6 Next-Level Haunted Houses To Check Out In Los Angeles
By Abel Horwitz
Halloween in Los Angeles is an incredible sight to behold. In a city with an overabundance of talented, creative minds, Los Angeles doesn't just have haunted houses, we have some of the best. If you're looking for a bit more than your standard evening of wandering down darkened halls as teenagers in costumes jump out at you, let us be your guide down the twisted path of next-level haunts within this city we call home.
Delusion "Lies Within"
This is Delusion’s fourth year of haunting Los Angeles, and if you want tickets you better hurry up because they’re going fast. Stuntman by day, creepy mastermind by night, Delusion creator Jon Braver takes you into a beautifully detailed world of magic, mystery and terror with a tale more akin to a haunted play than a simple haunted house. In this year's story you enter the mind of an acclaimed, reclusive author whose daughter disappeared mysteriously, years ago. The acting, writing and production design is always top notch at Delusion, and Braver's stuntman background always seems to find a way to translate into the action of the show.
Creep Factor: Stopping for shelter on a dark and stormy night in the mansion you were warned never to step foot inside.
Delusion "Lies Within" is located in the West Adams district, location revealed upon ticket purchase. It runs September 25 through November 15 on select nights. Tickets are $54 - $60. Currently sold out with possibility of extension.
Held in the mausoleum in Altadena, Wicked Lit tells three spooky classic tales in a beautiful and macabre setting. This year the stories are the La Llorona folktale, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula’s Guest”, and Matthew Gregory Lewis’ “The Monk”. As you walk around the mausoleum at night actors present these sinister tales, bringing the stories to life. Wandering through the halls of the mausoleum simply feels terrifying as the tales unfold around you. It’s so insanely beautiful how they put these stories together. It is a wonderful night of theater with a dark and sinister twist. It isn’t the scariest haunt out there, but it’s one of the loveliest. Perfect for that sexy librarian in your life.
Creep Factor: Sneaking into the graveyard to read Edgar Allen Poe stories
Wicked Lit is located at 2300 N. Marengo Ave. in Altadena. It runs October 2 through November 8, show begins at 7:30 pm, select nights. Tickets are $45 - $60.
These masterminds of things that go bump in the night are always worth looking out for. If the contract you’re required to sign allowing the actor’s to touch you as you go through alone isn’t scary enough, the thought that the haunt is so extreme they give you a safe word is. They set up a haunt at the Queens of the Stone Age’s Halloween show that sold out within minutes. Today they announced the opening of their haunt on their website for October 16th. No additional details as of yet.
Creep Factor: That shapeless, faceless creature that lurks in the corners of your vision.
BLACKOUT Haunted House is located at 500 Mateo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. It runs through mid-November, Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 - 11 pm. Tickets are $35 (group) or $75 (solo).
ALONE (An Existential Haunting)
ALONE sprung up last year after two friends went through the 2012 BLACKOUT extreme haunted house in downtown Los Angeles and decided to make their own. Like BLACKOUT, ALONE requires you to sign a contract permitting the actors to touch you, they give you a safe word if the action ever gets too intense, and you must go through it alone. Coming back for their second year, ALONE has been very spare with the details, but if it’s anything like last year, they’ll work hard to make sure the scares get deep and personal. ALONE states that everything in their haunt are things that could truly happen in the real world. No ghosts or goblins or supernatural beings, but a true exploration of real-world fears. "When you go through our maze," they whisper in your ear when you first walk in, "you're never alone."
Creep Factor: Waking up in a basement chained to a heating pipe.
ALONE (An Existential Haunting) location revealed upon ticket purchase. It runs October 16 through November 1. Tickets are $45 - $60.
Sinister Point runs year-round events down in Fullerton. This is their first show in a new location, one which they've promised is more suitable for their business. The new location is little further off the road than their last one—so no one can hear you scream. They're calling their haunt "Beyond the Mirror: A Bloody Mary Tale." They gather you into groups of four and take you through their maze. At one point you become separated from your group, where you will be forced to face your greatest fears all alone. Sinister Pointe is known for their twisted sense of humor and top-notch scaring team. If you're in the neighborhood, or are willing to make the drive, these guys are well worth it.
Creep Factor: Taking the shortcut through the woods one moonless night
Sinister Pointe is located at 131 E. Imperial Hwy. in Fullerton. Their haunt runs October 3 - November 1, select nights. Tickets are $17 - $20.
URBAN DEATH Tour of Terror
Located in a nondescript strip of businesses in the North Hollywood Art's District, Zombie Joe's Underground is known for their intense stage shows, specifically their long-running horror show, "Urban Death." (Full disclosure: I will be an actor in this maze, lurking among the shadows.) Last year Zombie Joe and his gang of misfits took Urban Death and turned it into a haunted house. Enter into the darkness, guided by nothing but a dim flashlight. Once inside of the theater, the doors close behind you and the show begins. Definitely not for everyone, but for those of you who want to see something insanely scary and entirely in its own category, this is the place to be.
Creep Factor: Rats scurrying past your legs in the dark.
URBAN DEATH Tour of Terror at Zombie Joe’s Underground is located at 4850 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood, 818-202-4120. It runs October 10 through November 1. Tickets are $12 at the door or online.
An excellent and ongoing list of haunted houses, both professional and amateur, is being maintained over at Theme Park Adventure if you want to delve even further, but any of the above haunts will steer you right.