The Los Angeles Halloween Guide: Something for Everyone
You love to get outdoors, you mix and mingle, French cinema is your favorite cinema, and you collect costume jewelry.
3. Day of the Dead at Hollywood Forever: Put on your best Calaca clothes for Cali’s largest Day of the Dead Celebration. Musical performances, altars, arts and crafts, food, and costumes light up the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to celebrate the dead in a rather lively fashion.
October 27th, 12pm-12am, $8
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038
2. KCRW Masquerade: Vaudeville circus troupes, Halloween storytelling in a haunted bridal suite, a costume contest, artisan food trucks, live music, and dancing in five different themed ballrooms that haunt the Park Plaza.
October 27th, 9pm-2am, $85 pre-sale
Park Plaza, 607 S. Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
1. LACMA Ball: For the classiest Halloween party, grab your martini for a Stanley Kubrick themed Halloween party. This one wins our mask, as partygoers get to go look at a Kubrick exhibit while clad in outlandish costumes. This is truly a party as entertaining as Eyes Wide Shut but (probably) not as creepy.
October 31st, 8 pm, $100 pre-sale
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
You liked that song “Dancing in the Street” so you decided to take the lyrics literally.
3. Long Beach Zombie Walk: Relive your favorite moments from The Walking Dead in person with Long Beach’s Zombie Walk, featuring a screening of Shaun of the Dead, live music, horror vendors, and zombie-based activities.
October 27th, 3pm-11pm, $15 for regular entrance
Shoreline Village, 429 Shoreline Village Dr, Ste P, Long Beach, CA 90802
2. Hollywood Halloween Street Fair: A PG version of the WeHo edition. Consider it a Happy Hour before you brave the storm.
October 31st, street closed until 10pm, FREE
Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA
1. West Hollywood Halloween Carnival: Feel forever young at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival, where you’ll wander through thousands (and that’s not including the maybe’s) of drunken people in the most bizarre Halloween get-ups you’ve ever witnessed. Go ahead and try to one-up the masses, but know that someone will outdo you here.
October 31st, 6pm-11pm, FREE
Santa Monica Blvd. from Doheny to La Cienega, West Hollywood, CA
(NOT SO) CASUAL PARTYGOER:
You own five masks to conceal your identity from the ladies (and your drunken antics). This is the only time of year that you’re not creepy, so embrace it, and party your weird little heart out.
3. King Tut’s Tomb at the Egyptian: Party like old Hollywood at one of LA’s famed old movie theaters where your ticket gets you access to an open bar, a Haunted Pyramid dance room, a light show, three rooms, an outdoor patio, spinning DJs, and a huge costume contest.
October 27th, 9pm-2am, tickets vary
The Egyptian, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028
2. Halloween at the Roosevelt: If your money’s running like water out of drought season, or you just spend it that way, it might be worth it to check out the Halloween party at the Roosevelt, where the hotel transforms into a haunted haven that’s Chromeo level cool (who will be there spinning a set).
October 27th, 8pm-3am, tickets are $125
The Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
1. Escape from Wonderland: An escape into a dark electro wonderland fitted with a custom built house, tons of electro music, twisted mazes, a haunted art car, art installations, and an overall audiovisual feast.
October 27, 4pm-2am, tickets are $75 regular price
NOS Events Center, 689 South “E” Street, San Bernadino, CA 92408
You like roller coasters and the creatures that haunt them.
3. Magic Mountain Fright Fest: As if the rides weren’t terrifying enough, Magic Mountain will be delivering scares a plenty this Halloween – think of it as the beginner’s guide to Universal Studios frights.
Through October 28th, tickets are $44.99 online
Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
2. Knott’s Scary Farm: Or is it?
Through October 31st, TH-SU, $36.99 online
Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
1. Universal Studios Haunted Horror Nights: You’ll be scared sick at LA’s favorite ride-filled adrenaline boost that’ll make you feel like you’re living inside a horror movie.
Through October 31st, TH-SU (AND HALLOWEEN), tickets vary
Universal Studios,100 Universal City Plz, Universal City, CA 91608
You just want to go local: with your produce, with your meat, and with your haunted attractions. Hit up these neighborhood favorites that have been established in the LA Community.
3. Forest of Mirrors: Venture into Woodland Hills for a free scare at the Forest of Mirrors on Halloween Night. It’s a homemade haunt in the backyard of a house once owned by Buster Keaton and enter a cemetery of … You guessed it … Mirrors.
October 31st, 6pm-12am, FREE
Forest of Mirrors, 6124 Lederer Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
2. Haunted Hollow: Travel back in time to 1974 and get creeped out by learning about a massacre that took place in 1974. Get courage as you pass through the vintage Halloween town and meet its victims.
