Top 10 Most Horrifying Attractions in Southern California

As you begin your pre-game thrill for All Hallows Eve, you will find yourself  “keeping one eye open like CBS”. Buckle your seat-belts for this hair-raising list of the top ten places guaranteed to arouse your inner fears.

10. Haunted Whaley House- San Diego, CA

Old Town San Diego is home to some old lore, that will make your Halloween less of a bore. The veins of family history are the pathways leading to the heart of horror in old town San Diego, also known as The Whaley House.

It is said that many ghoulish wails will also come from inside the walls of the very souls that once suffered in its corridors. Make sure you say hi to the ghost Yankee Jim on your way in… or you’ll be saying goodbye… for good.

9. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, CA 

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Although Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place of some of Hollywood’s favorites, don’t take it lightly. Rumors have it a ghostly girl haunts the cemetery late nights. She has been seen in a long black veil placing flowers on the tomb of Rudolph Valentine. Since Valentine passed away in 1930, the girls spirit has been seen honoring the legend on a weekly basis, proving true love can live forever.

8. Gravity Hills-Moorpark, CA

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Don’t believe in ghosts? You’re in for a joy ride. You will experience first hand, spirits so strong they will actually move your car. A school bus full of children were killed here in 1940, and now these spirits leave hand prints on your car. Why? Rumor has it they’re trying to move it away from the reckless driver that decided their fate. Enjoy the ride!

7. The Bethany house, East Highland

Ever wondered what it’s like to make your way through orange groves in the misty darkness? Beware of what you will find.

Of the many high-school students who loitered around the insane asylum to party, one went inside the asylum and never returned. Wasn’t such a party after all. A ghost of a violent middle aged woman has been sighted by many who cross her path.

6. Manson Ranches-Death Valley, CA

As the notorious Charles Manson captivated the attention of all who were conscious in the 1960’s, his murder plotting legacy lives on through the multiple ranches where his hypnotizing took place.

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The stench of brutalized corpses is most definitely present at Barker Ranch, Death Valley and Spahn Movie Ranch. As one of the most haunting murder stories in the world, the Manson Ranches are as real as it gets for those who seek a bloodcurdling Halloween adventure.

5. Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt, Buena Park CA

All you fear is here. “This town is coming like a ghost town” with scare zones “Necropolis“, “Carnevil“, and “Ghost Town“, that surely live up to their names. Don’t be surprised if you end up alone in the dark haze of this wasteland, with morphed lingering faces all around you.

4. Haunted Hayride-Griffith Park, Los Angeles

Two Years ago, the face of Halloween was altered with the addition of the Halloween Hayride in Calabasas, CA. With the combination of “The In Between Maze“, “The Human Menagerie” side show and the haunted hayride itself, your alertness will quickly increase.

The appropriate theme for this chilling ride “Through The Eyes of a Child” derives from the Clifton Twins. The antagonizing night terrors of the daughters of zoo keeper Ferdinand Clifton are known to linger on the hayride, and cause some chaos in the minds of those along for the ride.

3. Queen Mary Dark Harbor, Long Beach, CA

If crying children, splashing noises and mysterious footprints sounds like a fun time, try staying a night on the Queen Mary.

With over 50 reported deaths upon the Queen Mary’s 60 year history, it’s no wonder why guests have reported the hallways as “haunted.” For those looking to get a more paranormal experience the ship is loaded with tours where visitors can view the most haunted places including; the boiler room, and a first class swimming pool on the Queen Mary.

2. Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios, CA

Aside from the yearly actors hired to scare the average terrified tourist, there is one apparition that’s not in a costume. Legend Lon Chaney Sr. “man of a thousand faces“, is seen haunting the studio lots, strangely holding a chandelier. Reports say the chandelier had been removed years ago, but original Phantom of the Opera star has chosen to play the role now for all of eternity..

1. Reign of Terror Haunted House, Thousand Oaks, CA

Consider yourself warned, of this triple threat of terror in the suburban hills of Thousand Oaks. Equipped with three dimensions, The Haunted House, The Asylum, and Blood Manor, there is enough terror to send chills down your spine.

The frightening attraction began 12 years ago with an 8,500 Victorian style mansion. Reviewed as the best haunt of 2010, The “ROT” is sure to make you alert within seconds of entrance.


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