Traditional Theater with a Stage

PERFORMANCE THEATER


Performance Theater: The audience is a passive watcher whose presence or absence doesn’t alter the narrative in any way, and they are often separated by the stage.

Actors perform for audiences – and the story does not involve the audience in any way. Thus, there is no interactivity, no agency, and no movement for the audience – they are passive in this experience.

 

 

Browse the company guide below to find traditional performance theater that might interest you. Scroll to the bottom to find our intensity guide.

Due to the separation of audience and actor by the stage, traditional performance theater often falls in lower intensity categories such as levels 0 and 1. These can range from musicals to dramas to parodies to comedies. However, Zombie Joe’s Underground is a blackbox theater with a stage that often breaks this classification; their Urban Death: Tour of Terror pushes the boundaries of actor nudity, controversial subject matter, and scares, earning it level 5 intensity while never touching the audience.

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Capital W - Immersive Theater
Force of Nature Productions, Immersive Theater, Performance Theater, Burbank, CA
Unbound Productions, Wicked Lit, Immersive Horror, Immersive Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Zombie Joe's Underground - Performance Shock Black Box Theater - Immersive Theater - North Hollywood - Los Angeles - CA

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Haunting Intensity Rating Scale - Immersive Theater Extreme Haunts Haunted Houses Entertainment Horror

Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY ZERO For an Intensity score of ZERO, audiences should expect traditional stage shows, non-horror events, or whimsically magical events. These separate audience and actor, don’t include contact, and are creative, fun, literary, or exploratory. These are perfect for first-timers, friends, and parents (I would bring my mom).

UNBOUND
PRODUCTIONS

THE GUEST
AND
THE HOST


WALK THE
NIGHT




49 BOXES


FORCE OF
NATURE

THE
ART
DEPARTMENT


TWO BIT
CIRCUS
MEOW WOLF
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY ONE For an Intensity score of ONE - IMMERSIVE, audiences will immerse themselves in a fictional world with no traditional stage. These experiences utilize real locations, strong production value and amazing actors to evoke emotion, usually with minor interactivity and no touch. These are great gateways into immersive entertainment.
ROGUE
ARTISTS
ENSEMBLE

THE
UNMARKED
DOOR

FIRELIGHT

COLLECTIVE


CAPITAL
W

SPEAKEASY

SOCIETY
METAFORYOU

SCOUT
EXPEDITION
CO.

THIRD RAIL

PROJECTS

COACT

PRODUCTIONS
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY ONE For an Intensity score of ONE - SENSORY, audiences will expect more sensory experiences that are still friendly, easily accessible, and lack contact. These includes themed dinners/cocktail parties, ASMR spas, VR experiences, and hikes. The experiences are meant to be fun, exploratory, and full of discovery.


WHISPERLODGE
INFINITELY
DINNER


SOCIETY


DRUNKEN
DEVIL

DARK

CORNER

DRYCCRÆFT

LA

DISCO
DINING
CLUB

ELK - OWL

SOCIETY
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY ONE For an Intensity score of ONE - YARD DISPLAYS, audiences should expect Halloween themed arrangements in front yards or commercial spaces. While these have little to no interactivity or actors, they make up for it with innovative technologies, impressive set design, and plenty of photo opportunities. As such, they most often family friendly and community oriented. FACTORY



DEFECT


COFFINWOOD
CEMETERY
GREENEWITCH
CEMETERY
THE HAUNT

WITH

NO NAME



CLYBOURN
MANOR


ROSEHILL
HAUNT



PIERDELL
CEMETERY
FILLMORE



GRAVES
GRIMWOOD
HOLLOW
VANOAKS
CEMETERY
WELCOME
FOOLISH


MORTALS


CATASTROPHE
CABIN
CLOWN TOWN MYERS MANSION THE GHOULIE GRAVEYARD
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY ONE For an Intensity score of ONE - FAMILY HAUNTS, audiences should expect Halloween themed Haunted Houses at homes or small businesses. These are passion projects and may have longer lines and/or limited runs. They are most often family friendly and community oriented.



