Every Halloween attraction in L.A. claims to be the most terrifying, and they’re all adding new features in their continued attempt to out-scare each other. This year, you can explore a maze inspired by the hotel from The Shining, hitch a ride through a land full of creepy clowns, or meet a murderous chef while trying to avoid becoming his next meal.
When: Select dates between September 15 and November 4, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
What to expect: This year, Halloween Horror Nights will feature eight mazes based on horror movies and TV shows, including a new maze based on the classic Stanley Kubrick movie The Shining that takes visitors inside the Overlook Hotel. Other new mazes will take you inside the worlds of American Horror Story: Roanoke, and Ash vs. Evil Dead. There’s also a new Terror Tram experience led by Chucky from Child’s Play, a new live show featuring the masked dance crew Jabbawockeez, and plenty of new scare zones.
Tickets: Start at $65/person ($169/person for a front-of-line ticket, or $269 for the R.I.P. experience, which includes dinner, a VIP tour, and front-of-line access) when purchased online. The park expects tickets to sell out.
When: Select dates between September 21 and October 31, from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. (2 a.m. on certain nights)
What to expect: Knott’s Scary Farm is in its 45th year, and has grown to include 13 haunted attractions and over 1,000 monsters. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, returns with an all-new show, performed nightly. Knott’s will announce details of what’s new this year at a special event for annual pass holders on August 31 at 8 p.m. The announcement will also be streamed on Facebook Live.
Tickets: Start at $40/person ($115 for priority access) when purchased online. Add a ticket to the Scary Farm Boo-Fet ($28.99) to “munch with the monsters” and get early access to the park.
When: Select dates between September 29 and October 31, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays).
What to expect: For 2017, the Haunted Hayride has a clown theme, but these aren’t the kind of clowns you’d want at a kid’s birthday party. When these red-nosed freaks infiltrate the hayride, there’s only one way to escape—through a corn maze. If you haven’t been to this annual event, you should know there’s a lot more to it than getting pulled around by a tractor. The hayride itself is a huge production, and there are also several mazes, including one that visitors explore in total darkness.
Tickets: Are $44 for general admission, $60 for VIP admission with front-of-line access. A limited number of presale tickets are being sold at a discount ($39 for general admission, $50 for VIP).
When: Select dates between September 28 to November 1, 7 p.m. to midnight (open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).
What to expect: This year Dark Harbor will feature seven mazes, including the newest, Feast, which takes visitors into previously unrevealed areas of the haunted ship. There, you’ll meet Chef, the ghost of a cannibalistic cook who killed his shipmates so he could use their bodies in his recipes. He and his loyal kitchen staff have returned to the Queen Mary as evil spirits, and they’re collecting new victims.
Tickets: Pre-sale tickets start at $24 for general admission when purchased online. If you buy tickets by August 31, you can use promo code FEAST30 for 30% off general admission tickets. VIP admission (available only for visitors 21 and over) starts at $89, and includes priority entry into the event and mazes, admission to the R.I.P. Lounge, and two drink tickets.
When: Thursdays through Sundays, September 16 to October 31. The park opens at 10:30 a.m. and at 7 p.m., the ghouls come out. During Fright Fest, the park stays open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 p.m. on Sunday.
What to expect: Six Flags Magic Mountain bills itself as the “Thrill Capital of the World” because of its record-breaking rollercoasters, but the park is especially thrilling around Halloween. Fright Fest is introducing several new attractions this year, including a pitch-black maze cleverly named Dead End, a scare zone called Damned ‘n Disguise, Hidden Haunts VIP Tours that include behind-the-scenes access to the park’s makeup center, and a VR experience called Rage of the Gargoyles.
Tickets: Fright Fest access is included with park admission, which ranges from $59.99-$84.99. To explore the mazes, you will also need a maze wristband ($17-$27) or an express maze wristband ($32-$57).