Experience a Halloween adventure like no other in Silicon Valley, California. The famous Winchester Mystery House is a beautiful but bizarre masterpiece with an abundance of history. As the holiday is fast approaching, you’re sure to find this is the ultimate Santa Clara, California Halloween experience based on the true story behind it all.
“The Winchester Mystery House is an extravagant maze of Victorian craftsmanship” built to shake the curse of the Winchester firearms legacy. With many architectural oddities, it’s eccentric yet beautiful. Miles of twisted hallways, secret passageways and fascinating details around every corner revealing Sarah Winchester’s 38 year, round-the-clock mission to outsmart the demons.
Rated ‘One of 10 Great Places to get Spooked’ by USA Today, Winchester’s tour options are plentiful for those who are curious and brave enough to visit. They include a Mansion tour, taking you through 110 of the available 160 rooms, a basement tour to explore hidden alcoves and the famous furnace, the Mansion’s Straw Labyrinth, and the two hour Grand Tour, where you’ll get a true glimpse of the era and lifestyle the house originated from. Stay close to your group or you could wind up lost for hours!
In honor of the Halloween holiday, ‘Fright Nights’ has returned for a second year at the mansion, with even more thrills and chills! This special event was designed to capture the magic of Halloween with a twist that only Sarah Winchester could pull off. Guests daring enough to join in will encounter roaming scare performers, nightmare inducing tales, and attractions including:
The Halloween Spirit of the Silicon Valley area doesn’t end there! Check below for more details on great ways to celebrate the holiday and with so much to see, one day might not be enough! Join us at the Biltmore Hotel & Suites, located just minutes away in the heart of Silicon Valley, and stay that extra day. Featuring superior accommodations and executive-style amenities, our Santa Clara hotel is the perfect address for business and pleasure. We invite you to book your Silicon Valley getaway online and enjoy our signature style of unsurpassed luxury and value. You’ll receive accommodations in the Garden or Tower suites, buffet breakfast for two at Montague’s Café, and two adult tickets to the Winchester Mystery House. For more information or to reserve your Silicon Valley vacation, click here.
Looking for tamer or more traditional ways to spend the Halloween holiday? Check out these other great Silicon Valley options.
For those of you who enjoy the bar scene, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is throwing their annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Sample great craft beer while you sit back and relax to the tunes of a local R&B band. Score great prizes for the following costume categories:
California’s Great America is sporting a new look for Halloween. When the sun sets, the cheerful, fun-filled streets turn dark and are run rampant by zombies, psychotic clowns, and other sinister characters. Recommended for those over the age of 13, guests can catch live performances by ghouls and ghastly creatures at the Showtime Theater, dance the night away at the Ghostly Glow Party, and face your biggest fears in Madame Marie’s Massacre Manor. In addition, guests can meander their way through mazes and scare zones, and still have access to the park’s existing fantastic attractions. Ticket prices start at $27.99 per person, or attend for free if you have a 2013 Gold Pass.
Still scared? Head to Montara, California for the 10th Annual Haunted Hostel Halloween. Enjoy the crisp ocean air and charm of the former Coast Guard lighthouse during this interactive and whimsical Halloween festival that is great for families with school-aged children. Featuring giant puppets, holiday snacks, games, crafts, and entertainment, all are sure to enjoy! Costumes are strongly encouraged and admission is a suggested $8.00 donation for adults and $4.00 for kids 12 and under. For more information call 650-728-7177.
Better hurry if you want to catch this one! Have you ever wondered what happens at the zoo after dark? Grab your flashlight and join us at Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose for an adventure into the wilder side of the zoo. The Happy Hollow Flashlight Safari is Friday, October 26, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm and is a perfect kid friendly adventure. With a chance to travel through the zoo by flashlight and learn fascinating nocturnal animal facts, families are sure to enjoy this unique experience! There is even a meet and greet with a nocturnal animal up close!by