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.Read More
13 haunted attractions to freak you out this Halloween
From theme parks to home haunts
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
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.
The Queen Mary: Dark Harbor
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.
Knott's Scary Farm
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.
Urban Death: Tour of Terror
Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights
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.
The Haunted Shack
Reign of Terror
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.
Heretic Horror House
The Tension Experience
Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum
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!