Friday-Sunday through October 28; also October 30-31 and November 3
Janss Marketplace (Thousand Oaks)
Dollar-for-dollar the best horror experience in SoCal, Reign of Terror’s a passion project that’s been continually expanding in the space above a mall in Thousand Oaks for almost two decades. The experience now features over 23,000 square feet of terror in 105 rooms, covering all sorts of tropes from Deliverance-style inbreds to The Thing-ish outer space terror, all with creative effects work and fantastic costumes.
Thursday-Sunday through October 28, and October 31
Laguna Hills Mall (Laguna Hills)
OC’s three-story haunt has three separate maze-style attractions (“Phobias,” “Evil on 2,” and “The Boogeyman Express”) as well as costumed scare zones throughout the property. They’ve also got clown-magic-horror performers and food trucks, as well as great deals if you’re headed there with a group of friends.
Price: $52-85 per person, with discounted rates for groups of six
Friday-Sunday through October 14, and also October 18-21, 24-28, and 31
The Old Zoo (Griffith Park)
Did you ever see that episode of Shark Tank with the woman pitching her haunted attraction surrounded by a cadre of well-makeuped ghouls? That woman was Melissa Carbone, and the Haunted Hayride is her signature attraction; it’s celebrating a decade this year, and unlike some past years there’s no specific theme. That said, it’s safe to assume you'll come across clowns at some point. Lots of them. With chainsaws.
Price: Tickets start at $35.99