Two of the Lower Mainland’s absolute best Halloween haunted houses in October are found at Potter’s House of Horrors at 12530 72nd Avenue in Surrey.
“The Monstrosity” and “Devils Descent” are both amazing.
Surrey Haunted Houses
Potter’s House of Horrors is a seasonal attraction and only open in October each year. 2017 dates are October 6-8 and 10 to 31.
The experience at Potter’s House of Horrors is like a cross between visiting Disneyland and being inside multiple different horror movie sets. The haunted houses really are impressive.
What to Expect
Potter’s House of Horrors is exceptional, of a high professional quality and strongly recommended (assuming you like scary stuff). It’s even worth the drive out to Surrey and the long waits in line to see either house, or both.
Expect loud rocking music, flashing lights, the odd scary character walking around, and to be surrounded by people mostly between the ages of 15 and 30 while waiting in the lineups. Inside the venues expect lots of blood and bulging eyes, torture-chamber-like scenes, musty smells and wax-museum-calibre characters. If you like haunted houses, you’ll love this place!
Hours and Admission
Potter’s House of Horrors runs nightly almost every day in October except for a few week days early in the month and on the Thanksgiving Monday when it’s closed.
Family hour runs from 4:00 to 6:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays when the scariness factor is turned down a couple of notches. The really frightening stuff starts up at 7 pm and runs until 10 o’clock.
Regular admission in 2017 ranges from around $14 to $16 for adults and $10 to $12 for children ages 12 and under per house depending on the day, or slightly less than double for both attractions. It’s usually cheaper on weekdays earlier in the month – and less crowded – and more on weekends and during the last week before Halloween.
Speed passes are also available most years at a cost of $20-$40 for children depending on the date and number of houses, and $28-$50 for adults. The speed passes allow you to skip the general admission lineups, which on weekends and close to Halloween night can take up to 90 minutes or more to get through.
Admission during family hour is the same price for adults and children, at between $8 and $10 for one house and between $12 and $15 for two. Children 3 and under are free (but don’t take young children, even during family hour, unless you don’t want them to sleep ever again).
TIP: Prices are half price on the opening (Thanksgiving) weekend!
Potter’s Two Haunted Houses
In 2016 there were two haunted houses at Potter’s – “Monstrosity” and “The Swampin’ Slaughterhouse,” the first of which was new for 2016 and the latter the same as in 2015.
In 2017 “Monstrosity” is back for another year, and replacing “The Swampin’ Slaughterhouse is “Devils Descent.” Expect both to be frightening!
The live actors in both venues are typically excellent and the scene settings are of a Hollywood calibre, complete even with clammy, spooky smells. Expect each experience to take between 5 and 15 minutes, depending on your speed and that of the friends you’re with.
Returning for its second year, Monstrosity is a haunted house full of ghastly creatures lurking behind Gothic archways, down in the sewers and in creepy prisons. Like the name suggests, expect to see lots of monsters. If Walt Disney had been a psychopath, he’d have loved this place and been thoroughly impressed!
The Devil’s Descent
New for 2017, Devil’s Descent features decrepit mine shafts, clanking machines, screaming monsters and the smells of rotting wood. Expect to see zombies, creatures lurking behind you, and lots of blood and gore!
Tips to Enhance Your Experience
TIP #1: If you can afford it, don’t like standing in line for over an hour and plan to go on a weekend or during the last few days of October when the crowds are at their peak, get a speed pass. Just like Disneyland, the lineups are big and take a long time. And they don’t move that quickly.
TIP #2: To minimize your time in line, go early in the evening and earlier than later in the month. Also, buy your tickets online to avoid having to stand in the ticket lineup and then later in a different lineup to get in. (Note: the one advantage to buying on site, however, is you can look at the size of the line and determine whether it’s worth paying extra for the speed pass.)
TIP #3: If you like haunted houses, go to this one. Really! It’s worth the cost and the lineup.
TIP #4: If you’re not from Surrey or somewhere close by, combine your trip to the haunted houses with a visit to other great places in the area. Bear Creek Park, for example, is pretty this time of year with all its autumn leaves.
For more information on these two impressive Halloween haunted houses in Surrey, see Potter’s House of Horrors.
For a list of other scary places to check out elsewhere, see Lower Mainland Haunted Houses.