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The Best Ways to Celebrate Halloween in LA
by Los Angeles Bucket List
The City of Angels turns into the City of Devils when October hits! Nowhere goes harder for Halloween than Los Angeles, and there’s no shortage of unique, fun, and downright scary things to do this time of year. Whether you’re all about horrifying haunted houses or just want to show off your killer costume at a Halloween party with your besties, we’ve found all of the top events in L.A. this spooky season!
P.S. Check out our Ultimate 2022 Fall Bucket List for the top events and activities happening in LA all fall long.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Keep the Halloween festivities going with this Dia de los Muertos celebration on November 2nd. Enjoy Dia de Los Muertos-inspired cocktails atop the beautiful rooftop of the Highlight Room overlooking the LA skyline, and dig into free tacos from Tacos 1986 and dessert while dancing the night away with a live DJ.
Where: Highlight Room: 6417 Selma Ave, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028
For more information on the Dia De Los Muertos Party at the Highlight Room.
Boo at the LA Zoo
Visit the LA Zoo during the month of October to catch pumpkin feedings, education stations, live shows, themed photo ops, and more. On the last two weekends of the month, come dressed in costume and hit the designated candy stations as you make your way through the zoo.
Where: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
For more information on Boo at the LA Zoo.
Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party
2022’s Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party will feature the same costume contests, fun, and drinks that in-the-know fans have come to expect from the annual underground event. This year, they have a secret location you’ll learn upon check-in. Get ready to party on October 29th!
Where: Check-in at Brunswig Square, 360 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
For more information on Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party.
Nights of the Jack
If you love Halloween but hate scary things, there’s no better activity than Nights of the Jack. The pumpkin-centric event is totally family-friendly, with photo ops, food trucks, and a magical jack-o-lantern-filled walk through the grounds of the beautiful King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. We promise it’s worth the drive.
Where: King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302
For more information on Nights of the Jack.
Tunnel of Terror Haunted Carwash
Sure, you’ve heard of a haunted house, but what about a haunted carwash? Experience the thrills and chills of a spooky walkthrough without ever having to leave the comfort of your own car! There are two locations for this unusual haunt—one in Fontana and one in Anaheim. For $30, you and your car full of friends get to experience this spooky attraction—and get your car squeaky clean, too.
Where: Big Wave Express Carwash, 2219 Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA. 92801 and Raceway Express Carwash, 7460 Cherry Ave, Fontana, CA. 92336
For more information on Tunnel of Terror Haunted Carwash.
Trick or Drink: Halloween Bar Crawls
Kick your Halloweekend up a notch with a bar crawl in Santa Monica! Gather your friends, put on your craziest costume, and get ready to party at some of SaMo’s most iconic bars. A $15 wristband gets you entry to Britannia Pub, Barney's Beanery, Cabo Cantina, King & Queen Cantina and more, plus drink specials all night long!
Where: Starting at Britannia Pub, 318 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90401
For more information on Trick or Drink: Halloween Bar Crawls.
Sunday Scaries Halloween Party
Halloween is taking over The Victorian in Santa Monica! This 21+ event will have killer DJs, spooky specialty drinks, and lots of fun. A $25 VIP ticket gets you front-of-the-line entry and one cocktail. What better way to ward off the Sunday scaries?
Where: The Victorian, 2640 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405
For more information on Sunday Scaries Halloween Party.
Farmers Market LA Fall Festival
For one weekend only, check out a fall festival hosted by LA’s favorite Farmers Market. On October 22nd and 23rd, the market will be transformed with a pumpkin patch, pig races, fall-themed games, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and photo opportunities for the whole family.
Where: 6333 W. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA
For more information on Farmers Market LA Fall Festival.
If you’re looking for a Halloween throwback, you won’t want to miss these events! Slasher Cinema will feature Totally 80's: A Nightmare on Elm Street on October 22nd, and That's So 90's: Scream on October 29th. A ticket to either event also gets you access to a spooky underground walkthrough, games, prizes, and photo opportunities!
Where: Million Dollar Theater, 307 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
For more information on Slasher Cinema.
Haunted Hotel DTLA
Start off your Halloween weekend in style at the iconic Hotel Figueroa in Downtown Los Angeles. You’ll find a breathtaking spooktacular event space with state-of-the-art sound, and captivating entertainment throughout the night, including world-class DJs, fire dancers, an epic show, and more. You can also enjoy a 3-hour open bar from 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM and optional plush VIP booths with first-class table service.
Where: Hotel Figueroa: 939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
For more information on Haunted Hotel DTLA.
Catch an outdoor Showing of Psycho
You can't let spooky season pass you by without seizing the opportunity to watch an Alfred Hitchcock film. Sure, you can watch a Hitchcock film any time of year, but you can only catch it at SoCal's largest outdoor movie series on October 29th. Watch the classic thriller, Psycho, under the stars this Halloweekend, with gourmet food, music, and more. Don't forget to pack a blanket!
Where: Locations vary, please check the screening schedule.
For more information on Outdoor Movies.
Union Station will be transformed into a Halloween Village packed with festive activities for the whole family, including an interactive haunted hay maze, spooky slime sessions, fun face painting, pumpkin decorating, stilt walkers, and Halloween characters. There will also be monster mash dance parties, trick or treating, and a costume parade with prizes!
Where: Union Station: 800 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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We've rounded up the best places to pick pumpkins, drink cider, get lost in a corn maze, and more! From pumpkin races and train rides to family farms complete with petting zoos and hayrides.
Where: Various locations.
For more information on LA Pumpkin Patches.
Skybar Halloween Parties
Skybar is offering up a variety of Halloween parties over the holiday weekend. Whether you’re looking for some divine disco, a classic Halloween party, or an upbeat dance event, they’ve got three different celebrations in store. All of the events are DJed by Scotty Boy, so they’re sure to be a spooktacularly good time!
Where: Skybar at the Mondrian, 8440 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
For more information on Skybar Halloween Parties.
All Things Wicked & Wonderful
A potions class that ends in a happy hour? A costume parade for dogs and their owners? A meet and greet with a tarantula? These are just a few of the spooky events happening at South Coast Botanic Garden all month long. Offerings from the “All Things Wicked & Wonderful” programming will be sprinkled throughout the Garden and into the regular happenings. Don’t miss out on a Halloween Hunt, a graveyard for diabolical and misunderstood plants, and more!
Where: 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
For more information on All Things Wicked and Wonderful.
One of Los Angeles’ favorite Halloween events is back and better than ever for 2022. This year’s festival is available almost every night from October 12th through 31st and will feature the famous haunted hayride, several other themed walkthroughs, the Monte Revolta theatrical show, and lots of fun food and drinks. Tickets start at just $29.99.
Where: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
For more information on the Haunted Hayride.
You don’t have to be a basketball fanatic to have a blast at Shaqtoberfest! The event—put on by the Shaquille O’Neal—offers all of your favorite Halloween activities in one place. Pumpkin patch? Check. Scary haunted walkthroughs? Check. Trick-or-Treating? Carnival Rides? Spooky treats and adult beverages? Check, check, check! And it all takes place in and around the iconic Queen Mary ship in Long Beach.
Where: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
For more information on Shaqtoberfest.