Halloween in the Inland Empire and Southern California provide plenty of haunted houses & mazes in 2013.
Riverside & San Bernardino counties provide a ton of options, but if you can’t get enough local Halloween thrills, some of the best events, mazes and Halloween attractions in the nation are found in So Cal. We’ve survived a few of these events to provide reviews for you. Listed below you will see all of our creepy haunted houses in the IE and Southern California.
Inland Empire Halloween Haunted Houses and Mazes
Crossroads Haunted Village (formerly Coffin Creek) – Corona – *TIED FOR BEST IN THE INLAND EMPIRE*
In 1938 when Southern California had an unusual bout of rain lasting 14 days, severe flooding caused coffins to float down to a wooded area next to River Rd and Archibald Ave in the city of Corona. Now Coffin Creek has established itself as one of the Inland Empire’s premier spook-fests, featuring five different scare stations, including:
- Chambers of the Mausoleum – Rated #1!
- Bog of the Abyss
- Lone Hill Manor
- Shady Hallow Hayride
- Labyrinth of Lost Relics
Chambers of the Mausoleum features a terrifying story brought to life with live actors in impressive theme park quality surroundings. You will be blown away by this haunt featuring interactive, scenario-based thrills. They are now in their 9th terrifying year of operation! For more information, check out www.malformationz.com.
This year includes the Pandemonium Magic Show.
Better dig in your sofa cushions if you want to enjoy this event: One attraction will run you $13, while all five are discounted to just $33. The Pandemonium Magic Show is $5 for the 8:13 p.m. show and $10 for the 9:33 & 10:43 shows.
Coffin Creek is located at Crossroads Riverview Park 14600 River Rd Corona, CA 92880. Coffin Creek is open in 2013 on October 11-12th, 18-20th, 25-27th, and 30-31st. Hours: Friday, Saturday & Halloween 7:30PM-12:00AM. Wednesday, Thursdays, and Sundays 7:30PM-10:30PM. Gates open at 7PM, box office opens at 7:15PM.For more information, check out crhaunts.com and check out our Coffin Creek review!
Field of Screams – The Haunted Stadium – Lake Elsinore *TIED FOR BEST IN THE INLAND EMPIRE*
The Field of Screams Haunted Stadium at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore, CA opened seven years back. They now claim to be the biggest and most extreme haunted attraction in the Inland Empire, featuring five terrifying movie quality haunted mazes, and 2 scare zones. (Plus they sell beer!) Tickets are $15 and $25 for VIP front of the line passes and a coffin ride. For more information, check out hauntedstadium.com.
Rob Zombies Great American Nightmare (Formerly Nightmare at Scareview Farms)- Pomona Fairplex
3 Haunted attractions based on Rob Zombies movies! The mazes are a 3-Dimensional experience with animatronics, pyrotechnics, claustrophobic effects, and many other things guaranteed to terrify. With movies like “Lords of Salem Total Black Out”, “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto”, and “Haunt of 1,000 Corpses” even the most stoic person will have nightmares!
As an extra bonus, you are treated to nightly concerts and even wrestling! Listen to the music while strolling Bloody Blvd, and take some time to watch the films of horror genius Rob Zombie. Check the website for concert information. Tickets are $30 in advance for Thurs & Sun (6:30-11pm), and $35 in advance for Friday & Sat (6:30-1am)
Calico Ghost Town – Ghost Haunt – Calico
In late October, the already haunted Calico Ghost Town will turn into a maze with ghosts and goblins and plenty of fun. This year, Calico presents, “SLleepy Hollow”! The always spooky western backdrop of Calico will undoubtedly produce a good time for all who dare. View pictures from previous events in their photo album. Calico is about an hour north on the 15 from San Bernardino, just past Barstow where Interstate 15 and 40 meet.
Theatre 29 Haunt – Twentynine Palms
There is another haunted house run by the local community theatre going into their 9th year: Theatre 29 Haunt, run by a non-profit community theatre. The price is cheap: only $7 ($5 for groups of 4 or more)! We’re told the folks there work very hard and put on a first class show that doesn’t break the bank! More info is available at theatre29.org or perfomancelive.
