All Around SoCal
It’s that time of the year again when we start really gearing up for the haunting season, and that means putting together our fourth annual SoCal haunts guide! This was started back in 2016 as a reverent rip-off of Theme Park Adventure’s haunt directory, and we’ve put our own spin on presenting the information over the years (namely sorting by geography and adding more info directly in this post). It’s also a repository for all the haunts we’ve visited and reviewed in the past, and includes haunts we’ll try to hit this year.
Special thanks also go out to the Southern California Haunt List for providing dates for a lot of the home haunts listed below, which saved a bit of work. There are plenty of awesome local haunts to find, both haunted mazes and fantastic yard displays, and they’re a great resource for the under-the-radar local gems!
Remember to check back to this page throughout the season as we update information and add more listings as we find them. If you are a local haunt in the Southern California area and want to be added to this list (or need to update or correct any information listed), feel free to reply in the comments or send us a message. We'd love to help promote!
Los Angeles County Area
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood
- Where: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
- When: Fri. Sep. 13 - Sun. Nov. 3 (select nights)
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Another year of IP mazes is upon us. New for 2018, Universal brings to a record NINE new mazes, plus their year-round zombie maze:
Stranger Things - covering seasons 2 and 3 of the hit Netflix series
Us - inspired by the Jordan Peele film this year
Ghostbusters - the hit classic comes to life!
Universal Monsters: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man - an original maze inspired by the fan favorite Universal Monsters maze last year
Killer Clowns from Outer Space - the 1988 horror comedy gets its HHN spotlight
Creepshow - another 80’s fan favorite comes to life
House of 1000 Corpses - Rob Zombie’s gorefest gets its second iteration at Horror Nights
The Curse of Pandora’s Box - an original maze inspired by the Greek myth
Holidayz in Hell - another original maze inspired by a previous year’s scare zone
The Walking Dead - the year-round haunted house is open for Horror Nights again
No Terror Tram this year, but the Jabbawockeez return for another season of high energy dance shows.
The Dark Harbor brand has expanded with Dark Horizons in Orlando, but the original at the Queen Mary will still bring new chills and thrills with six mazes this year on its tenth anniversary:
Feast - The cannibalistic Chef has returned now serves the living to the dead
B340 - enter the deranged mind of the psychotic Samuel the Savage
Lullaby - Scary Mary just wants to play, forever and ever and ever
Circus - the freaks come out at Dark Harbor in this carnival of carnage
Intrepid - the Ironmaster's pact for immortality drove him insane, and how he has a lust for new souls
Rogue - replacing Deadrise, the Grey Ghost is nearly capsized by a massive wave during WWII, and chaos ensues in this technologically advanced maze from Plague Productions!
Of course, there will be plenty of entertainment options, the Slider Olympics, and monsters and sliders lurking in the midway, plus more bars than ever!
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
- Where: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027
- When: Sat. Sep. 28 - Sat. Nov. 2 (select nights)
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New owners 13th Floor Entertainment Group has brought in Plague Production to transform the L.A. Haunted Hayride into Midnight Falls, a town steeped in rich and sinister Halloween tradition. The event has been completely rebuilt from ground up and will feature the popular hayride, a new take on the fan-favorite Trick or Treat maze, and a new maze entitled Midnight Mortuary!
Long Beach Zombie Fest
- Where: 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802
- When: Postponed for 2019
This event has unexpectedly been cancelled for this year.
This fun, family-friendly event seems to take its cue from the old Rise of the Jack-O-Lantern events, providing a host of pretty pumpkin-themed lands, a fire show, pumpkin artist demonstrations, food trucks and treats, and activities for kids. Back in L.A. for a second year, its main attraction is the Pumpkin Walk, a dazzling display of thematic jack-o-lantern scenes, and it returns to the Fairplex in Pomona, home of the L.A. County Fair!
Descanso Gardens is beautiful without any seasonal overlay, but if its Christmas event is any indication, it really goes all out in spectacular fashion for holiday events! For five nights only, a thousand professionally carved pumpkins – some as large as 100 pounds and all of them real – will line a 1-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Carved is a family-friendly event for all ages.
The Great Company presents Alt Delete: A Chapter from the Blue Blade Saga
- Where: 5257 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
- When: Wed. Sep. 10 - Sun. Dec. 15 (select nights)
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It’s a mini-Delusion! The popular immersive theater precedent in Southern California won’t be doing a full show this year. Instead, it’s partnering with The Great Company, which helped produce set pieces for The Blue Blade, to provide a small, 20-minute episode for fans craving a Delusion fix!
Rogue scientist Evelyn Lowell, wielding the famed Blue Blade, created a black market time travel business. Professor Lowell is as elusive as she is wealthy, but every tear in time she creates for her clients leaves a path for pursuers. And there are plenty. Covering Evelyn’s tracks is the job of her Underwriters; assessors of danger and eliminators of risk. There’s been a breach in Professor Lowell's Computer Lab in 1982. Time to do your job.
Another pinnacle of haunted immersive theater, Creep L.A. is back with its frightening and unsettling take on pop-up museums and the Instagram lifestyle. This dark satire of social media driven culture illustrates what happens when art escapes the boundaries of the ‘Gram and breaks out into intimately unnerving real life. Creep never fails to delight, and this year’s theme might be its most intriguing yet!
