October is here! And even though the weather outside in Phoenix may not be conducive to cute fall scarves and sweaters just yet, the Valley of the Sun still knows how to celebrate pumpkin spice season and Halloween with the best of them! And if you have never been, you will be thrilled to know that there is an abundance of haunted houses in Phoenix, appealing to numerous ages and geographic locations.
Haunted Houses in Phoenix and the rest of the Valley Area
Haunted houses in the Central Phoenix Area
13th Floor Haunted House
Not recommended for children under the age of 12 (or adults who scare easily), the 13th Floor Haunted House is one of the most terrifying haunted houses in Phoenix. If you are looking for a family-friendly haunted house that you will want to bring your small children to, this is definitely not it. With two attractions incorporating, werewolves, zombies, an ancient Egyptian curse and more, the 13th Floor offers a variety of scares.
If the 13th Floor sounds like a more intense experience than you were looking for, perhaps Mount Mayhem will be more your speed. Boasting its family-friendliness, this is notable among haunted houses in Phoenix because it is put together in a private residence by the family who resides there, along with some volunteers. This haunted house is probably best suited to children over the age of seven. Bring the big kids (and appropriate shoes) and get ready to begin a great Halloween tradition!
Located at 1740 E Purdue Avenue in Phoenix and open nightly from Oct. 26, 27, 28, 29 and 31 from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., admission is free!
Haunted houses in the East Valley, Arizona
Sanctum of Horror
For more than seven years, Sanctum of Horror has built a reputation among haunted houses in Phoenix for its great actors. From an old creepy murder house to a graveyard and finally an asylum, this haunted house is definitely not for small children or the faint of heart.
Billed as “a family-owned haunted house in Mesa, Arizona that brings to life your worst nightmares,” group rates are available if you are planning on bringing a group of 12 or more people. Otherwise, general admission is $22 per person, though for an additional $8 per person, you can skip to the head of the line. Currently open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, starting Oct. 19, the Sanctum of Horror will be open seven nights per week from 7 p.m. on. Sanctum of Horror is located at 6555 E Southern Avenue in Mesa.
The House on Camino
For families in the East Valley looking for haunted houses in Phoenix that are a better fit for younger children, the House on Camino may be just what the doctor ordered. Put together in a two-car garage at 4055 E. Camino Street in Mesa, since 2008, the garage has taken on some remarkable transformations as a scary motel, a haunted mansion and more … it is hard to believe you are really just in a garage! And, in a great effort to support the local community, in lieu of an admission fee, you may donate money, clothes or toys to benefit Mesa’s Child Crisis Center!
With four attractions, including an “interactive zombie paintball shoot” and the Beer and Wine Cemetary (for visitors age 21+), Scarizona Scaregrounds is another one of the haunted houses in Phoenix geared toward a more mature crowd. With extreme effects and creative stories behind each of the attraction, a visit here is best left for families with teenage children or groups of adults.
Open through the month of October, 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Sundays and Halloween, 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 7 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Scarizona Scaregrounds is located at 1901 N. Alma School Road in Mesa. Ticket prices vary depending on the attractions you are wanting to visit, but start at $22 per person with packages available for multiple attractions.
Haunted houses in the West Valley, Arizona
Previously voted one of the best haunted houses in Phoenix, Fear Farm encompasses an astounding 30 acres. In addition to five indoor/outdoor haunted attractions, there is a 10 acre corn maze and a haunted hayride. And while a hayride or stroll through a corn maze may sound like the perfect fall activity for a family with young children, Fear Farm is not at all recommended for little kids.
Located at 2209 N. 99th Avenue in Phoenix and open through Nov. 4, the schedule varies throughout the month. Click here to see a full calendar and ticketing options. General admission starts at $26.99 per person.
Tolmachoff Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Days
West Valley families including small children (whom they don’t want to scar for life) would be better off checking out the Tolmachoff Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Days. With two corn mazes (one of the haunted variety), a petting zoo and more, this is definite whole-family fun — and a perfect way to enjoy haunted houses in Phoenix while we’re having such impeccable weather!
Children who are two and younger are free and general admission is $12 for everyone else. Located at 5726 N. 75th Avenue in Glendale, Tolmachoff Farms in closed Mondays. Their Halloween festivities can be enjoyed Tuesday – Thursday from noon until 8 p.m., Friday from noon until 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.