Enter if you dare: Southern Arizona’s spookiest haunted houses

Enter if You Dare: Southern Arizona’s Spookiest Haunted Houses

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By Teresa K. Traverse

October 20, 2023

From haunted houses that have been in business for more than two decades to a historic hotel in Tombstone, here are six scary attractions in Southern Arizona.

The Slaughterhouse

Open now through Nov. 3

1102 W. Grant Road, Tucson

Cost: $29 and up

Tucson’s Slaughterhouse was once the site of an old meat-packing plant—the perfect origin story for terror. The attraction capitalizes on its dark history and gives visitors the chance to check out more than 50 horror-themed rooms in indoor and outdoor spaces. Besides the aforementioned meat-packing plant, you’ll come across a graveyard, creepy clown, an infested underground sewer, and more. According to the website, the experience will take anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour. For even more haunted fun, guests can participate in a zombie-shooting experience in which they use laser weapons to take out zombies. New this year is the Hellevators, so even your time transporting between scenes will be terror-stricken. Other fun activities include Nerf archery, soccer darts, and more.

Of note: You must be at least 13 years old to enter.

Terror in the Corn

11820 W. Marana Road, Marana

Open on weekend nights in October, plus Halloween

Cost: $10 and up

Enter if You Dare: Southern Arizona’s Spookiest Haunted Houses

Photo courtesy of Terror in the Corn via Facebook

For more than two decades, the family-owned-and-operated Terror in the Corn has scared its visitors with a variety of spooky attractions. Ten bucks puts you into the corn maze with 8-foot walls while a general admission ticket worth $28 gets you into the Nightmare Bayou, The Bloodbank, and The Carver’s Crypt. If that’s not enough, spring for the extras: axe-throwing, a GellyBall zombie shootout, and/or the escape room experience.

Of note: The family-owned Buckelew Farm stays open through the new year with Christmas tree lots, fireworks stands, and other fun events.

Nightfall Resurrected at Old Tucson

201 Kinney Road, Tucson

Cost: $30 and up

Enter if You Dare: Southern Arizona’s Spookiest Haunted Houses

Photo courtesy of Old Tucson via Facebook

Nightfall is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, making it one of Tucson’s oldest standing Halloween traditions. Head to Old Tucson to find more than 20 acres of haunts, mazes, and attractions. Take a ride on the Creepy Carousel, check out Resurrection Cemetery, wander through some haunted mazes, or kick back and catch a few live shows. The event is also family-friendly, with face-painting for kids and even a Children’s Day of the Dead Maze, among other activities. Restaurants are located onsite.

Of note: If you book tickets online, you’ll receive a $5 discount.

Tomb Town Tucson Halloween Haunted House

8343 N. Wanda Road, Tucson

Open only Oct. 30-31, 5-10 p.m.

Cost: $1 admission

The Terror Trail at Tomb Town Tucson is open for just two nights: Halloween and Halloween Eve. Expect to see a variety of actors and dummies all around this trail, which takes visitors through a cemetery. And even though the graveyard isn’t real, per se, some of the creatures spread throughout it are very much so—you just won’t know until they come for you. Event organizers recommend that younger children arrive during the daylight hours.

Of note: All proceeds benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

The Bisbee Séance Room

26 Brewery Ave., Bisbee

Open year round on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights

Cost: $15-$30

Enter if You Dare: Southern Arizona’s Spookiest Haunted Houses

Photo courtesy of The Bisbee Séance Room via Facebook

The former mining town of Bisbee is said to be haunted, and if you’re searching for spirits that remain lingering in this city, you might find what you’re looking for at The Bisbee Séance Room. Kenny Stewart, aka Magic Kenny Bang Bang, runs this program in the Oliver House Bed and Breakfast. At one time, the Oliver was a boarding home for miners—and allegedly the site of more than 20 murders, according to the Séance Room’s website. Perched on a hill overlooking Bisbee, the Oliver has a creepy feel that comes complete with creaky floors and dim lighting. According to the website, Stewart will take groups on a tour of the hotel before sitting at a table dotted with votive candles, where he works his literal magic in an effort to channel spirits.

Of note: Host Kenny Stewart also identifies as a certified sommelier, ad pitchman, drink-slinger, bike-trek leader, male stripper, show presenter, and teacher of magic.

Ike Clanton’s Haunted Hotel

426 E. Allen St., Tombstone

Open year round

Cost: Unlisted

Tombstone is best known for being the site of the O.K. Corral gunfight. Given the city’s history as one of the toughest towns in the Wild West, it’s fitting to think that plenty of ghosts may still linger in this southern Arizona town. If you want to learn more about this Tombstone’s haunted history, consider taking a 15-minute walk-thru tour of Ike Clanton’s Haunted Hotel. The hotel was once the site of the Occidental Salon, where the famous “all-night poker game” took place. According to the Tombstone Chamber, a stagecoach used by John Wayne, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers in various Western films stays parked here the hotel.

Of note: The anniversaries of the Occidental Saloon’s famous all-night poker game (10/22/1880) and infamous OK Corral gunfight (10/25/1881) are both coming up this month.

READ MORE: 5 haunted places in Arizona that you don’t want to visit alone


  • Teresa K. Traverse

    Teresa K. Traverse is a Phoenix, Arizona-based writer and editor. Her work also has appeared in national print outlets including Weight Watchers, Bust and Parenting magazines and on sites like Tripadvisor, Wine Enthusiast, SFGate, Brides, Rachael Ray Every Day, Bustle, Racked, ForRent.com, WeddingWire, Refinery29, The Daily Meal, Oxygenmag.com, USA Today and Fast Company. She's the managing editor of Sedona Monthly. In her spare time, she loves hiking, reading magazines and spending quality time with her long-haired Chihuahua, Rocket. Visit teresaktraverse.com to check out more of her work.



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