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Take a Spooky Tour of Alcatraz This Halloween

By October 26, 2009

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A view of Alcatraz Tower.

Once home to America's most notorious criminals, Alcatraz is one of the world's most legendary federal penitentiaries. It is rumored to be haunted by infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud. So if you are looking for a scary Halloween activity, check out Alcatraz... at night.

The tour starts out like any other Alcatraz experience: souvenir photos, a ferry ride, and waiting in line to pick up the audio tour that will take you through most of the cellblock. But once it starts to get dark, the mood shifts. Nighttime visitors get to explore a part of the prison that's off-limits during the day: the hospital ward. It's open only for 30 minutes and even your audio tour doesn't include this abandoned area. It's all-around creepy.

If you can handle the nerves, stay on the island until the last ferry  and experience the island like many haven't. Park rangers speak about famous inmates and demonstrate the automated cell door system. You are even free to wander the spooky halls on your own.

Tickets sell out quickly so buy in advance!

October 27, 2009 at 2:15 pm
(1) sigh says:

This post is completely false. I tried to make a reservation for awhile now and just tried to book a tour for me and my friends and the latest tour they have is at 4:20p, which is currently booked. How can u say that there is a 8pm tour when they dont even offer it?

October 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm
(2) Donkey man says:

They switched to a winter schedule, it gets dark faster now, so the 4:20pm is the new night tour, the 6:00pm shifts are for Summer time when it takes a longer time to get dark.

October 28, 2009 at 9:42 am
(3) usparks says:

Yes, sorry I had the old time listed but the tour does begin at 4:20 this season. The tour, Alcatraz After Dark, runs Thursdays through Sundays.

August 31, 2010 at 3:36 pm
(4) chris says:

does the park service make it scarier during halloween

September 2, 2010 at 3:18 pm
(5) usparks says:

The Night Tours are typically the same, regardless of the season. You can check the park’s events calendar but so far for 2010, so special event for Halloween is listed.

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