Fall is the perfect time for fun, and haunted houses are an ideal opportunity to hold loved ones tighter and celebrate. Although most haunted houses are geared toward older children and young adults, there are some fun ones that welcome the entire family. Read along about these carefully crafted, kid-friendly, free haunted houses.
The Haunt with No Name
19351 Hatteras St.
Tarzana, CA 91356
Oct. 30 – Nov. 2
The Haunt with No Name is decorated with witches, a lot of pumpkins and tombstones. The hanging additions such as ghosts and floating candles make the house more mysterious. The flying creature within a tomb is also bewitching. The flickering lights, candles and nostalgic movies from an early horror movie are also a nice way to intensify a night at the Haunt with No Name. This house is well received by youth as young as 7 years old to teenagers, but even adults enjoy it. It’s one of the best children’s haunted houses in the area because the owners are friendly, have a child, and they avoid horrific scenes.
4602 Morse Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91432
Oct. 19 and 20; Oct. 24 through 31
Boney Island has to be one of the most fun and unique haunted house for families. It features dancing skeletons, talking skeletons and skeletons that respond to guest’s questions. These bags of bones are humorous as well; they crack jokes, do magic tricks and act as fortune tellers in certain parts of this exhibit. Both children and adults will chuckle at their outrageous conversations and acts. It’s safe for children as young as toddlers without frightening scenes. The entire atmosphere of this production is fabulous. The brightly colored spouting water fountain sets it apart from other haunted houses.
Forest of Mirrors
6124 Lederer Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
This haunted house features tons of skulls on the ground, rows of pumpkins and an aisle of hanging ghosts. Fog, candles and special lighting effects turn up the suspense in this house. There is even a large image of a green witch’s face. The magical effect that truly makes this house stand out is that there are more than 50 mirrors as you make your walk through the haunted area, making it seem like there is no end to the haunted walkway. This haunted house does have characters that like to roar, leap and scare visitors. It’s open to all ages, but it is recommended for children 8 and older.
Reign Of Terror Haunted House
197 N. Moorpark Rd. #B (Above Gold’s Gym)
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, 1 to 4 p.m.
The Reign of Terror has been scaring the residents of the Conejo Valley for the past 14 years and now features rooms like a deranged psychiatric institution, a dilapidated mining town and a Blood Manor. The scares will be toned down for kids on two special, afternoon fright fests, although organizers suggest children skip the Blood Manor rooms. During these afternoon sessions, there are no actors to grab at the kids and the lights stay on. Admission is $5 for each child and accompanying adults are free.
Grier Musser Museum
403 South Bonnie Brae Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
The Grier Musser Museum is a well-maintained, turn-of-the-century historic Queen Anne house near downtown Los Angeles that likes to get all dressed up for Halloween. The museum will offer spooky guided tours of the historic home. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Refreshments will be provided and parking is free.
Cassandra Bautista is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.