The people who put on Night Shift DTLA two years ago are back for another haunted experience that is part immersive and part escape room. Guests arrive for a terrifying medical appointment and search their way through a dark and daunting facility in downtown Los Angeles, where they’ll battle an evil entity whose horrific goal is to painfully remove a precious part of them. It's the stuff from which nightmares are made. Can guests escape the TERROR?
The sinisterly twisted and addictively depraved show that put Zombie Joe on the Halloween map returns for its seventh year! As part of Zombie Joe's Year of Urban Death, this condensed version of Zombie Joe's regular, full length show sees guests entering Zombie Joe's Underground Theater Group's small performance space through an extremely dimly lit maze portion to witness a shocking, sensual, eerie, and sometimes disturbing series of performances, loosely tied together. Then it's back out the way guests came! Nudity is present, so the event is extremely recommended for mature audiences. Haunt fans should not miss this insidiously addictive production!
Wicked Lit is an amazing theatrical experience of the macabre every year. This year, scheduling conflcits will unfortunately preclude a full season within the beautiful Mountain View Morturary and Cemetery. Instead, they are doing a one-night-only fundraising even that will feature two different one-hour experiences, each featuring excerpts of four iconic Wicked Lit plays staged throughout the mausoleum, intimate audience groups allowing for an up-close experience, staged readings and other special performances throughout the grounds, a silent auction featuring exclusive Unbound and Wicked Lit memorabilia, and a cash bar and bites.
Force of Nature Productions presents Fallen Saints: Salem & Edgar Allen Poe
- Where: 4735 Lakershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
- When: Fri. Sep. 20 - Sat. Oct. 12 (Fri. & Sat. nights) (Fallen Saints), Sun. Sep. 22 - Sun. Oct. 13 (Sun. nights) (Edgar Allen Poe)
Another Halloween season, another Fallen Saints. What's worse - the unknown force causing terror in the small town of Salem...or the terror itself? Come join the hunt where the mob might just be as dangerous as the monster itself. Fallen Saints: Salem is the latest chapter to the perennial haunted theater series!
In addition, FoN also presents a production devoted to arguably the greatest writer of mystery and macabre in literary history. Poe returns to us from the beyond to recollect some of his chilling stories and share some secrets behind the work he left behind. Featuring
Us in Concert
- Where: 777 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles, CA 90015
- When: Sat. Oct. 26
Not a haunt, per say, but this live concert and move event will feature a screening of the movie accompanied by a live orchestral and choral performance matching the soundscape of Jordan Peele’s haunting film. The director will also be on hand to introduce the event, and the performance will be conducted by the film’s composer, Michael Abels.
Drunken Devil presents To Live and Di(n)e in LA, Bloody Brunch, and Black Magik
- Where: Various Locations
- When: Sat. & Sun. Sep. 21 & 22 (To Live and Di(n)e), Sat. Oct. 5 (Bloody Brunch), Sat. Oct. 19 (Black Magic)
The Drunken Devil presents a macabre medley of events this Halloween season:
In To Live and Di(ne) in LA, guests will come face-to-face with some of the city’s most infamous true crime figures, including Elizabeth Short (better known as the Black Dahlia), Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, and Richard Ramirez. The event includes a four-course meal, each based on a different figure and era, with paired cocktails and free-flowing wine. Rub elbows with the ghosts of the past and enjoy thematic burlesque, performance art, and more, as guests travel through Los Angeles’ sordid, blood-soaked history.
Inspired by kitschy horror TV specials of the 60’s and 70’s, Bloody Brunch promises thrills and chills as LA’s first and only horror-themed brunch experience. Attendees will witness tantalizing burlesque, mind-bending magic, variety acts, and more, all while they imbibe on creepy themed cocktails and decadent dishes.
Black Magick is a one-night-only soiree that will whisk guests back to a party at the height of the Golden Age of Magic in the 1920s. Guests will meet a host of characters inspired by famous magicians like Houdini, Thurston, and Carter, and be plunged into a dark narrative inspired by the mythology surrounding Old Hollywood’s ties to the occult. It’s an evening of enchantment, mystery, and horror.
Looking for a haunted drinking party? Step inside the House of Spirits — a haunted cocktail soiree that is unlike any other party in town! Freely roam a mysterious mansion and experience a night of themed cocktails, macabre magic, sinister séances, tarot readings, strange roaming specters, live music, hidden secret games, giant Ouija boards and so much more!
Back for a second year, this interactive event put on by Freeform will take guests into the worlds of Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Addams Family. The pop-up installation will feature tons of photo ops and mini-experiences that will delight fans. Halloween House will bring the Sanderson Sisters’ cottage, a portal into Halloween Town, the living room of Gomez and Morticia and company, and more!
Less a specific attraction and more a series of events, Haunted Little Tokyo is back for its third year with pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating, spooky sounds, ghoulish games, free Halloween movie screenings, ‘haunted’ walking tours, themed specials, and more ending with a frightfully-fun block party and costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 26
Rotten Apple 907 presents The Death Triangle
- Where: 907 N. California St., Burbank, CA 91505
- When: Sat. & Sun. Oct. 19-20 & 26-27, Thu. Oct. 31
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Looks like Burbank’s classic Rotten Apple haunt is going tropical this year… and underwater. The Bermuda Triangle plays inspiration to this year’s theme, which explores the terrors of the deep! Note that the line may be cut off before the 10:00pm closing, as by city permit, Rotten Apple must be shut down by 10pm, not simply line-capped.
