Artichoke Festival to Host a Ghoulishly Haunted House

Festival Board announces lots of scares and fun at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center every Friday and Saturday Night in October

The Artichoke Festival presents something new and frightfully fun – a ghoulishly Haunted House, to run every Friday and Saturday night in October, starting October 2, 2020. Next to the Cardinale & Wright Pumpkin Patch, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, ghouls and goblins age 12 and up will enjoy the bone chilling, skin crawling thrills of a very scary night of Halloween nightmares!

But, just so we don’t scare anyone away, this Haunted House will follow all social distancing protocols, per approval of Monterey County Health Dept., with plenty of space between guests, touchless ticketing*, and hand sanitizing stations.

General Information

  • Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for active military and seniors 62+.
  • Every Friday and Saturday night in October.
  • Hours are 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey CA 93940; enter at Gate 7.
  • All guests will be required to wear a face mask for the safety and protection of others. Covid social distancing protocols will be enforced, per approval of Monterey County Health Dept.
  • Artichoke Festival Ghoulishly Haunted House is not recommended for children under 12, but the Pumpkin Patch will be friendly for all ages.


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


This is the only Halloween Haunted House on the Monterey Peninsula, so grab your tickets while you can, now on sale at Tickets will also be on sale at the event with a credit card.

General Admission
1 Entry to Haunted House
Seniors (62+) & Active Military
1 Entry to Haunted House

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the Haunted House?

Guests are recommended to be 12+ years of age. To receive active military or senior discount, a valid photo identification must be presented when entering. Valid photo identification means state drivers license or passport, or military ID. College ID, credit cards alone, or membership cards are NOT valid identification for verification of age or active military status.

What is a Touchless Ticket*?

Touchless Ticket entry is required by the County Health Department as part of social distancing protocol for this type of event. If you purchased a ticket online with a credit card, you’ll be required to provide us with the name and email of the purchaser, as proof of purchase. Tickets can also be purchased at the event with a credit card, valid photo ID and email address. Your ticket receipt will be sent to your email.

What are my parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is street parking on Fairground Road in front of the fairgrounds. Haunted House and Pumpkin Patch are accessible through Gate 7, toward the north end of the fairgrounds.

What can I bring into the event?

For the comfort and safety of everyone, please do NOT bring the following items to the event: Large backpacks / Food / Beverages (alcohol, cans, bottles) / Noisemakers (horns, buzzers, pop caps, etc.) / Weapons (of any kind) / Illegal drugs (this includes Marijuana).

What’s the refund policy?

All tickets are purchased on a no refunds, exchanges or cancellations basis and are only usable for the date selected at the time of purchase.

Do you allow re-entry? Is there designated smoking area?

Absolutely no ins and outs. Once your ticket has been presented to us you will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the venue without paying full price for a ticket again. We do not have a smoking section. Smoking is allowed outside the venue on Fairground Road.

When will you be open?

Haunted House will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each Friday and Saturday in October. The Pumpkin Patch is open earlier than the Haunted House, therefore Gate 7 will be open even when the Haunted House is not. Final day is Halloween.

Will there be concessions or food at the Haunted House?

No, neither the Haunted House nor the Pumpkin Patch will sell food inside the event. However, there are concurrent events inside the Fairgrounds very nearby. Guests are welcome to walk to the Arena Movie Concessions Stand for great snacks and beverages! (Please finish snacks outside; no food or beverages are
allowed inside the Haunted House.

How will you ensure safety measures/shelter-in-place rules?

All guests are REQUIRED to wear at least a cloth face mask covering mouth and nose. If a Halloween costume with a mask is worn, the mask must be visibly covering mouth and nose. Guests will enter by way of a single-file line, where we’ll have 6ft place markers to allow for social distancing. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in various positions along the waiting line and at the exit into the Pumpkin Patch. Family groups of up to five (5) members will be allowed to enter the event at one time, with timing of groups to allow for social distancing. Guests are instructed not to touch anything or anyone while walking through the Haunted House. Our staff and volunteers will also wear masks, are instructed not to touch guests, and to stay at least 6 feet away. The entire event structure will be disinfected nightly.


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.


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.


By purchasing a ticket, you are entitled to entry for the event 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(s) 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, you will not receive a refund.


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