Have your costume sewn up, your face spackled with fake blood, and your wig pinned on tight with tarantula shaped accessories? Awesome! Now you just need to scare up some spooktacular Halloween festivities where you can really let your ghoulish tendencies bleed through. These LA and OC haunted houses and spooky Halloween events are sure to make everyone in your family shriek with delight–and you don’t have to go to hell in a hand-basket to get there!
The Empty Grave
Laguna Hills Mall
23400 Laguna Hills Mall
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Dates: Oct 3 to Nov 1, 2014
The Empty Grave is 50,000 square feet of haunted special effects and is just a block from Disneyland at Garden Walk. In combination with Disneyland, that makes a perfect family day trip! Except with a maze based on a storyline that includes an insane grave keeper that needs to kill to stop the screams of the dead (kind of a Catch-22, right?), this is no Tea Cup Ride although when you leave the world might be spinning.
Halloween Harvest Festival
20800 Victory Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Dates: Sept. 26 through Nov. 2, 2014
Every have nightmares where you are being chased by monsters through a cornfield? Now you can live them out with the only true corn maze haunt in Los Angeles. During the day, you can bring your kids to the Halloween Harvest Festival to carve pumpkins and get their face painted. After dark, you will be running away from spooky spectres with ghastly face paint. Or is it really? The only way to know is to summon up some courage and get up close and personal with the creeps in the corn maze. Can you do it?
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at the Old Zoo at Griffith Park
Griffith Park (Old Zoo)
4730 Crystal Springs Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Dates: October 3 – October 31, 2014
The Old Zoo at Griffith Park is said to be one of the most haunted places in Los Angeles. Once home to many exotic animals, the old zoo was put out of operation when the animals started exhibiting crazy behavior and killing zoo visitors. When it was declared that the zoo was evil and a church was built next to it, the church doors closed by themselves and the whole building caught on fire. Even today, many people think that this is how many of Griffith Park’s “mystery” fires start. Now you can go on a Haunted Hayride through the Old Zoo, visit a Haunted Carnival, and walk through a Haunted Haymaze. Just make sure you run if you see any rabid animals!
Queen Mary Dark Harbor Halloween
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Dates: Oct. 2 to Nov. 2, 2014
Floating menacingly on the foggy, shark-infested waters of Long Beach, the Queen Mary ocean liner is one of Southern California’s most internationally highlighted haunted attractions. Why? Because it’s really haunted. Even if it’s April, you can feel the ghostly energy when you walk in. During October, the Queen Mary sets up spooky mazes but you’ll be hard-pressed to figure out which ghosts are actors and which ghosts are real. If you are really brave, you might be able to snag a room at the Queen Mary. But you better watch out or you might be sleeping with the fishes!