Holiday Fantasies Come to Life
- Where: 1505 N. Valley St., Burbank, California 91505
- When: Not Yet Available, Anticipating Early October
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We stumbled upon this after Halloween last year, but this might have been the most incredible and elaborate and detailed yard display we witnessed all season. Themed to Pirates of Caribbean (and actually already partway transformed into a Thanksgiving display by the time we found out about it, Holiday Fantasies Come to Life is the incredible work of a husband-and-wife team who just love to decorate for the holidays—any holidays—and goes all out, especially for Halloween and Christmas. You won’t regret stopping by this jaw-dropping production!
- Where: 618 N. Sparks St. Burbank, CA 91506
- When: Sat. Oct. 26 - Sun. Oct. 27, Thu. Oct. 31, - Fri. Nov. 1
There must be something in the Halloween water in Burbank. This devilishly detailed yard display has creepy tombstones, spooky animatronics, spectral projections, and fantastic lighting and audioscapes that is all professional quality. Check out this creepy home facade as part of a Burbank haunts tour!
Forbidden Woods Cemetery
- Where: 11238 Califa St., North Hollywood, CA 91601
- When: Wed. Oct. 30 - Thu. Oct. 31
Formerly an elaborate yard display, this partial haunt will bring more details in its third year. Welcome to a place like no other! Ruled by a hideous witch, anyone who dares enter ends up her main course or finds themselves lost and forgotten forever in the Forbidden Cemetery. Will guests make it out alive? Travel deeper into the woods first to find out...
Ben Conway’s wonderful yard display grows and evolves every year, as this talented, young haunter builds upon his craft and pushes his Halloween ideas further toward greater sophistication. We loved the pure passion and impressive acumen of this attraction last year and can’t wait to see what unfolds this year!
Another year, and another new amazing tombstone or couple… and/or cool effect. The quality and technology at VanOaks Cemetery sets it apart from most yard displays. With richly textured tombstones, moving effects, and home-made projection scenes, this Sherman Oaks attraction is well worth a full stop to appreciate the effort that owner Derek Young and his wife pours into its creation each year!
Wicked Pumpkin Hollow
- Where: 5421 Wortser Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
- When: Fri. Oct. 25 - Sun. Oct. 27 (nightly)
Wicked Pumpkin Hollow is one of those creations that encompasses the joy and passion of Halloween. This cornucopia of glowing jack-o-lanterns is a beautiful yard display in Shermasn Oaks. It’s back again on the last weekend of October!
Opechee Haunt presents Jack’s Halloween JamBOOree 2
- Where: 1307 Opechee Way, Glendale, CA 91208
- When: Sat. & Sun. Oct. 19-20 & 26-27, Thu. Oct. 31
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Two years ago, Opechee Haunt did a whimsical and charming yard display show that was suitable for all ages, and an impressively advanced production of wonderful storytelling, fun effects, and lovely atmosphere that would be advanced for a haunter of any background, let along a home haunt put on by a teenager. Well, the JamBOOree is back again, and this year will be even grander and more entertaining. If you’ve never been to Opechee Haunt, you must stop by this year!
Twisted Minds Productions presents Salem: Escape the Coven
- Where: 8708 Wendon St., San Gabriel, CA 91775
- When: Sat. Oct. 19 - Sun. Oct. 20, Fri. Oct. 25 - Sun. Oct. 27
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TMP sets its sights on colonial witchcraft in this home haunt that transports guests back to the 1600s and the Salem Witch Trials. Zion Fenwick put on a preview of this at Midsummer Scream, and the storytelling of this haunt is definitely a highlight in the home haunt community!
Macdevitt Manor Haunted House
- Where: 2436 W Macdevitt St., West Covina, CA 91790
- When: Sat. Oct. 26, Thu. Oct. 31 - Sat. Nov. 2
This West Covina home haunt has become infested by spiders this year. With intricate theming and detailed, custom sculpts, and neat special effects, Macdevitt Manor is another haunt that shows that just because it’s amateur doesn’t mean it’s not an immersive and highly thematic experience!
Realm of Shadow presents Temple of the Fallen God
- Where: 9526 Walnut St, Bellflower, CA 90706
- When: Sat. Oct. 26 - Sun. Oct. 27, Thu., Oct. 31
As seen in this year’s Midsummer Scream’s Hall of Shadows, this “gore-free” creeptastic home haunt brings an indigenous flair this year in Temple of the Fallen God, where guests will explore the sinister depths of an ancient monument and encounter the soul-thirsty god, Diabolki!
- Where: 21116 Denker Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
- When: Thu., Oct. 31
Looking for a home haunt all about everyone’s favorite nightmarish circus characters? This is the place for you. After being dark last year thanks to a mass clown escape, The Klownhouse is back this year to maniacally thrill and entertain.
