By Joe Gilmore

It’s the time of year for fun frights and spooky delights. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer of the macabre or just looking for some light thrills, there’s a haunted house attraction just for you!

Here are some of the Valley’s best (scariest) attractions.

Sanctum of Horror

All who enter the Sanctum of Horror become mad, including Lenore, a twisted girl with a tragic and violent past. Weave your way through an ancient graveyard to the St. Charlotte Asylum and eventually to Lenore’s cell. She’s expecting you. The Sanctum of Horror also includes the Breach, a haunted military research facility featuring undead mutants and half-eaten corpses. Opening September 22, tickets to both attractions are $22 and $15 to individual haunts. Groups rates are available for parties of 12 or more.

Sanctum of Horror, 6555 E. Southern Avenue, Mesa, 480.200.8163, sanctumofhorror.com, various times, September 22 to October 31, $15-$22.

Scarizona Scaregrounds

Scarizona Scaregrounds is one of the newer haunted attractions in Arizona, and it features two haunted houses, Slayer’s Slaughter House and Epic Fear, as well as an interactive zombie paintball shoot. Chainsaw gauntlet and zombie trivia are also on the docket. On a less creepy note, there will be nightly entertainment by local bands and DJs, and a beer and wine cemetery where “spirits come to life.” Expect celebrity appearances.

Scarizona Scaregrounds, 1901 N. Alma School Road, Mesa, scarizona.com, info@scarizona.com, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 7 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from September 22 to October 31, $22-$38. 

Fear Farm

Fear Farm takes visitors on a haunted journey through a demented carnival and a frightening hayride. Fear Farm opens September 22 and while there is no age limit, it is not recommended for children and toddlers. Go online to purchase the general admission or the fast pass.

Fear Farm, 2209 N. 99th Avenue, Phoenix, 623.866.5378, fearfarm.com, various times, September 22 to November 4, $28.99-$48.99.

The Crypt Haunted Attractions

Encounter the army of the undead, a deranged mental asylum or maybe even your worst nightmares in Mesa this October. One of Arizona’s longest-running haunted houses, the Crypt Haunted Attractions boasts three attractions in one location—The Crypt, The Asylum and Chaos. These attractions will open in late September. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Crypt Haunted Attractions, 1445 W. Southern Avenue, Mesa, hauntedaz.com, various times, September 22 to October 31, $8-$25.

13th Floor Haunted House

Legends and nightmares come alive at the 13th Floor Haunted House. Guests will learn why most building skip that floor. There is 60,000 square feet of shocking thrills and psychological horror that awaits anyone who dares to enter. The 13th Floor Haunted House opens September 19. It may be too intense for children 12 and younger.

13th Floor Haunted House, 2814 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, 13thflooraz.com, various times, September 29 to November 4, $24.99-$31.99.

Gauntlet Haunted House

Golfland-Sunsplash will undergo a horrifying transformation as the Gauntlet Haunted House returns for the 2017 Halloween season. The multilevel house includes spooky special effects, live animals, skilled actors and movie-quality props for those who dare to creep and crawl through the 15 rooms. Not recommended for individuals with heart conditions or claustrophobia.

The Gauntlet Haunted House, 155 W. Hampton Avenue, Mesa, golfland.com/frightnights, 480.834.8319, various times, September 29 to October 31, $6.99-$7.99.

Spooktacular Golf

Play 18 holes of mini golf this October at the haunted Golfland-Sunsplash. Try to avoid stepping through the graveyards as you trudge from hole to hole. Those who dare to set foot on the course may encounter frightening costumed characters, but don’t worry. They just want to pass out Halloween treats. The course provides festive fun for the whole family.

Spooktacular Golf, 155 W. Hampton Avenue, Mesa, golfland.com/frightnights, 480.834.8319, various times, September 29 to October 31, $6.99-$7.99.

AZ Field of Screams

The Arizona Field of Screams features a 6-acre haunted corn maze—that’s planted over an old cemetery. Dare to enter? It is open from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays starting September 30. The haunted maze is not recommended for children ages 10 and younger. However, there is a family maze more suitable for the younger attendees.

AZ Field of Screams, 5726 N. 75th Avenue, Glendale, 602.999.3276, azfieldofscreams.com, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays starting September 30, $20.

Jack & Jill’s Haunted Hill

Survivors have proclaimed, “It’s like being in a real-life horror movie.” Come by and find out what happened to Jack and Jill in a twisted version of this nursery rhyme. Jack & Jill’s Haunted Hill has bragging rights as it won the 2016 Best Haunted House prize. Be sure to make a reservation and avoid the line.

Jack & Jill’s Haunted Hill, 3401 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix, jackandjillshauntedhill.com, various times, September 30 to October 31, $25-$35.

The Outbreak at Schnepf Farms

Schnepf Farms’ manager is creeped out by the zombies chasing vehicles on his property. So, now he needs hundreds of zombie fighters to stop the monsters from taking over. Get in a moving wagon, grab a paintball gun and start blasting the evil creatures.

The Outbreak at Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, schnepffarms.com, 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays from October 1 to October 30, $10-$33.

Corn Maze & Fall Festival

Bring the whole family along for a day of mini-golf, wagon rides, a zipline and a 7-acre corn maze. Open all week from October 2 to November 5.

Corn Maze & Fall Festival, Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Road,

Mesa, 480.882.1482, vertucciofarms.com, various times, October 2 to November 5, $9-$10, children 2 and younger are free.

Pumpkin & Chili Party at Schnepf Farms

Open Thursdays to Sundays beginning October 5, the Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party is an easy-going event for all ages. The event features hayrides, a roller coaster, a petting zoo, mini golf and a zipline. The $19 tickets do not include food; military and Fry’s discounts are offered.

Pumpkin & Chili Party, Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, schnepffarms.com, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. October 5 to October 29, $15-$20.

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