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The 10 best haunted houses in Los Angeles

We’ve rounded up the best haunted houses in Los Angeles, along with some other spooky attractions across the city

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

What’s Halloween without a few good scares? The best haunted houses in Los Angeles run the gamut from big-budget amusement park productions to more homegrown horrors. Whatever thrills you, we’ve got it in our list of the city’s best haunted houses in L.A.

Looking for more Halloween events in L.A.? Here’s our list of Halloween parties. And here’s our full list of Halloween events, including family-friendly attractions.

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10 haunted houses in L.A. for Halloween scares

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at the Griffith Park Old Zoo
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Things to do, Festivals

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Far from those kid-friendly rides through a pumpkin patch, this hayride unleashes all sorts of demons, and bogeys 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, the attraction celebrates its 10th anniversary, so be prepared for an even more epic night that will haunt your nightmares to come.

Halloween Horror Nights
Photograph: Courtesy Universal Studios
Things to do, Festivals

Halloween Horror Nights

icon-location-pin Universal Studios Hollywood & Universal CityWalk, Universal City

Confront familiar foes at Universal Studios’ annual Halloween festivities, where big-budget scares meet iconic horror movie characters. Navigate eight mazes, scare zones and the “Terror Tram” with tie-ins such as Stranger ThingsPoltergeist and The Purge.

Photograph: Courtesy Knotts Scary Farm
Things to do

Knott’s Scary Farm

Encounter free-roaming monsters, terrifying mazes—spanning themes like Paranormal Inc., Special Ops: Infected and Shadow Lands—and more haunting attractions on select nights at the OC theme park.

Things to do, Festivals

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 countless monsters. 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. Tip: Arrive early for the $20 “Happy Haunting Hour” from 6pm to 8pm, where you can calm your nerves with a spiked potion at a pair of tap rooms.

Creep LA
Photograph: Courtesy JFI Productions
Things to do, Performances

Creep Los Angeles

This year’s immersive haunted house, Awake, is a literal nightmare, taking place in a dreamworld made incarnate. It’s also a much longer show, at 75 minutes, than previous runs. Groups of 25 at a time will be led through a series of surreal rooms, each one its own multi-sensory horror. We’re also told there may be some “intimate encounters,” which may allude to the one-on-one scenes Creep shows typically contain in which lucky guests are secreted away from their group by performers.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre
Photograph: Courtesy Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre
Things to do, Performances

Urban Death

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group hosts a chilling series of vignettes. Armed with a shoddy flashlight to illuminate the their path, guests navigate a labyrinth of terror before enduring a series of shocking scenes that will unsettle even the most stoic of horror fans.

Things to do

Into the Black

This multi-sensory haunt from Bone Yard Effects unfurls via a short film (which you can watch online) followed by an on-site virtual reality experience. It culminates in real life inside the Black House, a sprawling Victorian home. Oh, and scaredy cats beware: You must enter all alone.

Dusty Hess and Eric Keitel in "From Beyond."
Photograph: John Thvedt
Theater, Interactive

Wicked Lit

Spend a night in an Altadena cemetery as you’re led across the grounds for two spooky theatrical productions. Wicked Lit stages classic horror stories and invites a limited number of patrons to experience the immersive performances each night. This year’s stories include The Chimes: A Goblin Story and the word premiere of Teig O’Kane and the Corpse.

The Haunted Shack
Photograph: Courtesy the Haunted Shack
Things to do

The Haunted Shack

This homegrown haunt has been bringing thrill-seekers to Torrance since 1997. This driveway maze is low on gore but filled with hand-built props and effects—to give you a better idea, the haunted house’s creator describes himself as that guy on your block who always plans an over-the-top Halloween. You can visit the house (5112 Maricopa St) in groups of two to four, and best of all, it’s completely free. Look out for info on this year’s still-TBA haunt.

Photograph: Courtesy Halloween Ghost Train
Things to do, Festivals

Halloween Ghost Train

All aboard this family-friendly ride through a sort-of-frightening stretch of track in Griffith Park. The beloved Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum tradition has returned from the dead following some time off a couple of years back.

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Cinespia's Halloween Haunted Hotel Bash at the Ace 2014
Photograph: Joshua Thaisen

The best Halloween parties in Los Angeles

Halloween parties are your best excuse to dress provocatively, drink excessively and be (or go home with) someone else for a night. After you've got in a few scares at a haunted house, it's time for more of a dance party vibe. So hit up a costume stop, get your posse together, and take your pick from these top Halloween parties in Los Angeles.

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