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Spooky Halloween Hotel Haunts in San Diego

  • Spooky Halloween Hotel Haunts in San Diego
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All Hallows Eve conjures up ghosts, goblins, spooks and spirits. The most pragmatic of us can loose all sensibility when confronted with the possibility of paranormal events. Hotels with unexplainable happenings or even a Halloween haunted mansion can render one shaking with fear. Some run the other way, while others confront it face-to-face. For the latter group…read on.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant
2660 Calhoun Street San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 297-1869

The 1829 family home of Juan Bandini was reconstituted in 2010 after a 25 year stint as the Casa de Bandini restaurant. Now known as The Cosmopolitan Hotel, stories from employees and guests abound of Bandini family spirits who have “come home again,” particularity Juan’s daughter, Isadora. Her favorite room is number 11; speculation being it’s above the kitchen where she loved to cook with her Mother. But rooms four and five experience their own paranormal activity. Listen to innkeeper Miguel Pulido’s stories of Cosmos scary haunts in the above video. (Room rates start at $150, $132, $190 for rooms 10, 11, 4/5 (suite) Halloween night)

The Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Avenue Coronado, CA 92118
(800) 468-3533

When you’ve been around as long as The Del, it’s inevitable a ghost or two has moved into the hotel. Kate Morgan is the most infamous spirit to roam the 120 year old Victorian. This beautiful 24-year old woman checked into room 3327 one night in 1892 waiting for her lover who never arrived. She never checked out. Morgan was found dead with a gunshot wound to her head, presumably self-inflicted…but skepticism prevails. Her spirit remained and to this day the harmless ghost has fun with guests. Those staying in “her room” report covers ripped off in the middle of the night, breezes coming from nowhere, the television turning on and off by itself, and bed pillows playfully stacked on top of the computer upon waking in the morning. She’s been seem roaming the hallways and along the beach. The most active area is the lobby’s Established 1888 gift shop. Glassware flies off shelves and pictures fall from the walls; that little prankster. (Room rates start at $415 for the Kate Morgan haunted guestroom Halloween weekend)

Hilton San Diego Del Mar/The Scream Zone
15575 Jimmy Durante Boulevard Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 792-5200

In October the Del Mar fairgrounds morphs into the Scaregrounds, complete with The Haunted Hayride, House of Horror and The Chamber. Starting in early July, 20 builders work more than 2,600 hours assembling the scream zone. The adrenalin inducing freak-fest uses over 50 pounds of makeup preparing their blood drenched actors with dripping special effects. A barf inducing, spinning tunnel lures victims into The Chamber. Though your feet are on solid ground, the stomach churning glow-in-the-dark passageway feels otherwise. Pumpkin Station is a safe bet for youngsters. Children 10 and under are warned not to enter the House of Horror and to think twice before boarding the Haunted Hayride. Those fearless enough to tackle “the zone” two nights in a row can bunk down at the Hilton San Diego Del Mar across the street. (Room rates start at $110 on Halloween night. The Scream Zone admission: all 3 events: $27.99. Double haunt: $18.99. Single haunt: $14.99)

The Bristol Hotel/The Haunted Hotel
1055 First Avenue San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-6141

The three block, heart-pounding walk of doom from Bristol to the Gaslamp’s Halloween Haunted Hotel gives ample time to relent touring the ghoul-infested abandon building, turn around, and run back to your guestroom like a little girl. But those brave enough to experience the disturbing attraction, enter at their own risk. For 18 years owners Robert Bruce and Greg Defatta have been scaring the hebee-jibbies out of patrons. A “Hellevator” descends to the basement of a burned out historic building, setting the mood for an imminent screamfest. A maze of rooms reveal zombies, Freddy Krueger's workshop, night riders on a Subway to no where, and chainsaw wielding clowns chasing those lucky enough to survive…….mwahahahaha. (Bristol Hotel room rates start at $119 on Halloween night. The Haunted Hotel admission: $15 Sunday through Thursday. $17 Friday and Saturday. Located at 424 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101)

Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla
910 Prospect Street La Jolla, CA 92037
(888) 828-5498

Erudite La Jolla has its share of ghosts, as well. Legend has it the Grande Colonial was a favorite of A-lister celebrities in the late 1940’s due to its proximity to the La Jolla Playhouse. One room with a private exit and entrance was requested the most. Today it still seems to be popular…with their spirits. The reception desk receives calls from the room and no one is on the other end of the line. Upon further investigation, the room is vacant when these calls occur. The newly renovate NINE-TEN restaurant and bakery sees lots of action of both the living and dead. Two employees witnessed a frying pan securely stacked on a rack lift up and set down on the counter. Burners on the stove mysteriously turn up and down. And doorknobs turn when no one is in the room. Can you say “goodbye?” (Room rates start at $199 on Halloween night)