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Fright Night: L.A.'s Haunted Houses

With Halloween just around the corner, it's time to get frightened. Here's a list of Los Angeles haunts -- public and private -- for those who want a full-on scream fest and those who prefer their terror a bit more tame.

PUBLIC HAUNTS
Halloween Horror Nights
WHERE: Universal Studios
WHEN: Sep. 21 - Oct. 31
Open in the evenings on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and a few Thursdays as well as on Oct. 31
COST: $56 - 199
If you manage to escape Alice Cooper’s 3D labyrinth and La Llorona’s maze, beware the zombies of The Walking Dead. Nothing slakes their hunger like a helping of human brains. More information

Knott’s Scary Farm
WHERE: Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
WHEN: Sep. 21 - Oct. 31
Open in the evenings on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays as well as on Oct. 29 - 31
COST: $36 - 60
Unspeakable evil has taken over the park as infected zombies and evil clowns prowl the attractions. 13 mazes, four “scare zones,” and nine live shows should keep you sufficiently creeped out. More information

Haunted Play presents Delusion: The Blood Rite
WHERE: 2218 S. Harvard Blvd., West Adams
WHEN: Sep. 27 - Nov. 10
COST: Tickets are sold out.
Set in a creepy old mansion, this "interactive horror play" features Neil Patrick Harris as a malignant murdered psychiatrist who's definitely not of the Doogie or Dr. Horrible variety. One of the hottest tickets in town -- if you can score one. More information

Paranoia Haunted House
WHERE: Level 3, Santa Monica Place Mall
WHEN: Sep. 28 - Oct. 31
Open in the evenings on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays as well as on Oct. 30 and 31, from 7 p.m. until 1 or 2 a.m.
COST: $24-45
This Depression era-themed haunt includes three mazes haunted by the ghosts of starlets and harlots. Many of the restaurants on the top level of the mall will be offering Halloween-themed drink and food specials. More information

The Blumhouse of Horrors
WHERE: 940 S. Figueroa St., Downtown L.A.
WHEN: Oct. 4 - Nov. 3
Open in the evenings on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and a few Thursdays as well as on Oct. 29 - 31.
COST: $32-35
Located in the former Variety Arts Theatre, this adults-only haunted house from the produces of Paranormal Activity invites you to explore the corridors of a possessed theater that was home to one of the world's most twisted dark art magicians. More information

Old Town Haunt
WHERE: 20 N Raymond Ave., Pasadena
WHEN: Oct. 5 - 31
Open in the evenings on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and a few Thursdays as well as on Oct. 29 and 31. There are also a few daytime matinees on the weekend of Oct. 27- 28.
COST: $15-22
Descend into the basement of the supposedly haunted Union Savings Bank building in Old Town Pasadena to peruse the catacombs and face your fears head-on. More information

Dark Harbor
WHERE: Queen Mary, Long Beach
WHEN: Oct. 5 - 31
Open in the evenings on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and a few Thursdays as well as on Oct. 31
COST: $20 - 99
This ocean wreck-themed attraction is anchored by six haunted mazes filled with gruesome sites and ghoulishly garbed actors doing their best to scare the wits out of you. At the foot of the Hell’s Bells Tower, a 50-foot high stack of cargo containers shoots 80-foot flames into the night sky. More information

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
WHERE: Griffith Park (Old Zoo)
WHEN: Oct. 5-31
Open in the evenings on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and a few Thursdays as well as on Oct. 31
COST: $28 - 52
Hop on a hay-filled wagon and ride through a nightmarish landscape that exploits your darkest fears. Back for its fourth year, the trail is longer and now includes a 360-degree interactive experience. Also, you will get wet. (Proceeds benefit the LA Parks Foundation.) More information

Fright Fest
WHERE: Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia
WHEN: Oct. 5 - 28
Open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
COST: $45 - 65 (additional $10-13 for access to the mazes)
Actors dressed as zombies, monsters, and assorted ghouls chase you around as you wander through eight haunted mazes and other spooky attractions. More information