GHOST TRAIN
SCREAM IN
THE DARK
FORBIDDEN


WOODS CEMETERY
MARINA
SPOOKTACULAR



STONEY POINT
BONEY



ISLAND
HELLSIR
CEMETERY


PRISM



CASA CREEPY
ROTTEN APPLE 907 OPECHEE HAUNT THE HAUNTED



GRAVEYARD
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY TWO Intensity scores of TWO - IMMERSIVE provide a deeper step into the realm of immersive enterainment. With more interactivity between audience and actor, these experiences promote connection and emotion. Guests can often choose their level of engagement and explore and interact on their own. Audiences may even become a character, with the ability to impact the narrative. CROSS ROADS



ESCAPE GAMES

HORROR
ESCAPES
LOS
ANGELES

SPY BRUNCH



OPTIKA
MODERNA

EPIC

IMMERSIVE
E3W




ABC
PROJECT

THEY PLAYED

PRODUCTIONS


WHITE
HELIX
PUNCH
DRUNK
CANDLE HOUSE
COLLECTIVE
GREAT
COMPANY
STASH



HOUSE


CEASELESS
FUN
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY TWO For an Intensity score of TWO - HOME HAUNTS, audiences should expect haunted houses located at homes & small businesses. These are passion projects, and may have longer lines, limited runs, and lower cost or are free. These often are more innovative and impressive than larger haunts; but expect similar labyrinthine mazes, jump scares, and group-focus.
REALM
OF SHADOW



SHIVER

COMMON
GROUND
CEMETERY


DESERT
DECAY
MANOR



CLUB
FEAR



SPOOKY
HOLLOWS



HAUNTED
ADVENTURE

REICHLAND
ASYLUM

PUMKIN
JACK'S
HAUNTED
HOUSE
BCR: A PLACE TO SCARE CAITLIN MANOR



BOOT HILL
NIGHTMARE CIRCUS NIGHTMARE IN



WHITING WOODS
THE HAUNTED

SHACK
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY THREE For an Intensity score of THREE - THEME PARK / ATTRACTION MAZES, audiences can expect themed locations or theme parks that are transformed during the Halloween season & filled with multiple haunted houses or labyrinthine mazes. Each maze sends groups through, often in a conga line, to experience jump scares, which are characterized by loud noises, flashing lights, and sudden movement. However, there is no contact & little to no interactivity between audience & actor. These have some of the best sets of any haunt out there.



FRIGHT FEST

LA
HAUNTED
HAYRIDE


KNOTT'S
SCARY FARM

HALLOWEEN
HORROR NIGHTS



DARK HARBOR


CASTLE
DARK



BLOODSHED
BROTHERS


FIELD OF
SCREAMS
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY THREE An intensity score of THREE - HAUNTS is for haunted houses that focus on scares meant for teens and adults (non-family friendly). These haunts contain gore, mature themes, and innovative scares. While they do not contain deep narratives & world-building, stories still elevate each haunt. Most are group experiences, but some are solo experiences with very light touching.

REIGN OF
TERROR



TRILOGY
OF TERROR


THE
FLESHYARD

INTO
THE
BLACK
RIZO



SCAREHOUSE


PERDITION
HOME

FEARS
GATE

THE
DREICH
SOCIETY

THE
BACKWOODS
MAZE
MURDER HOUSE



PRODUCTIONS

BEWARE
THE
DARK
REALM


TWISTED MINDS
PRODUCTIONS

PHOBIA
PRODUCTIONS


COFFIN
CREEK
ALL SAINTS



LUNATIC ASYLUM
HIGH DESERT


HAUNTED
HOUSE
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY FOUR Intensity scores of FOUR are immersive horror experiences, where guests become an essential part of the story. High interactivity and thrilling moments will result in a sense of dread that goes beyond a jump-scare. These are often group experiences with one-on-one encounters and light contact in service of the narrative.