Del Amo Scary Walk
- Where: 2601 E Victoria St., SPC 470, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220
- When: Sat. Oct. 26, Thu., Oct. 31
This yard walk-through haunt presents an intense, adults-only version on the Saturday before Halloween and an all-ages version on Halloween night. A fun mix of custom props and animatronics and colorful lighting make this a pretty well-plussed neighborhood haunt!
Orange County Area
The grandaddy of them all is back for another year, with two more new mazes, last year’s returning scare zones, plus new entertainment! On the maze front, there are once again nine total:
Wax Works - the demented Dr. Augustus Scratch crafts his masterpieces made out of wax in horrifically realistic fashion… probably because they’re also made of people
Origins: The Curse of Ghost Town - explore how Ghost Town Streets became the dark and twisted domain, prowled by menacing beasts and creatures that it is today
The Depths - disappeared miners and a notorious sea creature punctuate this H.P. Lovecraft-inspired maze
Paranormal Inc. - join a ghost hunting documentary crew at a haunted hospital
Dark Entities - a mysterious creature is attacking a desolate space station
Dark Ride - this instant-classic returns with its murderous carnies and new rooms
Pumpkin Eater - the monstrous villain of fairy tale lore searches for new victims
Shadowlands - enter a world haunted by the bloody life of the samurai for its last year
Special Ops: Infected - the final year of "zombie laser tag" with more action and surpries
Ghost Town Streets, Carnevil, The Hollow, and Foresaken Lake return as scare zones this year. The Hanging is back for yet another year of lampooning. Conjure brings intimate magic and comedy to the Bird Cage Theatre. Awake the Dead brings dance beats to Fiesta Village. And new and incredibly exciting this year, Brian Henson and Henson Alternative bring Puppet Up: Uncensored to the Charles Schulz Theater for three nightly shows of Muppet improv catered to an adult audience. If you’ve never seen the show before, don’t miss it! You’re in for a treat!
Knott’s Spooky Farm
- Where: 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620
- When: Sat. Sep. 28 - Thu. Oct. 31 (Sat. & Sun. & Halloween day)
Enjoy the spooktacular Halloween season at Knott’s Spooky Farm, a family-friendly Halloween celebration geared for kids ages 3-11. Little ghouls can trick-or-treat through Ghost Town to collect sweet Halloween treats. Treat bags containing event maps and other goodies will be distributed to children age 3 to 11 from opening until 4:30pm. Fun Halloween-themed shows are in store. Camp Snoopy Theater plays host to the “Monsters are Coming” show where children are encouraged to participate in the daily costume contest. The Halloween Hootenanny returns as The Timber Mountain Log Ride transforms with spooky but family-friendly surprises.
Mickey’s Halloween Party is no more. Likely spurred by an expected rush of crowds to Disneyland Park for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the fall festivities move to Disney California Adventure for the first time this year, emceed by Oogie Boogie! Guests can dress up in costume and go trick-or-treating on haunt trails, including some interactive ones. The Frightfully Fun Parade moves across the Esplanade, and an all-new show, World of Color: Villanous, debuts just for the event. DescenDANCE offers an nighttime dance party, and Villain’s Grove takes over the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail and whisks guests into a dreamscape of Disney villains… or is it a nightmare? Tickets for all September nights and many October nights are already sold out. Get yours soon!
Sinister Pointe has long been a haunt innovator, with wickedly creative ideas. Their latest is “an immersive, free-flowing, haunted adventure” that is part scavenger hunt, part Blair Witch, and all 30 minutes (the experience length). Search for 13 precious artifacts in the harrowing dark, and try to avoid the treacherous creatures known as the See’ers!
A third year in Perpetuum Penitentiary looms for poor Paula, who is still haunted by her demons and spiraling ever out of control into madness. This year brings a new story, new scares, and new ways to inflict psychological torture (and some physical shocks and such). Do you dare visit one of the most intense haunts in Southern California?
Back as a solo haunt this year after partnering up in HorrorWorld last year, The Fleshyard presents the final chapter in its story about the violently butchered Kearny family. The Fleshyard returns to the pumpkin patch corner lot on La Palma Ave. and Imperial Hwy of its first two years. Come see how the saga concludes!
Haunt at Heritage Hill
- Where: 25151 Serrano Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630
- When: Fri. Oct. 11 - Sat. Oct. 12
This teen and adult-oriented haunted attraction takes place a couple of weekends before Halloween and isn't particularly elaborate or intense, but it does offer a fun haunt that supports the local community and carries a bit of a more casual flair.
Crossroads Escape Games presents The Seance
- Where: 4245 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807
- When: Not Yet Available
Crossroads has some consistently raved-about escape rooms, but this October, they’re also doing an immersive theater experience! Madam Ruby has invited guests to participate in her Séance and step beyond the veil. But who or what will be waiting for them? This is a frightening interactive theatre experience with live actors and special effects. Guests will be required to interact with your surroundings and others in the room.
There are tons of pumpkin patches around Southern California, but only one has a partnership with Hello Kitty and the Sanrio characters, if you’re into that sort of thing. The pumpkin patch itself is scenic and pretty cute, and there is a corn maze, petting zoo, and assorted activities. Great for families! Note that parking must be purchased in advance.
