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Top Kid-Friendly Haunted Houses In The Las Vegas Area

October 12, 2012 6:00 AM

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Halloween is a time for magic, mystery and frightening places to visit in Las Vegas. Not all of these creature features are suitable for young children. Be wary and carefully read descriptions of the places that offer haunted houses and spooky nooks and crannies at the many locales in and around town. Here are five of the best Halloween venues in the Valley, rated from ‘G’ for suitable for all ages to ‘R’ for children over 14 years of age with parental accompaniment. Have a safe and scary Halloween!

Bonnie Screams
Bonnie Springs Ranch
16395 Bonnie Springs Road
Blue Diamond, NV 89004
(702) 875-4191
www.wickedhaunts.com

Hours: October 18 to 31 – Fri, Sat and Sun from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Spooky Town) and 7 p.m. to midnight (Haunted Houses)
Cost: $25 for the Ghost Town, $10 (parents free) for Spooky Town, $5 for pony rides

Bonnie Screams is hosted by Bonnie Springs Ranch each year. This is not just a haunted house, it’s a haunted town. This Wicked West Haunted Ghost Town comes alive each night with haunted houses such as Phobia, The Apocalypse and Clown Massacre, suitable for older guests. You may also want to visit the Old Haunted Saloon and the Blacksmith Shop of Horrors. Spooky Town is a family-friendly experience with all sorts of child-friendly activities such as Spooky Town’s petting zoo, a haunted train ride, pony rides and a pumpkin patch for wee ghosts and goblins. It’s not just an evening out, it’s a destination. Rating: Spooky town is rated ‘G‘ and suitable for all ages. Haunted Houses are rated ‘M’ for children 12 and older, accompanied by an adult.

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Springs Preserve Haunted Harvest
333 S. Valley View
Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 822-7200
www.springspreserve.org

Hours: October 12 to 28 – Fri, Sat and Sun from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 12, free for children 4 and under

Haunted Harvest is suitable for all ages, although some sensitive, younger children may find it slightly scary. It promises ‘spooktacular’ fun for all those who dare to enter. This family-friendly event features a haunted house, trick-or-treat stations, carnival games, live entertainment and much more. It has been a Halloween tradition for Las Vegas families for years and continues to get better and better. Costumes are welcome, but no masks for adults, please. Rating: Springs Preserve gets a ‘G’, being suitable for all ages with parental accompaniment.

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Monster Mayhem at the Haunted Village/Funtown Frightfest
The Boca Park Complex
510 S. Rampart Blvd. (across from Sun Coast Casino)
Las Vegas, NV 89145

Hours: October 9 to 31 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Cost: $2 children, $3 adults Funtown Frightfest, $14 Monster Mayhem at the gate

Two haunted houses unite to create a spooky evening for adults and children. The fright starts in October annually in Boca Park at the dirt lot next to the Cheesecake Factory. Monster Mayhem and Funtown Frightfest feature haunted homes, the New Orleans-inspired Boneyard (an above-ground graveyard), foggy paths, carnival rides, food and more. This family-friendly annual event is one of the most popular in Las Vegas and gets bigger and better every year. Rating: This event gets a ‘G’ for all to enjoy.

Freakling Bros. Horror Shows
AMC Theaters Rainbow Promenade 10
2321 N. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89108
(702) 362-3327
www,freaklingbros.com

Hours: September 28 to October 31 – Fri and Sat 7 p.m. to midnight, Sun to Thurs 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: $12 Circus of Horrors and Castle Vampyre, $14 Gates of Hell, $12 Freak Pass (all 3 attractions), $35 All Night Pass

Freakling Bros.’ Trilogy of Terror has been entertaining Las Vegans for the past 20 years. Always highly rated as an attraction, it recently replaced The Mortuary with The ‘R’-rated Gates of Hell. This experience is strictly limited to guests over 14 years of age (accompanied with a parent or guardian), since it is interactive and things will “happen” to the spectators, including a slew of terrifying sights. The Circus of Horrors and Castle Vampyre are suitable for those over nine years of age since they are less intense. Rating: Freakling Bros. gets an ‘M’ rating and is suitable for children ages nine and above. Gates of Hell is rated ‘R’ for ages 14 and older, accompanied by an adult.

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Fright Dome
Circus Circus Hotel
2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 794-3939
www.frightdome.com

Hours: September 29 to October 31 – 7 p.m. to midnight (select days)
Cost: $37.95 General Admission, Fast Pass (admission to all 5 haunted houses) an additional $15

Fright Dome may be the scariest haunted site in Las Vegas and it has lived up to this claim for the past 10 years. This year, the site at Circus Circus Hotel features five frightening zombie-themed haunted houses. Renowned director George Romero will be planning the Ward of the Dead. Other haunted houses include The Infected (a Zombie quarantine area), Camp Massacre (a twisted, chainsaw-ridden summer camp), Fright Zone’s Urban Legends (capitalizing upon classic fears) and The Anniversary (featuring favorite classics from the past 10 years). This year’s teaser promised the site to be even more frightening than ever, with more ghouls, monsters, zombies, demons and villains around every corner. Fright Dome is definitely not suitable for children under the age of 12 years, and children over the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Be there, beware and be scared. Rated: Fright Dome is rated ‘M‘ for children ages 12 and older, accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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