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Potter’s (but now Cougar Creek’s) House of Horrors

Potter's House of Horrors

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 in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It returned in 2021, however, and under a new name.

 

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As of 2021, Potter’s House of Horrors is now called Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors due to a change in ownership. Nevertheless, the place is still a popular seasonal attraction.

The experience at Cougar Creek’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.

 


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If you like haunted houses, then other ones to check out include Brinkworth Dungeon in Langley and Reapers Maze of Terror in Chilliwack. The former features ghastly decor that’s handcrafted by a professional artist. The latter is in a real corn maze and features lots of actors in costume. Both are really good!

There are lots of other great Halloween things to do in the Lower Mainland in October.  For other ideas check out our articles about Vancouver Halloween Events and Lower Mainland Haunted Houses.


 

What to Expect

In years when it does take place, Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors is exceptional. It’s of a highly professional quality and highly 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 and the odd scary character walking around. You can also expect 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!

 

Halloween Character in Potter's Lineup
A Halloween character in the lineup at Cougar Creek’s

 

Hours and Admission

Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors runs nightly almost every day in October except for a few days.

In 2021 the venue opened on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of October. It was also open from the 7th to the 10th, from the 14th to the 17th, and then from the 19th until the 31st.

Due to the pandemic, all guests had to bring government ID and proof of vaccination. At least one vaccination was required to enter until October 24th, which was when full vaccination became mandatory. Masks were recommended.

In previous years, general admission to a single haunted house ranged from about $10 up to $30 depending on a variety of factors. However, in 2021, all tickets to the Ultra-Scary Show included access to both haunted houses, and prices were the same for all ages.

Including taxes and additional fees, regular admission cost about $27 to start the month. For folks who wanted to avoid long lines, Speedpasses were available for about $50 early in October. However, prices increased later in the month.

 

Reapers Maze of Terror

 

Family Hour Times and Prices

Family Hour is when the scariness factor is turned down a couple of notches. In 2021 it ran from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on select weekdays beginning on October 15th. On the weekends between October 16th and 31st, it had extended hours and opened at noon.

Admission to one house during Family Hour cost about $13 including additional fees. For those wanting to explore both houses, prices were about $19 per person. The price was the same for both children and adults. Kids ages 3 and under, however, got in for free.

 

Potter's Haunted House Crowds
Lineup Crowds at Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors

 

Cougar Creek’s Haunted Houses

There are two main haunted houses at Cougar Creek’s. One is usually brand new and the other is from the previous year.

In 2016, when it was called Potter’s House of Horrors, there were two haunted houses. One was “Monstrosity” and the other was “The Swampin’ Slaughterhouse.” The first was new for 2016 and the latter the same as in 2015.

In 2017 “Monstrosity” was back for another year. 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 attraction didn’t operate in 2020 because of COVID-19. In 2021, both of 2019’s houses were back for another year.

The live actors in both venues are typically excellent. 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.

 

Halloween Haunted Houses

 

Death Valley Motor Inn

Death Valley Motor Inn was the new addition to Cougar Creek’s for 2019, and it returned in 2021. It’s a decrepit hotel in the desert. The house is 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 for 2021, visitors got to see zombies, creatures lurking from behind, and lots of blood and gore!

 

The Monstrosity Haunted House

Not back for 2021, 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!

 

Potter's House of Horrors
Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors

 

The Escape from Incineration!

New for 2019, Potter’s House of Horrors had its own escape room experience, all in the theme it is famous for. Guests had to solve puzzles and riddles to escape within 20 minutes from a burning building.

The escape room experience was back in 2021. Tickets cost about $25 per pair (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 Cougar Creek’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: 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.

TIP #4: 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). In previous years, there was a “L’il Haunters” section for kids ages 12 and under during Family Hours. It featured a couple of smaller kid-friendly haunted houses and other activities. Unfortunately, L’il Haunters did not take place in 2021.

TIP #5: 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.

 

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Other Information

For more information on these two impressive Halloween haunted houses in Surrey, and to book your tickets now, see Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors.

To learn more 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.