Insomniac puts on an impressive electronic music event for Halloween in downtown San Bernardino at NOS Fairgrounds. With two impressive Halloween mazes in a makeshift adult Halloween theme-park. This is a blast, but you’re paying for more than just Halloween mazes, so be sure to save up.
The Savage Circus! This began from a humble backyard haunt in 2011 to a full on functioning production team. Known in 2012 as Dr. Sinisters Asylum, this year, “The Exposure” infects southern California with a different approach to horror and what we think will bring our Haunt to the next level. $10 at the door!
Scandia offers two haunted attractions, “The Wuss-maker” and the all new “Blackout”! Blackout is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a completely “blacked out” maze that you have to feel your way through. Disorientation is guaranteed! The “Wuss-maker” is packed full of terrifying monsters and demons. Heavy use of fog machines, crazy lighting, and unsure footing make you vulnerable to whatever they throw at you.
For those who love local Halloween attractions, this was an awesome find! Half of this lot is a Motorcross track, and the other half is a large dirt lot with a barn separating the two. This place was made for a fright-fest!
Other events, haunted houses and mazes in the I.E.:
- Boo in the Zoo – Big Bear – Family friendly (October 27th)
- Haunted Wine Tours– South Coast Winery (Temecula)
- The Haunting in Corona– Corona ($5 admission)
- The Doll Factory– Corona
- Evil Haunt– Murrieta
- High Desert Fear Festival– Victorville
- Ghost Walk– Riverside
- Eastvale Haunted House– Eastvale (Riverside)
- Hillbilly Horror House– Murrietta (Small, price $1-which goes to charity)
- “Tales from the Victorian Crypt” Riverside (Edgar Allen Poe stories from Evergreen Cemetary) 10/19 only.
Southern California Haunted Houses and Mazes
Within a short drive, you’ll be entering some of the region’s most famous Halloween events. If you’re looking for some impressive events and have a few bucks to spare, here are our recommendations, in no particular order:
** Tied for Best in Southern California **
Launched in 1997, Universal has quickly become the most highly regarded Halloween event in Southern California. Indeed, HHN was ranked #1 by ScareZone‘s Haunted House rankings in 2010. This is probably no surprise, as Universal Studios in Hollywood has long been the experts at fooling the public with impressive stage sets, costumes and acting. Translate the talent of Hollywood to Halloween and you have Halloween Horror Nights.
They now have 6 mazes, up from 5 in 2011. This means more fun for everyone!
The 2013 season will run select nights beginning September 20. Check out our full Halloween Horror Nights 2013 review!
Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt – Orange County
** Tied for Best in Southern California **
Knott’s is an a classic destination in Orange County and beyond for several reasons. First, the western setting that is Knott’s lends itself perfectly to the haunted theme. Second, Knott’s goes all out, with 12 mazes last year. When we say mazes, we’re not referred to a few rooms of some junk piled on a table. Rather, we’re referring to a lengthy, 5-10 minute adventure with cleverly disguised monsters around every corner in uniquely themed mazes that have scared fans for years. Third, Knott’s has some exhilarating and unique rides for guests of all ages. Fourth, the value at Knott’s might be the best in Southern California. For around $30-40 dollars, you’ll be scared all night long, and not just in the mazes, but also with well dressed actors around every corner and lurking the in the fog (don’t even try to figure out where- another one will scare you while you try!). Lastly, Knott’s is incredibly walkable, so you won’t want to collapse at the end of the night. Knott’s provides a well-rounded experience that has kept generations of Halloween revelers coming back year after year. Check out our full review of Knott’s Scary Farm 2012! And our 2013 Preview!
RUNNER UP for BEST IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
This well-renowned Halloween maze in Long Beach is known for its unforgettable and macabre makeover at the hands of fright masters long responsible for some of Southern California’s biggest scare-fests. More than 45,000 scares per hour await, along with 160 monsters and 20-foot tall flames. Three shipboard and two onshore mazes confuse and ensnare visitors. If that wasn’t enough, the food, drink and entertainment inside will keep everyone entertained the whole night.
