Fear Factory: Five Frightening Halloween Hangouts

Temples of horror built to suit all types of thrill seekers

The Hayseeds: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Feliz
As you bump through Griffith Park in the back of a flatbed trailer, you’ll see vignettes of true-life terrors that reportedly occurred on the grounds. Aerialists, actors, and screen specialists reenact the grisly incidents. There’s also a carnival area with contortionists, magicians, and a merry-go-round of skeletal ponies. > Oct. 4-31.

Drama Geeks Delusion: Masque of Mortality 
Secret site, Silver Lake
This is less a haunted house and more an evening of spooky interactive theater. Small groups of participants are led into a ramshackle building populated by ghosts, madmen, devil worshippers, and on occasion Neil Patrick Harris. The plot may be a touch corny, but the special effects—choreographed by a former Hollywood stunt whiz—are terrific. > Sept. 26-Nov. 24. 

The Classicists: Old Town Haunt
20 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
The sense of claustrophobia is palpable in this traditional haunted house, where every hideaway is filled with things that will make you jump in the night: giant animatronic insects, smoke-spewing monsters, and a host of cackling goblins. If you’ve got the guts, choose the path that requires you to crawl through a tunnel to escape.> Oct. 5-Nov. 2.

Film Buffs: The Purge: Fear the Night
940 S. Figueroa St., Downtown
What happens when the producer of the fright flick Paranormal Activity branches into live performances? The old Variety Arts Theater gets tricked out as a fabulous creep show. The production this year is inspired by The Purge, the recent thriller about an annual day of lawlessness. Lots of attention to detail goes into the gorgeous and multi-layered tour. > Sept. 27-Nov. 2.

Shock Jocks: Blackout LA
940 S. Figueroa St., Downtown
You must be at least 18 and sign a waiver to enter Blackout LA, which you’ll experience by yourself. It’s all about shock and humiliation. Unlike other haunted enterprises, where the performers don’t touch you, here they do—and they’re naked. A New York import that debuted in L.A. last year, it seems ideal for fans of the Saw and Hostel movies. > Oct. 4-Nov. 10.