DEL MAR – If you’re afraid of loud noises, the dark, clowns (who isn’t?) and the Headless Horseman, then the Del Mar Scaregrounds and the Scream Zone may be just the place to exorcise those fears.
The Scream Zone is back at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for its 13th year and will run on select dates through October. At more than five acres, the idyllic fairgrounds-turned-waking-nightmare is the largest haunted attraction in San Diego and has plenty to do to keep visitors entertained throughout the fall nights. The three main attractions include: The Haunted Hayride, the House of Horror and The Chamber. The zone also offers food and drink vendors, even tarot readers for those interested in what their fate holds for them.
The Haunted Hayride has enough frights to scare the inner-teen in you. Ghouls, maniacal doctors, sadistic backcountry bumpkins yielding chainsaws and more manifest from the dark as you ride in a tractor-pulled cart filled with hay through the racetrack’s eerie barnyard.
The House of Horror is filled with terrifying scenes and maniacs lurking at every turn and The Chamber, the largest spinning tunnel filled with so many deceptions for the senses it’s hard to know what’s up and what’s down and wonder just when you’ll wake up.
The Scream Zone is meant for teens and adults. The House of Horror isn’t recommended for children under 10, but there is a Pumpkin Station in the east lot off of Jimmy Durante Boulevard.
Scream Zone is open Thursdays through Sundays and every night starting Oct. 20 through Oct. 31. Times are 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 11 p.m. every other night.
The Del Mar Fairgrounds are at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Use the Solana Gate to enter the Scaregrounds.