DELUSION

JUST FIX IT

PRODUCTIONS

PSEUDONYM

PRODUCTIONS


MAJESTIC
REPERTORY
THEATRE


SINISTER
POINTE
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY FIVE Intensity scores of FIVE mark the intersection between non-contact & full contact experiences. This level is characterized by FULL CONTACT experiences in the immersive horror genre. Experiences like this allow audiences to be touched or taken, but this is often in service of a game-mechanic or narrative and is not aggressive or forceful. The horror experiences at this level are mostly group shows, and the solo experiences (you go in alone) are often less scary; instead, inviting participants into a surreal or abstract world, encompassing a full spectrum of emotion. INTRUDER
ESCAPE


ALONE



GREAT HORROR
CAMPOUT (CLOSED)


SCREENSHOT
PRODUCTIONS


SHINE ON
COLLECTIVE
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY SIX Intensity scores of SIX are experiences that exist in the space between immersive horror (4’s and 5’s) and extreme horror experiences (7’s and above). While not as extreme as extreme horror, these companies often have triggers or content that can be intense for the normal immersive horror participant, such as violence against children. This is not aggressive intensity, but more mental intensity. The companies at this level are also varied in their style and tone, so please do your research to understand the experience you are buying a ticket for before you do so.


FACELESS
VENTURES

ZOMBIE
JOE'S
UNDERGROUND
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY SEVEN
Intensity scores of SEVEN signify entry-level EXTREME HAUNTS like The 17th Door and Freakling Bros' Gates of Hell as well as more evocative story-based EXTREME IMMERSIVE HORROR (EIH) experiences like The Experiences or nocent. These experiences will provide an excellent entry point for those looking for a bit more from traditional experiences. The extreme haunt variants will add in minor shocks, full contact and mature themes and are not solo experiences, while the immersive horror experiences will focus more on evoking emotion and enveloping you in a larger world, adding in high levels of personalization.



GATES OF HELL

17TH

DOOR


THE EXPERIENCES



BL4KM4SS
nocent


(Los Angeles)
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY EIGHT
Intensity scores of EIGHT signify theatrical EXTREME IMMERSIVE HORROR (EIH) experiences. These experiences push boundaries by sending participants through alone. They incorporate aggressive contact, nudity (actor and optional participant), sensory deprivation, and fear of the unknown. These are theatrical experiences with simulated torture--and while guests will definitely have their limits pushed, they won't be faced with actual violence and torment.
SANTU

DELIRIA


BLACKOUT


STAG
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY NINE For intensity scores of NINE, audiences should expect EXTREME HAUNT and EXTREME IMMERSIVE HORROR (EIH) experiences with a strong narrative focus and increased intensity. These are experiences that aim to push boundaries through the use of physical brutality and aggression, sensory deprivation, visceral imagery, and psychological fear. Some experiences will leave participants with intended marks (scratches, bruises, and beyond), while others achieve this through fear of the unknown. These are usually individual experiences, and we recommend researching these companies before attending. QUIETUS
HORROR


(BELGIUM)

LA CASA
DE
SATANAS
(CHICAGO)


MIASMA
(CHICAGO)
SHOCK
THEATER


(NEW YORK)

HERETIC
(CLOSED)

HVRTING

(LOS ANGELES)
Haunting Train - JPG Haunting Logo for Main PageINTENSITY TEN For an Intensity score of TEN, audiences should expect the most extreme experiences. These are EXTREME HAUNTS that focus on theme over narrative. Guests will individually face all aspects of simulated death: electrocution, suffocation, drowning, physical aggression, and being buried alive. This is not for newcomers and we highly recommend doing a level 9 extreme experience prior to doing one of these events.
THE
VICTIM
EXPERIENCE
CASTLE OF
CHAOS

{Not Currently
Recommended)
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