With Halloween less than a month away, the scary season is in full swing around metro Phoenix. Everyone is in the mood to mark the occasion, from residents putting up elaborate decorations and displays on their homes to operators of local haunted houses (both DIY and professional) looking to serve up scares.
You’ll find each included in our annual list of the biggest and best Halloween attractions, haunted houses, and home displays around the Valley. Some spots – including Sanctum of Horror and Terror Nights – are making a return after taking 2020 off for the pandemic. Organizers of each are encouraging masks, social distancing, and other precautions in light of the continued spread of COVID-19’s Delta variant.
Read on, stay safe, and be prepared to get scared.
Happy Haunted Pumpkin Patch
18639 North First Avenue
A collection of more than 100 plastic jack-o’-lanterns light up the front yard of Carl Jimenez’s north Phoenix home. Arranged in a pyramid of sorts, it includes grinning gourds both large and small, as well as one inspired by Pennywise from It, 30 Rock’s Werewolf Bar Mitzvah, and Agatha Harkness from WandaVision. Starting on October 15, you can tune into 92.9 FM on your car radio and hear a 30-minute loop of Halloween music programmed by Jimenez.
Hours and prices: The patch lights up nightly from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Donations are accepted benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.
Kipp Family’s Halloween Display
1610 East Hermosa Vista Drive, Mesa
Retired pediatrician David Kipp is known for the illuminated holiday displays that adorn his enormous Mesa home with thousands of lights. Starting the week of Halloween night, though, the display will feature a light show of purples and oranges, as well as glowing pumpkins and elaborate multimedia shows on giant LED screens. Visitors are welcome to view it from the sidewalk or while inside their vehicles, as Kipp is following COVID-19 safety protocols.
Hours and prices: On display, 6 to 9 p.m., from October 25 to 31.
The Nightmare Before Christmas at Halloween
2537 East Amberwood Drive
As its name portends, this family-friendly display outside of an Ahwatukee home features Jack Skellington, Sally, and other characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas. There are also witches, ghosts, talking skeletons, and a choreographed light and animatronics show that takes place hourly.
Hours and prices: Check out the display Friday and Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. through October 31.
Jim Fry’s Halloween Display
1850 East Concorda Drive, Tempe
Tempe resident Jim Fry goes all out decorating his Tempe home with a display laid out like an elaborate cemetery. It utilizes elements both whimsical (there are multiple characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas) and elaborate (a large pirate ship is crewed by skeletons). For 2021, he’s constructed a moving sleigh being ridden by Jack Skellington.
Hours and prices: Fry’s display will run nightly, 6 to 10 p.m., from October 13 through Halloween. Its free to check out.
Halloween House of Queen Creek
27213 North Brenner Pass Road
The deluge of monsoon storms over the summer may have damaged Courtney and Jason Myers’ walk-through haunt on their sprawling rural property, but the couple say it will be open later this month. (According to their Facebook page, they’ve had to rebuild portions of it, though.) It will still feature a multitude of props, dozens of tombstones, and numerous other decorations and characters.
Hours and prices: Runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on October 22, 23, 29, and 30. Admission is free.
Eddie Shriner’s Halloween Display
11020 North 79th Avenue, Peoria
A word of warning: If clowns haunt your nightmares, steer clear of Eddie Shriner’s display. A vast horde of hundreds of life-sized creatures and frightening figures crowd the exterior of his house, including several dozen freaky-looking harlequins. Some are animatronic. Most are frightening. So enormous is Shriner’s collection that it stretches from the front of his home, through the garage, and into the backyard. You’ll encounter hundreds of insidious-looking pumpkins, dozens of spooky scarecrows, and such slasher film villains as Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers.
Hours and prices: On display 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday to Thursday; and 6:30 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, through Halloween, weather permitting.
Terror in Tolleson
8609 West Preston Lane, Tolleson
Terror in Tolleson is a DIY haunt with a labyrinth of hallways and passages containing different “scare zones” and a variety of obstacles and surprises. Meanwhile, a rogue’s gallery of beastly beings and things that go bump in the night will roam the place trying to scare anyone they encounter.
Hours and prices: Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 11 p.m. through October 31. Admission is $10 per person.
