The Top 5 Family-Friendly Haunts in Southern California

While many of the amazing haunted houses in Southern California are not recommended for younger guests, there are plenty of pint-size horror fans who would love some thrills and chills too. For those looking for some more family-oriented halloween frights, here is a list of family-friendly haunts in Southern California – in order by age appropriate-ness.

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5. Haunt at Heritage HillHaunt at Heritage Hill is a fun and frightening 2-night haunt event put on by OC Parks and the City of Lake Forest each year. During the event, the historical site is transformed into a haunted adventure with scream zones, game booths, music and more. Visitors can join in on the fun and come dressed in costume, but no masks or face paint are permitted. Haunt at Heritage is tailored toward ages 12 and older, but you may find it suitable for brave young ones, too. We spotted a few elementary-aged kids there last year, having a blast with the activities. Admission is just $10 per person at the entrance.

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4. Field of Screams – The Haunted Stadium. Field of Screams is the Inland Empire’s number one Halloween attraction! It features four mazes; Miner’s Paradise, The Rocking Horse Tavern, Hallowed Ground, and Silver Bullet Outfitters Lodge. Field of Screams is recommended for guests ages 12 and older, and they offer glow sticks for children who don’t want the monsters to get too close, so it’s a great way to control the level of scariness!

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3. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is a unique haunt experience, the main event being a hayride, where “legend has it, the haunted woods contain clowns waiting to unleash their bag of tricks on passersby.” This year’s event also features a “House of Shadows,” a trick-or-treating themed scare zone, and an interactive “haunted village” known as “Purgatory.” The website recommends guests be 8 or older due to it being a “high scare, high startle content experience,” but families with older kids can enjoy this haunt together. Ticket prices vary, and can be purchased here.

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2. Pageant of the Monsters. Southern California families are in for quite the treat this haunt season! Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy has revived an event from the past; Pageant of the Monsters, which transforms the Pageant’s backstage into a Haunted House with an artistic twist. This is the 5th presentation of Pageant of the Monsters, an idea Davy originated in 1996, which was repeated in 1997 and then again in 2007 and 2013.  Five years later, the event is back with the theme Raiders of the Lost Art. In addition to the haunted house, guests can expect to enjoy spooky side shows, reptile encounters, face painting, fun photo opps, silent horror film movie screening, arts and craft activities and more! Pageant of the Monsters will take place on October 26, 27, 28 and 31 at the Festival of Arts from 6 – 9:30pm. This event is not recommended for children under 5, but families with school-aged children will definitely enjoy it!

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1. Knott’s Spooky Farm. On weekend days, Knott’s Berry Farm guests can enjoy the spooky decorations and kooky undead characters of Knott’s Ghost Town. Before the sun goes down and the fog rolls in, park guests can enjoy trick-or-treating, not-so-spooky shows, character meet and greets amazing animal encounters, pumpkin decorating and more! This haunt is perfect for any age, from babies to great great great grandparents! Read about our experience at last year’s Spooky Farm here.

Honorable Mentions:

Two of our favorite scary haunts, Reign of Terror and High Desert Haunted House have family-friendly nights on select dates each year. Be sure to check in for those announcements!


What are you favorite Family-Friendly Haunts in Southern California? Let us know in the comments below!

About Angela Bishop

Angela is a Florida transplant who has been living in Orange County since 2004. She loves music, driving on the freeway (even in the SoCal traffic), trying new foods, and traveling near and far. When she’s not covering local events, she’s traveling around with her crazy family and writing about it over on

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