Thursdays-Sundays in October, and October 31-November 3
Universal Studios (Universal City)
The granddaddy of LA horror events returns this year with a slew of new mazes: the Stranger Things maze is the marquee attraction, with a full entrance to the Upside Down that’s crazily creepy, but don’t sleep on the Poltergeist maze, slammed with insane special effects. It’s pricey, but if you don’t get the front-of-line upgrade you’ll regret it; lines without that upgrade can be up to three hours long.
Price: $69-409, depending on the day & level of access (express tickets start at $169)
Thursdays-Sundays through October 14, then Wednesdays-Sundays through October 28, and October 31
The Row (DTLA)
It’s only been around for a few years, but Creep has become an integral haunt in LA, with unique costumes and storytelling that's equal parts jump-out-and-boo-style jump scare and insidious psychological terror. This year’s show is all-new, so no one yet knows what sorts of stunts they’ll pull off -- but you still need to sign a release allowing performers to touch you. Seriously.
Escape Games (Fullerton)
This year-round escape room-meets-haunted-house experience is not for the faint of heart: you need to sign a form that actors are allowed to touch you before you go in, and if you're claustrophobic/scared of the dark/don't like the sound of little girls whispering about death, this may not be for you. But, if you're all those things (as well as a puzzle-solver), this is an awesome experience; it totally would have made our list of the best escape rooms in LA if it were actually in LA proper.