Make Halloween season eerie-and-epic by taking a journey to San Jose, CA to explore the Winchester Mystery House, an architectural marvel, historic mansion, and larger-than-life landmark that was once the personal home of Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearms entrepreneur William Wirt Winchester. Discover the unique and bizarre history surrounding the home with a daytime Mansion Tour—and brave the bumps in the night as you embark on a paranormal investigative adventure in the frightfully-fun All Hallows’ Eve Tour.
What’s good Gab was invited to be a guest of the wondrous Winchester Mystery House and we had a ghoulishly-good time exploring 110 of the 160 rooms in the daytime Mansion Tour and when the night set we had a paranormal experience like no other, exploring the mansion and grounds in the dark in the All Hallows’ Eve Tour.
Without giving away too many details, here are a few historical and haunted highlights that will raise your spirits to discover the Winchester Mystery House on your own—and there’s no better way to celebrate the Halloween season than visiting this odd and over-the-top mansion that holds mystery, secrets, and traps in every corner!
Experience the VIP treatment with a guided tour through 110 of the 160 infamous rooms of Sarah’s stately mansion. You will join a small group along with a tour guide who will share their wit and wisdom on the Winchester Mystery House’s curiosities and corners. See Sarah Winchester’s personal bedroom where she took her last breathe in 1922 at the age of 82, take a peek at doors leading to nowhere, windows opening to walls, an infinite staircase that rises from the floor to the ceiling, and beware of the notorious door that opens outward to a 13-foot drop!
You will walk the easy risers that Sarah Winchester ascended, see the beautiful stained glass windows that make this mansion exceptional, and even get a behind-the-scenes look at Sarah’s original bedroom and closed-off wing that was severely damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Genius or madness? Be sure to ask your tour guide about the peculiar easy risers that were installed throughout the house, while they may seem strange they were in fact state-of-the-art for its time—and had a purpose as they were specifically designed for Sarah.
Superstition or sensibleness? Go on an “Easter egg” hunt on the lookout for cobwebs and the number “13” symbolized throughout the mansion. Ask yourself is “13” lucky or unlucky—and find out what “13” meant to Sarah and see where you can find this number symbolized throughout the mansion.
Gather ‘round ghouls and gals and explore the Winchester Mystery House at night where you will have an experience to die for! Hold on tight to family and friends as you venture on a one-of-a-kind journey into what some may call a mansion of madness. All Hallows’ Eve features the Lost In The House Tour, an indoor theatrical paranormal investigative adventure, and as an added bonus, you will get to walk the family-friendly Jack O’ Lantern Trail through the Victorian gardens.
Start your night in Sarah’s stately mansion where a macabre master of ceremonies will do their best to guide you through the mansion in the dark! Listen in for the paranormal investigative team that’s in-house searching for things that go bump in night. Watch your step as you go further into the mansion, keep your eyes peeled for the paranormal, and be sure to watch your head as you navigate the mansion’s eerily low-ceilings.
This thrilling nighttime tour will give you a different perspective on the home and its possible haunts! You will explore and be locked in Sarah’s notorious Séance Room where it is said otherworldly experiences may have occurred, and you will be treated to the mansion’s most hidden hideaway—the basement area.
Haunted encounters– Be on the lookout, you just might catch a glimpse of the resident ghost that’s been seen in the deep corners of the basement.
After the Lost In The House Tour, be sure to explore the grounds and head over to the Jack O’ Lantern Trail to see the carved pumpkins throughout the Victorian Gardens.
Macabre music trio– Wander over to the far grounds past the tank house, and take a peek into the Fruit Drying Shed, you just might catch a glimpse of a creepy-good calypso trio singing—it is sure to lift your spirits for the Halloween season!
Insta-ghouled– Get that insta-worthy pic in front of the Winchester Mystery House, and be sure to pose front and center of the larger-than-life landmark set to a special Halloween backdrop.
The Winchester Mystery House is a must-see landmark for both history buffs and haunted enthusiasts. This stately mansion has 160 rooms including 40 bedrooms, 40 staircases, 13 bathrooms, 6 kitchens, 10,000 window panes, 2,000 doors, 52 skylights, 47 fireplaces, three elevators, two basements and just one shower. So, touring the bizarre mansion and grounds takes time—and no matter if it’s your first time or if you’ve visited before, there WILL ALWAYS be something new to discover and explore! The Halloween season makes visiting the Winchester Mystery House frightfully-fun because you get the best of both worlds, a daytime historical tour AND nighttime haunted experience like no other!
Visit winchestermysteryhouse.com to learn more about the mansion, tours, and hours. Buy your tickets for both the Mansion Tour AND seasonal All Hallows’ Eve Tour to explore and unlock the secrets of this beautiful yet bizarre mansion!