In case you couldn’t tell from all the spooky memes and Hocus Pocus posts on social media, Halloween season is already in full swing. With that in mind: One of the most fun ways for people of all ages to celebrate is by visiting a haunted house.
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just someone who enjoys some semi-scary fun, there’s a haunted house somewhere in the Valley sure to suit you. Here are some choices to check out:
This has long been one of the Valley’s most popular haunted houses, and in 2019 it’s headlined by two new attractions: Rise of the Dead, themed around zombies, and Creature Feature, which is inspired by old-fashioned horror movies.
13th Floor is open every weekend, and numerous weeknights, through Nov. 2. Check here for the full schedule. General-admission tickets cost roughly $30, depending on the night.
2814 W. Bell Rd.
Fear Farm is famous for its Haunted Corn Maze, but there are plenty more frights on offer, such as Bunker: The Arrival, based on the Phoenix Lights UFO sightings of 1997, and Slaughterhouse, in which humans are supposedly slaughtered via chainsaw. There’s also Fallout, The Plague and Pumpkin Witch, which is exactly what it sounds like.
Like 13th Floor, Fear Farm is open every weekend through Nov. 2, plus lots of weekdays, and general admission is in the $30 range. Check here for the full schedule.
2209 N. 99th Ave.
For those looking for a more intimate experience, there’s a Scottsdale man named Chris Birkett who’s been turning his own house haunted since 1986. His Haunted Graveyard manages to be both beautiful and terrifying at the same time.
Visitors should make their plans in advance, though; it’s only open Oct. 27–31, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. A donation of $5 is recommended.
8414 E. Valley Vista Dr.
Scarizona Scaregrounds is home to three different haunted houses: Startled Darkness, Slayer’s Slaughter House and Epic Fear. Additionally, you can shoot paintballs at the undead in Operation Zombie Storm, or walk through a VR haunted house with Virtual Terror, billed as “Great for all ages!” Tickets cost about $30, depending on the number of attractions you want to experience. The Scaregrounds are open every weekend through Nov. 2, plus plenty of weekdays. Check here for the full schedule.
1901 N. Alma School Road