Winchester Unhinged in San Jose, California
Held on the grounds of the infamous Winchester Mystery House, a storied unfinished mansion that features secret passageways and staircases leading nowhere, this year’s event, Unhinged: Nightshade’s Curse, lasts 13 nights and takes guests through many routes in the mansion, where restless spirits have been known to roam. Step back in time with a mid-20th-century carnival, take a self-guided walk, and enjoy an outdoor midway with the Fortune Teller’s Tent of Mystery and a cabinet of oddities and curiosities.
Fear Farm in Glendale, Arizona
What’s that rustling amidst the corn husks? Is it the Grim Reaper? Quite possibly, because in the Reaping—Arizona's largest corn maze—all manner of pumpkin-headed, clown-faced, scythe-wielding monsters are stalking you through 40 acres of cornstalks. Fear Farm also features three narrative-driven attractions created by internationally renowned haunted house designer Jon Cooke. Dead Man’s Wharf reimagines the golden age of river steamboats as a nightmare dripping with ghostly gamblers and waterlogged wraiths. NukeTown conjures a sort of zombie Chernobyl—a nuclear testing facility where people infected with biohazard material have mutated into creatures that want to eat your brains. And in the Spirit of Halloween, you’ll encounter a witch who has summoned demons to help her take revenge on the intolerant people who exiled her to the forest.
Dell’Osso Family Farm in Lathrop, California
For more than a quarter century, each fall Dell’Osso Family Farm has produced massive, family-friendly corn mazes, complete with sharp turns and dead ends, for adrenaline-seekers. This year, wander among labyrinths of corn that, from an aerial view, are designed in cool shapes such as a jack-o’-lantern and a flying witch. To get more ghoulish, check out the farm’s haunted castle. Or go tamer for the littles, and take them to the interactive Tiny Town, complete with a parade of well-known characters.
Moapa Valley Haunted Corn Maze in Moapa, Nevada
Smoke machines and strobe lights help create the eerie atmosphere of Moapa’s Haunted Corn Maze, which stuns visitors with jump scares while going easy on the gore. A trio of other activities, including a haunted hayride, zombie paintball experience, and haunted barn called the Shriek Shack help round out the frightful experience. Afterward, enjoy caramel apples and hot apple pie fries (sliced apples coated in a sweet batter, then deep fried and topped with cinnamon, caramel, and whipped cream) around one of the farm’s rentable fire pits. Along with hayrides and a pumpkin patch, a general admission ticket also gets you access to Moapa Valley’s ghoul-free corn maze, open both days and evenings.