When you live in California, Halloween is a real treat – and that’s no trick. Whether you’re looking for an enormous Halloween extravaganza or something local, there are plenty of haunted houses and other attractions to choose from.
While these events can be considered local for some lucky Californians, others are willing to drive or fly long distances just to experience them.
- Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios: There’s a lot to see and do at Halloween Horror Nights, including terrifying attractions based on American Horror Story, the Shining and more of your favorite horror franchises. Daring visitors can also go on rides or navigate the eight mazes. There’s also a Jabbawockeez show. According to the warning, the Halloween attraction may be too much for children under 13.
- Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort: The Disney Halloween festivities are happening at both the Disney California Adventure Park and the Disneyland Park. Whether your family goes to both parks or just one, there’s a ton to see.
These events are nothing to scoff at. If you’re looking for some Halloween thrills in California, you don’t have to look far.
- Ultimate Terror Scream Park in Sacramento: This is actually a combination of three terrifying haunted houses. With one ticket, you get to experience Lobotomy Psycho Show, Begrudge and the Superstition Killer. Parents are advised not to bring children under the age of 12.
- The Haunted Hotel in San Diego: This haunted house has been scaring people in San Diego for 25 years. The extreme scares mean this attraction is not recommended for children under 10, and pregnant women, infants and children being carried aren’t allowed in.
- The Haunted Stadium in Lake Elsinore: Visitors to the Haunted Stadium can try to make their way through four haunted mazes. The website says the mazes are recommended for adults and teenagers.
- Raisin Hell Ranch in Madera: The Raisin Hell Ranch includes the Wicker Village, Snyd’s Sideshow of Oddities and the Blackout maze. These three attractions aren’t recommended for children under 13.
If you like a dose of reality with your Halloween scares, you’re in luck. These locations are more than costumes and props. There’s actual lore behind the frights.
- Winchester Mystery House in San Jose: According to legend, Sarah Winchester had this mansion built because she was worried about being haunted by the ghosts of people killed by the guns her husband made. The mansion’s design includes stairs that lead to the ceiling, doors that lead nowhere and other strange features.
- The Whaley House Museum in San Diego: Built on the site where criminals had been hanged, the Whaley House is rumored to be haunted. Several tours of the house are available, including daytime, nighttime and ghost hunting tours.