Tour the terrifying halls of the Artichoke Festival’s all new Museum of Horrors at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, the last 3 weekends of October!


Just when you thought it was safe to go to the movies, a head-spinning horror show comes along to set your scream-level to EXTREME! From slasher flicks, to psychological mind-benders, to monsters in the dark, you’re going to love visiting our hall of classic movie thrillers. We can’t wait to kill your free-time and snuff out those doldrums—join us at our gallery of gore…’cuz all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!

Produced by the Artichoke Festival in conjunction with the creative minds behind Escape Room 831 of Monterey, scary movie fan(atics) will find this mezzanine of mania and lunacy alongside the Cardinale and Wright Pumpkin Patch at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. Movie aficionados age 12 and up can enjoy revisiting the hair raising, skin crawling thrills of their worst movie theatre memories! Kids under 12 are allowed to enter the Haunt at the discretion of a parent or guardian, (a signed waiver is mandatory). Tickets will be sold online and at the gate. Find more scary diversions amongst the pumpkins with our unique, family-friendly games, and a kiddie maze designed just for the little monsters in the family.

$20 for general admission
$15 for Active Military/Seniors 62+ (must show gov’t ID)

The last three Friday and Saturday nights in October;
Oct 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28, 2023.

Museum of Horrors Tours – 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Additional activities open at 5:00 p.m.
All ticket sales end at 9:30 p.m.

Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey CA 93940; enter at Gate 7.

All guests will be required to follow Monterey County guidance for current safety protocols.
Thank you for doing your part to keep your fellow horror fans safe!
(See the FAQ section below for more about our safety protocols.)


Artichoke Festival’s Museum of Horror is recommended for adults and children 12+ years; children under 12 years are welcome at parent’s discretion. Parents of children under 12 years old will be required to sign a waiver. The Pumpkin Patch, Halloween Games, and Kiddie Maze welcome all ages.

Monterey County Fair & Event Center
2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey, CA 93940


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Tickets will also be on sale at the event with cash, credit or debit card.

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Sponsorship Opportunities are available now!

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Click the button above for a downloadable PDF with more info on how you can promote your business and enjoy the benefits of brand exposure to potential customers. The mission of the 4th Annual Artichoke Festival Haunted House “Museum of Horrors” is to raise money for the nonprofits and beneficiaries who’ve come to rely on us for support.

Your sponsorship donation plays a big part in the support of this cause. All contributions are tax deductible.

Contact Kathy, direct at 888-808-7707 ext 1, or email her here.

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Volunteers Needed!
Join the fright squad at the Artichoke Festival’s haunted house!

Museum of Horrors: A Tour of Hollywood’s Scariest Movies is back, and we need scare enthusiasts like YOU. Join us in crafting a month of spine-tingling terror, running Fridays and Saturdays from Oct 10 to 28, 6 PM to 10 PM, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.

Bring your braun and brains – we need help with haunt building, set decoration, backstage magic, and scare talents. The spooky preparations kick off at Gate 7 on the Monterey County Fairgrounds, right next to the Cardinale & Wright Pumpkin Patch. Workdays from 10 AM to 10 PM will get the Haunt ready for opening night on Oct 13.

As a volunteer, dinner will be on us before each haunting night. Come in your own creepy costume or let us dress you up for maximum scares!

Volunteers of all ages, sign a Volunteer Release and Waiver form before we unleash the chills.

Share the spooky love – invite your friends and family to join the thrills! BWAH-hahahahaa!

For more info and to get involved, email Stephanie at

Don’t miss out on the horrors that await!

Haunted House FAQS:

What are the hours for the Artichoke Festival Haunted House?

The last three Friday and Saturday evenings in October; Haunt walk through hours 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, (ticket sales end at 9:30 PM). Additional activities open at 5:00 PM.

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

The Artichoke Festival’s Haunted House follows all current Monterey County guidelines, which do not require masking or social distancing at this time. Upon entry to the Haunt, all county health and safety guidelines must be adhered to as posted, 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.

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.

  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

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.)

Yes, the Mine Tour is wheelchair accessible with a minor exception:

  1. There are portions of the Haunted House walk-through tour that may be difficult to pass due to uneven surfaces and guest traffic. There will be a by-pass in place for this section of the attraction. Assistance is available for this portion of the Haunt, upon request at admissions.
  2. We recommend push chairs while attending the Haunted House.

Free parking is available on Fairgrounds Road daily.

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

Our family-friendly games and Kiddie Maze are welcome to all ages, however, the thrills and chills of the Artichoke Festival’s Haunted House are designed for adults and children 12 years and up, therefore children younger than 12 years old are welcome only at their parent or legal guardian’s discretion. We do not offer a separate child’s ticket price, and all tickets are non- refundable. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult, and their parents or legal guardians will be asked to sign a release and waiver of liability.

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.

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.

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!

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

The Haunted House, games and kiddie maze are open rain or shine; these attractions have indoor (covered) segments. However, only small portions of the Haunted House queue lines are covered under a high roof overhang. If there are long lines, there is a chance you could be waiting in whatever weather the Central California Coast provides us with in October. Umbrellas are allowed, however they must be closed and kept closed throughout your time inside the attractions. Prior to your visit, please check the weather and dress appropriately!

We recommend guests make a full night of it and experience ALL the Halloween Attractions we have to offer. However, for guests who only go through the main Haunted House walk-through, be prepared to stay at the event for at least (1) hour, depending on queue lines and any other attractions you may wish to visit.

While all groups travel at different paces, our haunt takes approximately 10+ minutes to complete, depending upon your pace.
We have a HARD CLOSE at our listed closing times. Guests should try to show up at least an hour prior to closing to ensure that they have ample time to experience as much as possible at the Pumpkin Patch and Haunted House this year!

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.

By purchasing a ticket to attend the Artichoke Festival Haunted House, permission for past use and for present and future use is hereby granted to Castroville Artichoke Festival, Inc. (and all persons acting under its permission and authority) to use a photo or other image of myself, of the likeness of the minor under my guardianship, for use in published or video works in any medium and for any lawful purpose in trade, exhibition, illustration, promotion, publicity, advertising and electronic publication. I understand that I have waived any right that I or my representative(s) may have to inspect or approve Castroville Artichoke Festival, Inc.’s use of the likeness or the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used in connection with the use and/or publication of this likeness.