Five Favorite Haunted Houses in Metro Phoenix
We're in the thick of the Halloween season, and whether or not you have a costume planned or a few big bowls of candy ready for distribution, now's the time to head to a few haunted houses around the Valley that are guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping.
Phoenix is home to a dozen haunted houses, but since not all of them are great and ticket prices aren't cheap, we've compiled a few of our favorites. Check out our five favorite haunted houses below and a slideshow of the haunted attractions.
5. 13th Floor
More than six months of work went into transforming an abandoned Albertson's market in North Phoenix into a huge haunted attraction that boasts two different attractions under one roof. The creators of some of the scariest haunted houses in the southwest conjured up this meticulously decorated domain of the macabre, which is one of the best-looking haunted houses we've ever seen.
The sinister scenarios contained within include a 2,000-square-foot "tilted room" (that disorients the senses and requires you to hold on for dear life), a ginormous "chainsaw forest," and a zombie-filled cityscape where patrons must dodge the undead.
Hours and pricing: Open 7 p.m. every night through October 31. Admission is $25-$35.
The sprawling setting -- three sections of dark trail through a cornfield and one old building on the outskirts of Glendale -- is certainly a big part of the attraction, and the scenery is artfully rendered, but what really separates Fear Farm from the pack is the performers. Unlike a lot of cheesy haunts looking to cut labor costs with motion censors and pneumatics, almost every scare at Fear Farm comes courtesy of a flesh and blood actor.
Those actors are good, too. We're not sure how Fear Farm attracts the talent it does (perhaps being almost the only game in town on the west side because the east is saturated with similar attractions?) but each and every pretend monster at Fear Farm seems to be obsessed with the idea of scaring the hell out of us.
Hours and pricing:
FEAR FARM HAUNTS
Thurs & Sun: 7:30 - 10:00 pm
Fri & Sat: 7:30 - 12:00 am
Halloween Eve (10/30): 7:30 - 10:00 pm
Halloween Night (10/31): 7:30 - 12:00 am
FUN FARM CORN MAZE
Thurs - Sun: 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Halloween Eve (10/30): 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Halloween Night (10/31): 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Tickets are $25-$40.