October 27th and 31st, 7:30pm-11:30pm, FREE
Haunted Hollow, 603 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004
1. House at Haunted Hill: This high octane haunted attraction in Woodland Hills is full of special effects, humor, music, and video projection actors that people say resembles Disney’s Haunted Mansion. Just leave those ashes at home.
October 26th-31st, 7pm-10pm (open late opening weekend), FREE
House at Haunted Hill, 4400 Saltillo St, Los Angeles, CA 91364
CUTE AS HELL:
You frequent the sort of places where you’ll find “boo-berry” named concoctions, spiced cider, and children.
3. Bob Baker’s Halloween Hoop-de-doo: When’s the last time you went to a marionette show? Okay then, how about a Halloween infused marionette show?
Dates and times vary, runs through November 4th, $15
Bob Baker Marionettes, 1345 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90026
2. Boney Island: A vibrant and kid-friendly Halloween haunt brimming with a colorful fountain and (friendly) skeletons.
Starts nightly at 6pm on October 20th, running until Halloween, FREE
Boney Island, 4602 Morse Ave, Studio City, CA 91614
1. Halloweentime at Disneyland: There isn’t a more perfect place on a holiday than Disneyland. They don’t just decorate. They go all out, changing rides around, and making sure that your favorite Disney lights, and sounds, have an eerie (but friendly) glow.
Runs nightly through Halloween, tickets are $87
Disneyland, 1313 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802
You’re an animal lover. Get a costume on that bitch (unless it’s a male dog, or a cat, or a ferret-hey, those are still illegal in The Golden State).
3. Boo at the Zoo: Hear spooky tales from a witch, meet a scarecrow, carve a pumpkin, and gnosh on pumpkin treats while visiting animal friends. If you are particularly adventurous you can gather ideas for exotic pets.
October 27th and 28th from 10am-4pm, general admission is $17
Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2. Scarium of the Pacific: If you loved Finding Nemo, but were pretty “meh” on Madagascar, then you should check this event out. It’s pretty much the same deal as the zoo, only there are now exotic fish involved, and the fish are (probably) not in costume. Magic shows will be had, as well as coloring contests, storytelling, and underwater pumpkin carving. That’s right.
October 20th and 21st from 9am-5pm, tickets are $25.95
Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
1. Howl O’ Ween Dog Costume Parade: There will be five hundred plus dressed up dogs hanging out in Long Beach on Halloween weekend. Expect puns and adorable instagram photos.
October 28th, 2:30pm, FREE
Starts at 4900 E Livingston Dr, Long Beach, CA 90803
PRETTY SCARY SH*T:
You have a darker edge to you, and wish Benicio Del Toro acted in romantic comedies. Here are some popular places where you can pay to get scared.
3. Pierce College Haunted Corn Maze: Though pricey for a short attraction, the corn maze is a great addition to some of the neighboring Halloween houses in Woodland Hills. Opinions are mixed as to whether it is scary or not, but I’m pretty sure I cried like a Titanic-bound tenth grader (scared sh*tless).
Open every night through Halloween except October 22, 10am-10pm (12am F/S) General Entry is $5, Maze is $13
Pierce College Haunted Corn Maze, 20800 Victory Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
2. Hellbreak LA: How many times have you driven past that creepy shut down Sears building on Santa Monica Boulevard and thought it would be a great location for a scary movie? The Sears building has been transformed into a post-apolcalyptic prison where “experiments” are taking place.
Runs through Halloween daily 7pm-1am (opens 2pm Halloween). Get your $35 tickets here
Old Sears Building, 5601 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
1. Haunted Hayride: Explore the “powerful hand of cults” on this year’s Haunted Hayride that weaves its way through Griffith Park into the pitch black night.
Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027
EVEN SCARIER SH*T:
You watch Guillermo Del Toro and still think “it would have been so much better if there were exploding bloody doll heads and John Lithgow made a cameo” (scariest sh*t we could think of).
3. Blumhouse: Horror movie buffs delight in this haunted house put on by the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious. It takes place in a theater that once housed “dark art magicians”. They also put on a less scary daylight tour for kids (or for grown up kids like me).
Blumhouse of Horrors, 940 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017
2. Delusion: It would be a shame not to mention the NPH (that’s Neil Patrick Harris for those of you trapped under a rock in a decade-long version of 127 hours) produced Delusion, a haunted play that is supposed to be out of this world scary (and maybe, a little bit fashionable). Tickets are currently sold out, but beg your friends and check Craigslist!
Sold out, get tickets through friends or favors
Delusion, 2218 S Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018
1. Blackout Haunted House: Based on what we heard, this could, hands down, be the scariest haunted house in America. You must enter alone. People stick fingers in your mouth. You cannot talk, only scream. You have to wear a protective mask and carry a flashlight. It seems really gross, and nasty, and terrifying, and you probably shouldn’t go unless you want to pay for therapy, or you’re already paying for therapy because you’re into this kind of thing.
Blackout Haunted House, 207 S. Broadway, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012