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The Bay Area’s Halloween Haunted House

The All New Unhinged Halloween Attraction
Is At The Winchester Mystery House This Fall

Unhinged: Nightshade's Curse

After a two year hiatus, Winchester Mystery House presents a new terrifying chapter, Unhinged: Nightshade’s Curse. For 13 nights guests will be horrified by the Winchester Mystery House’s scariest show to date.

Buy tickets to the South Bay’s biggest Halloween Haunt at the worlds most haunted house.


This year the haunt through the mansion includes multiple routes.

General Admission tickets : All ticket holders receive access to the indoor haunt and outdoor show featuring sideshow entertainers, games, food, and the Spookeasy Bar.

VIP: VIP tickets allow for the ticket holder to walk through both routes and gain expedited access to the haunt for a $15 upgrade. 

*Please Note VIP Ticket Availability is Extremely Limited

enter if you dare

Local residents are inexplicably drawn to Madame Nightshades’s Mystic Carnival and the House of Mystery. An evening at a traveling carnival where food, drinks and roaming sideshow entertainment await.. but is all what it seems?

Madame Nightshade's
Spirit Carnival & Outdoor Performance

The year is 1949 and the estate has changed hands several times since the passing of Sarah Winchester. It’s most recent isolation is broken by the arrival of Madame Nightshade, an entrepreneurial owner of a small traveling carnival and self proclaimed investigator of supernatural phenomena. 

Madame Nightshade’s Spirit Carnival and Outdoor Performance will kick off the evening. 

The Haunt

Wander the halls of the house of mystery and embark on a terrifying journey through the worlds most haunted home. The Spirits that Madame Nightshade’s activities have provoked will draw you further and further into the darkest areas of the Winchester Mystery House. 

You will be left to wonder who called you to the house – Madame Nightshade or the restless spirits of the Winchester Mystery House?

Estate Activities

Spookeasy Bar

Spookeasy Bar

Spookeasy Bar (21+) offers enchanting elixirs and blood curdling cocktails all nights of Unhinged: Nightshade’s Curse. Looking to grab a bite before or after the show? Cafe 13 in the main courtyard will serve a variety of delicious food & dessert items!

Midway Games & More

Midway Games & More

Wander the Spirit Carnival and play games of chance and skill. Stop into the Fortune Tellers Tent of Mystery to hear your fortune told. Be horrified by M. Nightshade’s Cabinet of Oddities and Curiosities, her collection of truly haunting, unsettling objects. Experience the thrill of throwing axes at targets near The Stables.

10% Off Costume Rentals -
Natasha's Attic

The best Costume Shop in the Bay Area is offering 10% Off All Halloween Costume Rentals to all Winchester Mystery House Halloween Haunt attendees. Please mention Unhinged: Nightshade’s Curse in store at checkout to receive discount. 

Location:  1590 S. Winchester Blvd. Campbell, CA 95008

The Spirits Are Calling

The Wheelbarrow Ghost

The Wheelbarrow Ghost has been seen roaming the house since Sarah Winchester's passing. Since the arrival of Madame Nightshade, he has been recruited to help in the processing of the spirit tonic as souls are fed through the pipes in the basement. As guests get lost in the basement, Clyde just goes about his routine as if in a trance…moving bodies and barrels of tonic here and there, pausing occasionally to wonder at the trespassers in his basement.

The Caretaker

One of Winchester’s resident spirits, the Caretaker is by far the most malevolent of the ghosts who live and work on the grounds. Every year around Halloween when the evil, dark nature of the house comes alive, it enlists the Caretaker as its helper. The Caretaker assists by collecting souls and feeding them to the house. During his life the Caretaker was very passionate about the care and keeping of the house. This is probably why in death he doesn't hesitate to perform terrible deeds if that’s what the house asks for.

Little Mary

Little Mary was once living in the Winchester house, and now she is a permanent resident. Her mother moved them both into the house after her father died, hoping the change in scenery would help stabilize Mary after such a tragedy. However, her mother was not aware of the house’s history with spirits, and her intentions were thwarted. Mary became consumed by the supernatural elements of the house. She quickly began to exist in the center of the living world and the world of the dead until she became stuck – imprisoned in a moment of time neither living nor dead.

The Bride

Constance was destined to lead a charmed life as a young upper class Victorian wife. In order to be the perfect lady that she was brought up to be, she just needed to get married to the right gentleman. On the eve of their wedding, her fiance took Constance to a party at the mansion. After seeing her fiance embracing one of the maids in an upstairs bedroom, they engaged in a big fight where she stabbed her fiance in the chest with a dagger. Trying to escape she tripped and tumbled down a flight of stairs to her death. Since then, her spirit has remained at the mansion and she eternally awaits for her wedding day.

