Published September 23, 2021
Los Angeles may not be known for frosty seasons, but it certainly does aesthetic autumn and spooky season like nowhere else. We're talking an equal dose of gorgeous hikes, glittering botanical gardens, and full costumed witchy potion classes—plus Halloween events and haunted locations with thrills that only the epicenter of the entertainment industry could conjur.
As the SoCal hot summer fades and the leaves begin to change, we’ve gathered 16 of the best fall and Halloween activities around Los Angeles.
Credit: Descanso Gardens
Get your dose of golden leaves and autumnal botany just minutes away from Downtown LA. Descanso Gardens is blooming with fall foliage—including “chocolate roses” as of September 2nd! Plus, "Carved" featuring thousands of pumpkins, and "Enchanted Forest of Light" are back for the 2021 season—and tickets are on presale now!
Carved is up first from Oct. 11-31, and will include sculptures, pumpkin-carving demos, fall-fun bites and sips, and a mile-long walk brimming with pumpkin displays.
Where: 1418 Descanso Dr La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
When: Carved returns October 11th - 31st
Fresh from 2019’s Burning Man, the Fluffy Cloud is a truly wild, 3-story, 360 degree immersive sound and light experiential artwork! For 1 night, LA will experience it as a centerpiece in an event like no other, described as: “a pop-up artistic carnival [with] interactive art, games, rides, crafting, maybe even some weather control....Wait and see.”
There will be 3 phases: sound bathing, live acoustic/electronic performances, and a lineup of deep house and melodic techno rarely heard “this side of the Atlantic.”
When: Saturday, 9 October 2021, 4:00pm.
Where: Downtown LA Location
Los Angeles, the city of angels, could just as easily be the city of ghosts due to its history of mysterious starlet deaths, and its hosting of haunted forests, cemeteries, and the world’s most haunted ship. Explore the famous and terrifying local haunts for spooky season—or make it an entire haunted California road trip!
P.S. The iconic Queen Mary has an uncertain future at the moment—we recommend seeing it while you can!
Trick or treat yourself to one of the scariest events this spooky szn. Haunt of Halloween conjures up a hell of a scary time in truly macabre fashion – with a 5,000+ square-foot haunted maze that unmasks the true spirit of Halloween! It’s psychologically designed to shock your senses, test your limits, and bring out your deepest fears. It also showcases a SCARE ZONE where the tables are turned and you’re given 5 minutes to draw blood-curdling screams from your victims — it's where maze-goers get to scare the hell out of people.
When: October 22-23, October 29-30 from 6:00PM-11:30PM
Where: Kaleidoscope, 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Unit 225 (Plaza Level) Mission Viejo, CA 92691
You definitely don't want to be late to this epic Alice In Wonderland themed cocktail adventure! Come along on a 90 minute topsy-turvy, theatrical AR experience that will take you down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass! Across 90 minutes you will: create two bespoke wonderland cocktails, solve riddles, devour “Eat Me” cake and much, much more!
Tickets: $47 per person
When: Wednesdays - Sundays
Where: 1233 Vine St, Los Angeles, California, United States, 90038
Bucket Listers is excited to bring you the most talented rising comedy stars for outdoor, live shows on a weekly basis! The top performers in LA as well as traveling headliners from SF will be showcasing their funniest material. This will be an epic series that is not to be missed. Comedians from CONAN, America's Got Talent, and HBO are sure to leave you with a night to remember.
When: Wednesdays all fall
Where: Citizen Public Market: 9355 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
In this “Back to the Museum” summer special, learn to jitterbug, jive, and swing at Summer Swing Nights Featuring The Swing Tones with a 7-piece band, special guests and more. Celebrate the return of live entertainment with the blockbuster “Summer Swing Nights: Back to the Museum” concert series featuring the jazzy vocal stylings of The Swing Tones plus performances by Los Angeles Swing Dance Posse with Chester Whitmore. Special guest performers to be announced.