Boo Ha Ha: A Haunted Oktobeerfest
- Where: 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
- When: Fri. Oct. 25 - Sat. Oct. 26
This OC beer festival won’t be scary (unless you’re irresponsible and get trashed; don’t be that guy), but it will offer over 80 German style and local craft beers at the Orange County Fair and Events Center. This year, there will be live entertainment and music as well, with Oingo Boingo tribute band, Dead Man’s Party, headlining Friday night and mariachi rockers Metalachi taking over Saturday night. It’s a fun way to celebrate the weekend before Halloween for those who don’t necessarily want the full spooks!
After returning for the first time in years last year, this impressive haunted attraction is back! This yard display and partial walkthrough devoted to one of Disneyland’s most beloved attractions has been dark the past couple of years, but it’s back this year. Incredible recreations of Haunted Mansion figures and props are on display in this charming and slightly spooky attraction that features plenty of eye candy and some grim grinning ghosts! Of course, with this being the Haunted Mansion’s 50th anniversary, this haunt kind of had to be back!
Scream in the Dark Haunted Halloween Maze
- Where: 22921 Cavanaugh Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630
- When: Sat. Oct. 5, Fri. & Sat. Oct. 11-12 & 18-19, Fri. Oct. 25
This is one attraction that puts its promise in its title! Journey though this chilling home haunt, where danger lurks around every corner, and covering 1800 square feet of terror! Owners Craig and Lori Leventhal have put their love of haunted houses into this South County scream house!
An Orange County classic for nearly two decades, Boot Hill has delighted visitors with a rich and elaborate yard display and partial walk-through featuring intricate props, splashy projections, beautiful lighting, and a few monsters to keep guests on the edge. It is definitely worth a visit for anyone visiting, especially in concert with other nearby haunts. Note that Boot Hill is not open Halloween night!.
The Gershon Dungeon
- Where: 13861 Gershon Pl., Tustin, CA 92705
- When: Sat. Oct. 26, Thu. Oct. 31
One of the longest home haunts in Orange County, this attraction tells the story of one Guinivere Holt, a cruel orange plantation owner who tortured her slaves. In modern day, the burial plot of the entire, long-lost estate has been unearthed, bringing heinous spirits and the ghost of the demonic Guinevere herself back to the realm of the living!
This neighborhood classic in Orange is a relatively family-friendly haunted house walkthrough themed to pirates! Tracing through the property’s front yard, it offers amazing theming, great animatronics, cool lighting and theatrical effects, and a few monsters to add some mild frights!
This great yard display is located very close to Knott’s Scary Farm and even had a bonus brief haunted walk-through last Halloween night. This year, they’re going bigger and bolder and will include a maze on Halloween night. The entire production is a one-man job and a great Halloween display!
Twisted Dreams Haunt
- Where: 5815 Panama Dr., Buena Park, CA 90620
- When: Fri. Oct. 11 - Sat. Oct. 26 (Fri. & Sat. nights), Thu. Oct. 31
This home haunt a stone’s throw from Knott’s Scary Farm echoes the Scary Farm vibe of years past, with plenty of details, rough edges, and sadistic visuals. Scares are the name of the game here, so you won’t necessarily see pretty tech and sumptuous scenes. It’s decrepit and unsettling and designed to get guests light on their feet and sprinting out in terror!
Perdition Home did a tribute to serial killers this year in the form of Death Cult. This year, they go where those murderers have gone—all the way to hell. Taking a Machiavellian theme, Perdition will explore the 9 Circles of Hell, which is sure to be bloody, gory, intense, and absolutely disgusting. We can’t wait!
Ventura County, The Valley, and North of Los Angeles
Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
- Where: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia, CA 91355
- When: Sat. Sep. 14 - Sun. Nov. 3 (select nights)
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New for 2019 is a slider show that will take place nightly! This year's Fright Fest has six total mazes—none new, with last year’s Hell Fest maze reverting to its prior Vault 666 theme:
Sewer of Souls - dare to enter a foul-smelling wretched wasteland
Condemned: Forever Damned - explore the recently abandoned home of a habitual collector of things
Vault 666: Unlocked - demonic relics and obsolete oddities are locked in an abandoned vault within this dark and sinister antiquity shop
Red's Revenge - not your grandma's Red Riding Hood, this maze upends the classic tale
Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising - a mysterious agent is infected Ash Valley with a horrific virus
Willoughby's Resurrected - Fright Fest's classic haunted house returns for more fear
In the scare zone department, Fright Fest also brings back Witches Lair in the Metropolis area, City Under Siege in the DC Universe area, plus favorites Demon's Door, Exile Hill, TERRORtory Twisted, and Frightmares: A Twisted Fantasy.
For years, RoT has terrified guests with its massively long layout packed with detailed, high quality props and decorations that are movie studio quality. Reign of Terror is nine haunted houses rolled into one, with each one transitioning into the next with unrelenting vigor. The Haunted House, Miner's Revenge, Casa Blood, Quarantine, The Asylum, Infected, Backwoods, and Fun House are the returning members. The newcomer on the block is Containment, the 9th haunted house theme. There’s also a Widow’s Den experience that seems to be arachnophobic! Reign of Terror is unbelievable in its sprawling quality, and it is not to be missed!
