Did you see my pumpkin blog yesterday? Halloween is just 10 days away! Wanna get the bejesus scared out of you? Check out all the haunted houses across the Valley. There’s bound to be one near you…
(Courtesy of AZCentral.com)
THROUGH OCT. 31
The Nest: This haunted house returns with a new location and more than $250,000 worth of new props and special effects. With more than 70 actors and stuntmen, the Nest offers 11 acres of blood-soaked scenes of carnage, twisting mazes and screaming corpses. Visitors can begin their journey on Rawhide’s Main Street with the “Monster Midway,” where freakish characters freely roam the grounds. There are concessions, kids’ activities, photo opportunities and stunt shows. “The Nest” tells the story of Jacob Kell, a troubled boy who went on a murderous rampage in a small Arizona town. This year, the haunted house also features 3-D effects, along with custom sound, video and other illusions. The house is open Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 2 and Thursdays though Sundays for the rest of October. $25, $35 VIP, $29 VIP advance. Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Reservation. 480-502-5600. www.frightened.com.
The Haunting: 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. This haunted house returns to the Valley for a second year, bringing with it a 24-year history that began in Salt Lake City. This twisting maze of ghosts and ghouls introduces visitors to the story of Walter, a man who mysteriously disappeared. Visitors can listen to his family’s tormented cries, wind through an asylum and search through ghostly ship wreckage that features characters from “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Future for KIDS, Helping Hands for Freedom and Catalyst Arts Academy. $18, $15 age 12 and younger, discounted tickets available at Fry’s supermarkets. Bell Canyon Pavilions, 2814 W. Bell Road, Phoenix. www.thehauntingaz.com.
“The Gauntlet” Haunted House: 7-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. The house returns for its third year of frights. The 5,000-square-foot, multilevel house takes visitors back to the streets of Europe during the 1300s, when the Black Death was killing thousands of people. Visitors can also play a few rounds of miniature golf, complete with gravestones and spooky characters. The Gauntlet is not recommended for children younger than 13 or visitors with heart conditions. Participants are required to crawl and climb over objects and stairs. Schedule varies; see website for details. $11 “The Gauntlet” admission, $27.46 Unlimited Golfland Haunt Pass. Mesa Golfland/Sunsplash, 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa. 480-834-8319. www.golflandfrightnights.com.
Chambers of Fear Haunted House: 7-11 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Graveyard Entertainment presents a new house of horror. Those who survive the haunted house are invited to head over to Oktoberfest, where they can enjoy live music, a pumpkin patch, car show and farmers market. Bell Mar Plaza, 11340 W. Bell Road, Surprise. $15. 623-255-6896. www.chambersoffear.com.
Crypt Haunted Attractions: 7-10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Two of the Valley’s biggest haunted houses, the Asylum and the Crypt, are at Fiesta Mall. The Asylum is inspired by the spooky corridors of a 1870′s mental hospital. Guests enter what was once a highly acclaimed psychiatric hospital that has now fallen to the madness of Dr. Vantas, who performs controversial experiments on his patients. The Crypt is one of Arizona’s longest-running haunted houses. Although a crypt is a chamber where those who have died rest, in this crypt the spirits are restless and are angered by all those who dare to pass through. Each haunted house practices a strict “no touch” policy. Beginning Oct. 1, they run Wednesdays through Sundays. Not recommended for children 6 and younger. $17 both haunted houses, $13 single haunted house. Fiesta Mall, 1445 W. Southern Ave., Mesa. 480-332-8095. www.HauntedAZ.com.
Arizona’s Original Scream Park: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 7-11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Arizona’s oldest and largest haunted house returns, bringing a fresh batch of terrifyingly good times. Voted by the Travel Channel as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” in 2007, the Scream Park features four houses – Alice’s House of Nightmares, the 3-D Fear Factory, the Gold Miners Revenge and the Castle of Darkness. The 15-acre park features 70 actors scattered throughout the four haunted houses, along with coffin rides, spooky mazes, a walking dead man, a retail store and more. $18 single attraction pass, $22 double attraction pass, $27 all-access pass. Arizona’s Original Scream Park, 8823 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale. 480-444-2590. www.azscreampark.com.
