Winchester Mystery House will go Unhinged for Halloween

The last time the Winchester Mystery House put on a full-blown Halloween haunt was in 2012, and for a while it looked as if there never would be another – one of the people involved told me a couple of years ago that management had decided haunts were not really viable, because of the historical nature of the location, so instead they were doing simpler candlelight/flashlight tours during October. Well, all that has changed because for Halloween 2019, Winchester Mystery House promises a completely new attraction, titled “Unhinged.”

Described as an “immersive horror experience,” Unhinged will ask visitors to take part in a paranormal thriller within the corridors of the Winchester mansion. The experience will include “malicious spirits” and dark mysteries, some set in rooms previously inaccessible to the public.

Obviously, the Winchester Mystery House, being located in San Jose, is more than a bit out of our usual jurisdiction. Nevertheless, their 2012 Halloween presentation was very impressive, and Hollywood Gothique is glad to see the venerable location haunting again this year.

Tickets go on sale August 1. For more information visit

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A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine,, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.