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The complete guide to Phoenix's, the Valley's haunted houses, attractions

Published: Sunday, October 16, 2011

Updated: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 18:10

Arizona Scream Park

Ryan A. Ruiz • College Times

Arizona Scream Park.

Trying to decide on which haunted attractions to visit this year across Phoenix? College Times asked owners and marketing managers at facilities across the Valley to answer the following questions about their facility.

Their answers are included here:

AZ Field of Screams

Address, phone number, website: 5726 N. 75th Avenue, Glendale, 623.386.1301, azfieldofscreams.com

Days of operation, hours: Fridays and Saturdays through October 29, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ticket sales stop at 10 p.m.); Halloween night, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Number of houses/courses: 1

Square footage, total: 5 acre corn maze

Approximate total time to complete: 35 minutes

Cost:  $15 each, all ages

Any special deals? Halloween Night: Half price, $7.50 each, all ages

Are there any age (or other) restrictions? Not recommended for ages 12 and under

On a scale of 1-10, how scary is this haunted corn maze? 10

What's the theme or concept behind this attraction?  A corn field planted over an old cemetery. Watch out for the living dead.

Who is the scariest character in this attraction?  Crazed chain saw lunatic

What is this haunted house's coolest feature?  Mad maniac in a cage

Arizona's Original Scream Park

Address, phone number, website: Loop 101 and McDowell Road, Scottsdale, 480.444.2590, 

azscreampark.com

Days of operation, hours: October 13-16; October 20-31; Monday through Thursday, and Sunday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Number of houses/courses:  4

Square footage, total: 250,000

Approximate total time to complete, per house: 20 minutes

Cost: $27 for an all access ticket

Any special deals? Yes. Discount tickets available at website

Are there any age (or other) restrictions? No

On a scale of 1-10, how scary is this haunted house? 10 (Rated by The Travel Channel as one of 10 Scariest Attractions in America). This is Arizona's oldest and largest haunt. This is their 14th year of operation.

What's the theme or concept behind this house? Four Haunts: Castle of Darkness (a medieval castle where creatures come alive and out of the walls at night), Gold Miner's Revenge (an outdoor western setting where things of the night run wild), 3D Fear Factory (an indoor maze covered with 3D paint and creatures) and Horror High (a school run by the ghouls).

Who is the scariest character in this haunted house? Are you kidding? They're all scary.

What is this haunted house's coolest feature? Creepiest thing outside the haunts is the park's very own Alice in Wonderland. She is, by far, the coolest creature you've ever seen!

Chambers of Fear Haunted House

Address, phone number, website: 11340 W. Bell Road, Surprise, 623.255.6896, chambersoffear.com

Days of operation, hours: October 13-16; October 20-23; October 27-31; Thursday and Sunday plus Halloween night, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. to midnight

Number of houses/courses: Chambers of Fear is one giant haunted house, made up of all the best elements and nightmares that will make you scream.

Square footage, total: N/A

Approximate total time to complete, per house: 25 to 30 minutes

Cost: $18 general admission, $25 RIP FastPass

Any special deals? $4 off coupons at all participating Valley SONIC America's Drive-In restaurants

Are there any age (or other) restrictions? No.

On a scale of 1-10, how scary is this haunted house? 10+

What's the theme or concept behind this house? Chambers of Fear was created from the Masters of Horror, the people who produced Arizona Fright Nights back in the late 90s through 2001 at the Peoria Sports Complex, where we had five haunted houses. We took many of the most intense and frightening areas and added new fresh meat material and created The Chambers of Fear. We touch on all your nightmares in our Zombie Chamber, Dr Death's Surgical Center, Clown Cavern and Vincent's Meat Market, to name a few. All of the elements that make your skin crawl and have you screaming in the night are visited at Chambers of Fear.

Who is the scariest character in this haunted house? Every one of our actors takes great pride in scaring the living yell out of you; all of them. There is a reason we were picked top haunt in 2010 by the ArizonaRepublic. We're Arizona's scariest haunted house.

What is this haunted house's coolest feature? We are a high impact, high intensity attraction. If you want a haunted house, we deliver.

Dark Scares Haunted Attraction

Address, phone number, website: 1061 N. Dobson Road, Mesa, 480.452.2783, darkscares.com

Days of operation, hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 30 and Halloween night; Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. to midnight; Sundays and Halloween night, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Number of houses/courses: 2 haunt mazes in our building. Le Carnaval des Non Mortes and House 666 on the Lane

Square footage, total: Over 10,000 square feet

Approximate total time to complete, per house: 10-15 minutes per haunt maze

Cost: $15, includes both haunt mazes

Any special deals? Thursday, October 20 is college night, every college student with a valid college ID gets $5 off their ticket. Thursday, October 27 is family night, children 16 and younger will get in with a paying adult ticket.

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