The zombies are out at Universal's Haunted Horror Nights. (Universal Studios)
Monsters are taking over the city, and here is your guide for the best places to catch some chills this fall. Let’s run down all the mazes and interactive spectaculars for those brave enough to face their fears.
Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights – Movie studio masters of horror let their creatures out for their annual mazes. This year they’ve got mazes based off films such as An American Werewolf in London, Alien Vs. Predator and Dracula Untold. Four mazes are based off TV shows: “From Dusk till Dawn” (from Robert Rodriguez’s the El Rey network), SyFy’s “Face Off” and the AMC mega-hit “The Walking Dead returns to take over the backlot. Two of their Scare Zones sound fun, Mask-a-Raid and Dark Christmas. To avoid lines and hit more than one maze, the Front of the Line pass is recommended. Runs Oct. 10-12, 16-19, 23-26, 30-31 and Nov. 1-2. For more information, visit halloweenhorrornights.com.
Knott’s Scary Farm – Haunt pioneer Knott’s Scary Farm returns with new mazes and new offerings joining their classic Halloween fare. Last year’s best mazes are back! If you missed them before be sure to check out the Poe-inspired Forevermore and Houdini’s Black Magic mazes. New mazes include Voodoo where you can tread over the murky swamps of a spooky New Orleans, Tooth Fairy in which you descend into the dentist trip of nightmares and the exciting zombie-hunting experience Special-Ops: Infected. Yes, zombie hunting! You are led around infected parts of Knott’s to help take care of their pesky zombie problem – but be careful lest you get infected, too. Also returning is Elvira with a new show spectacular and the boundary pushing Trapped: Lock and Key where you allow yourself to come to grips with just how far your bravery can go. Trapped is an additional ticket, and don’t worry the safe word is boysenberry. Runs Oct. 9-12, 16-19, 22-26, 29-31 and Nov. 1. For more information, visit knotts.com/knotts-scary.
The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor – For a place that’s pretty much haunted year round it’s always fun to do mazes where you have to discern if you’re coming across monsters or real-life ghosts. This year attendees get the chance to explore new parts of the ship. In Soulmate, you are enticed by the ship’s ghost Graceful Gale as she lures you inside the ship to reveal her real nature. B340 explores the mystery of a passenger who lost his mind after being locked up and discovered later to be ripped apart. Voodoo Village hosts an array of traveling gypsies and a voodoo priestess as they practice some dangerous ceremonies. As a part of their new offerings there is a top-secret small group horror experience. There are also quite a few fan favorite mazes returning, such as last year’s smash Circus (with a fabled secret slide), Deadrise and Submerged. Runs Oct. 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, 29-31 and Nov. 1-2. For more information, visit queenmary.com/events/dark-harbor.
Haunted: Delusion – The powerhouse of horrors is back for another run of their immersive plays where you and your group are a part of the unfolding terrors. This year they bring us “Delusion: Lies Within,” which follows you on the journey of discovering of what happened to the beloved novelist Elena Fitzgerald after her mysterious disappearance. When you enter her home you may just find the lines of fiction and reality blurred as you’re led through her worlds by the cast of this year’s tale. Together with your group you face challenges, retrieve items and solve mysteries. Don’t forget to mind your way because like in past years, you may just find yourself on your own. Be quick to buy tickets as this experience tends to sell out. Runs Oct. 9-12, 16-19, 22-26, 29-31 and Nov. 1-2. For more information, visit enterdelusion.com.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride – Being city folk, we don’t usually have much traditional country-esque Halloween fare. The Los Haunted Hayride invokes the feel of it with their hay carriers that take you on a journey through the woods of Griffith Park to face the creatures that inhabit the wilderness. This year’s theme is Echoes from the Rift where set pieces aim to put you through worlds of apocalyptic proportions and invade your senses. Joining the haunt are a few new attractions: the new maze House of the Horsemen and the Seven Sins sideshow. Runs Oct. 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, 29-31. For more information, visit losangeleshauntedhayride.com.
BLACKOUT – The infamous Blackout haunted house has announced its 2014 activities. This maze and theater show has you go at it totally alone and at the mercy of all involved. You’re there to follow orders until whatever you go through ends or you say the safe word. It’s allegedly brutal and beautiful. Stories from all over the internet agree that it’s the most hardcore horror experience out there. You should totally do it! For more information, visit theblackoutexperience.com.
Haunted Hollywood Sports – The original zombie killing house is back! The Bellflower attraction invites guests to join them on some rootin’ tooting’ zombie hunts in their zones. They offer two Killhouses and on Shoothouse for 2014. The returning “Zombie Killhouse,” their cajun-themed “Voodoo Killhouse” and the all-new “Last Stand Shoothouse.” Runs Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 24-26, 31 and Nov. 1. For more information, visit hauntedhollywoodsports.com.