Beware—monsters are lurking in the Bay Area this October. Celebrate Halloween with these socially distanced spooky experiences.
This October, embark on the Halloween Self-Guided Flashlight Tours at San Jose’s Winchester Mystery House. The former home of Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester, a widowed heiress, the mansion was remodeled and expanded for more than 30 years, and has long been surrounded by paranormal tales. The experience will take place inside the residence, with restricted capacity and group limitations to six members of an individual household in effect to ensure a safe experience. The outside areas of the estate will also be decorated for the season to complete the mysterious and festive atmosphere. Fridays–Sundays in October, winchestermysteryhouse.com.
The annual Pirates of Emerson Haunted Themed Park at the Alameda County Fairgrounds is being reimagined as a drive-through experience this year. The event will include fire, snow, and smoke alongside animatronics and live characters. Pirates of Emerson has also doubled the size of the attraction to more than 10 acres, and hair-raising sounds—broadcast via car radios—will help set the scene. October 2–November 1, piratesofemerson.com.
Enthusiasts of the supernatural can fly over to Museum on Main’s Virtual Ghost Walk 2020, a Zoom-based tour of the eeriest places in Pleasanton. Held for more than 13 years as a walking excursion, the all-ages exploration will be led by two “ghost hosts,” and local specters are expected to appear to tell viewers more about their longtime homes. October 16, 17, 23, 24, and 31, museumonmain.org.