Haunted house movies are a staple of Halloween. Whether they’re cheesy like “House on Haunted Hill” and “Evil Dead” or chillingly suspenseful like “Stir of Echos” and “What Lies Beneath,” most will definitely cause you to contemplate leaving the light on at bedtime. Movies are one thing, but if given the opportunity to experience a haunted house in real life, would you? It is Halloween after all and these five haunted houses in Los Angeles will certainly give you a good scare…if you dare.
Fright Fair Screampark
20800 Victory Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Date: Now through Nov. 2, 2014
Unlike Blackout and Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, which can be too intense for the faint of heart, Fright Fair is ideal for those who want the scare but also want to keep their underwear in the same condition as when they entered the park. The cast is very in your face with their antics, but they keep it kid friendly, making this a perfect family event. This long-running haunted house has gone through several overhauls and revamps to make this year better than ever. Check out the website for prices and easy-to-follow directions.Related: 5 Halloween Themed Cocktails
Knott’s Scary Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620
For Halloween, Knott’s Berry Farm pulls out all the stops. Known popularly as ‘Knott’s Scary Farm’, Halloween here means haunted mazes, scare zones where zombies and other ghosts and ghouls will attempt to scare you and much more.
The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
Dates: October 2 – November 2, 2014
Everyone knows the Queen Mary is haunted. And if you didn’t know, then you should. With the scary history that has been synonymous with the Queen Mary, what better way to celebrate it than during the spookiest month of the year. Throughout October, The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor invites guests to
walk through the spooky parts of the ship (including some on land). Outdoor scare zones, mazes and more will be on hand for this fright fest.
Crossroads Haunted Village
Crossroads Riverview Park
14600 Baron Drive
Corona, CA 92880
Date: Now through Oct. 31, 2014
This Halloween haunt will take you into the woods of Corona and scare your pants off. Another mature kid-friendly attraction, Crossroads Haunted Village offers five frighting haunts and The Pandemonium Magic Show every Friday and Saturday night and on Halloween. There is a haunted hayride, two guided tours and two unaccompanied walk-throughs for a night filled with frights. The expansive grounds add to the creepiness and thrill.
The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
4730 Crystal Springs Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is perfect for those who think they’ve seen it all. Part haunted house, part walk-through and part interactive carnival/macabre theater add up to a spooky night of fun. Grab a beer, a bite to eat and wander around the place checking out all of the actors in crazy costumes. The six-year running event gathers quite a crowd each night so the lines can get long. Tip: take a late-night hayride with less people.
Comfort Inn – Woodland Hills
20157 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
If you grew up in the 80s, then you definitely remember the rock band Warrant and its anthems “Down Boys” and “Cherry Pie.” Lead singer Jani Lane met an untimely end back in 2011 in room 118 of the Woodland Hills Comfort Inn. After his death, occupants reported hearing humming, experienced feelings of being watched and the smell of vodka while staying in the room. This Halloween, book room 118, play some 80s jams, have a few cocktails and party with a rock star.