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Media Advisory: Get a Scream Zone sneak peek this Thursday

Released: September 25, 2017

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DEL MAR, CA (Sept. 25, 2017) – San Diego County’s largest fright fest, The Scream Zone, opens this Friday, Sept. 29. The media is invited to a dress rehearsal from 4:30-8:30 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 28, for a sneak peek of the hair-raising antics that will be in store for this year’s terrifying haunts. From 4:30-6:30 p.m., actors will get into costume and receive training, followed by a trial run of the haunt for friends, family and media to explore from 6:30-8:30 p.m.


The Scream Zone is a collection of four terrifying haunts and other monstrous attractions that will scare your socks off. Returning for its 20th year, The Scream Zone runs for 24 select days of terror from Sept. 29 to its blood-curdling end on Halloween night, Oct. 31 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (aka ‘Scaregrounds.’)

The Scream Zone’s Triple Haunt favorites are back – including the hair-raising House of Horror, the dizzying KarnEvil and the creepy Haunted Hayride. And there’s a new haunt in town this year – The Running Dead – which will have you running for your life from zombies through a variety of obstacles.

House of Horror features room after room of frightening and surprising visual and visceral experiences. Imagine being trapped and moved by a bevy of clowns or shaken, rattled and upended so that you’re not sure where or who you are in the darkness.

The Haunted Hayride piles visitors into a wagon with an unknown destination. You’ll ride through the darkness terrified by hallucinations, horror icons (think Freddy, Captain Spalding and Leatherface), a decontamination chamber, zombies and mutant cave dwellers.

KarnEvil is a freaky carnival which includes a weird and surreal collection of clowns along with a death spiral that leaves visitors disoriented and terrified.

The Running Dead (for ages 18+ only) is the first of its kind in the country – a 30,000-square-foot interactive obstacle course where participants begin as humans - but can get infected by zombies, as well as find cures - along the way. You’ll climb, crawl, scramble and run up, over, down and around a variety of obstacles. For $5 more, participants can up the athletic ante by being chip-timed and racing with a vile of potion to see just how fast they can cure the zombie outbreak inside. Track your status on our leaderboard to see how you rank! (Athletic footwear and attire are a must for this haunt.)

Friday and Saturday: Sept. 29 and 30
Thursday-Sunday: Oct. 5-8
Wednesdays-Sundays: Oct. 11-15 and 18-22
Tuesday-Sunday: Oct. 24-31


Friday and Saturday nights: 7 p.m.-midnight
All other nights: 7-11 p.m.

Del Mar “Scaregrounds,” 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA

Skip the ticket booth line and BUY TICKETS ONLINE!
(Online tickets must be purchased before 6 p.m. on the date of redemption.)

Triple Haunt: $33 - House of Horror + Haunted Hayride + KarnEvil
(Triple Haunt admission is slashed in half for one night only – Friday, Sept. 29!)
In addition to your Triple Haunt, you can also add:
Double Fast Track:
$20 - House of Horror + Haunted Hayride
Single Fast Track: $10 - House of Horror or Haunted Hayride

The Running Dead (previously Zombie Boot Camp):
$20 as a single purchase
$48 with Triple Haunt
$68 with Triple Haunt and Fast Track (for House and Hayride only)
($10 special Thursday pricing!)

VIP Pass: $75
Includes a souvenir VIP badge, two drink coupons and Triple Haunt admissions for one person to enter with Fast Track for the House of Horror and Haunted Hayride. (Non-transferable and not valid for The Running Dead.)

Special discounts:
Military discounts are sold only at military base ticket offices.
Group sales for 20+ Triple Haunt and The Running Dead tickets are available online only.

About the Del Mar Fairgrounds

The 22nd District Agricultural Association is a State of California agency that owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Surfside Race Place, Horsepark Equestrian Center and the Del Mar Golf Center. The 22nd DAA produces three events each year: the San Diego County Fair, the Del Mar National Horse Show and The Scream Zone. The Fairgrounds hosts more than 350 events annually, the largest of which is the live horse racing meet each summer and fall, which is operated by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the 22nd DAA and the State of California. For more information on the Del Mar Fairgrounds, visit delmarfairgrounds.com

For more information, please contact:
Nelly Cervantes
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