Have a Happy Halloween! From your friends at The Cunningham Group!
Be afraid, be very afraid…
The Cunningham Group is proud to present the best haunted houses (not that abandoned fixer upper) and attractions across the city, from kid-friendly to truly terrifying. Start planning out your Halloween now with our Top 5!
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (Pictured above)
Not quite kid-friendly, this year’s hayride finds itself exploring a portal to the underworld that’s opened up in Griffith Park. It’s an actual hayride—a long one—and you might wet, although ponchos will be courteously provided. There’s a pumpkin patch and “scary-go-round” for wee ones (and ‘fraidy cats), as well as a pitch black maze filled with “demons and maniacs,” and probably lots of frisky teenagers.
Also known as Knott’s Scary Farm, the Halloween Haunt goes all out with more than 1,000 monsters roaming mazes, “scare zones” and live shows. It’s one of the largest (and oldest) Halloween events held at a theme park. New additions this year include zombies, an evil tooth fairy and Southern voodoo. But for something familiar, check out the return of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, for a twice-nightly big top show.
More so than the city’s other haunted attractions—even those at big tourist parks—the one at Universal Studios feels a bit over-branded. Many of its mazes are based on franchises, such as AMC’s The Walking Dead, The Purge and Alien vs. Predator. They do make for some pretty fun walk-throughs, but there’s something about that level of corporate partnership that just ceases to be scary. New this year: a creepy clown maze with music by Slash.
The only thing better than a haunted attraction is a haunted attraction on a giant boat. You’ll find all the usual horrors here—fog, mazes, and now with 33% more monsters!—as well as a vintage Ferris Wheel and a full bar. What sets Dark Harbor apart is its use of its surroundings; the dark, cramped confines of the Queen Mary are already pretty spooky even without monsters—just be prepared to climb a lot of skinny staircases. There’s also an R.I.P. Lounge (see what they did there?) if you’re looking for a first-class experience (fewer monsters, more booze, made-to-order taco station). Tip: Arrive before 8pm for $20 “Happy Haunting Hour” tickets.
Dodge ancient temple traps and creepy carnival clowns at Haunted Hollywood Sports (9030 Somerset Blvd), the seasonally sinister overhaul of an extreme sports compound in Bellflower A $30 general admission ticket will get you into three mazes, two scare zones and a pop-up nightclub, but do your part to fend off the zombie apocalypse with an extra $10 ticket for the chance to shoot zombies—no joke—at one of three tactical paintball and airsoft “killhouses.”