Top Haunt in SoCal: Reign of Terror in Thousand Oaks!

Reign of Terror made the number one spot on our list of The 10 Scariest Haunts in Southern California and we got the chance to stop by this past Friday and check out what was in store for haunt lovers this year. Can you handle the Reign of Terror?

Reign of Terror is located in Janss Marketplace, right off the 101 freeway in Thousand Oaks. The mall was pretty quiet on a Friday night, and we weren’t really sure what to expect from what looked to be a pretty nondescript building from the outside.

For general admission tickets, the line went around the side of the building, but there are a few creepy characters lurking around that made waiting a little more interesting.

The outdoor characters are also a great opportunity to take some fun photos while you wait. And while their presence didn’t spook us, there were a few people around us in line who got scared. They were really good at sneaking up on people.

The line moves pretty quickly, and according to their website, anyone who makes it into the line before closing time will get to go through the maze. Once you make it into the building, you head up a stairwell – another pretty nondescript area.

Next, you head into what I would describe as a staging area. It’s dark, interactive, and pretty loud as well. This is where it starts looking like a haunt…

Once you head into the maze, no video or photography is allowed at all. You watch a short video that sets the scene and reminds you of the rules, and then – well you’re on your own after that. There are a total of eight “attractions” in this maze. Each theme is as terrifying as the next, and designed to bring your worst fears to life.

The attractions are all connected, so there’s no taking a break in between scares. There’s a total of 100 rooms taking up 23,000 square feet, making this haunt the biggest indoor haunt in Southern California. I didn’t time it, but I believe it took us a total of about 15-20 minutes to get through. Definitely not a quick maze!

Too scared for a nighttime haunt? They offer a “Lights On Tour” from 1-4pm on October 21st and 28th. Kids under 12 are $5, and their parents are free. All special effects are turned off and no actors will jump out at you. Tickets for the Lights On Tour are only available online.

Final Thoughts:

The time, effort, and passion put into making this event happen is evident in the details! They use a mix of actors and animatronics to scare you when you least expect it. Each room is different from the next, and the attention to detail is outstanding. They do have “chicken exits” for those who are too scared to continue, but I highly recommend not using them. When I wasn’t jumping and screaming, I was marveling at the set work inside the rooms. It took us a little over two hours to drive to Thousand Oaks, but my husband and I agreed that it was worth the drive time. If you’re looking for a haunt that is fun, memorable, and terrifying all at the same time, get to Reign of Terror before it’s too late!


Reign of Terror Haunted House

197 N. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Select dates in October: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, & 27-31

7pm-11pm on Saturdays and 7pm-10pm every other night

Parking: Free

Tickets: Prices vary by date, buy online or at Box Office.

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


  1. Every year our San Diego Party Bus company picks one house in Southern California to suggest to our customers. Last year we chose The Queen Mary.
    Since we would have around 40 people we were able to get a good feel.
    Out of the 40 who went 10 gave a ranking of “Peed my Pants”. 20, Said they were really scared. 10, Said it would have been scary if they were 10 years old. Either way they were all pretty drunk by the time they got there so maybe they were a little numb after all the vodka.


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