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13 haunted attractions to freak you out this Halloween

From theme parks to home haunts

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October is here! Coffee shops across the country are loading up on pumpkin spice, supermarkets are putting mini candies on display cases, and plenty of people are looking for opportunities to spook themselves in a creepy, but controlled environment. If you're one of those people, you've come to the right place. We've mapped out some of the best haunted attractions across LA. Some have high production values (and high ticket prices), others are homemade and completely free; all are scary in their own ways.

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1. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

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Griffith Park Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90189
(323) 913-4688
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Located at the old Griffith Park Zoo—already a slightly disconcerting location—this good old fashioned hayride offers gory set pieces and jump scares-a-plenty. This year, thanks to a new partnership with Universal Studios, the accompanying pitch black haunted maze is themed around the new scare flick Ouija: Origin of Evil. Tickets start at $32, but buyers can save on certain dates by purchasing online.

2. The Queen Mary: Dark Harbor

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1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 499-1701
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The Queen Mary's haunted mazes have a leg up on the competition given that the ship might actually be haunted. At least, that's the reputation management likes to play up, providing tours themed around the vessel's unusually macabre history all year round. Tickets for the themed mazes start at $24.

3. Knott's Scary Farm

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8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 220-5200
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You have to hand it to the marketing people at Knott's Berry Farm. They went with the most obvious play on the park's name—one that it's impossible not to hear as "Not Scary Farm"—and it's totally worked out. The other Orange County theme park is undeniably at it's best during the Halloween season, when monsters roam the grounds and Elvira offers two nightly shows. This is another one where you can save by buying online.

4. Alone

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5. Urban Death: Tour of Terror

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4850 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 202-4120
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6. Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights

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100 Universal City Plz
Universal City, CA 91608
(800) 864-8377
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By far the priciest option on this list, Universal Studios opens its Halloween-themed attractions at 7 p.m., though select daytime rides stay open for the evening. This year, the park's horror mazes, including a new maze based on American Horror Story, are joined by the new Walking Dead attraction that opened this summer.

7. The Haunted Shack

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5112 Maricopa St
Torrance, CA 90503

Another fun house #Haunt in Torrance called #TheHauntedShack

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8. Creep LA

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2316 N San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065

At our first haunt of the season! @creeplosangeles

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9. Reign of Terror

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197 N Moorpark Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

10. Backwoods Maze

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1912 N Pepper St
Burbank, CA 91505

Another home haunt, this backyard maze has been going strong since 2003 and reliably features impressive production values and a solid cast of volunteer frighteners. The haunt will be open October 21-23 and Halloween weekend.

11. Heretic Horror House

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Let's have some fun. #pinkbunny #doubledildo #heretichorrorhouse #torture

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12. The Tension Experience

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Boyle Heights
Los Angeles, CA

Once in the red room you can no longer hide behind your mask. #thetensionexperience, #haunt, #immersivetheatre, #immersive

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13. Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum

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6616 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

OK, so this isn't technically a haunted house, but if the Church of Scientology Citizens Commission on Human Rights ever decided to bill it as one, it would immediately become one of the best in town. A visit to the wildly alarmist museum is guaranteed to haunt your dreams with visions of lobotomized patients and over-prescribed ADHD medication. As an added bonus, it's free!

1. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Griffith Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90189

Located at the old Griffith Park Zoo—already a slightly disconcerting location—this good old fashioned hayride offers gory set pieces and jump scares-a-plenty. This year, thanks to a new partnership with Universal Studios, the accompanying pitch black haunted maze is themed around the new scare flick Ouija: Origin of Evil. Tickets start at $32, but buyers can save on certain dates by purchasing online.

Griffith Park Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90189

2. The Queen Mary: Dark Harbor

1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Queen Mary's haunted mazes have a leg up on the competition given that the ship might actually be haunted. At least, that's the reputation management likes to play up, providing tours themed around the vessel's unusually macabre history all year round. Tickets for the themed mazes start at $24.

1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802

3. Knott's Scary Farm

8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

You have to hand it to the marketing people at Knott's Berry Farm. They went with the most obvious play on the park's name—one that it's impossible not to hear as "Not Scary Farm"—and it's totally worked out. The other Orange County theme park is undeniably at it's best during the Halloween season, when monsters roam the grounds and Elvira offers two nightly shows. This is another one where you can save by buying online.

8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620

4. Alone

Azusa, CA

5. Urban Death: Tour of Terror

4850 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
4850 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

6. Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights

100 Universal City Plz, Universal City, CA 91608

By far the priciest option on this list, Universal Studios opens its Halloween-themed attractions at 7 p.m., though select daytime rides stay open for the evening. This year, the park's horror mazes, including a new maze based on American Horror Story, are joined by the new Walking Dead attraction that opened this summer.

100 Universal City Plz
Universal City, CA 91608

7. The Haunted Shack

5112 Maricopa St, Torrance, CA 90503

Another fun house #Haunt in Torrance called #TheHauntedShack

A photo posted by Kevin Lyon (@loknloll) on

5112 Maricopa St
Torrance, CA 90503

8. Creep LA

2316 N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

At our first haunt of the season! @creeplosangeles

A photo posted by HAUNTS OF LA (@hauntsofla) on

2316 N San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065

9. Reign of Terror

197 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
197 N Moorpark Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

10. Backwoods Maze

1912 N Pepper St, Burbank, CA 91505

Another home haunt, this backyard maze has been going strong since 2003 and reliably features impressive production values and a solid cast of volunteer frighteners. The haunt will be open October 21-23 and Halloween weekend.

1912 N Pepper St
Burbank, CA 91505

11. Heretic Horror House

Los Angeles, CA

Let's have some fun. #pinkbunny #doubledildo #heretichorrorhouse #torture

A photo posted by Lovekitten (@lovebug615) on

12. The Tension Experience

Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, CA

Once in the red room you can no longer hide behind your mask. #thetensionexperience, #haunt, #immersivetheatre, #immersive

A photo posted by Tension (@the_tension_experience) on

Boyle Heights
Los Angeles, CA

13. Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum

6616 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

OK, so this isn't technically a haunted house, but if the Church of Scientology Citizens Commission on Human Rights ever decided to bill it as one, it would immediately become one of the best in town. A visit to the wildly alarmist museum is guaranteed to haunt your dreams with visions of lobotomized patients and over-prescribed ADHD medication. As an added bonus, it's free!

6616 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028