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Halloween In San Francisco: A MapQuest Guide

From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in San Francisco that are sure to be a scream.
— Sara Faith Alterman

Vampire Tour Of San Francisco

For history buffs, Bram Stoker fans and Twilight-crazed teens, the Vampire Tour of San Francisco is the perfect way to experience the city's Nob Hill neighborhood. Guided by Mina Harker -- a character from Dracula -- this two-hour tour explores the vampire-related history of some of Nob Hill's Gothic hot spots, including Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park and the Fairmont Hotel. The tour is held on Friday and Saturday nights and begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more people.

California Street and Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 | Get Directions

Nighttime Tour Of Alcatraz Island

Once the site of one of the world's most notorious prisons, eerie Alcatraz Island is said to be haunted by the ghosts of inmates who perished there. A guided tour of the crumbling cells and empty halls of "The Rock" is creepy enough -- but when the sun goes down, the fear factor goes up. Alcatraz Cruises offers a nighttime tour of the abandoned prison that includes a peek into the hospital ward, stories about infamous prisoners like Al Capone and maybe a ghost sighting or two. Departure times and ticket prices vary, and are subject to change.

Pier 33 at Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 | Get Directions

Ghostly Gate Fields

The whole family will have a blast horsing around at Ghostly Gate Fields, the annual Halloween event at Golden Gate Fields racetrack. Kids will go crazy for pony rides, face painters, bouncy castles and, of course, plenty of candy. Located by the general-admission gates, the Halloween festivities are free and go from noon to 4 p.m. Kids under 17 also get free admission to the family-friendly racetrack. Adult ticket prices range from $6 to $12.

1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, CA 94710 | Get Directions

Alcatraz is one of San Francisco's most haunted destinations.

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Want other great Halloween-season ideas? Check out FrightQuest and our coverage in California, Los Angeles and Nevada.

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