It’s the time of year for fun frights and spooky delights. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer of the macabre or just looking for some light thrills, there’s a haunted house attraction just for you!
Here are some of the Valley’s best (scariest) attractions.
SANCTUM OF HORROR
All who enter the Sanctum of Horror become mad, including Lenore, a twisted girl with a tragic and violent past. Weave your way through an ancient graveyard to the St. Charlotte Asylum and eventually to Lenore’s cell. She’s expecting you.
Sanctum of Horror, 6555 E. Southern Avenue, Mesa, 480.200.8163, sanctumofhorror.com, various times, through October 31, $15-$22.
Scarizona Scaregrounds is one of the newer haunted attractions in Arizona, and it features two haunted houses, Slayer’s Slaughter House and Epic Fear, as well as an interactive zombie paintball shoot. Chainsaw gauntlet and zombie trivia are also on the docket. On a less creepy note, there will be nightly entertainment by local bands and DJs, and a beer and wine cemetery where “spirits come to life.” Expect celebrity appearances.
Scarizona Scaregrounds, 1901 N. Alma School Road, Mesa, scarizona.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 7 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October 31, $22-$38.
Fear Farm takes visitors on a haunted journey through a demented carnival and a frightening hayride. There isn’t an age limit, but it is not recommended for children and toddlers.
Fear Farm, 2209 N. 99th Avenue, Phoenix, 623.866.5378, fearfarm.com, various times, September 22 to November 4, $28.99-$48.99.
THE CRYPT HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS
Encounter the army of the undead, a deranged mental asylum or maybe even your worst nightmares in Mesa this October. One of Arizona’s longest-running haunted houses, the Crypt Haunted Attractions boasts three attractions in one location — The Crypt, The Asylum and Chaos.
The Crypt Haunted Attractions, 1445 W. Southern Avenue, Mesa, hauntedaz.com, various times through October 31, $8-$25.
13TH FLOOR HAUNTED HOUSE
Guests of this haunted house will learn why most buildings skip the 13th floor. There are 60,000 square feet of shocking thrills and psychological horror that await anyone who dares to enter.
13th Floor Haunted House, 2814 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, 13thflooraz.com, various times through November 4, $24.99-$31.99.
GAUNTLET HAUNTED HOUSE
Golfland-Sunsplash will undergo a horrifying transformation as the Gauntlet Haunted House returns for the 2017 Halloween season. The multilevel house includes spooky special effects, live animals, skilled actors and movie-quality props for those who dare to creep and crawl through its 15 rooms. Not recommended for individuals with heart conditions or claustrophobia.
The Gauntlet Haunted House, 155 W. Hampton Avenue, Mesa, golfland.com/frightnights, 480.834.8319, various times through October 31, $6.99-$7.99.
Play 18 holes of mini golf this October at the haunted Golfland-Sunsplash. Try to avoid stepping through the graveyards as you trudge from hole to hole. Those who dare to set foot on the course may encounter frightening costumed characters, but don’t worry; they just want to pass out Halloween treats. The course provides festive fun for the whole family.
Spooktacular Golf, 155 W. Hampton Avenue, Mesa, golfland.com/frightnights, 480.834.8319, various times through October 31, $6.99-$7.99.
AZ FIELD OF SCREAMS
The Arizona Field of Screams features a six-acre haunted corn maze — that’s planted over an old cemetery. Dare to enter? It is open from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The haunted maze is not recommended for children ages 10 and younger. However, there is a family maze more suitable for the youngsters.
AZ Field of Screams, 5726 N. 75th Avenue, Glendale, 602.999.3276, azfieldofscreams.com, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays to October 31, $15-$20.
JACK & JILL’S HAUNTED HILL
Survivors have proclaimed Jack & Jill’s Haunted Hill is like being in a real-life horror movie. Come by and find out what happened to the popular nursery rhyme duo in a twisted version of the folk tale. Jack & Jill’s Haunted Hill has bragging rights as it won the 2016 Best Haunted House prize. Be sure to make a reservation to avoid the line.
Jack & Jill’s Haunted Hill, 3401 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix, jackandjillshauntedhill.com, various times through October 31, $25-$35.
THE OUTBREAK AT SCHNEPF FARMS
Schnepf Farms’ manager is creeped out by the zombies chasing vehicles on his property. So now he needs hundreds of zombie fighters to stop the monsters from taking over. Get in a moving wagon, grab a paintball gun and start blasting the evil creatures.
The Outbreak at Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, schnepffarms.com, 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays from October 1 to October 30, $10-$33.