Haunted Carnivals in Los Angeles, California

by Ginger Voight Google
As Halloween descends on the Southland, ghouls wander its city streets.

As Halloween descends on the Southland, ghouls wander its city streets.

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The City of Angels turns a little devilish at least once a year, and Angelenos definitely like to sink their teeth into scary, haunted Halloween attractions scattered across the Los Angeles area. Stroll through the haunted hallways of historic ships, take a hayride through horror in the hills above Hollywood or head south to Orange County watch a berry farm transform into a scary farm.

The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary (queenmary.com) is a testament to a bygone era, whose maiden voyage in 1936 launched her into what would become a rich, and somewhat spooky, legacy over the following decades. She ultimately made Long Beach her home in 1967, where visitors from all over the world can walk the decks and even stay over in the staterooms. Their annual Halloween haunt, called Dark Harbor, has evolved over the years; it is said to offer tens of thousands of scares per hour, 160 monsters and impressive pyrotechnics.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

The large urban oasis that is Griffith Park has offered recreation and attractions for Angelenos for more than a century. In the early 1900s, legend has it a small zoo became the site of unrestrained evil that even a church could not save. Though the zoo long has been abandoned, rumors abound that animals and those still trying to drive out the demons of the past continue to linger. The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (losangeleshauntedhayride.com) gives you the opportunity to ride through the forest and the scary images of 200-year-old children and evil clowns await. For a more sedate Halloween thrill for the younger kids, enjoy a hay maze, rides likely operated by a headless operator or some pumpkin face painting.

Fright Fair Screampark After Dark

Located in Woodland Hills, the Fright Fair Screampark After Dark at Pierce Collage (frightfair.com) hosts the Halloween Harvest Festival with a multitude of scares just waiting for you in the San Fernando Valley. The festival is open annually from Sept. 30 through Oct. 31. It offers attractions like the Factory of Nightmares Haunted House, a Night Adventure Corn Maze, the Creatures of the Corn Haunted trail and Insane Reaction. You can purchase tickets to these attractions separately or combine them in a two- or three-haunt pass.

Knott's Scary Farm

In 1920, Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to Buena Park just south of Los Angeles in order to farm 20 acres of rental land. Eventually that would take root and become America's first theme park, Knott's Berry Farm (knottsberryfarm.com). Every Halloween since 1972, the park has transformed into Knott's Scary Farm, a quintessential Halloween haunt for Orange County. The festivities begin in September and feature mazes and scare zones. Dodge zombies and cannibals and such legends as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Jack the Ripper. These scares are not recommended for kids under 13; costumes are not allowed.

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