Get Scared in San Jose at The Winchester Mystery House and Throughout The City This October

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One of America’s Most Legendary Haunted Mansions Introduces New Two-Night Halloween Candlelight Stay & Scare Hotel Valencia Package Starting at $527

The Winchester Mystery House

San Jose's Winchester Mystery House introduces new Halloween Candlelight Tour & Hotel Valencia weekend package.

The Winchester Mystery House, one of America’s most legendary haunted mansions, located in San Jose, is offering a new Stay and Scare weekend package featuring two tickets to the attraction’s new Halloween Candlelight Tour, two nights accommodations for two at the stylish Hotel Valencia on Santana Row including continental breakfast and an autumn-inspired welcome amenity. Available Friday and Saturday nights from October 14th - October 31st., the two-night package starts at $527 (based on double occupancy, exclusive of tax, requires a three-day advance booking and is subject to availability).

The Winchester Mystery House Halloween Candlelight Tour is an all-new immersive experience through the mansion that is the legacy of Sarah Winchester, the widow of the Winchester Rifle fortune and who was said to have had a strong belief in the occult. Candlelight provides the only illumination through the bewildering maze of rooms, frozen in a state of arrested decay and still resplendent in Victorian grandeur and noted for their haunted “activity.” The Winchester Mystery House will also be the setting for a new thriller, titled Winchester, directed by Predestination's Michael and Peter Spierig and staring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke. The film will begin shooting on location at the Winchester Mystery House this coming spring.

Although touches of festive Halloween abound, the atmosphere is heavy with foreboding as an unseen presence seems to be watching at all times. Unnerving? Perhaps, but after all, what can one expect from a home that is 132 years old, shrouded in legend and has played host to well over ten million people from around the world including the great Harry Houdini himself. One may never know who has decided to permanently stay behind or what may materialize.

More Spooky San Jose Haunts and Halloween Happenings

Visitors headed to the South Bay Area during the month of October can round out their fall weekend getaway with a number of special events and performances including:

  •     Symphony Silicon Valley presents Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert (Oct. 29 at 2:30 and 8:00 p.m., and Oct. 30 at 2:30 and 7:00 p.m.). Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film on a giant screen while Symphony Silicon Valley and Chorale perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.
  •     California’s Great America presents Halloween Haunt, northern California's biggest Halloween haunted attraction. Halloween Haunt features mazes, scare zones, live shows, and monsters around every dark corner and lasts through October.
  •     Get your costumes together and join the goblins and ghouls for San Jose Halloweekend Pub Crawl (Oct. 29 at 3:00 p.m. through Oct. 30 at 2:00 a.m.). The crawl includes discounted drinks at some of San Jose’s best bars.
  •     Get freaky at the San Jose Municipal Stadium this Halloween for BrooFest, A Nightmare on Alma Street (Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m. to Oct. 29 at 4:00 p.m.). Sample over 80 sudsy potions from regional breweries, feast on devilish dishes, show off your best scream at the photo booth, decorate pumpkins, and more.


About The Winchester Mystery House
For nearly 100 years the Winchester Mystery House has stood as a testament to the ingenuity, persistence of vision and lore that surrounds its namesake, Sarah Winchester (heir to the Winchester Repeating Rifle fortune). A true pioneer who crisscrossed the United States via steam train many times during the waning days of the “wild west,” Sarah Winchester lives on in legend as a grieving widow who continuously built onto her small farm house to appease the spirits of those killed by the guns manufactured by her husband’s firearms company. The mansion is renowned for its many architectural curiosities and paranormal activity. From 1884-1922 construction never ceased as the original farm house grew into the world’s most unusual and sprawling mansion (24,000 square feet built at a then astronomical cost of $5 million), featuring: 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 9 kitchens, 13 bathrooms, plus 47 stairways and fireplaces. The estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Historic State Landmark, a San Jose City Landmark and one of the leading attractions in the Bay Area. Additional information may be found at

About Hotel Valencia
Houston-based Valencia Group is a fully integrated hospitality company that provides management, development, branding and repositioning services for independent, full-service hotels owned by the company, in addition to third parties. Exceptional service, style and location have become brand trademarks. Earning both national and international recognition for their distinctive designs, amenities and settings, Valencia Group properties are destinations and gathering places within their respective communities, some further benefitting from and enriching their space within the cultural heart of a city. The company continues to forge a niche with hotels that anchor and add value to urban, mixed-use environments, which further support or enhance the guest experience with superior residential, restaurant, retail and office components. The Valencia Group portfolio currently includes Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, CA; Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX; Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston, TX; and Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO. Its newest concept, Lone Star Court, is a reinterpretation of the nostalgic motor court. The flagship is located at The Domain in Austin, TX, and a second, Cavalry Court, is underway in College Station, TX. Also In the development and construction phase are The George™, which will debut in tandem with Cavalry Court in fall 2016, plus Valencia Group’s first five-star property, Hotel Alessandra Houston – anticipated to become a downtown landmark in early 2017. For more information, please visit

About Team San Jose
Team San Jose (TSJ) is an innovative partnership unifying the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels, arts, labor and venues to deliver an exceptional visitor experience. TSJ manages the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, California Theatre, Center for the Performing Arts, City National Civic, Montgomery Theater, Parkside Hall, and South Hall. For more information, visit

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