The first day of November was once celebrated as the start of a new year. A time associated with death, it used to signify the end of summer and harsh beginning of winter. The night before the new year was believed to be when the line between the world of the living and dead became blurred — the dead coming back to proverbial life.
This day is known as Halloween.
Now, it’s the season for costume parties, scary movies and pumpkin spice flavored everything. If you’re looking to be spooked, checkout these attractions that are guaranteed to send chills down your spine.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios
This year Halloween Horror Nights is back with more mazes than ever. The event has mazes inspired by favorites like “Stranger Things,” “Ghostbusters” and “The Walking Dead”.
This is the furthest and most expensive on this list and the lines can be long. Unfortunately, this limits what you can experience without paying for a fast pass. Halloween Horror Nights is now open every Thursday through Sunday until Nov. 2 with tickets starting at $64.
The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor
After the Queen Mary placed sixth on Time Magazine’s “Top 10 Haunted Places” the owners opened Dark Harbor.
Over 200 monsters, six mazes, and thrilling rides are featured on the boat. You can even stay the night on the ship.
Dark Harbor is a personal favorite of mine because of the maze quality despite long lines still being an issue. Dark Harbor is open every Thursday through Sunday until Nov. 2 with ticket prices starting at just $20.
Knott's Scary Farm
Being the largest haunt in Southern California, Knott’s Scary Farm could be the best option. There are nine mazes, multiple scare zones and shows throughout the night.
The lines are typically shorter than other attractions like Dark Harbor and Halloween Horror Nights and with regular admission you can still make it through everything in one night. Tickets for the haunt start at $43 and is open every Thursday through Sunday until Nov. 2.
The 17th Door
The most extreme of all four options, The 17th Door is a single maze attraction that lasts for about 43 minutes.
Before going in you have to sign a waiver acknowledging that participating in the experience can result in personal injury and death.
The maze may involve scary things like electric shock, claustrophobia, and insects. It is open select nights through Nov. 2 with tickets starting at $26.