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Scariest Haunted Houses in California

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Is horror your thing? Do you think that being completely terrified sounds like a good time?

Scariest Haunted Houses in California

If you said yes to this, my friends, you are in luck, because California is a terrifyingly awesome place to get your fright on! It is here that you will find some serious blood curdling, hair-raising haunted houses.

Scariest Haunted Houses in California

Whether you want to scream, cry, or simply stay paralyzed in fear at the inescapable terror that these houses bring, you can find it right here in California!  We have listed out our favorite scariest haunted houses in California here for you:

The Scream Zone

The Scream Zone is where to go get scared in San Diego County!  As the largest haunted house in the county, the Scream Zone features scary exhibits and “monstrous attractions.”  This haunted attraction is NOT recommended for anyone under the age of 10 and there is a “scream free zone” for those who do not wish to participate to hang out and wait for their family and friends. 

Del Mar Scaregrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, California 92014

The 17th Door

The 17th Door Haunted House has been rated the #1 Haunted Attraction in California for good reason.  It is terrifying! Don’t believe me? Go read the reviews for this scary attraction located in Fullerton.

Reviewers acknowledge being too terrified to go into certain rooms and many acknowledge not being able to finish it due to how scary it is. The scariest part of the 17th Door Haunted House is the frighteningly realistic acting from the attractions cast.  You feel like you are truly there in the midst of the terror. Do you think you could handle it?

West Fullerton Shopping Center
1851 W Orangethorpe Ave
Fullerton, CA 92833

Reign of Terror Haunted House

Reign of Terror Haunted House is the largest indoor haunted house in all of Southern California.  With just over 23,000 square feet of indoor terror-filled space, you have lots of lots of room to flee.  The problem is, once you flee from one terrifying ordeal, you are going straight into another.  Last year this haunted house had over 100 separate terrifying rooms.

Janss Marketplace
197 N. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Ultimate Terror Scream Park

The Ultimate Terror Scream Park, located in Sacramento is an absolutely heart-stopping scary thrill. Do not attempt this haunted house if you can’t handle being scared to your core.  The Ultimate Terror Scream Park is one of California’s most popular haunted attractions.

4909 Auburn Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95841

Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain is the perfect haunted house to attend if you are looking for an entire day of fun. 

The Haunted House is included with regular park admission so you can spend your day at the park and then spend your evening wishing you were anywhere else.  There are quite a few “scare zones” throughout the park which leads you to feel like there is no escape from the terror that awaits you around every corner.

According to the park’s website: “Fright Fest is not recommended for children under 12 or those who scare easily.”  Beware, my friends!

Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355

Scariest Haunted Houses in California

Haunted Hall of Horrors

The Haunted Hall of Horrors is a frightful, hair raising attraction located in Fort Bragg.  This haunted house features such frights as an escape room, and according to its website is very, very scary.  In fact, their exact words are “this is a high-tech, very scary haunted house and is not recommended for young children.”  Are you brave enough?

Masonic Lodge
428 N. Main
Fort Bragg, CA


Abaddon is one of the best-haunted attractions that you will find for free in Southern California. Most haunted attractions are quite pricey (albeit worth it), but the idea of being able to be scared for free is exciting to those who might otherwise not be able to afford it!  Hop on over and get a thrill from the evil spirits and terrifying frights at Abaddon.

17167 Apricot Circle
Fountain Valley, California 92708

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Okay, this one isn’t a house, but the Haunted Hayride is one of the most popular Halloween attractions in all of LA.  Ride along in a tractor-pulled, hay-filled wagon and be frightened by terrors such as demons, scary clowns, and so much more!  If you dare, you can even take a break from the ride to tempt the frightening corn maze on foot.  

Griffith Park (Old Zoo)
4730 Crystal Springs Ave
Los Angeles, CA

Cemetarium Haunted House

The Cemetarium Haunted House has been around for a decade and a half and has been scaring people ever since. With over 35,000 square feet of terrorizing space, you will find their three famous attractions, the Cemetarium, Psycho Circus, and Zombie Heights.  They do offer low scare opportunities at the Cemetarium Haunted House, but children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent.

7983 Arcadia Dr
Citrus Heights, CA

The Haunted Hotel

If you haven’t yet been to The Haunted Hotel, you are missing out!  The Haunted Hotel is a fun attraction that has been named as one of “America’s Scariest Haunts” by the Travel Channel. 

One great feature of the Haunted Hotel is that the theme changes every single year. That means that you can go from one year to the next and it’ll be a brand new experience.  Plus, right next door, you will find a separate outdoor haunted attraction that is equally terrifying.  

9340 Dowdy Dr, Ste 105 
San Diego, CA

Scariest Haunted Houses in California