There’s a change in the air. A yellow moon is rising like a giant eye in the sky. It’s the season of ghouls and goblins, nightmares and fun as creepy houses take over vacant lots and fields. It’s Halloween time, and Mesa is brimming with ghastly thrills that will give you shivers at night.
But do you know where to go for the best frights in town? Are you just looking for jump scares or something a bit more interactive? MyNewsMesa.com has the inside scoop on the city’s top haunted attractions.
1901 N. Alma School Road
Cost: $20, for two haunted houses; discounts and combo packs available.
Hours: Thursday and Sunday, 7-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7-11:30 p.m.; Halloween, 7-10 p.m.
Feel like upping the fear factor? Look no further than Scarizona. Sprouting from a single haunted house the Scaregrounds have spread like a cloak of dread into two houses and a zombie “killing field.”
Scarizona’s operation manager welcomes you to check out both haunted houses—if you’re brave enough.
“We have Epic Fear, which is a traditional dark house,” Allen Thompson said. It’s full of the good old-fashioned creepy startle scares. “The Slayer Slaughterhouse is the traditional blood, guts and gore.”
Back for a second year is the Operation Zombie Storm. Thompson said brave souls can shoot paintballs and a host of zombies.
Sprung from the creators of Fear Fest, Scarizona Scaregrounds is arguably one of the scariest haunts in town. Located near the 202 Red Mountain Freeway and Alma School Road, Scarizona has all the latest special effects that will make your skin crawl. This is not a place for the faint of heart!
Take the edge off afterwards with a refreshing drink and some music.
“One thing we have here that most haunted houses don’t offer…is our Cemetery Bar and Lounge,” Thompson said.
Get discounted tickets online or by visiting either Circle K or Taco Bell.
The Crypt Haunted Attractions
1600 S. Alma School Road
Cost: $18, single haunted house; $5, maze only; $25 for both houses and maze.
Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 7-10 p.m., until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Open every night the week before Halloween.
Three nightmares at one location, this haunted corner near Fiesta Mall is filled with horrible haunts that will leave your spine tingling. First up, The Asylum transports you to a 1870s mental hospital where bedlam reigns. Over seen by Dr. Vantas, experiments of a less than savory nature await you. If you escape the not-so-good doctor, you will be faced with The Crypt. Reputed as one of the longest running haunted houses in the state, the unrestful dead come to life ready to torment any unlucky souls. Managed to survive that? Well, you might just lose your mind in Chaos maze.
Sanctum of Horror
Superstition Springs Mall
6555 E. Southern Ave.
Cost: $15, for one house; $25 for both.
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 7-10 p.m; also open Wednesday, Oct. 26-Halloween.
Crawling from your darkest nightmares is this evil place. Haunting just outside Sears at Superstition Springs Mall, the Sanctum of Horror is the twisted imaginings of Lenore. Creep past scenes of her childhood. Witness the graphic murder of her family. Then skitter through the graveyard to the St. Charlotte Asylum. Deranged inmates scream as wicked doctors experiment on them. But be wary. Little Lenore doesn’t like strangers in her mind!
The Gauntlet Haunted House
155 W. Hampton Ave.
Cost: $12.75, haunted house, online price; $15, at the gate; $24.99, haunted house, mini-golf, race car ride, one-hour video games, and one game of laser tag.
Hours: Thursday, 7-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7-midnight; Sunday, Oct. 30, 7-9 p.m.; Halloween, 7-10 p.m.
Summer ends and the terror begins at Golfland’s Fright Nights. The family-friendly amusement park is packed with scares. Dare to explore The Gauntlet? One of the most frightening haunted houses in Mesa, this multi-story has all the effects that will make you jump out of your skin. In fact, this house is not recommended for kids under the age of 13. And you don’t just walk through—be prepared to crawl, climb and scream.
Feeling a little too faint of heart? Then perhaps you should putter around the Spootacular Golf course. Golfland’s popular mini-golf course has just enough creep to give you goosebumps but is fun for the whole family.
4011 S. Power Road
Cost: $9 per person, two and younger free.
Hours: Now-Nov. 1, Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Looking for something with a little less fear and a little more fun? Then check out Vertuccio Farms’ family friendly Fall Festival and corn maze. Open now through November, admission includes access to the seven-acre corn maze, pumpkin bowling and mini zip line. Check out their website for a full list of all the not-so-spooky fun!
– Mesa resident Kaely Monahan is an avid connoisseur of art and entertainment. In addition to writing for MyNewsMesa.com, she anchors and reports for KTAR News.