Agoura Horror Story
- Where: 28545 W Driver Ave., Agoura Hills, CA 91301
- When: Sat. Oct. 25
Agoura High School puts on its annual haunted house for one night only!
Hop on board a train through a zombie infested wasteland. Armed with paintball guns, guests can shoot up all the zombies they want, and they won't face any repercussions. It’s a pew pew brains fun for everyone!
After being closed due to last year’s Thomas Fire, Boccali’s Haunted Hayrides will is back this year! It’s great to see this Ventura hayride tradition returning to operation!
This family-friendly walk-through experience features thousands of beautiful, hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins along a 1/2 mile trail at the King Gillette Ranch, out in Calabasas. Advance tickets are required, but it’s a fun, charming, and photogenic way to experience a bit of Halloween!
A past Scare L.A. and Midsummer Scream staple, Spooky Hollows is a great home haunt with some fantastic props, special effects, and fun scares built in. This year, Spooky Hollows is going with just a yard display instead of a full walk-through haunt. But they’re always a good amount of spooky fun!
A legendary home haunt with a medieval torturous theme, Beware the Dark Realm is back for yet another year. The most intense home haunt in the Santa Clarita Valley, Beware the Dark Realm’s medieval theme is put together by haunters who have been doing their craft for over three decades. They accept donations for a local charity every year, which makes this incredible medieval haunt even better!
Shiver Haunt was a first-year surprise when we visited last year, with great theming and a wicked sense of humor. Featuring themes ranging from dolls to swamps to clowns to religion, Shiver brings a scary but fun and funny take on the home haunt scene!
Your parents always warned you about the creepy old house at the end of the street. Club Fear is that house, and this home haunt packs a lot of content within a tight, three car garage footprint! This year, Club Fear takes on a haunted house theme, which won’t be much of a stretch. It’s basically a cult-de-spook!
This long-running Santa Clarita yard display and sometimes-haunt (depending on the evening) is beautifully themed, with impressive figures and atmosphere that looks absolutely stunning! Fridays are non-scare nights that are family-friendly, while Saturdays are full scares recommended for teenagers and older.
Pumkin Jack’s Haunted House
- Where: 28603 Natalie Lane, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
- When: Fri. Oct. 25 - Sat. Oct. 26, Thu. Oct. 31
This intense and high energy home haunt takes on a different theme each year. The 2019 theme hasn’t been announced yet as of this writing, but if their Facebook page poll conducted earlier this year is any indication, Michael Myers might be paying a visit!
Restless Souls Manor
- Where: 38143 52nd St. E., Palmdale, CA 93552
- When: Thu. Oct. 31
A lovely and detailed haunted house walk-through in past years, Restless Souls Manor will be doing a yard display on Halloween night only, starting at dusk.
The Haunt at Hellizondo presents Lost Spirits of the Bayou
- Where: 2134 Elizondo Ave. Simi Valley, CA 93065
- When: Wed. Oct. 30 - Thu. Oct. 31
This Simi Valley home haunt fixture for over a decade presents a case of Cajun creeps this year—it’s third New Orleans theme in a row (and a return of 2017’s theme). Sumptuously decorated, with different themes every year or two, it’s a great local event put on by a family of passionate Halloween fans!
Mourning Rose Manor
- Where: 5250 Aurelia St., Simi Valley, California, CA 93063
- When: Tue. Oct. 1 - Thu. Oct. 31 (nightly)
This richly detailed Simi Valley yard haunt is chalk full of elaborate details and sinister ambiance. The theming would rival that of a solid haunted house, if they ever chose to turn it into that. But in the meantime, guests can enjoy the macabre environment crafted in this eerie front yard!
Murder House Productions presents
- Where: 2240 Ranch View Pl., Thousand Oaks, California 91362
- When: Wed. Oct. 16, Fri. - Sun. Oct. 18-20 & 25-27, Wed - Thu, Oct. 30-31
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This incredible home haunt is literally a mini Horror Nights wrapped in a yard and garage, with a different, highly immersive theme each year. Kyle and Aurora are part of a generation of young haunters embracing technology and pushing themselves to craft more complex and story-rich haunts, and they’ll be announcing their 2019 theme later this week!
The House at Haunted Hill
- Where: 4400 Saltillo St., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
- When: Thu. Oct. 31 - Sat. Nov. 2 (nightly)
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This incredible yard display and projection show was off last year, but it will reappear for three short nights this year, including after the calendar shifts to November! It’s a bit far from the bulk of Southern California, but anyone in the area really should make it out to see this incredibly professionally done home haunt that mixes spookiness and magic and a wonderfully chilling story told in two parts!
- Where: 7400 Pine Grove Rd., Santa Paula, CA 93060
- When: Sat. Oct. 5 - Sat. Oct 26 (Sat. nights only)
This family-friendly haunt at the Ventura Ranch KOA campgrounds presents its annual haunt with pirates, wenches, mermaids, and various other scalliwags! Come walk the plank, find some treasure, and sail over to "Kiss the Hook Pirate Pub!”
