Halloween is the spookiest time of year in Los Angeles. Venues around the city amp up their scary factor to offer some of the scariest haunted houses in the country. Not for the light-of-heart, these are some of the spookiest places to visit in October.
Dark Harbor – This Halloween fright-fest is taken up a notch by setting the scary scene on an enormous sea vessel. On this terrifying boat ride, you will confront the expected fog, mazes, and monsters, as well as a few unexpected finds like a vintage Ferris Wheel. The cramped quarters of the Queen Mary are made even more frightening with the presence of chilling ghouls and monsters. Make sure to visit the R.I.P. Lounge where you can take a break from the scare and enjoy a full bar and even a made-to-order taco station.
Location: Queen Mary at Long Beach
Halloween Horror Nights – Universal Studios’ annual Halloween revelry is among the best places in Southern California to spend a Halloween themed night. With the brilliance of Universal Studios, convincing frights are met with well-known horror movie characters. You can make your way through one of seven mazes, visit scare zones and the “Terror Tram,” which includes Walking Dead references. You can also experience The Purge, Halloween, Freddy vs. Jason, American Horror Story, The Exorcist and many more Halloween haunts.
Location: Universal Studios and CityWalk in Universal City
Knott’s Halloween Haunt – In the evening hours of Halloween season, this well traveled amusement park destination is transformed from Knott’s Berry Farm to Knott’s Scary Farm. The farm unleashes over a thousands monsters loitering in the 10 mazes, four “scare zones” and two live shows. It is among the largest and oldest theme park Halloween attractions in the country. The event also includes the Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, for a big top show twice every evening.
Location: Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride – This hayride is not exactly your peaceful ride to pick a pumpkin of yesteryear. Instead, this ghoulish adventure weaves you through paths of demons and haunts settled across Griffith Park. The extensive hayride can be skipped in favor of the “scary-go-round” for kids and those who can’t handle the haunt. There are scare zones and a lightless black maze filled with “demons and maniacs,” where you can do your best not to get lost. The theme for 2016 is “Secret Society,” bringing visitors down a trail of terrifying characters.
Location: The Old Zoo in Griffith Park
The Haunted Shack – This unique Halloween offering has brought thrill seeking locals to Torrance since the 1990’s. You begin your tour in a driveway maze with all kinds of hand-built props and scary effects. The Haunted Shack can be explored in small groups throughout October.
Location: Various locations in Los Angeles
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