UZA MysCreation Haunted Attraction
2935 West Libby Street
MysCreation packs twice the scares into one horrific haunt, as it consists of two differently themed attractions, each with a mix of costumed actors, ghastly props, animatronic effects, and twisted creatures. The first is “Ravbies,” which depicts the aftermath of a zombie outbreak at an underground dance party. (Picture an episode of The Walking Dead starring kandi kids and ravers.) The other is known as “Blood Thirst,” where visitors must escape from a torture chamber located within a den of vampires.
Hours and prices: The haunts will be open 7 p.m. to midnight, Friday to Sunday, through October 31. General admission is $10 to $15 online, $12 to $17 at the door.
14601 North 40th Way
Hellbilly Holler is a grisly slice of Southern horror in north Phoenix, a homespun haunt that’s equal parts Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Deliverance, and The Hills Have Eyes (with a dash of True Blood). Every Halloween, with the help of her teenage niece, local artist Michaela Nastasia transforms her house into this bizarre display. It features a facade resembling a backwoods cabin, buckets of (fake) severed limbs, banjo-plucking hillbillies, a creepy atmosphere, and other spooky touches.
Hours and prices: Operates nightly, dusk until 10:30 p.m., from October 16 through Halloween. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Phoenix Dead Rising
8611 North 30th Drive
Phoenix Dead Rising is located in front of Nick Chryst’s north Phoenix home and features a legion of decorations (including skeletons, zombies, ghouls, and other ghostly figures) adorning the front yard and garage. Shrouded in stage fog and lit with an eerie glow, the display has gotten larger this year with the addition of a bunch of new props.
Hours and prices: On display nightly, dusk until 10 p.m., from October 16 through Halloween, with the fog effects running on weekends.
1740 East Purdue Avenue
The theme of this year’s edition of Mount Mayhem – a small, family-run haunt in north Phoenix – will be phobias, which Rod Carillo says will include the fear of clowns, dentists, birds, skeletons, insects, or any combination thereof. “Our family has been doing this haunted house for 12 years, and we pick a new theme each year. This time, we thought, ‘Why don’t we play on people’s fears and anxieties?’” You won’t have to worry as much about exposure to COVID-19, though, as Carillo says Mount Mayhem’s staff and cast will be fully vaccinated, groups will be limited, social distancing will be used, and hand sanitizer will be available upon entry and exit.
Hours and prices: Runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on October 22 through 25 and on October 29 through 31. Admission is free but donations are accepted.
Scary Christmas House
4431 West Escuda Drive, Glendale
Bob Spacy Jr. created this massive display on his two-story Glendale home in tribute to The Nightmare Before Christmas, and, like its source material, it’s popular from October through December. It boasts his handmade versions of the props, elements, and cast from the movie, as well as 100,000 lights. During the scary season, Spacy adds more Halloween-oriented decorations. This year, he’s built 15 to 20 new elements, including the Spiral Hill and Oogie Boogie’s Lair.
Hours and prices: Runs 6 to 10 p.m., Sunday to Thursday; 6 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Admission is free.
Terror Nights Haunted House
511 East La Donna Drive, Tempe
After running a yard display last Halloween, the owners of this popular DIY home haunt are bringing back its original setup as a walk-through experience. Areas like “The Boogeyman Room,” “Maniac’s Revenge,” “Dining Room of the Dead” will all return. (They’ll also debut a new scene they’re called “Bathroom of Screams.”) There’s also a good chance you’ll cross paths with a Michael Myers look-alike or Annabelle from The Conjuring.
Hours and prices: Terror Nights will be open from 7 to 10 p.m., October 28 to 30. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Nonperishable food items will also be collected for local charities.
1423 East Earll Drive
Karen Lennon and Matthew Wiley’s amazing Beetlejuice-themed display at their central Phoenix home pays tribute to Tim Burton’s 1988 fantasy comedy film and some of its most memorable scenes. There’s a full-sized mockup of fictional strip club Dante’s Inferno Room, an enormous sandworm (which stretches across their front lawn), and the grave Beetlejuice emerges from after being summoned from the netherworld. This year, the couple improved the lighting, expanded the graveyard, and added mannequins dressed like characters from the flick, like Adam and Barbara Maitland in their ghoulish disguises and the Magician’s Assistant (a.k.a. the ill-fated female from the afterlife waiting room scene who was sawed in half).