The Inland Empire
Back for its 12th year, Coffin Creek is one of those old school, fun, passionate, purely enjoyable haunts. It may lack the flash and dazzle dazzle of today’s haunts, but it retains good, old fashioned haunt quality, great energy, and lots of scares! Coffin Creek returns this year with five attractions:
The Brimstone Asylum for the Criminally Insane - the inmates have taken over, and they want blood
The Catacombs and the Raven Cult - a mysterious group haunts the old burial grounds, looking for sacrifices
The Dead Wolf Trail - brave the dark woods and have a howlin’ time
Uncle Zeds Zombie Safari - take a hysterical wagon ride through undead-infested wilderness!
The Dark Realm - fantasy and horror intermingle as guests try to fend off evil forces
Also returning is the Dark Shadow Marketplace, where guests can shop a selection of ghoulish wares.
Last year, Field of Screams made a huge comeback with an awesome showing in partnership with Sinister Valley. The set production, effects, and overall production quality was significantly elevated, and the event really relieved the disappointing taste of the previous year. This year, Sinister Valley brings more terrors with three mazes—including the event’s biggest in history, totalling over 10,000 square feet!
Castle Park returns with another Halloween overlay this year, presumably with more mazes and frights and maybe a return of that Lady in White. Although details have not been announced quite yet as of this writing, we’ll update this post as soon as information is available!
The Bloodshed Brothers present Terror in Train Town
- Where: 2201 South A Street, Perris, CA 92570
- When: Fri. Oct. 4 - Sat. Oct. 26 (Fri. and Sat. only)
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This Inland Empire haunt brings two attraction in one! The Hyde Street Massacre haunted house is calling the Southern California Railway Museum home for this year, and it's being joined by The Darkness, a second maze included in admission! It should be a horrifically bloody time!
Enter the remnants of an asylum that was forced to close fifty years ago and left to deteriorate. Unfortunately, this mental hospital wasn't quite abandoned, for the patients and doctors who where there still roam the hallways, ready to wreck havoc onto any unsuspecting guests who dare enter!
- Where: 3161 Nutmeg Dr., Corona, CA 92882
- When: Thu. Oct. 24 - Sun. Oct. 27, Wed. Oct. 30 - Thu. Oct. 31
This home haunt enters its 8th year of frights. With a new theme each year—sometimes based on IPs and sometimes original themes, Corona Haunt also adds a charitable element by collecting canned foods during its run to donate to a local food shelter.
- Where: 3900 Bandini Ave., Riverside, CA 92506
- When: Not Yet Available
The patients of Reichland Asylum have rotted in these long abandoned halls. The doctor has been conducting hideous experiments. Once a year the doors open for the brave to take their chances exploring the asylum. Who will survive the terrors, and who will be broken like so many others?
Maze of Mayhem
- Where: 21605 Alcorn Dr., Moreno Valley, CA 92557
- When: Sat. Oct. 26 - Sun. Oct. 27, Wed. Oct. 30 - Thu. Oct. 31
This Riverside County home haunt has been thrilling the local neighborhood with creeps, clowns, crypts, and more for the past several years, and it continues this year.
We got a glimpse of Fear Fest ‘89 at Midsummer Scream’s Hall of Shadows. This fall, the full fledged slasher horror film festival comes to life, with the creeps of cinema transcending the silver screen and stepping into the path of nightmares!
- Where: 10522 Lemon Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
- When: Sat. Oct. 5 - Sat. Nov. 2 (nightly)
This hauntingly elaborate yard display was featured quite prominently in this year’s Midsummer Scream at the Hall of Shadows, and it returns this fall with nightly apparitions!
Caitlyn Manor Haunted House
- Where: 6880 Caitlin St., San Bernardino, California
- When: Fri. Oct. 25 - Sat. Oct. 26, Thu. Oct. 31
Over 20 horrifying rooms of horror can be found in this home haunt, including the Clown Room, Zombie Room, Room of Bewitchment, and the Doll House. Full of ghouls, clowns, zombies, and classics like Michael Myers, Freddy, and Jason, Caitlyn Manor does require a $8 donation ($12 for express line) for admission. However, proceeds help fundraise for medical expenses for the family’s Metachromatic Leukodystrophy-diagnosed daughter.
Desert Decay Manor
- Where: Chaparral Rd and Calico Ave, Whitewater, CA 92282
- When: Fri. Oct. 25 - Sat. Oct. 26, Thu. Oct. 31
Nestled in the foothills of the West Palm Springs Village, the Killgore family has resided on these hallowed grounds for generations. Some left trying to escape the family curse of a horrific untimely death. Gravely, they always come home, to dwell within the halls and walls of the manor, hoping to never be sent to the depths of hell which loom so close to their souls. Some turned murderous, some became victims. All are ghostly apparitions that remain here with their secrets to haunt the living in their attempt to take the souls of all who enter and send them to hell in their place.
San Diego County
San Diego residents looking for a family-friendly attraction can visit Sea World with their children to dress up, go trick-or-treating, and see Halloween versions of their favorite live animal shows. It's all fun and no scares and a great alternative for those with younger Halloween fans.
Every year, the location of the San Diego County Fair operates a multi-haunt attraction with plenty of thrills to boot. House of Horror plunges guests into a medley of themes, from medieval torture chamber to Pennywise and the Niebolt House to Die de los Muertos and zombies. Chamber will turn guests around with its labyrinth of frights in a Wizard of Oz Gone wrong theme. Haunted Hayride takes guests into the wilderness to encounter an insidious nun, zombies, a haunted mine shaft, and a dystopian wasteland.