Hellbreak LA
WHERE: 5601 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
WHEN: Oct. 11 - 31
Open in the evenings on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays as well as on Oct. 29 - 31
COST: $30 - 55
A post-apocalyptic, prison-themed haunted house in the old Sears building in East Hollywood aims to leave visitors quaking in their boots. Is the building haunted? Beware the ghosts of washing machine repairmen and murderous shoe clerks. More information

Blackout Haunted House
WHERE: 207 S. Broadway, 2nd Floor, Downtown L.A.
WHEN: Through Nov. 10
Open most evenings from 6 or 7 p.m. until 10 or 11 p.m.
COST: $50
You must be at least 18 years old and you must walk through alone. Those are the two main rules for Blackout, a New York import that features plenty of violence and gore. Those who have stumbled through and lived to tell the tale swear it's one of the most terrifying haunts around. More information


PRIVATE HAUNTS
Boney Island
WHEN: Oct. 20 - 31, 6 - 9 p.m., Sun. - Thu.;  6 - 10 p.m., Fri. - Sat.
WHERE: 4602 Morse Ave., Sherman Oaks
COST: Free
One of L.A.'s best yard art displays featuring dancing skeletons, a black-light fountain, and more. Abracadaver! More information

House at Haunted Hill

WHEN: Oct. 26 - 31, 7 - 10 p.m. most days. 7 p.m. - midnight, Fri. - Sat.
WHERE: 440 Saltillo St., Woodland Hills
COST: Free
Don’t try to enter the house. Watch from the street as the hillside comes to life for an elaborate, 10-minute show that occurs a few times each hour. There’s narration, spooky music, and sound effects. The scariest thing may be finding parking. The street is closed to vehicles, so it’s a good idea to carpool and walk in. More information

Rotten Apple 907
WHEN: Oct. 26 - 28 and Oct. 31, 7 - 10 p.m.
WHERE: 907 N. California St., Burbank
COST: Free (donations accepted for Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley)
They do a different theme each year, but it’s always spooky and elaborate. A previous incarnation included a revolving tunnel inspired by the Wizard of Oz tornado. This year, the theme is "The Haunted Wilsley Manor." Expect frights and visual delights. More information

Eternal Rest Cemetery/Venice Haunted House
WHEN: Oct. 27 and Oct. 31, 7 - midnight
WHERE: 414 Rose Ave., Venice
COST: Free
Each Halloween season, Eternal Rest Cemetery opens it decrepit gates to "unleash an onslaught of horrors." Will it really make your worst nightmares come true? You be the judge. More information

House of Restless Spirits
WHEN: Oct. 27 and Oct. 31, 7 - 11 p.m.
WHERE: 1008 Euclid St., Santa Monica
COST: Free
This is one of the best known private haunts in Los Angeles, inviting visitors to walk in a narrow single file path around a Craftsman-style house. The story is that it was built in 1922 by a sea merchant who supposedly buried several of his friends and relatives in the backyard. Now, the dead rise to haunt you. On the downside, the lines are loooong (sometimes exceeding an hour) and parking is a nightmare. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent. Tours will be canceled in the event of rain. More information

Haunted Diary: Haunted Hollow
WHEN: Oct. 27 and Oct. 31, 7:30 - 11:30 p.m.
WHERE: 603 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood
COST: Free
This Halloween the Haunted Diary will reopen, and take you back to Halloween night in 1974, so you can witness the horrors and unanswered mystery of a small-town mass murder. More information

The Haunt With No Name
WHEN: Oct. 29 - 31, 6 - 10 p.m.
WHERE:  19351 Hatteras St., Tarzana
COST: Free
Here’s an intrepid family that has been transforming their private yard into a haunted landscape -- and welcoming visitors to check it out -- every year since 1991. More information

Fall of the Pumpkin People
WHEN: Oct. 31, 7-11 p.m. and Nov. 1, 7 - 10 p.m.
WHERE: 13420 Wentworth St., Arleta
COST: Free
Local artist and Halloween aficionado Greg “Gerg” MacLaurin -- who keeps a terrific annual list of local haunted houses on his blog -- has finally built his own haunted house, creating a walk-through diorama experience in his backyard. And he funded it through Kickstarter! More information



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