Welcome to Your Nightmare

Our 2nd Annual Haunted House was frightfully delightful!

We hope you all enjoyed the brand new Halloween thrills and chills of our “Welcome to Your Nightmare” Haunted House at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center this past October! We had a blast scaring you all to bits, and we can’t wait to do it again in October 2022! Don’t be afraid to check out our sponsors, who made all the fearful fun possible.


2021 Haunted House FAQS:

What are the hours for the 2021 Artichoke Festival Haunted House?

Every Friday and Saturday evening in October; Fridays from 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM; Saturdays and Halloween from 3:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

Where can I purchase admission tickets?

All advance general admission tickets are available at www.artichokefestival.org. In an effort to offer touchless ticket sales, we encourage credit and debit card payments at the gate, cash will be accepted.

Do I need to be vaccinated or wear a mask?

The Artichoke Festival’s Haunted House is following all Monterey County guidelines. Although the Haunted House is in a well-ventilated indoor space, face masks will be worn by our scare artists inside the Haunted House. Vaccinations are not required for entry, but are strongly recommended. Children 12 and under must wear a face mask. Upon entry to the Haunted House, all county health and safety guidelines must be adhered to, or the ticket holder is subject to removal. Groups of 1-4 persons will be allowed to proceed through the course at intervals of 5 minutes each, and please no unnecessary touching, pushing or shoving of guests not within your group.

What are your COVID-19 Protocols?

Staff and volunteers are required to wear masks when coming in close contact with Haunted House patrons. Touchless payment options are recommended. Sanitizer stations are available at entrance and exit to the Haunted House, as well as in the Pumpkin Patch area. Restroom surfaces and contact points throughout the area will be wiped down and disinfected continually, and the internal surfaces of the Haunted House are disinfected nightly. Please stay at home if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, have a temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees and/or you’ve had known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have Covid-19.

Public Safety Program

The Artichoke Festival’s Haunted House, Cardinale & Wright Pumpkin Patch and Monterey County Fair & Event Center jointly provide a safe environment for families and all our guests, staff, volunteers and partners. The Haunted House has a public health and safety program which includes a Code of Conduct developed in conjunction with the Artichoke Festival and Fairgrounds.

What items are prohibited from being brought into the Haunted House?
  1. Guns, knives, mace/pepper spray/stream, or any items that could be considered or used as weapons
  2. Alcohol, illegal substances or cannabis products in any form
  3. Bottles, cans or hard-sided containers
  4. Non-factory sealed plastic bottles
  5. Ice chests or coolers
  6. Outside food and beverage (unless for infant/medical reasons)
  7. Chairs (wheelchairs or motorized wheelchairs are permitted)
  8. Pets or service animals
  9. Grills, charcoal and flammable liquids
  10. Fireworks, firecrackers, noise makers of any kind
  11. Unmanned aerial vehicles
  12. Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, skates/rollerblades and Segways
  13. Any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate by personnel
Can I rent a stroller or a wheelchair?

No, strollers and wheelchairs are not available to rent, although they are allowed in the Pumpkin Patch and the Haunted House. (Please see question about young children below.)

Where can I park and how much does it cost?

Free parking is available on Fairgrounds Road daily.

Can I bring in my own food and beverage?

No. All food and beverages must be consumed or thrown away before entry into the Haunted House.

Can I bring my young child into the Haunted House?

The thrills and chills of the Artichoke Festival’s Haunted House are designed for adults, therefore this event is not recommended for children younger than 12 years old. We do not offer a separate child’s ticket price, and all tickets are non-refundable. Children 12 years old and under must wear a face mask and be accompanied by an adult. Parents of children 12 years and under will be asked to sign a parent/guardian waiver.

Can I bring in a pet?

Valid service animals and pets are permitted in the Pumpkin Patch area. However, no animals will be allowed into the Haunted House due to the extreme multi-sensory experience which may be very frightening to them.

Is re-entry available?

The Haunted House utilizes a one-time pass-through ticket. Exit and re-entry into the Haunted House is not available. However, the Pumpkin Patch area is free to all for browsing as long as you like.

Is smoking allowed on premises?

The Haunted House and the Pumpkin Patch are smoke free and vapor free events. Smoking of any kind, including the use of pipes, e-cigarettes, vapors or similar devices of any kind is prohibited. Thank you for your consideration of others!

Do you accept cash?

Yes, we do accept cash, however debit/credit cards are preferred.

How does the VIP ticket work?

This premium VIP ticket provides access to the front of the entry line. Upon purchase, Guest will receive a paper PASS ticket, which can then be handed in at the entrance to the Haunted House. If you purchased this ticket online, please check-in first at the Admissions booth to receive your pass.

PURCHASE POLICY: By placing an order, you are confirming that you received this policy and are agreeing to abide by the clauses within. This Purchase Policy is a binding contract between you and event Producer. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. ALL SALES ARE FINAL: There are NO REFUNDS, NO CANCELLATIONS, no credits, no exchanges, and no transfers after the order has been made.

*ABOUT TOUCHLESS TICKETS: You must provide the name and email address used to purchase the ticket. Alternatively, the e-ticket that was emailed to you from us when your order is placed can be shown to us from your smart phone. The name and email must match the name and email on your purchased tickets, in order to gain entry to the event. If there is no match, you will be denied entry to the event without a refund.

EVENT BOOKING: By purchasing a ticket, you are entitled to entry for the event on the night you are purchasing it for. At the time of your order, we will place an order for your ticket(s) in our system, reducing the number of tickets available for the chosen event. Before purchasing your ticket(s) we urge you to confirm the title, time and location of the event you wish to attend, as there are no refunds. Each event has a definitive date, start time and end time. If you do not show up to the event, you understand that you are forfeiting your ticket(s) and therefore your ticketing fee (the entirety of what you paid) will not be returned to you. If you do not attend your event, you are still 100% financially liable for your purchase. If you cannot attend the event, or you change your mind once you arrive, you will not receive a refund.