The Haunted Lodge & Camp Calavera Trick-Or-Treat Trail
- Where: 1400 E. Washington Ave. El Cajon, California 92019
- When: Fri. Oct. 11 - Thu. Oct. 31 (select nights)
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Scareventures presents another iteration of its Haunted Lodge--the darker manifestation of the El Cajon Elks Lodge, where fiendish characters pursue blood and victims inside a remote nature lodge. Trapped within its confines, guests must come face to face with these murderous mavens with a twisted slant on hospitality. Adjacent is the Camp Calavera, where a family-friendly “light fright" trick-or-treating is offered from 5:30 - 7:30pm.
The Haunted Hotel has moved this year to the Mission Valley Center (near the Target) and brings Disturbed, a three-haunt experience to San Diego County! The Haunted Hotel is a take on the classic attraction, while Kill-Billy Chaos takes guests into the dark backwoods of murderous hillbillies. 3-D Freak Fest features chaos and clowns and colorful cacophony. It’s a new style of haunt from the venerable San Diego institution!
By day, Balboa Park is a beautiful, verdant urban green space with pretty views and a serene ambiance. By night, during Halloween season, it becomes a terrifying trail of devious macabre and insatiable maniacs. Do you dare venture into the bloody wilderness?
We're keeping our select list of escape room attractions that have some sort of horror association. Here are a few options for horror that are a little beyond the traditional haunted house or show set-up!
(And for a more comprehensive listing of escape rooms, we refer you to the fine folks at Escape Authority for great listings and reviews of the best Southern California has to offer--many of them horror themed, but operating year-round!)
The Basement Escape Room
- Where: 12909 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342
- When: Year-Round
One of the first horror-themed escape rooms out there, this popular room remains a big hit because of its combination of active puzzles and terrifying environment. You are the victim of a deranged serial killer, Edward Tandy, who has a taste for human flesh but a penchant for giving his victims a sliver of a chance to escape his clutches, if they are proven worthy enough by solving his puzzles. The Basement itself is immaculately themed and detailed and even features a live actor to increase the intensity level. And it remains a constant barometer to which other escape rooms--horror or not--are compared. And if you like it enough, check out its companion escape rooms at the same venue: The Boiler Room and The Study!
The Bunker Experience
- Where: 20 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103
- When: Year-Round
It's a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi world at The Bunker, and teams must work together to avoid the vandals who threaten them. Taking advantage of its real-world settings to incorporate into an extremely immersive storyline, The Bunker Experience is actually two escape rooms--one a sequel of the first--that grip players from the opening moment all the way to the final moments.
The Hex Room is not specifically horror themed, but it does carry a horror inspiration in that guests who play are assigned a stereotypical character from a horror movie and then required to work together to escape the machinations of a mad serial killer who has trapped them individually in their own cells. Though the ambiance is more suspenseful than gory, there is an active threat constantly looming, and after escaping their own cells, teams also have to work together to escape the room as a whole. This is an expert level room, but it's a whole lot of fun!
Escapade Escape Rooms presents Zoe
- Where: 624 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832
- When: Year-Round
Get trapped in this haunted house that has some possessing characteristics. Zoe is what happens when a nightmare becomes tangible. Guests are immersed into a world where reality and dreams blend together, and a crazy axe-wielding murder could be a figment of your imagination--if he wasn't so viscerally breathing down upon you. Zoe is one of the scariest escape rooms around, increasing the puzzle difficulty level through the adrenaline rush of fear. Plenty of groups have literally run out of the escape room and forfeited their game. Will you join them?
The nation's first R-rated escape room brought an even more intense and extreme experience last fall with Murder CO: Hardcore. In this version guests are subjected to being touched, separated from their groups, locked up in small spaces, and likely to end up a bloody mess. After last year’s success, the new operators of Murder CO are now offering both regular and hardcore versions daily.
Dead Zone 805 has been operating as a mobile escape room for a little while now. This means that the attraction can actually come to you (it's a little extra for visits outside of Ventura, though), and it's great for events and parties. Teams of up to six people have a limited amount of time to find the cure to a zombie outbreak before the infection spreads to the mass populace. Can you prevent zombie apocalypse in time?
The Curiosity Shop
- Where: 3466 Suite-B University Ave., Riverside, CA 92501
- When: Year-Round
Guests are trapped inside a strange shop with cursed souvenirs and a mysterious supernatural entity who might be bent on destroying said guests. With unearthly effects and plenty of clues and puzzles to solve, this escape room promises a fun, eerie time!
The Entrapment Escape Rooms presents Bloodmore Manor
- Where: 7990 Dagget St., Suite A-10, San Diego, CA, 92111
- When: Year-Round
In the fall, Fogmore Manor actually becomes Bloodmore Manor, slight-scare escape room with a different story, different puzzles, and a healthy dose of spookiness! Enter the long abandoned manor during a growing storm in search of a missing business partner. But be careful, not all the spirits that inhabit the mystical antiques in this house are friendly.
Again, we'll update this post throughout the season as we become aware of other haunts or receive more finalized information. But we hope this serves as a nice tool for you to plan your own haunted attraction explorations all across this SoCal land!
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