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The best haunted houses and attractions in Los Angeles

We've rounded up the best haunted houses and attractions across the city, from kid-friendly to truly terrifying. Get ready for a frightfully fun time.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

What's Halloween without a few good scares? The best haunted houses in LA run the gamut from big-budget theme park productions to more homegrown horrors. Whatever thrills you, we've got it in our list of the city's best haunted houses and attractions.

Looking for more Halloween events in LA? Here's our list of Halloween parties. And here's our list of family-friendly Halloween events and attractions.

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Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Far from those kid-friendly rides through a pumpkin patch, this hayride unleashes all sorts of demons, and bogyes on Griffith Park. It's an actual hayride—a long one—paired with a "scary-go-round" for wee ones (and 'fraidy cats), a number of scare zones and a pitch black maze filled with "demons and maniacs," and probably lots of frisky teenagers. This year's theme, "Boogeyman," drags attendees through a trail of nightmarish characters.

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Until Sat Oct 31

Halloween Horror Nights

More so than the city's other haunted attractions—even those at big tourist parks—the one at Universal Studios is all about big brands. New this year: Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness, based on the upcoming Guillermo del Toro film, will take attendees through the ghostly, decaying remains of a Victorian labyrinth. Elsewhere, guests can journey through the world of Insidious, confront Halloween's Michael Myers and outrun walkers from The Walking Dead. You'll also find some unexpected Halloween twists, particularly on the Terror Tram through the backlot and with the introduction of a 3-D maze based on the apocalyptic comedy This is the End.

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Until Sat Nov 7

Knott's Halloween Haunt

Also known as Knott's Scary Farm, the Halloween Haunt goes all out with more than 1,000 monsters roaming mazes, "scare zones" and live shows. It's one of the largest (and oldest) Halloween events held at a theme park. New additions this year include zombies, an evil tooth fairy and Southern voodoo. But for something familiar, check out the return of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, for a twice-nightly big top show.

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Until Sat Oct 31

Dark Harbor

The only thing better than a haunted attraction is a haunted attraction on a giant boat. You'll find all the usual horrors here—fog, mazes, and monsters—as well as a vintage Ferris Wheel and a full bar. What sets Dark Harbor apart is its use of its surroundings; the dark, cramped confines of the Queen Mary are already pretty spooky even without monsters—just be prepared to climb a lot of skinny staircases. There's also an R.I.P. Lounge (see what they did there?) if you're looking for a first-class experience (fewer monsters, more booze, made-to-order taco station). Tip: Arrive before 8pm for $20 "Happy Haunting Hour" tickets.

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Until Sun Nov 1

Ward 13

South Pasadena's small-town charm isn't all that terrifying, but that'll change after a walk through Ward 13. Patrons will be subjected to a 15 minute walk through the Raymond Hill Sanitarium—really just an old school building (1020 El Centro St.)—and confront all sorts of frightening experiments. Rest assured that your tortured screams won't actually awaken the dead, but they will benefit the South Pasadena Educational Foundation.

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Until Sat Oct 31

Creep Los Angeles

Monsters are scary, but the demented things regular humans can do are downright disturbing. Inspired by a Walter John Williams quote—"I'm not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I'm afraid of what real human beings do to other real human beings."—this immsersive and interactive haunt experience takes place in an abandoned Arts District warehouse (718 E Jackson St).

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Until Sat Oct 31

The Sinner’s Soiree

You can literally drink with the devil at this new Downtown haunted house. Descend into the infernal world of the Drunken Devil and his menagerie of twisted, monstrous manifestations of vice and depravity. You'll find demonic Mardi Gras clowns, scandalous can-can dancers and sadistic voodoo witch doctors roaming this maze at the Think Tank Gallery (939 S Maple Ave). Make your way out and you'll be treated to some swills at the Devil's Den lounge area.

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Until Sun Nov 1

Alone: An Existential Haunting

No killer clowns, no chainsaws, no gore; just you and whatever else is lurking in the dark. Alone takes equal parts interactive theatre and psychological haunting to craft a solitary experience of survival in the dark. The 45-minute walkthrough has expanded beyond a Halloween-time haunted house and into a series of themed events called Alone: Unweave the Rainbow. It takes place at an undisclosed location Downtown—you know, one of those neighborhoods where no one can hear you scream—that ticket buyers will learn more about leading up to the event. Just make sure to wear comfortable shoes; you'll need them to run. Also, a warning: This is one of those haunted houses where they can and will touch you, apparently with a heavy-handedness in the past that some of our readers didn't appreciate.

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Until Sat Oct 31

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THERE IS ONE MORE HAUNTED ATTRACTION YOU PEOPLE WOULD ENJOY. SINISTER POINTE. ITS IS LOCATED IN BREA, CA. SINISTER POINTE IS OPEN ALL YEAR!