To some Halloween is about dressing up and pigging out on candy corn. But for thrill-seekers, this is the month for haunted houses, dark mazes, and the opportunity to get seriously scared with your friends. Los Angeles has some of the best haunted house attractions in the country, with blockbuster film-level makeup, costumes, and special effects. If you’re ready for the fright of your life, check out these top 6 Halloween spots.
Haunted Hay Ride – Griffith Park
Forget the hay rides you took as a kid. This dark and creepy ride has six scare zones, and a new element where you leave the safety of the wagon to face the demons face-to-face. This year’s theme is “Secret Society” and is sure to leave even the bravest a little afraid.
Halloween Horror Nights – Universal Studios
When a film studio puts on a Haunted house, you know it’s going to be realistic – maybe a little too much. Navigate seven mazes, scare zones and the “Terror Tram” with moments from your favorite movies and TV shows like The Walking Dead, The Purge, Halloween, Freddy vs. Jason, American Horror Story, The Exorcist and more.
Knott’s Scary Farm
Every year at Halloween, Knott’s Berry Farm takes a sinister turn and becomes Knott’s Scary Farm – a theme park filled with mazes (10 total), scare zones, and nightly live shows with Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark. With more than 1,000 monsters roaming around, this is no place for scaredy cats.
Opechee Haunt – Glendale
This yard haunt and interactive experience takes you to a house haunted by the Edwards family. Explore the family cemetery, then try the new “Apparition Adventure,” where you hunt down ghosts by using your phone to unlock clues and detect paranormal activity. And even more amazing? The event is run by a 14 year old!
Delusion “Lies Within” – West Adams
This immersive “haunted play” makes you a character in a horror film who stops for shelter on a dark and stormy night in the mansion you were warned never to step foot inside. Consistently voted one of the best Halloween events in LA, this is a must-see for those who love the thrill of fear.
Creep LA – Glassell Park
If you’ve read the above events and still think, “that’s not scary,” then Creep LA is for you. Creep is a fully immersive, sensory experience of dark vignettes, described as a “foreboding, surreal nightmare” by LAist. You might have to do this one by yourself (I’ll wait in the car).
Halloween only comes once a year, so hurry up and get your tickets for these creepy events!