There are plenty of haunted places in the American Southwest, including ghost towns, creepy houses, and themed attractions. The Phoenix metro area is a particularly awesome place to be during Halloween season if you enjoy fun frights and festive parties. But there are also lots of other places around the state to get spooked and embrace the haunted spirit of the season too. Here are eight of the best haunted houses in Arizona to help you celebrate Halloween this year.
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The Crypt Haunted Attraction, Mesa (Nearby Hotels)
The Crypt is one of the longest-running scary events in Arizona and always a great one to kick off your Halloween season. This is a funerary-themed show with grim reapers, ghouls, coffins, and many more creepy sights. The Crypt is part of a double attraction that also includes the Asylum, a place where a mad doctor turns inmates into killers. There’s also the Chaos Maze here if you’re brave and skilled enough to find your way out. The Ultimate Fright Pass for all three attractions is $25, or you can skip the general admission line for a price of $35. All three attractions are located at US 60 and Alma School, next to Fiesta Mall.
Nightfall at Old Tucson, Tucson (Nearby Hotels)
Nightfall at Old Tucson is an exciting Halloween event because it takes place in a real haunted western town for a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s also unique because you can choose your desired fright level and even use a “scare me not” wand to keep evil intruders at bay. This event takes place from September 28th to October 31st, 2018 (from 6pm to 10pm or midnight on open days) and involves everything from horror to comedy, drama, and music. Haunted attractions include Trick or Treasure, Iron Door Mine, The 7 Deadly Sins, and Nightmare Infirmary. There’s also a costume contest here, a monster safari train, zombie shoot, strange family circus, haunted hayride, virtual reality experiences, and live performances on site.
Fear Farm Haunted House, Phoenix (Nearby Hotels)
Fear Farm is another popular place to be during Halloween season in Arizona. The attraction is located on 27 acres of land and is a huge attraction with hundreds of cast members ready to hunt you down and scare you. There are numerous haunts here, including the Dark Carnival, Legends of the Witch, Chainsaw Mayhem, The Bunker: Area X, and the Haunted Hayride. Find your way through one of the largest corn mazes in Arizona, watch live entertainment, and grab a bite to eat from one of the onsite food trucks. Fear Farm is not recommended for children under the age of 12. This year’s event runs from September 21st to November 3rd, and general admission tickets start at $27.99 to get in the door and experience the horrors.
The Haunted Jail, Globe (Nearby Hotels)
The Arizona city of Globe also puts on an excellent Halloween event called the Haunted Jail. This attraction tells the story of the historic 1910 Gila County Jail, with plenty of haunting surprises to shock visitors. There are plenty of ghosts rumored to haunt this particular jail, so don’t be surprised if you hear voices, see apparitions, and feel chilling touches as you pass through. This Halloween event occurs runs from late-September through Halloween on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The ticket price is $16, parking is free, and costumes are allowed as long as you aren’t wearing a mask or carrying a weapon prop.
Scarizona Scaregrounds, Mesa (Nearby Hotels)
This haunted attraction is set on a quarry on the edge of the city of Mesa and has a carnival or fairgrounds vibe. Here you can see lots of sideshow entertainers, run into all sorts of scary characters with chainsaws and other props, and even play paintball against zombies. This is the first interactive zombie paintball experience in the state, and it will definitely get your heart pumping. Top attractions here are the blackout course of Epic Fear and the Slaughter House that’s riddled with gore. Meanwhile, Startled Darkness involves guests crawling through dark hallways to face their worst fears. As Arizona’s haunted theme park, this event takes place from October 5th to November 3rd, 2018. Tickets for a single attraction start at $22 per person, or you can get access to all four attractions with a combo ticket for $36.
13th Floor Haunted House, Phoenix (Nearby Hotels)
This Phoenix haunted house is absolutely terrifying and seriously not for the faint of heart. The attractions are chilling and thrilling, putting visitors through all sorts of terrors to get through the maze-like graveyard of Ancient Evil and Zombieland: Biohazard, where visitors need to run for their lives to escape zombies. The 13th Floor Haunted House is graphic and theatrical, so get ready for some shocking twists. This year, the attractions are called In the Shadows and The Possession. The hauntings take place from September 28th to November 3rd, 2018, and general admission prices start at $19.99. You can also buy passes that allow you to reduce your line wait time or skip the line entirely for $29.99 and $39.99 respectively.
Yuma Nightmares Haunted House, Yuma (Nearby Hotels)
We also recommend heading down to the warm and sunny city of Yuma around Halloween to check out the Yuma Nightmares Haunted House. This is an event recommended for visitors age 12 and older, and it involves walking in sand, so wear closed-toed shoes. It’s an interactive haunted house on two acres of space. The haunted house opens up on October 13th, 2018 and runs through Halloween day between 7pm and 10pm. Tickets are $9 per person at the gate, and proceeds from the event benefit Yuma’s Habitat for Humanity.
Old Bisbee Ghost Tour, Bisbee (Nearby Hotels)
For something a little different than a haunted house this Halloween, check out one of the Old Bisbee Ghost Tours. These tours are led by hosts that take visitors through the streets of town to learn about the ghosts that are still rumored to haunt this historic Arizona region. You’ll get to explore multiple towns and hear over 45 haunting stories as you make your way through the tour and see sights like the Horseshoe Inn in Benson and the Triple T Ranch. The tours cost $15 per adult, run five nights a week at 7pm, and last about 1.5 hours. There’s also an Old Bisbee Haunted Pub Crawl that takes place on Saturday nights.