Apache Junction Firefighters Charity Haunted House: 7-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. This Apache Junction Firefighters Charity Haunted House is back for a second year, with a bigger house and more spooky fun. Children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult and discretion is advised. Proceeds benefit the East Valley Firefighters Charities. All canned goods go to local food banks. $5, $4 with canned food donation. Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley, Apache Junction Chapter, 1755 N. Idaho Road, Apache Junction. 480-982-6381.
Dark Scares: 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. This haunted house offers 16,000 square-feet of terror and two terrifying haunts. Visitors can pay a visit to “The Institute: Paradise Falls,” an asylum for the extremely mentally disturbed and violent. Visitors can then face their greatest fears and nightmares with the chilling terror of “Feardom.” $18, $15 advance. Dark Scares, 6912 E. Hampton Ave., Mesa. www.darkscares.com.
“Field of Screams”: 7-11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. This haunted cornfield maze was planted over an old cemetery. Now the dead have risen and are seeking revenge on anyone trespassing on their grounds. Children age 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The maze is not recommended for age 10 and younger. Open Fridays and Saturdays in October and Oct. 31. $15. Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale. 623-386-1301. www.azfieldofscreams.com.
“Terror in the Corn” Haunted Corn Field: 6:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. This terrorizing walk through a corn field is filled with horrifying props and frightening actors, not to mention the acres of twisting paths. Children ages 12-and-younger are not admitted without an adult, and parental discretion is strongly advised. $20. Buckelew Farms, 17000 W. Ajo Way, Tucson. 520-822-2277. www.buckelewfarm.com.
Festival of Fear: 7 p.m.-midnight Saturdays and Sundays. Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix has teamed up with Sudden Impact! Entertainment to create this spooky fest, which features haunted mazes and attractions, along with a scare zone and stage show. Some of the park’s most popular slides also are open. The park also hosts a “pre-scare” event, featuring an all-you-can-eat feast, stage show and early entry into Festival of Fear before the public. This event is not recommended for age 13 and younger. $24.99, $18.99 advance, $37.99 with pre-scare, $28.99 pre-scare advance. Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale. 623-201-2000. www.festivaloffearphoenix.com.
Jack and Jill’s Haunted Hill: 7-10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Back for its fifth year, this haunted house puts a terrifying twist on the nursery rhythm. When Jack and Jill went searching for water, they stumbled upon an abandoned mine and never came out. Now visitors can explore the dark mine to find out what happened and try to make sure it doesn’t happen to them. $5. Jack and Jill’s Haunted Hill, 9847 N. 14th St., Phoenix. 602-380-6913. www.jackandjillshauntedhill.com.
Cody’s Death House: 6 p.m.-midnight Thursdays through Sundays. If visitors can make it though the extreme gore and terror that fills this haunted house, they’ll be rewarded with a Budweiser Beer Garden, which is at the end of the line. Not for the faint of heart, this haunted house also offers special events throughout October. $15. Cody’s Smokehouse and Grill, 6032 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. 480-575-1101. www.codysdeathhouse.com.
Haunted House and Activities for People with Disabilities: 6-9:30 p.m. Saturdays. This free event offers a haunted house, Halloween activities and carnival booths. Donations go to Push America, an organization that promotes awareness for people with disabilities. Free, donations accepted. Arizona State University Physical Education, 611 E. Orange Street, Tempe. 623-256-0038. www.asu.edu. www.pushamerica.org.
OCT. 16 and 30
Haunted House: 6-8 p.m. After prowling the spooky halls of this haunted house, visitors can take part in such activities as games and face painting. There is a craft sale outside the house. Proceeds benefit several non-profits, including Paws 4 Life, an animal-rescue organization; AJ Mounted Rangers, a volunteer peace-keeping company; and Project Help, which provides food, clothing and goods to needy Apache Junction students. The Haunted House is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 and from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 30 Apache Greyhound Park, 2551 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction. $5. 480-288-5174.