Headless Helena

Helena Clay made her way out west in 1900 after the death of her fourth husband under curious circumstances. While never being convicted of murder, she is believed to have been a serial killer who killed many others for sport in addition to three of her four husbands. Her preferred initial method of killing was poisoning with arsenic but this soon graduated to wielding an axe. It is rumored that she traveled across the country with the severed heads collected in a large trunk before mysteriously arriving at the Winchester Estate.

The Swamp Witch

Edna is a botanist who was accused of being a witch. She was eventually murdered by religious fanatics who believed that when she was speaking to her plants – she was really speaking to the devil. Now, in her afterlife Edna is bitter, angry, and unable to move on into the next life. Although she detests mortal humans who cross her path, she continues her friendships with plant life – tending to their needs and whispering incantations to them. After Edna died her spirit was drawn to the Winchester estate where she believed she would be safe as the house is known to house many ghosts.

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House Rules and Costume Policy​

This experience is dimly lit and contains loud sounds, special effects, atmospheric fog and strobe effects. Some scenes may be too intense for young children or the faint of heart. For the enjoyment of all of our Guests please review our house rules below before your visit.

This experience features many stairs and narrow passageways and is not recommended for expectant mothers and Guests suffering from asthma, heart conditions, seizures or any type of physical or medical condition. Unhinged features stairs and narrow hallways and can be difficult for guests with mobility issues. The front garden show and other estate activities are available for guests unable to navigate the walk-through experience.

  • Children under 13 years old MUST be accompanied by an adult guardian.
  • No outside food or drinks will be allowed.
  • Smoking and open flames are prohibited on the estate.
  • Photography and video recording is not permitted during the show.
  • Flashlights, laser lights and any forms of illumination are prohibited.
  • Masks and face painting are not allowed to ensure that there is no confusion between our actors and guests.
  • Costumes are allowed but must be in good taste and may not be offensive, objectionable, or violent. Any costume that presents a safety hazard for Guests or staff will not be allowed.
  • Real or prop weapons are not allowed on the estate.
  • Guests who show signs of intoxication or who present a safety hazard to themselves, others and the estate will not be admitted or may be asked to leave.
  • All guests and their belongings are subject to additional security screening upon entering the estate. Large bags and backpacks will not be allowed.

Your ticket is a revocable license and may be taken and admission refused upon refund of purchase price. Ticket holders acknowledges all risks associated with this experience and agrees to abide by all rules and instructions. We reserve the right to stop the Unhinged experience at any time. Failure to follow posted rules or direction of staff may result in removal from the estate without a refund.

  • Costumes are allowed but must be in good taste and may not be offensive, objectionable, or violent. Any costume that presents a safety hazard for Guests or staff will not be allowed.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest. Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground.
  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Masks and face painting are not allowed to ensure that there is no confusion between our actors and guests. Headwear may be worn if it does not cover the face.
  • In consideration of certain guests who are sensitive to such things we request there be no clown costumes of any kind.

Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from the event, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

Frequently asked Questions

This is not a tour. Unhinged: Nightshades Curse is an immersive indoor and outdoor experience with several elements. Inside guests are taken on a dark, suspense driven walk through experience with state of the art special effects, professional actors and disturbing scenes. Many of historical aspects of the home will not be visible during the show. For the history of the house, we recommend the Daily Mansion Tour. Outside guests are treated to a variety of strolling entertainments, a midway with games, axe throwing, fortune tellers and Halloween themed food & drinks..

While we loved Unhinged in 2019, this is an entirely new experience. Unhinged: Nightshade’s Curse will feature a new storyline, characters and scares throughout the house and the estate.

Between the indoor and outdoor experiences, guests should be expecting to be on property about 90 minutes. 

Don’t just expect to come on a house tour and leave! This year, the haunt is bigger and scarier than ever with more activities to explore.  After the haunted tour inside the mansion, guests can enjoy the Spirit Carnival,  Mystic Midway games, Axe Throwing at the Stables, Lady Fortuna’s Tent of Mystery, the Spookeasy Bar, strolling entertainment and more. Expect to spend at least a few hours enjoying the spooky atmosphere at Winchester Mystery House this fall.

Visit the Spookeasy Bar and sip on craft cocktails!  Delicious concessions will be available at Cafe 13.

The show will feature imagery and themes that aren’t suitable for children under 13. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the Unhinged experience.  We recommend our daytime tours for children under 13.

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Parking & Directions

There are two complimentary parking lots available to guests next to and behind the property. On busy nights please be aware that these lots can fill up and overflow parking is available across the street on Satanna Row. 

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Winchester Mystery House

545 S. Winchester Blvd

San Jose, CA 95128

(408) 247-2000