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Spend Friday the 13th running from the dead at The Scream Zone

Released: October 10, 2017

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Make your Friday the 13th even creepier by fleeing from zombies in The Scream Zone’s new Running Dead obstacle course. Ages 18+ will be climbing, crawling, scrambling and running for their lives up and around a variety of challenging obstacles in 30,000 square feet of terror. Not for the faint of heart, this athletic challenge even offers participants the option to be chip-timed while racing with a vile of potion to see just how fast they can cure the zombie outbreak inside! (Athletic footwear is a must to participate in this haunt.)

San Diego’s largest fright fest, The Scream Zone, is a collection of four freaky haunts and attractions where creepy clowns, crazy carnies, mutants and maniacs are lurking and waiting to terrify you on Friday the 13th and beyond. Returning for its 20th year, The Scream Zone runs through Halloween night at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (aka ‘Scaregrounds.’)

To calm your nerves, ages 21+ can relax with some strange brew in Demonology, our spooky speakeasy that is open Friday the 13th and every Friday and Saturday night this month. Hidden beyond the reach of the public eye, but nestled deep within The Scream Zone lair, ask around - if you dare - to be directed to this frightful ‘spookeasy.’


The Scream Zone’s Triple Haunt favorites are back – including the hair-raising House of Horror, the dizzying KarnEvil and the creepy Haunted Hayride. The Running Dead obstacle course is new this year.

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.)

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
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:
Annie Pierce
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