The holiday season is here again! October is just around the corner which means it’s time for haunted houses and horror movies. Even though Halloween is just one day, every year the entire month of October turns into a 31-day fright-fest with haunted houses being a seasonal staple. Here are some of the spookiest haunted attractions to hit for October celebrations:
Fear Farm isn’t just one haunted house, but five haunted houses all in one area. If you somehow survived the creepy clowns with weapons craze 2016 and thought “I need more of that,” then you’re in luck. Fear farm also includes a haunted hayride which at one point stops and makes you walk through a corn maze while sadistic clowns run after you with chainsaws. It’s basically like if Pennywise and Leatherface were morphed into one. On top of that, there’s plenty of food vendors to choose from, making it a great place to enjoy being terrified with friends and family.
When: September 20 – November 2nd
Where: 2209 N. 99th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85037
Tickets: General admission tickets can be purchased online including a fast-pass option for an extra $10 and a skip-the-line option for and extra $20.
Crypt Haunted Attraction
This one is easily the best scare for your buck. For just $25 you get THREE different attractions; The Asylum, Chaos, and The Crypt. Asylum is loaded with trick doors and takes on a medical/psych ward theme–think American Horror Story season 2. Chaos is a clown themed maze, so if the recent IT remakes didn’t sit well with you, you may want to sit this one out. Lastly, Crypt is essentially a mashup of all sorts of different scary themes packed into one with lots of jump scares and more cheap thrills than a Sia song featuring Sean Paul. For just one small price you get access to all three which on their own right could make it onto this list. For that reason, The Crypt Haunted Attractions ranks as one of the premier haunted houses in Arizona.
When: The Crypt opens on September 28th. During the month of October it’s open Wednesday – Sunday closing at 10pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends.
Where: 1445 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202; US-60 and Alma School – Next to Fiesta Mall
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased on site or online
Field of Screams
This particular haunted house routinely ranks as a fan favorite among Arizonans, and not just because the name is a great pun off the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. The eerie setting paired with the animals running around make this corn maze a must-do for horror fans in Arizona. Field of Screams isn’t just a haunted corn maze either, it also functions as a full on halloween party. With other activities including a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and a mini corn maze perfect for the little ones, Field of Screams is the perfect family event to get into the Halloween spirit.
When: Wednesday October 2nd – Thursday October 31st. Hours are from 7pm – 11pm/
Where: 5726 N. 75th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85303
There’s a reason Scarizona Scaregrounds calls itself ‘Arizona’s favorite place of fear.’ Located atop a quarry in Mesa, Scarizona has, as the name suggests, a horror carnival aesthetic to it. For those whose favorite AHS season was Freak Show, you’ll feel right at home. Whether you’re shooting up zombies with paintball or crawling through the pitch blackness of Startled Darkness, Scarizona is sure to be a good time for all.
When: Scarizona begins on September 28th and runs through November 2nd.
Where: 1901 N. Alma School Road Mesa, Arizona 85201
Tickets: Get tickets online now
If you ever wondered what it’s like to be inside a horror movie, 13th Floor gives you a pretty good idea. With great actors and top notch makeup and special effects, 13th Floor gives you one of the best haunted experiences Arizona has to offer. From zombies and creepy clowns to killer nuns 13th Floor keeps you guessing and your heart pounding over what will pop out next.
When: October 28th – November 2nd
Where: 2814 W Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053
Tickets: Tickets are available online
Sanctum of Horror
What could possibly be more terrifying than being lost in Sears parking lot? Try going to Sanctum of Horror’s blackout event this year in a Sears parking lot. Sanctum of Horror is back for the 2019 season promising to torment guests the entire month on October including November 1st and 2nd when the entire event will be in the dark with a candle as each group’s only source of light.
When: September 27th – November 2nd
Where: 6555 East Southern Avenue Mesa, AZ 85206
Tickets: Available online
Old Bisbee Ghost Tour
For those who aren’t as easily impressed by jump scares of guys wearing masks, AZ Ghosts Tours provides a bit more of a ‘real’ experience. The tours provides guests with a presentation of paranormal claims across the valley and walk-through of haunted locations. Journey through some of the most haunted locations in Arizona and get first hand experience investigating the paranormal and using ghost hunting equipment as you tour within the walls of places where unspeakable acts of violence have been documented.
For tickets and information visit their website
Yuma Nightmare Haunted House
If you’re looking to not only let loose and have a good time but also want to feel good about doing it, then be sure to hit up the Yuma Nightmare haunted house. Yuma Nightmare is a non-profit charity and proceeds from the attraction go toward the Habitat for Humanity to help build non-haunted houses for those in need.
When: October 13th – October 31st
Where: 15485 South Ave, Yuma, AZ
Tickets: Tickets are available at the gate $9. VIP tickets are $7 on Fridays and $8 on Saturday.