Haunted houses offer thrills and chills

By Dylan Tubbert

October is here, which means Halloween is right around the corner. Trying to find something to do for Halloween during the month of fright and fun can be daunting. Luckily, Arizona is home to some of the biggest and best houses of horror at a friendly price for anyone wanting to get into the mood of Halloween.

Beginning with our states biggest and most notorious place to get scared, 13th Floor located at 2814 W. Bell Road. in Phoenix, Arizona, is home to some of the best attractions for everyone wanting to be frightened. The main attractions there are Patient Alpha and Feral Moon. Guests who attend the 13th Floor are taken through a building of 13 floors in which they experience many different things and encounter creatures that pop out to frighten people. People who make it through all 13 floors receive their money back and the satisfaction of knowing they completed one of the scariest haunted houses in America.

13th Floor is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Prices start at just $25 to $30, along with fast passes to the front of the line for $45. “When I went here, I had no idea what to expect. I like going to haunted houses and I have been to a couple but nothing like when I went to the 13th floor. I screamed so much, and had felt the nerves running through my body. I’d tell others to go here also,” Connor Boyce said.

If getting that frightened doesn’t sound fun for Halloween, here are two places in which families, kids and young adults gather.

First, there is Fear Farm where there are many different places to check out. Starting with the corn maze where people are sent into a giant field inhabited by numerous creatures such as clowns, zombies, masked men with chainsaws and other terrifying things. Also, at Fear Farm there are four haunted exhibits to check out that are known as The Bunker Invasion, Undead, Legends Las Leyendas and Mouth of Madness. All of these are now open on the weekends and will begin opening on weekdays as it gets closer to Halloween.

Prices vary from $25 to $30 per ticket, and the location on Fear Farm is one fourth of a mile North of McDowell near loop 101 and the I-10 interchange.

Another place for families to get into the Halloween spirit is known as Jack and Jill’s Haunted Hill. This is a great place for families to visit. Jack and Jill Haunted Hill has the house made up specifically for children, so they are allowed to go inside and look at the haunted house without the scares. A great reason to bring kids here, is it only cost $5 until 5 p.m. for the younger ones. After 5 o’clock, come back to the hill as the real frightening beasts and creatures will be coming out. Tickets are $25 to $35. 

“I remember going here a couple times as a kid, and always wanting to go back but my mom and dad wouldn’t take me because of the recommendation not to take kids after a certain time, I finally got to go last year and I thought it was fantastic, I can see why my parents didn’t want me to come here as a kid. I would’ve had terrible nightmares,” Scott Valenti said. Location for Jack and Jill’s is at 3401 West Greenway Road, Phoenix Arizona, and it will be open all month of October on weekends and some week days.

Finding something to do, to get into the spirit of Halloween isn’t so rough, people just need to take a chance and try something new to them. Haunted houses are a great way to make the month of ghoul’s and ghosts even better just get up and go to one of these great places.

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