When: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Where: Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo, CA 90245
Is becoming a dumpling master on your Bucket List? Or maybe a sushi savant? Well look no further than these dumpling and sushi making classes this month in LA. If you choose to discover the flavor-packed world of dumplings, you'll master the basics of dumpling wrapping in various different shapes. You’ll get a chance to work with high-quality store-bought dumpling wrappers. You’ll be learning valuable knife skills and learn how to create your own fillings from scratch. In the highly interactive and hands-on sushi making class, the Chef will let you in on tips and tricks of making delicious sushi rolls, from preparing the perfect sushi rice, cutting the fresh ingredients properly, and the art of rolling. This casual and easy to follow class will surely engage all your senses!
With the help of 60,600 frames of video, 90,000,000 pixels, and 500,000+ cubic feet of projections, this captivating digital art exhibit gives guests the rare opportunity to “step inside” the incredible works of Vincent Van Gogh like never before. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit before it closes January 2nd!
Tickets: Starting at $40 per person
When: Open now - January 2
Where: 6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Bringing together cult favorite fall films (think: Hocus Pocus and Edward Sissorhands), gourmet street food and progressive new music, Street Food Cinema is an entire experience. Available in multiple locations, with food trucks in each spot, it's the perfect spot for an elevated fall picnic date.
Tickets: $14 - GA Admission (originally $18)
Where: Various Locations
The World of Illusions comes Instagram ready with 4 unique experiences: a Giant’s House, the Museum of Illusions, an Upside Down House, and Smash It.
World of Illusions is the place to create memories and let your imagination soar, created by some of the world’s best artists, with new exhibitions being added often, so act fast to see them all!
Where: 6571 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
A famous final resting place for hundreds of Hollywood legends, HFC also hosts events, movie screenings—and the largest Dia de Los Muertos celebration outside of Mexico. On the last Saturday before November 2nd, celebrate the Day of the Dead with their daylong festival that features gorgeous altars, Aztec dancers, 5 stages of music and dance, arts and crafts, a ritual procession, and much more!
When: Saturday, Oct 30th
Where: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
September means the start of the NFL, and whether you're cheering for the Rams or Chargers, or simply your own fantasy team—it's time for the glorious return of sports bar Sundays.
Where: SoFi Stadium at 1001 Stadium Dr, Inglewood, CA 90301
Be transported into an immersive world of ghosts, psychopathic clowns, and vicious demons with LA’s Haunted HayRide. Back for its iconic 9th year, you can take the thrilling adventure through the magical horrors afflicting the town.
Where: 730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027
When: September 24th - October 31st
Knott’s Scary Farm is the largest Halloween event in SoCal, with theatrical scares and death defying rides you won’t find anywhere else. The fully transformed park features terrifying mazes, attractions, shows, and over 1,000 monsters lurking in every corner of the park. See you in the fog.
When: Select dates Sept. 16th - Oct. 31st
Where: 8039 Beach Blvd Buena Park, CA 90620
Head to this magical patch in Culver city to pick your perfect gord! They even have organic options, plus plenty of impressive pumpkin photo ops, and kid friendly attractions if you’d like to bring the little ones!
When: October 7th - 31st
Where: 10100 Jefferson Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
Every first Saturday of the month it's pretty much all the fun of Oktoberfest in ONE night. Live traditional German music, food and drink specials, fully-costumed staff in Lederhosen and Dirndls, and much more.
When: Saturdays, Sept. 4, Oct .2, Nov. 6, 2021 - 12 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Every first Saturday of the month
Where: 345 N La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA, 90036
Now that the summer heat has subsided a bit, it's time for you to get that perfect “It’s the climb” or “Adventure awaits' ' captioned cityscape ‘gram. We’ve gathered up seven of our favorite hikes throughout the LA-area to make sure.
Speaking of scenic hikes: did you know that a giant jack-o-lantern painted rock sits 1.7 miles above the hills of Riverside and Norco? Check it out for yourself, along with the sweeping Horsetown.
Where: Vandermolen Drive, Crestview Dr, Norco, CA 92860
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