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Want to spend Halloween night locked in an Alcatraz jail cell? Here's how.

Ghosts of Alcatraz Cell
Photograph: Courtesy of Booking.com Halloween sleepover at The San Francisco Dungeon

If you’ve ever wanted to experience what it’s like to spend the night in a haunted jail cell in an underground dungeon, you can finally make your dream (nightmare?) come to life this Halloween.

For the second year, the San Francisco Dungeon is offering a one-night stay in its Ghosts of Alcatraz jail cell, where you can spend the night in the terrifying darkness of an authentically reproduced (and probably haunted) Alcatraz cell.

The evening begins with VIP entry to the final San Francisco Dungeon show of the night, a funny (but also slightly scary) tour through 200 years of San Francisco history. Expect gripping stories about the violence and greed of the Gold Rush and the plague that hit Chinatown, all performed on stages with props and special effects. And because it’s Halloween, you’ll also be forced to test your luck as you confront superstitions like walking under ladders, looking into broken mirrors and other things you’ve spent your entire life trying to avoid.

When that leg of the journey ends, an even more terrifying one will begin. You and a friend will be “locked” into a cell where you’ll sleep in twin-sized prison beds—just like Al Calpone and The Birdman. You’ll even be issued prison-themed pajamas (that you take home) to wear for the duration of your sentence.

Luckily, the “guards” at the Dungeon are friendlier than most, so one will tuck you in with spooky bedtime stories and midnight snacks and a cocktail fit for an inmate. And though you can try to get a restful night’s sleep, don’t be surprised if a few other scary surprises pop up along the way—like a new “witching-hour séance” to conjure up the dead. Yikes. 

Finally, if you manage to survive the night, you’ll be rewarded with breakfast in bed and a bag of goodies, including a Merlin Annual pass that provides access to over 30 U.S. attractions. And, of course, your freedom.

A night in the underground cell costs $66.60 for two people, which is a pretty good deal if sleeping in scary underground dungeon jail cells is your thing.

Overnight accommodations will be available on October 29, 30 and 31. Reservations are accepted on Booking.com starting Wednesday, October 24 at 9am. It’s first come, first scared, so don't miss out on this spooky (and yes, probably a little hokey) experience.

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