Five Favorite Haunted Houses in Phoenix
|Two of the freaky folk who populate Fear Farm in the West Valley.|
Not all of 'em are good, however, and rank just above a haunted house at your local church in terms of quality. Since admission prices ain't cheap (and usually run around $20 per person, or more), you'll definitely want to get the most for your money.
Here's our list of five of the best haunted houses and Halloween attractions in the Valley.
5. Arizona's Original Scream Park
8823 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale
During the daytime, this ramshackle compound located on a dirt lot adjacent to the Loop 101 freeway looks like some a forlorn shantytown or rundown horse ranch. Come nightfall, however, it becomes the nightmarish domain of weapon-wielding psychopaths, blood-drenched butchers, and murderous folk aplenty. It's one of the Valley's longest-running haunted houses that's also one of the scariest, partly due the fact that it resembles the kinda dour dwelling where murderous methheads and serial killers would reside when they weren't butchering the locals. Consisting of four different attractions (the dour "Castle of Darkness," the rustic "Gold Miner's Revenge," the ultra-twisted "Alice's House of Nightmares," and the demonic "3-D Fear Factory"), Scream Park packs a variety of old-school haunted house excitement. The emphasis is on its cast of frightening freaks instead of animatronic creature, as costumed castmembers really get up close and personal while chasing you with chainsaws or threatening you with machetes.
Hours and pricing: Opens at 7 p.m. nightly from October 20 through October 31. Admission is $22 for two of the attractions, $27 for an all-access pass, and an extra $10 for express entry.