Our Story


The Haunt in Atascadero is the longest running and most popular haunted house in San Luis Obispo County. The Haunt originated as a young man’s garage dream and grew into its current location in Atascadero. The doors have been open since 2015, serving over four thousand people annually.

We are located at 5805 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA

The Haunt was formed through the merger of two local haunts in 2015: TNT Terrors and Mid State Scare.

  • TNT Terrors, founded by Christopher Towers, originally out of his parents garage in San Diego, California. Building, acting and scaring with the neighborhood kids on staff. During university, Towers moved up to the San Luis Obispo area. After university, the idea of a haunted house grew and grew as a passion.
  • Mid State Scare, founded by Randy Russom and three friends, in Arroyo Grande, California was open for six years prior to the merge.

The Haunt currently rosters over 60 volunteers, including building crews, actors and makeup artists. Annually, we begin building in March which extends through October when The Haunt is up and scaring around Halloween. We have since added a Valentine’s haunt in February to help spice up your love life.

Interested in volunteering? We are usually on location by 10:00 AM  most Saturdays and Sundays and we can always use extra help! Click here for more information. > >

Be prepared to scare!