Five Favorite Haunted Houses in Phoenix

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Two of the freaky folk who populate Fear Farm in the West Valley.
We're in the heart of the Halloween season and there's a host of haunted houses and horror-themed attractions around the Valley that are ready to frighten the crap outta you. All of which will utilize a variety of scare tactics (as well as a rogue's gallery of costumed characters and creatures) to get hearts pounding and pulses rising.

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.

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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.

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Ebony Annand
Ebony Annand

If I were to choose from the 5 nominees, I would choose number 1 of course. The 13th Floor was made to be a tourist destination, and this shows the passion of the creator for horror films. Now the things we see in movies are a reality. If I were to make this my home, it will surely give me the creeps!

Seamore63
Seamore63

to the one i said i wold be let go for slowing the line down, so i can get thru or even move around, that i would be fired well it did happen, but i dont down the place it was the person who has no manager skills and panics, so maybe they wont be there next yrs and it will be awsome next yr and after that ect........this was put together very fast and he did a awesome job this new owner, he is great, but the people below him are the ones that need training or not be there next yr, so to the owner T.. u are doing a great job and i now u will do good as the yrs go by,,,,,,,,,,,,so people give this place a chance,  i would go early , cuz i dont like to be in big crowds and it will be busy on the weekends , it will be packed, go early , u wiill have fun, and the owner will be there and make sure it runs great.   ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,thanks for the fun of working there and i enjoyed it, but i know as a ex owner u need to stand by ur managers, but hope u step it up and find better people to multitask a event like this

Wickd_green_eyes
Wickd_green_eyes

I DO work there and it is ran so bad. The props are cool and all but The team managers are so mean to us. Some days i get there and they tell me no spot for you and I know they fired like 20 people the night before. Maybe the new owner dont know this is going on. My bf stoped working there coz of this. He was told he was doing a good job and got treated the same as i did. I hope it gets better next year

Seemore1963
Seemore1963

a new owner has took over the 13th floor and he has so much more to do with this place, next yr will be aswome, i think he knows what happening, and changes will be done, he is a good man and knows how to flip a company and he will succeed............ya i agree with some bad apples in there right now, but next yr will be different and i belive it will even be more interesting then this yr,  it is a good place to go, try going when its slow, when it was busy i think that manager u guys are taking about was just overwhelmed, but it will change and give it shot and go see what its about cuz next yr , i have a good feeling its going to be so much better.   managers need to change or be trained the right way , other then that the owner is great and has lots of plans as the yrs go by,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,so  dont down the place yet, its his first yr of having this 13th floor and he has passion and morals of good things, he was not around this pass weekend, so he is now and aware, so go check it out, u will like it............

Wickd_green_eyes
Wickd_green_eyes

WOW are you wrong!!! The 13th Floor SUCKS!!!! Not scary at all. Not worth $20~$30. They treat there employees like crud. They did my boyfriend & other of his coworkers. If you post a negative comment on there wall on fb that you didnt like it or something they take it off & block you. My boyfriends mom did that & they took it off & blocked her. You should talk to the people before you do these. Thumbs down boo

Chris Harder
Chris Harder

to bad alice's house of nightmares is no longer at az scream park is has an entire brand new extreme haunt Horror High so you might want to get your real info from customers that have been to all of them cuase i have heard nothing but bad reviews from the nest and 13th floor.

Anthony Mark Previte
Anthony Mark Previte

Um, you forgot THE BEST ONE.  "Chambers of Fear" in Surprise!   You're slippin!  

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