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Halloween is not a one-night holiday anymore. Haunted houses, theme parks, festivals and shows are open throughout October. The choices can be scarily overwhelming. We’ve run screaming through haunted houses, got lost in corn mazes, survived zombies and made it out otherwise unscathed. Be prepared for the spookiest Halloween events with our handy haunts survival guide.


Halloween Harvest Festival & Fright Fair at Pierce College

This one stop location has everything going for it: two corn mazes, haunted houses and a family-friendly festival with a pumpkin patch, concessions, and farm animals for the wee ones. The corn mazes offer a unique and frightening immersive outdoor experience surrounded by 10ft tall corn stalks and several ghouls and chainsaw maniacs to keep visitors screaming for more. The haunted houses are the best we’ve seen in terms of scare factor, length and price of admission. Factory of Nightmares is by far one of the most terrifying and thrilling haunted houses in the city. It makes majorly funded haunted houses at theme parks look positively tame. Between the corn mazes and the Factory of Nightmares, this festival has everything to make Halloween extra memorable.

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Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

The venue makes this Halloween haunt a real treasure. Forget the standard haunted house and go aboard a ghost ship for a truly unique experience. This year brings even more thrills and chills with a total of six mazes including their newly unleashed ‘Circus.’ The mazes within the Queen Mary are unlike any other. The standard houses aren’t nearly as spectacular but there’s so much to do and see here, it is worth every penny. There is also a common area and lounge with live music and creepy skaters and creatures to keep visitors on their toes.

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LA’s Haunted Hay Ride at Griffith Park

Using the ghostly lore of the park’s paranormal history, the hayride takes visitors deep into the heart of what once was the original site of the Griffith Park Zoo. Abandoned cages and crumbling stone structures easily transform into terrifying hideaways for zombies, maniacal killers, ghouls, and their frenzied victims. The location lends to a natural fear factor, well produced with surprising additional puppetry, visual illusions, and a cast of professional scare-masters who do not always keep their distance.

A must for Halloween thrill-seekers as the Haunted Hay Ride transports riders in a tractor-pulled wagon into the winding trails of Griffith Park. There are lots of unexpected scares and surprises. Visually and thoroughly entertaining, visitors get a lot of bang for their buck and scare factor in a 12-15 minute rustic ride replete with hay and things that come lurching out from behind the trees.

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Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

We keep returning because Universal Studios keeps upping the ante with more ghouls, film/TV inspired mazes and nighttime year-round rides. Having just come back from their recent opening, this theme park Halloween treat is tricked out with a new 3D Black Sabbath house and the Insidious haunted attraction. The main houses and mazes deliver but probably the most entertaining activity is ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure’ show with live music, dancing and hilarious pop cultural zings and satire.

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Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre ‘Urban Death’

If the popular ‘Urban Death’ show is any indicator of the new ‘Urban Death’ Tour of Terror at Zombie Joe’s Underground in NoHo then this is well-worth a go-see. Zombie Joe has made a name for himself in delivering award-winning artful terror and theatrical suspense. Theater in LA hasn’t been the same since ZJU staked his bloody flag on our local boards. October is primetime to see this company’s current season. Forget the stale haunted houses and visit Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre for a truly entertaining and terrifying experience.

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Smoke & Mirrors

Another theatrical seasonal treat, ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ is running just a few blocks north of ZJU at The Road on Lankershim. Using magic and illusions, this LA Times ‘Critic’s Choice’ semi-autobiographical show captivates hearts and imaginations. Featuring Harry Houdini’s wife Bessie, a special Halloween night show has been added on Thursday, Oct. 31 (the same day Houdini died). Will the famed magician’s spirit make his presence known during the performance? Find out and be prepared for more extraordinary acts added just in time for Halloween.

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