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.

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.

The Spirits Are Calling

2019 Unhinged Reviews

Parking & Directions

There are two complimentary parking lots available to guests. One is directly on property and one is across the street

Get Directions

Directions map

Contact Us

Winchester Mystery House

545 S. Winchester Blvd

San Jose, CA 95128

(408) 247-2000

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.

The self-guided indoor show is approximately 60 minutes, and the outdoor pre-show brings the entire experience to about 90 minutes. We recommend guests stay on property for at least 2 hours for the full experience. 

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.