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Good (and Scary) Times Roll in San Jose

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TASTE News Service, October 22, 2019 - For nearly 100 years, San Jose’s Winchester Mystery House has stood as a testament to the ingenuity, persistence of vision and lore that surrounds its namesake, Sarah Winchester, heir to the Winchester Repeating Rifle fortune.

A true pioneer who crisscrossed the United States via steam train many times during the waning days of the “wild west,” Sarah Winchester lives on in legend as a grieving widow who continuously built onto her small farmhouse to appease the spirits of those killed by the guns manufactured by her husband’s firearms company.

The mansion is renowned for its many architectural curiosities and paranormal activity. From 1884-1922 construction never ceased as the original farmhouse grew into the world’s most unusual and sprawling mansion (24,000 square feet built at a then astronomical cost of $5 million), featuring: 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows,9 kitchens, 13 bathrooms, plus 47 stairways and fireplaces. The estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Historic State Landmark, a San Jose City Landmark and one of the leading attractions in the Bay Area. Additional information may be found at WinchesterMysteryHouse.com.

The Winchester Mystery House, identified by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most haunted places, is introducing a new, fully-immersive, multi-sensory, Halloween experience, UNHINGED, this spooky season. The nearby Hotel Valencia, a four-star boutique property, has partnered with The Winchester Mystery House to create the Winchester Mystery House Hotel “Spooktacular” Package. It includes accommodations, discounted tickets for Winchester Mystery House tours, a surprise special Winchester amenity, discounted drinks at hotel’s Vbar and complimentary breakfast.

The UNHINGED tour presented by The Winchester Mystery House allows guests to step into a real life psychological and paranormal thriller. Visitors explore the twists and turns of the dark hallways of the cursed Winchester Estate, walking up steps that go nowhere and doors that open to blank walls, and, for the first time, will enter rooms never opened to the public before.

Guests who enjoy being a little less spooked, can opt to watch the UNHINGED Light Show where every half hour they will be mesmerized by an all-new 3D light show using the home’s unique architecture as a canvas.  In addition, from now until October 31st, a large, one-of-a-kind edible replica of the 135-year-old mansion will be on display, created through a partnership with Christine McConnell of Netflix’s “Curious Creations of Christine McConnell.”

UNHINGED is featured every weekend in October and continues on through November 1st and 2nd (the closing weekend). More information is available at winchesterunhinged.com

Additional October and November Events in San Jose

Trick or Treat Trail at the Winchester Mystery House: (Oct. 26-27, 2019) Winchester Mystery House is hosting a family friendly trick or treat trail. Free to guests of all ages, you’ll wind your way through the front gardens of the property as you pick up candy, tricks and treats from caretakers of the estate.

Zombie Race: (Nov. 2, 2019) Hellyer County Park will be hosting this year's 5K Zombie run this Halloween season. Join this family friendly event and dress up in your best blood and gore.

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