Halloween is just around the corner. Don’t know if you’re excited but we are!
While our town doesn’t have the fall leaves and cold weather (we can keep hoping), Los Angeles offers other kinds of chills and thrills for all ages. From Halloween Horror Nights to Boo at the Zoo, we’ve rounded up the best in LA’s Halloween event and Haunt offerings this fall.
Fall Family Friendly Festivities
Select Days September 23rd – October 31st
It’s Halloweentime at the Disneyland resort! The whole park has undergone a festive transformation and their fall layovers have taken over two of their attractions. Jack Skellington and friends have taken up residence inside the Haunted Mansion for their Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain has turned into Ghost Galaxy. However on select nights this fall you can attend Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate ticketed event where guests can go in costume and enjoy exclusive Halloween activities not available to the general public during the park’s operating hours. There’s a the Halloween Screams fireworks show, trick or treating around the park and the new Frightfully Fun parade of villains and friends.
October 13th – 15th
This travelling pumpkin carving show hits the Los Angeles Convention Center in the middle of October. You and the family can attend to view over 5,000 hand-carved Jack O’Lanterns that illuminate the halls. Boasting a combination of fresh pumpkins and fake carved ones, the artists display work inspired by Jack faces, animals and pop culture icons.
Weekends starting October 1st – 31st
Knott’s Berry Farm is known for it’s nighttime offerings during Halloween but when the sun is out Snoopy and friends invite kids to join in on a bone-jangling jamboree. There’s trick-or-treating in Ghost Town, Snoopy’s costume contest, and a kid friendly Spooky Hollow Maze. This year the event celebrates the 50th anniversary of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and you can explore Linus’ Great Pumpkin Patch.
Fridays – Weekends in October
Riverside’s Castle Park is also offering two separate events for LA families. During their daytime hours on the weekends kids 12 and under can participate in pumpkin carving, trick or treating and compete in a costume contest at their Happy Hauntings event. At night during Castle Dark teens and adults (no kids after dark) can enjoy haunted attractions like the Demented Doom Ride, The Vortex, Shiverton Manor and Ghost Blasters in addition to unlimited rides and mini-golf.
The L.A. Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo returns to offer both day and night fun. Participate with loved ones in close encounters with the wildlife, creepy caves, creepy crafts, pumpkin carving, and mad science parties. This more educational than candy treating event focuses on the different kinds of creatures more associated with the season.
Haunts (Teens to Adults)
September 22nd – October 31st
Los Angeles first Halloween haunt lets the fog roll in along with all sorts of boils and ghouls including one Mistress of the Dark. Terrifying mazes, interactive attraction Skeleton Key rooms, scare zone with roaming monsters and the best zombie shooting simulation in town shows that the Farm still reigns supreme in campy horror fun. This year the popular military squad zombie shooting experience gets expanded for more shot-em-up madness that allows you to take out the undead using laser tag tech. Elvira hosts another amazing nighttime spectacular with her seductive spooky vibrations and the mazes unleash the worst of your fears.
September 16th-November 5th
Walk into the the terrifying worlds of horror cinema at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights where you come face to face with the biggest icons of the genre. This year they’ve got Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface, The Exorcist, Halloween’s Michael Myers and Freddy vs Jason. Along for the fun is a maze inspired by recent modern properties like The Purge, Krampus, and American Horror Story.
September 17th – October 30th
The Suicide Squad take over the west coast’s roller-coaster destination park. Tag along with Harley Quinn, The Joker and company to experience the fun at night with various monster inspired mazes. You can ride some of the select attractions at night in the dark and party with your heathen friends with live DJ’s.
September 29th – October 31st
Pretty much the biggest haunted attraction in an actually haunted place. The famed and ghost filled Queen Mary raises it’s spirits from the depths of the sea and it’s halls. Favorite mazes like Soulmate, Lullaby, and B340. This seaside event also boasts fun sideshow shows with creepy cabanas to chill in with treats and potion-like libations at the Voodoo House tasting room. This year they’re introducing a 4D experience that’s sure to be panic inducing and a new maze!
October 1st – October 31st
Now the creepiest outdoor location for a Halloween is the Old LA zoo in Griffith Park. Their annual Hayride carries you through the terrors hidden in the woods. This year they bring us The Secret Society and for the first year ever guest will be able to get out of the wagon bed and face ghosts of hayrides past on two different routes. Their House of Shadows and Trick or Treat mazes return but the latter is underwhelming so skip it. The Purgatory area usually offers great carnival fun with psychics, the scary-go-round and entertaining interactive performances on stage.
September 29th – November 12th
In it’s 8th year, Wicked Lit roams it’s mausoleum grounds once more to bring three short horror plays to life. This year they’re doing H.P. Lovecraft’s From Beyond, Anansi’s Demons and Ellen Glasgow’s The Shadowy Third. There will also be ghost stories around a fire with resident monsters. This show is appropriate for ages 14 and over. So it’s more for the high school crowd and older.
September 29th – November 13th (Possible Extended Run)
It’s the horror community’s west coast Hamilton. The best Halloween experience in this city, Delusion the interactive play company makes it comeback after being dark for a year. This time creator Jon Braver and his company bring us the vampiric tale of His Crimson Queen. Guest are invited to enter a mansion where they will find themselves inside a haunting tale of love and the supernatural. It’s run is already sold out until they decide to extend which as of run date hasn’t been announced. It’s a little tricky to describe the experience because it’s so special and unique. Part theater and part haunt, this drops you right in the stories that Braver so expertly crafts with every talented individual on his team.
September 24th – October 15th
The Garage Theater in Long Beach is putting on a run of the campy and very adult play adaptation of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead in musical form. The bloody, showstopping, Deadite killing extravaganza is led by Ash when he and his friends accidentally read from the Necronomicon and raise the dead. It’s campy and interactive, the first few rows of this shows are lovingly referred to as the splash zone because you’ll probably get blood on you. This show has a cult following and it’s probably more for audiences who are into raunchy and gory horror.
September 29 to November 12
Fans 17 and over can enjoy a musical reimagning of the Disney cult Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus at the Rockwell table and stage. Broadway star and original stage Traci Turnbland, Marissa Janet Winokur will take on the role of Winnifred Sanderson. The show is produced by Kate Pazakis from her adaptation written with and John Flyn.
Excited to check out one of these events? Let us know in the comments below! Happy Hauntings!!
*17 and up