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.
“The Monstrosity” and “Devils Descent” are both amazing.
Surrey Haunted Houses in 2018
Potter’s House of Horrors is a seasonal attraction and only open in October each year. 2018 dates are October 5th to 7th and 9th to 31st.
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.
In 2018 the venue is open on the weekend of October 5th to 7th and then from October 9th until Halloween night on the 31st.
General admission to a single haunted house ranges from $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 used to run from 4:00 to 6:30 pm on just Saturdays and Sundays. In 2018, however, it runs until 6:30 pm every day that the venue is open. Most weekdays it starts at 4:00 pm, on the first couple of weekends it starts at 3:00 pm, and on the last two weekends of October it begins at noon.
In 2018 admission during Family Hour costs $10 for one house and $16 for two houses. The price is the same for both children and adults. Kids ages 3 and under, however, are free (but they likely won’t want to go in).
Ultra Scary Show Times and Prices
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 last year ranged 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. In 2018 regular admission to one house costs $16 for adults and $13 for children.
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.
Speed passes last year cost between $20 and $40 for children depending on the date and number of houses, and between $28 and $50 for adults. In 2018 a speed pass for a single house costs $30 for adults and $25 for children.
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 2018, instead of there being a new house, “The Monstrosity” and “Devils Descent” will likely both be back from last year, although with a few updates.
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.
The Monstrosity Haunted House
Returning for its third year (but now in version 2.0), 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 Haunted House
New for 2017, Devil’s Descent featured decrepit mine shafts, clanking machines, screaming monsters and the smells of rotting wood. Back again in 2018, expect to see zombies, creatures lurking behind you, and lots of blood and gore!
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: Most years admission is cheaper on weekdays earlier in the month – when the place is less crowded – and more on weekends and during the last week before Halloween. In 2018 it appears that prices on certain days will again be discounted.
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, in 2018, however, there is 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 $10 for children ages 3 to 12 and accompanying parents are free.
TIP #7:: Prices are usually half price on the opening (Thanksgiving) weekend! That may or may not be the case again in 2018.
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.