“Boo Fest”: 6-9 p.m. The free Halloween event features a pumpkin patch, live entertainment, carnival games, costume parades, bounce houses, a climbing wall, hayrides and a hot-air balloon display. Kids 15 and younger get a free goodie bag, and food is available for purchase. Paseo Highlands Park, 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Phoenix. 602-262-6575. phoenix.gov/PARKS.
Chris Birkett’s Haunted Graveyard: 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. This homemade haunted display began as a small work in 1986, but has grown into a full-blown nightmare, filled with terrifying props and ghoulish sets. Free. Chris Birkett’s Haunted Graveyard, 8414 E. Valley Vista Drive, Scottsdale. www.birkettentertainment.com/hauntedgraveyard.
Final Destination V: 7 p.m. This terrifying haunted house returns for a fifth year, louder, longer and more intense than ever. A 45-minute guided tour though this house offers glimpses of bone-chilling scenes, spooky actors and special effects. $10. Hell House, 585 E. Frye Road, Chandler. www.hell101.com.
Nature’s Nightmare: 6:30-11 p.m. The zoo gets spooky after dark for Halloween. Visitors can experience a real paranormal investigation with “Sounds of the Dead,” escape from the “Dungeon of Terror,” check out the “Freakhouse Funshow” and find their way out of the “Monster Maze.” The two-night event also features trick or treating, DJ music, a headless horseman and more. Recommended for age 8 and older. $8, $6 zoo members. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 602-273-1341. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Morbid Manor: 6:30-9:30 p.m. This haunted house raises money for charities, while providing plenty of scream-worthy frights. The haunted house is loaded with fog machines, ghastly scenes and terrifying actors. The house is free admission, but donations are accepted. Proceeds go to the American Heart Association, the Desert Southwest Alzheimer’s Association, the Arizona State Veterans Home and the Ryan McBride Memorial Music Fund. Free, donations accepted. Morbid Manor, 7426 W. Foothill Drive, Glendale. www.themorbidmanor.com.
“Terror Nights”: 6:15-10 p.m. The creators of the long-running haunted house “The Haunt” present this spooky haunted yard display. Visitors can make their way around the haunted yard, coming across Michael Myers and Dr. Loomis from the “Halloween” movies, as well as Frankenstein’s monster, the Forest Witch and the Scarecrow. The scares continue with the Chop Shop and werewolves, as well as a haunted graveyard and plenty of other frights. Partial proceeds going to the Tempe Community Action Agency. Non-perishable food donations are accepted to benefit local food banks. Free, monetary and non-perishable food donations accepted. Terror Nights, 511 E. La Donna Drive, Tempe. 480-755-0259. www.thehauntaz.com.
Free Haunted House: 6-8 p.m. Kids of all ages can enjoy the spooky fun at Lee’s Martial Arts’ 13th Annual Haunted House. Candy and other entertainment also available. Free. Lee’s ATA Black Belt Academy, 715 W. Baseline Road, Tempe. 480-831-2124. www.leesata.com.
Movie Night Under the Stars: 6- 9:30 p.m. The original Michael Jackson “Thriller” video is shown, then a PG-rated Halloween-themed movie is projected on a 25- by 14-foot screen at 8 p.m. on the football field. The Horizon Haunted House is also open from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Families can bring a blanket or low-back lawn chairs to listen to scary music and watch the movies. Snacks, including hot dogs and cotton candy, and drinks like hot chocolate and cider are available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Horizon High School’s spirit line. $5 movie, $5 haunted house. Horizon High School, 5601 E. Greenway Road, Scottsdale. horizonspiritline.com.
Dungeon of Doom: 5-11 p.m. This free haunted house is open Halloween night, offering rooms filled with creepy props and scary actors. Adult supervision required for children 13-and-younger. Free, donations accepted. Dungeon of Doom, 3836 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix. 480-298-0786. halloween.jasyn.com