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You enter cautiously. With each turn you feel a shock. Creaking doors. Swinging chandeliers. Screams and moans from the attic. You dare not take another step. For your have entered the Haunted House.

Visiting your local haunted house is yet another thrilling fall tradition for many families. Here are some of the best haunted houses in Orange County. Be prepared to get scared!

The Cemetery of Lost Souls
With rave reviews, including a number one “must-see” rating by the Orange County Register in 2010, this Haunted Dojo is put on by the United Studios of Self Defense in Yorba Linda. Family hours are held most Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. However, the remaining part of the night is not for the faint of heart. With food, live music and a bounce house, you’re family will be sure to have the funnest and scariest time of all. Serious warning from the Haunted Dojo: “This is a haunted house. It is scary. If you have a history of asthma or seizures please know that fog machines, lasers and strobes will be in use. Tennis shoes are highly recommended as there is an outside maze as well as an inside maze. Wear high heels and flip flops at our own risk.” Price: $7 per family, and weekend passes are available. Runs October 19-20 and 26-27, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more gory details, call 714-777-5026.


Knotts Berry Farm Halloween Haunt
Knotts Scary Farm in Buena Park may have gotten a little bit scarier. Is that even possible? With five new mazes designed to horrify guests as part of Southern California’s largest most haunting Halloween experience – ever. Don’t forget the variety of horrific attractions, including Elvira making her return in an all-new stage show. You may also get a fright with 1,000 monsters roaming the park. Runs September 26-November 2. Hours and ticket prices vary. Pick up the phone, if you dare: 714-220-5200. Parking is $20 per vehicle.


Ghosts & Legends Tour on The Queen Mary
Climb aboard ye ol’ haunted ship in this interactive, special effects adventure. Beware about what lurks in the dark shadows of the ship located in the Long Beach Harbor. You’ll explore the old boiler room and relive tales of paranormal incidents, accidents and ghost sightings. Hours and ticket prices vary, so call 877-342-0738 for details. Due to the historic nature of the ship, some areas are not wheelchair accessible.


The Empty Grave
The Empty Grave Haunted House is located a few blocks from Disneyland, and is bigger and possibly scarier than ever. Completely re-designed for 2013, this haunted attraction offers guests all new thrills and chills. Tickets range from $5 to $40 and can purchased in advance. Call 949- 257-2279.

Sinister Pointe
Guests can experience an interactive maze through a series of different rooms in Brea. Eat well before attending, as you can expect lots of blood and gore based on some of the classic horror films “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Saw.”  Warning: Keep the kids at home for this one – as even the adults get the chills from this haunted house. Tickets range from $15 to $33. You may want to get tickets prior as the lines can be long. Questions? Call 866-957-2732.

Halloween Carnival & Haunted House
You’ll be sure to get lost in the Dark Graveyard, Creepy Witch’s Room, Toy Store Gone Wrong and Dracula’s lair in this Los Alamitos haunted house. Compete in a pumpkin pie contest, costume contest, play games, win prizes – and of course – lots of candy. Each maze is $5.00, or $6.00 for both mazes. Call 562-430-1073 for details.

All in all, you won’t be disappointed in the scare levels of any of these haunted houses – with a diverse selection for children and adults of all ages. Remember, most of these haunted houses scare because they care.

Kristal Zacharias is the mother of two beautiful, vivacious girls ages five and eight, and wife of a hunky husband who works in the action sports industry. For the past 15 years, Kristal has worked for several Fortune 500 companies as a professional communicator. Follow her journey at Clearly Kristal or on Facebook and Twitter.
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