Hours and prices: On display nightly, dusk to 11 p.m. It’s free to check out.
8414 East Valley Vista Drive, Scottsdale
Scottsdale’s Haunted Graveyard, 8414 East Valley Vista Drive, encompasses the front yard, garage, backyard, and other portions of the Birkett Family’s four-bedroom home and goes beyond the pale far and far beyond most DIY displays. A graveyard with animatronic headstones, singing pumpkins, and a fire-breathing dragon occupy the front yard. The garage houses a cramped, claustrophobia-inducing maze through a decrepit mansion. Along the side of the house are haunted mine tunnels leading to a spooky scene around the Birkett’s backyard pool. Plan to arrive early in the evening, since this DIY attraction is popular and lines are common.
Hours and prices: Open nightly, 6:30 to 10 p.m., from October 27 through 31. Admission is $5.
Sanctum of Horror
6555 East Southern Avenue, Mesa
Sanctum of Horror has returned for 2021 and its M.O. is the same as ever: scaring the crap out of its patrons. Located in the parking lot of Superstition Springs Mall, the Halloween attraction features two separate themed haunts and plenty of thrills and chills. “The Breach” involves an abandoned military bunker where a series of experiments have gone awry, while “Sanctum of Horror” is set inside the blood-soaked home of an escaped mental patient named Lenore seeking revenge against those who wronged her.
Hours and prices: Open 7 to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 to 10 p.m., Sundays, through October 24. They’ll then start operating at 7 p.m. nightly through Halloween. Tickets are $25 for general admission to both haunts, $35 for admission plus a fast pass.
13th Floor Haunted House
2814 West Bell Road
North Phoenix’s 13th Floor Haunted House is one of the biggest Halloween attractions in the Valley and offers three different haunts within its 6,500-square-foot location, each with a different theme. To wit: “Bad Blood” places you into an urban battle between zombies and vampires, “Asylum” takes place in a mental ward, and “The Dollmaker” features creepy Victorian-era playthings inside an abandoned home. There’s also an interactive experience called “Phobia,” which takes place in complete darkness and involves navigating a maze and various physical obstacles while using touch and other senses to escape. (It’s available as an $8 add-on to any ticket.)
Hours and prices: Operates nightly through Halloween, except October 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19. Hours vary. Admission is $27.99 to $32.99 in advance. Fast passes are an additional $10 while skip-the-line passes are $20 more. Masks are strongly encouraged whenever social distancing isn’t possible.
1901 North Alma School Road, Mesa
A trilogy of terrifying experiences awaits at the haunts making up Mesa’s Scarizona Scaregrounds, 1901 North Alma School Road. At “Slayer’s Slaughter House,” you can encounter a gore-filled abattoir occupied by a serial killer or wander through total darkness inside “Epic Fear.” If you’ve still got some adrenaline left, “Startled Darkness” offers confined spaces, snakes, spiders, and other things going bump in the night. According to Scarizona’s website, a variety of “bonus experiences” will also be included.
Hours and prices: Opens at 6:30 p.m. October 8 to 9, 15 to 17, 21 to 24, and 27 to 31. Closing times vary per night. Tickets are $39.95 per person and will only be sold for scheduled arrival times taking place every 15 minutes. Discounts for multiple people are available, but groups will be limited to eight or fewer.
6801 North 99th Avenue, Glendale
The Valley’s largest haunted attraction may have moved to a new home in Glendale earlier this year, but still spans multiple acres and is populated by more costumed fiends than a Spirit Halloween store. Like its original location, the new Fear Farm will have four themed haunts – “Dead End Slaughter,” the post-apocalyptic “Nuketown,” “Dead In the Water,” and “Sinister Circus” – as well as a giant haunted corn maze, and an expanded midway area with vendors and concessions.
Hours and prices: Operates nightly through Halloween, except October 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19. Hours vary. Admission is $27.99 to $32.99 in advance. Fast passes are an additional $10 while skip-the-line passes are $20 more.
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