Historic photos of the Whaley House and Whaley family members
save our heritage organisation

October & Halloween at
the Whaley House 2017

Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), which operates the historic Whaley House Museum in Old Town, has some "spirited" fun in store for visitors this Halloween season, including extended hours, period lighting and music, Past & Presence Ghost Tours, and after-hours Ghost Hunts.

The Whaley House was built by San Diego pioneer Thomas Whaley to house his growing family and his general mercantile store, and is believed to be the oldest two story brick building in Southern California. When completed in 1857, The San Diego Union called it the most elegant home in San Diego. The building served at various times as the county seat and courthouse, San Diego's first commercial theater, a granary, store, kindergarten and Sunday school, party venue and ballroom, polling place, and meeting place for both the City Council and County Board of Supervisors. Former California state senator James Mills has said that the Whaley House "has sheltered more history than any other building in the city."

In addition to being one of the most historic buildings in San Diego, the Whaley House has earned its reputation as America's Most Haunted. "The Whaley House is one of the most actively haunted mansions in the world today," said famed ghost hunter Hans Holzer, who wrote more than 120 books on the subject. Reports of its hauntings has brought visitors from around the globe and in recent years has lead to numerous televised ghost investigations by shows such as Most Haunted and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2005 Life Magazine declared it "the most haunted house in America." Spirits believed to inhabit the historic home include Thomas Whaley and his wife Anna, their daughter Violet, their great-granddaughter Marion, their fox terrier Dolly Varden, and of course "Yankee Jim" Robinson.

Robinson, a desperado convicted of attempted grand larceny, was hanged on the grounds where the Whaley House now stands in September of 1852, a few years before the building was constructed. Legend has it that his spirit never left the spot where the gallows stood and now roams the halls of the Whaley House.

Visit the Whaley House this Halloween season for some hauntingly good fun!

SCHEDULE


October 13 | 14 | 20 | 21
Whaley House Ghost Hunting Tours
10:30pm-midnight

Join the Whaley House Museum staff and the San Diego Ghost Hunters for an exclusive 90-minute paranormal investigation of "America's Most Haunted." More

$50 per person · Details & Purchase Tickets
(Attendance is limited to 20 each night, so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Ages 12 & older. )


October 15
A Dream Within a Dream: The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe
Visits Whaley House
6pm | 8pm

Set the mood for Halloween and celebrate America's master of the macabre at the haunted Whaley House historic theater for two riveting performances. Award-winning actor Travis Rhett Wilson will portray the iconic poet and storyteller's tragic biography, reciting and drawing on Poe's spookiest poetry, fiction, letters and journals. More

$25 per person · Details & Purchase Tickets
(Attendance is limited, so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Ages 12 & older. )


October 25
Silent Screams at the Whaley House
6pm | 8pm | 10pm

For one terrifying night only, the Whaley House presents a series of seriously scary silent movies just in time for Halloween. San Diego's first commercial theater, within the walls of the historically haunted museum, is a perfectly frightening venue for these classics of horror and suspense. Prepare to be scared. More

$15 per person or All Three Movies $40 per person · Details & Purchase Tickets
(Attendance is limited to 20 each night, so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.)


Whaley HouseOctober 27 | 28
5pm–midnight

Let our staff be your guide for an informative, fun and entertaining tour of one of the most interesting, important, and historically valuable structures in the city, the Whaley House. Rub shoulders with the spirits as you hear tales of the Whaley Family and their famously haunted house. Come for the mystery and learn some history too. Each nighttime tour, which runs on the half hour, lasts approximately 35 minutes and is limited to 20 people to ensure a quality and personal experience.

October 29 | 30
5–9:30pm

Let our staff be your guide for an informative, fun and entertaining tour of one of the most interesting, important, and historically valuable structures in the city, the Whaley House. Rub shoulders with the spirits as you hear tales of the Whaley Family and their famously haunted house. Come for the mystery and learn some history too. Each nighttime tour, which runs on the half hour, lasts approximately 35 minutes and is limited to 20 people to ensure a quality and personal experience.

$13 for adults · $8 Seniors (65 & over) & Children (ages 6-12)
Purchase tickets onsite
Children 5 & under not recommended


Tuesday, October 31 · 10am-midnight
Daytime hours: 10am-5pm
Halloween Nighttime Admission (7pm–midnight)

Historic lighting and tales of paranormal encounters will raise your spirits. More

$15 per person · Purchase advance Halloween Tickets
(Or purchase tickets at the door)

WHALEY HOUSE MUSEUM

2476 San Diego Avenue, San Diego 92110
(619) 297-7511

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