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Best Haunted Houses In Los Angeles

October 16, 2015 5:00 AM

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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.
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The Haunted Shack
5112 Maricopa St
Torrance, CA 90503
www.thehauntedshack.com
Dates: October 30 & 31, 2015 from 7-10pm

Now in its 18th year, The Haunted Shack is a haunted house located in residential Torrance. With free admission, the haunt is a maze that only takes about 10 minutes, but you’re sure to get a great scare as you wander throughout. Although the event is free, donations are accepted and go towards breast cancer research. Created by one man who grew up loving Halloween, the maze is built in the driveway of a home. But, each year the maze differs greatly, so if you’ve been before, this year is sure to be somewhat different and a whole new experience. So, why not get a good scare and do something for a good cause at the same time!

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CreepLA
718 E. Jackson St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(970) 270-7362
www.creepla.com
Dates: Ongoing Through October 31

If you’re looking for a good scare, CreepLA is as good of an haunted house experience as it gets. The fully interactive haunted house combines state of the art technology that is intended to scare you with theatrical arts for something truly unique this Halloween season. Located in a real life haunted warehouse in Downtown LA’s Arts District, CreepLA brings groups into the giant dark and cold space, and invites them to experience mazes, themed horror rooms, interactive scare games and much more.

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Ward 13
Evil Twin Studios
1020 El Centro St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
www.eviltwinstudios.com
Dates: October 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & 31, 2015

Take a wild 15 walk through Ward 13, a haunted attraction experience with interactive components that will make nightmares come true. In a new location this year, the haunted house is meant to scare you to the brink of madness and insanity. To enhance the experience, they only allow small groups of guests to enter too, which makes it a much better/scarier attraction! Tickets ahead of time or bought online are $15, or you can purchase at the door for $17. Free parking is available on the surrounding streets, and there is no age minimum to enter.

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(credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)


Knott’s Scary Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 220-5200
www.knotts.com
Dates: September 24, 2015 – October 31, 2015

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 park hosts many haunted houses throughout the park as well as rides and attractions that are solely meant to make your Halloween the best it can be! Make sure to watch out for the multiple people around the park that will surely get a scare out of you as you walk from attraction to attraction! It’s sure to get a scare out of you.

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The Queen Mary Dark Harbor Halloween Terror Fest
Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738
www.queenmary.com
Dates: Throughout the month of October, 2015

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 throughout the years, what better way to celebrate it than during the spookiest month of the year. Throughout October, The Queen Mary Dark Harbor Halloween Terror Fest invites guests to walk through the spooky parts of the ship (including some on land) where you’ll navigate mazes, and much more including outdoor scare zones and more.

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The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(310) 993-8289
www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com
Dates: Throughout October, 2015

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is perfect for those who think they’ve seen it all in terms of haunted houses and Halloween related events. 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. This season, the extended trail is back brining an a new 25 minute electrifying experience guests! So, if you think you’ve seen it all before, think again! Ghosts and ghouls roam the grounds and lurk in every corner. Visit www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com for hours and dates.

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Comfort Inn – Woodland Hills
20157 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(818) 347-8080
www.woodlandhillsinn.com

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.

Related: Where to Find Halloween-Themed Treats in LA

Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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