Do You Have the Guts to Stay in a San Francisco Dungeon on Halloween Night?

Do You Have the Guts to Stay in a San Francisco Dungeon on Halloween Night?

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Melissa Massello
Oct 24, 2018

Are you made of stern enough stuff to spend a night in a San Francisco dungeon done up, in every eery detail, to recreate a cell from the infamously haunted and horrid prison at Alcatraz? A few curiosity-seeking travelers to the Bay Area will be able to find out for themselves this Halloween, thanks to an exclusive and otherworldly bed and breakfast experience from Booking.com.

Calling the overnight experience a "frighteningly unforgettable slumber party", the "Ghosts of Alcatraz Suite" dreamed up by The San Francisco Dungeon is now taking reservations and is only available via Booking.com on a first-come, first-served basis.

Accommodations include an overnight stay in the bone-chilling "cell" for $66.60 per night, per room, for up to two "(un)lucky devils." They say Halloween is the night when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest, and visits from undead miscreants and creepy convicts will no doubt transpire.

In addition to the paranormal pajama jammie jam (literally, Dungeon-issued PJs are included), guests will also be trick-or-treated to a spooky welcome cocktail, a "witching-hour séance to conjure up the dead," VIP entry to the Dungeon's final show of the evening, midnight snacks, a ghost story before "being tucked-in for a not-so-comfortable night's sleep," and finally breakfast in bed the following morning along with a swag bag of supernaturally-charged goodies to take home as souvenirs.

According to a recent review from Forbes, The San Francisco Dungeon—located underground at Fisherman's Wharf—on a normal day is a rollicking one-hour, walk-through tourist attraction displaying and reenacting San Francisco's "hilarious, horrible past" (like the Gold Rush) via spooky storytelling, menacing characters, 360-degree sets, and interactive shows guided by professional actors. The Dungeon recently added an "Escape Alcatraz" ride, which simulates a fall from the cliffs of "the Rock" into San Francisco Bay—which, presumably, inspired the new Halloween overnight booking experience.

Just how scary will it be? The San Francisco Dungeon has asked guests over 60 and anyone with a heart condition to skip this one for safety—in order to "stave off catastrophic events." (Unless, that is, you are frightfully fit and have a note from your medical doctor.) Dungeon consulting physician Dr. Jeff Foster fears the ghoulishly interactive experiences (in particular the seances) will be too disturbing, spiking adrenaline and heart rates and raising the risk of heart attack or stroke.

All guests will be required to sign a liability waiver, so visit the Dungeon this Halloween only if you dare...

First-come, first-served reservations for the Ghosts of Alcatraz Suite, a.k.a. one-night "incarcerations," open at 9 a.m. PST (12 p.m. EST) on Wednesday October 24th for stays on October 29th, October 30th, or October 31st, exclusively at Booking.com.

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