Two of the Lower Mainland’s best Halloween haunted houses in October are found at Potter’s House of Horrors at 12530 72nd Avenue in Surrey.
Potter’s House of Horrors was cancelled for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It now won’t be happening again until 2021 at the earliest.
Surrey Haunted Houses
Potter’s House of Horrors is a seasonal attraction and generally only open in October each year. 2019 dates were September 27th to November 2nd. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the attraction was cancelled for 2020.
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
In years when it does take place, Potter’s House of Horrors is exceptional, of a highly 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.
In 2019 the venue was open on the weekend of September 27th and 28th, then from October 4th to November 2nd daily except for October 14, which was Thanksgiving Day.
General admission to a single haunted house ranges from about $10 up to $30 depending on your age, when you go and if you want access to the expedited lineup. There are also Family Hour times and prices, and Ultra Scary times and prices.
Family Hour Times and Prices
Family Hour is when the scariness factor is turned down a couple of notches. It runs from 4:00 to 6:30 pm most days. On the weekends of October 19-20, 26-27 and November 2 in 2019, it had extended ours and opened at noon.
Last year admission during Family Hour cost $10 for one house and $16 for two houses. The price was the same for both children and adults. Kids ages 3 and under, however, were free (but they likely won’t want to go in). 2021 rates are to be determined (assuming that the attraction does run again).
Ultra-Scary Show Times and Prices
In years when the attraction does operate, the really frightening stuff starts up at 7:00 pm and runs until 10 o’clock most days, or from 7:30 until 10:30 on the last two Fridays, last two Saturdays and final Sunday in October.
Regular admission is about $16 for adults and $13 for children ages 12 and under per house.
Speed passes are also available most years. They cost more but 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.
Last year speed passes cost $25 for children and $30 for adults for each house.
If you’d like to save a little money you can buy your tickets ahead of time online.
Potter’s Haunted Houses
There are always two main haunted houses at Potter’s. One is usually brand new and the other is from the previous year.
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” was back for another year, and replacing “The Swampin’ Slaughterhouse” was “Devils Descent.” Both were wonderfully frightening! In 2019, thrill seekers could experience “Devils Descent” again, but also choose the new “Death Valley Motor Inn.”
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.
Death Valley Motor Inn
Death Valley Motor Inn was the new addition to Potter’s for 2019. It was a decrepit hotel in the desert that was full of psychopaths, crazy murderers and gory scenes.
The Devil’s Descent Haunted House
Devil’s Descent featured decrepit mine shafts, clanking machines, screaming monsters and the smells of rotting wood. Back again in 2019, visitors got to see zombies, creatures lurking behind you, and lots of blood and gore!
The Monstrosity Haunted House
Not back for this year, but in case you were interested, Monstrosity was a haunted house full of ghastly creatures lurking behind Gothic archways, down in the sewers and in creepy prisons. Like the name suggests, you could expect to see lots of monsters. If Walt Disney had been a psychopath, he’d have loved this place and been thoroughly impressed!
The Escape from Incineration!
New for 2019, Potters House of Horrors had its own escape room experience, all in the theme it is famous for. Solve puzzles and riddles to escape within 20 minutes from a burning building.
2019 ticket prices cost about $7.50 per person (plus taxes and fees) when reserving your time slot online. Up to 6 people could participate at a time in the room.
Tips to Enhance Your Experience
Below are even more tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Halloween experience at Potter’s.
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 can be 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 the ones at Potter’s. 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.
TIP #5: In past years admission was cheaper on weekdays earlier in the month – when the place was less crowded – and more on weekends and during the last week before Halloween. In 2019 it appears that prices for the entire period have been standardized.
TIP #6: Children 3 and under are free (but don’t take young kids in the main houses, even during Family Hour, unless you don’t want them to sleep ever again). That being said, starting in 2018 and returning in 2019, there has been a new “L’il Haunters” section for kids ages 12 and under during Family Hours. It features a couple of smaller kid-friendly haunted houses and other activities. The cost for it is about $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children ages 2 and under as well as accompanying parents are free.
TIP #7: Want to go when the lineups are more manageable? Then go earlier in the season and on a weekday. We also expect things to be slower on the first weekend in November.
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.
For a list of other things to do this season click Lower Mainland Halloween Events.