Although Scare Zone reviews only professional haunted attractions, we still love the home haunters out there. In fact, many of these home haunters go to such extremes that the quality of their haunts sometimes surpasses that of the commercial operations. Another fantastic thing about home haunts? Most of them are absolutely free! So as we approach the final week before Halloween, we present a list of some of the best home haunts in the Southern California area. If you know of a great home haunt we’ve omitted, let us know!
4602 Morse Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA
Dates and Times: October 20-October 31 (6-9 pm Sun-Thurs; 6-10 pm Fri and Sat)
Boney Island is a fun display of skeletons and is appropriate for all ages. The extent of the display can only be described as epic.
1912 North Pepper Street, Burbank, CA
Dates and Times: October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, and 31
This is an actual maze in a suburban backyard. The level of detail and amount of props and actors rivals any professional attraction. This year, Backwoods presents an all new theme: Apocalyptic Wasteland.
907 N. California St., Burbank, CA
Dates and Times: October 26, 27, 28, and 31 (7 pm -10 pm)
Every year, this house presents a new theme for their elaborate walk-through maze. For 2012, they are presenting “The Haunted Winsley Manor.” Lines can be long at this attraction, but it’s definitely worth the wait.
1008 Euclid St., Santa Monica, CA
Dates and Times: October 27 and October 31
This haunt has an ethereal Halloween feel and is Santa Monica’s best home haunt.
5250 Aurelia Street, Simi Valley, CA
Dates and Times: October1-31
This is a spooky yard display. Although there is no walk-through portion, the effects impressive.
4400 Saltillo St., Woodland Hills, CA
Dates and Times: October 26-31 (7-10 pm Sun-Wed; 7-midnight Fri and Sat)
Another great yard display full of Halloween fright. Skeletons, ghosts, and an appearance by the Haunted Mansion’s Madame Leota!
603 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood, CA
Dates and Times: October 27 and 31 (7:30 pm – 11:30 pm)
This year, Haunted Hollow is presenting an all-new walk-through maze: The Haunted Diary.
18727 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA
Dates and Times: October 27, 28, and 31 (6:30 – 10 pm)
This walk-through maze has a very unique theme (one we’ve never seen before): Ninjas, of course!