at The Scream Zone

Thursday, October 18

Join us for Out at The Scream Zone as our Scream Queens (and one Scream King!) take the stage for one special very night.

Save $10 on our Triple Haunt using promo code OUTSZ online or at the Box Office.

7:30-8:00 pm: Scream Queens (& King)
Opening Trio (Hocus Pocus – Destini/Raquelita/Barbie Q), Sienna Desire, Lee Amore, Sammy Evil and Destiny Moore

8:00 pm: Blessing from Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

8:05 pm: Pride Bingo

8:15-8:45 pm: Scream Queens (& King)
Dynamic Divas Duet – (Raquelita & Barbie Q), Sienna Desire, Lee Amore, Sammy Evil and Destiny Moore

8:45 – 9:00 pm: Meet & Greet

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Electronic Fridays

Friday Nights

EDM fills the air with bone-chilling beats and dead-cool dubsteps. All ages are welcome to enjoy this electrifying dance music hosted by these killer DJs:
9/28: ISOxo
10/5: XOXO
10/12: Hypedelic
10/19: T3CHF4ALL
10/26: DJ SKEEZ

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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Got a question? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, and drop us a line if you can’t find what you’re looking for!

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