If Halloween rates high on your list of special holidays, there are numerous haunted houses, mazes, community hikes and tours in and around San Clemente to keep you busy!
Knott’s Halloween Haunt
The 39th annual haunt features scare zones, shows and live-action mazes including the Big Top of the Bizarre, Delirium, the Doll Factory, the Slaughterhouse, Dia de Los Muertos 3D, Virus Z and more. There also will be seven new live shows and hundreds of free-roaming monsters. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 23-Oct. 31. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. $34-$51 presale; $57 day-of-event. 714-220-5200. haunt.knotts.com
An independent haunted attraction that features an interactive maze with a choose-your-own-adventure element. 7-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 7-midnight Friday-Saturday Oct. 7-31. Sinister Pointe, 195 Arovista Circle, Brea. $15 general admission; $28 All Nite Pass; $23 general admission Scream Pass (includes front-of-the-line access); $33 All Nite Scream Pass (includes front of the line access). 866-95-SCREAM. sinisterpointe.com
The creators of the famous Los Angeles Haunted Hayride present a 75-minute boat ride of terror. The ship is comprised of three floors and has lost souls, former patients of Psych Ward 7, roaming through the halls. 6:30, 8:15 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 14-29. Newport Harbor, 2901 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. $59. 310-993-8289. ghostship.com
Haunt at Heritage Hill
An evening that includes a haunted house, mazes, ghosts, music and a classic scary movie screening. Recommended for ages 13 and up. 5-10 p.m. Oct. 21. Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. $5; Free parking. 949-923-2230. ocparks.com/heritagehill
Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights
This year’s event features five scare zones and six mazes, created by the sickest minds in horror including director and musician Rob Zombie, original shock rocker Alice Cooper and “Hostel” director Eli Roth. The famous Terror Tram has also been revamped and themed “Scream 4 Your Life” based on Wes Craven’s latest “Scream” film. 7 p.m. Sept. 23, 24 and 30; Oct. 1, 7-9, 14-16, 20-21, 23 and 27-31. Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. $37-$62 general admission; $85 day/night combo pass; $69-$99 front-of-the-line pass. 1-800-UNIVERSAL. halloweenhorrornights.com/Hollywood
Six Flags Fright Fest
Spend all day enjoying the thrill rides and when darkness falls, the streets fill with monsters, live street entertainment, and the numerous haunted mazes open their doors. Open various hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 7-31. Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. $39.99 for daytime admission; $5 extra for a Fright Night wristband which allows access to the haunts. 661-255-4100. sixflags.com/magicmountain
Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
Mazes have been built into the already creepy ship including: Hellfire, Submerged, Containment, Village of the Damned and the Cage. Live bands will be performing on site as well. 7 p.m. Oct. 7-9, 14-15, 20-23 and 27-31. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. $20-$24 general admission; $50 VIP. 800-437-2934. queenmary.com
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
The theme for this year’s Haunted Hayride is “Through the Eyes of a Child” and it is inviting guests to “Step into Our Nightmare.” This creepier-than-ever attraction takes a look into the minds of the Clifton Twins, which past guests may remember as the daughters of Zookeeper Ferdinand Clifton, who were rumored to suffer from violent nightmares. Their journals, which documented these ghastly visions, can be found on this 25-minute Haunted Hayride experience through the woods. There is also an in-between maze, dubbed the Dark Maze, where guests walk into a sea of blackness while demons and maniacs wait to scare. 7-10:30 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays and on Halloween night; 7 p.m.-Midnight Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 7-31. Griffith Park’s Old Zoo, 4730 Crystal Springs Ave., Los Angeles. $25 general admission; $35 double attraction pass; $50 VIP pass. Losangeleshauntedhayride.com
The Empty Grave
Back for the seventh year, the annual Empty Grave haunted attraction features dozens of monsters just waiting to scare. Face your fears, they’re waiting for you. 7 p.m. Fridays-Sundays Sept. 30-Oct. 30; Also: 7 p.m. daily Oct. 26-31. Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim. $13 or two for $20. 949-257-2279. themtgrave.com
Ghosts of Old Orange County
Meet the spirits from Orange County history as they tell stories of how the state and county were formed. Journey through Heritage Museum’s seven-acre site in this after-dark living history program for adults and children (ages 8-and-up). The tour runs about an hour and 45 minutes. 7 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29; gates open at 6 p.m. Heritage Museum, 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana. $12 per person. Reservations are required. 714-540-0404. heritagemuseumoc.org
Join the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society on a spooky walking tour of Los Rios Street, the oldest residential neighborhood in California. Be prepared for creepy tales of big black dogs, monks who have lost their heads, ghostly tales about a lady in white and other strange happenings. Meet at O’Neill Museum for this guided walking tour. Tours leave at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29. O’Neill Museum, 31831 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano. Reservations are required. 949-493-8444. sjchistoricalsociety.com
Fullerton Haunted Walking Tour
A walking tour of some of the city’s notoriously haunted locations including Plummer Auditorium, where the spirits of Louis E. Plummer and one known only as the “angry woman” are said to watch the shows presented there, the historic California Hotel (now Villa del Sol) and the home of Fullerton’s first woman auto dealer. Not recommended for children 13 and younger. 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Fullerton Museum Center, 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton. $25 general admission; $20 Fullerton Museum members. Reservations required. 714-738-6545.
Take a journey through the dark and into a “Mad World” of Haunted Trails. Small groups will be carefully guided through a world of mass confusion, personal confinement, terrible torture and unbelievable horror. Not recommended for children 8 and under. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27; 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 28; 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 29. Crown Valley Community Park, 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel. $10. 949-362-4351.