Dark Harbor Nights was ranked #1 in Best Scare-Actors, Best Scare Zone, Most Unique Experience, Best New Maze for 2010 (The Cage). OC Weekly provides extensive photos from last year if you want to see the ghoulish fun you’ll be getting into. Dark Harbor Nights will be held throughout October. General admission tickets started at $24.00 online and $29.00 at the door last year. Check out our full preview and review here.
Mickey’s Halloween Party – Disneyland
Disney will stage an extra-charge nighttime Halloween event, Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland, that will include live music, trick-or-treat stations, craft-making, and other mildly spooky fun for the kids, as well as selected rides and attractions, and a Halloween Screams fireworks show featuring Jack Skellington from “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.” This event seems best for the younger folks or those not looking for anything too scary. For 2013, it begins September 27th and on the weekends in October (ending on Halloween). The cost is between $59-$67. This event requires a separate ticket and is not included with daily admission to Disneyland. Discounted advance tickets are available online for certain dates. Check out Mickey’s Halloween Party official page for more information. Disneyland is also decked out for Halloween at no extra charge.
This annual event caters to children 3- 11 years of age, and offers many special Halloween-themed activities in addition to their regular rides and games.
Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest – Valencia
Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest Presented by SNICKERS® promises family-friendly “thrills by day,” while an amped-up “fright by night” will deliver more Zombie Zones, Terror Trails (additional fee required), Halloween-themed shows and more screams than ever before. Now seven weeks long, Fright Fest begins Sept. 13 and runs weekends through Oct. 27.
The park between $45-60, depending on the day you go.
Old Town Haunt – Pasadena
The heavily talked about haunted mansion maze has received rave reviews from various TV stations and bloggers alike. Take a look at our preview and see why this may be one of the few stand alone Halloween haunts worth traveling for. Tickets are around $15, or $20 for VIP to enter with no wait. The haunt will start in late September or early October and continue until Halloween. For more information, check out oldtownhaunt.com or call (626) 248-7652.
2nd Annual Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at LA’s Old Abandoned Zoo
The Haunted Hayride will take you on a bumpy, dark ride through the abandoned cages and habitats of the Old Zoo from the 1930’s in the woods at Griffith Park, populated with all kinds of scare creatures. This attraction moved from King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas a few years back. The attraction also includes a hay maze.
A general admission is $30 and that gets you the hayride and purgatory slidehow. $39 gets you the hayride, slideshow and Dark Maze. $5 Off Discount coupons are available Weds & Thurs while supplies last. VIP passes also available.
The hayrides begin October 4th and continue until Halloween night. Check out a full review on Hollywood Gothique. Go on opening night for plenty of star sightings! This event is at the Old Abandoned Zoo from the 1930’s, not to be confused with the modern L.A. Zoo.
With 23 Acres of Terror, the Official Home of the Original Zombie Killhouse…..Haunted Hollywood Sports is a brand new Halloween event in Southern California based at Hollywood Sports Park, located in the city of Bellflower. With 2 scare-zones, 3 walk-through mazes, and 3 interactive Killhouses, an 18 and over Club, Shooting Range, and Group E-Photo Booth, HHS brings in a new level of terror for Halloween 2013. Take a look at our preview!
Other haunted houses, mazes, and events in Southern California
- Reign of Terror – Thousand Oaks – highly rated!
- The Empty Grave – Anaheim
- Haunted Hotel / Scream Zone / Haunted Trail at Balboa Park – San Diego – highly rated!
- The Zombie Crawl– Santa Monica (Starts on Rustys on Santa Monica Pier at 6PM on Halloween)
- Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball (adults only) – Las Vegas – not quite a haunted house, but quite famous indeed!
- EAT/SEE/HEAR– Horror Movies, band, food truck at LA Historic Park
- Maniac Mansion– A small free haunted house at a private homeowners residence
- Walnut Haunted House– A small maze for $3 (Not to far outside the IE)
- Halloween Celebration at the Mission Inn– 21 and over on 10/26
- List of reportedly haunted places in California
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