What a Wonderful Fright: 13 Spooktacular Things To Do in the L.A. Area This October

Halloween is supposed to be a little bit grim and kind of scary, but there are ways to embrace the spirit of the holiday without taking on unnecessary risk. Luckily there are a number of events throughout the Los Angeles area this year that offer just that! Please note that not all are family friendly or will necessarily suitable for the youngest of ghouls, so parental discretion advised.

Happy haunting!

  1. Boo at the Zoo

5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

“Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find spooktacular fun October 1 through 27, and entertainment and activities — including live shows, special animal feedings, and themed photo ops — on weekends.” Plus, there will be trick-or-treating on October 19/20 and 26/27! Costumes encouraged!

  1. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, Ca 90027

Now in its 11th year, and hailing from the authentically haunted Old Zoo area of Griffith Park, this year the hayride welcomes you to the foothills of Midnight Falls… if you dare! This terrifying tradition will be available through November 2nd.

  1. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, CA 91608

“The studio that spawned the original monster movie genre, once again, breathes new life into your darkest nightmares – bringing deeper fears and more hair-raising encounters with 10 new spine-chilling mazes.” Available on select nights through November 3rd.

  1. Halloween Organ & Film

October 31, 2019 – 8:00 PM

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

“Organist Clark Wilson sets a haunting scene as he accompanies the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring a legendary performance from Lon Chaney.”

  1. Haunted Little Tokyo 2019

Little Tokyo Neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles

“Halloween festivities will be celebrated throughout the whole month of October with pumpkin patches, ghostly games, Japanese yurei, free Halloween movie screenings, ‘haunted’ walking tours, themed drink specials, and more, ending with a frightfully-fun block party, costume contest and trick or treating on Saturday, October 26th, 2019.”

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  1. HOWL-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest

October 26, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Ventura Harbor Village

“A wonderful display of dogs (and owners) in creative and thematic costumes to win prizes!”

  1. South Pasadena Halloween Spooktacular

October 25, 2019 – 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Orange Grove Park, 815 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA

“There will be games, inflatables, arts and crafts, and much more! Make sure to bring on a monstrous appetite as there will be plenty of food available for purchase.” This annual event is free!

  1. Carved

October 23–27, 6:30 to 10:30 PM.

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

“For five nights only, a thousand professionally carved pumpkins – some as large as 100 pounds and all of them real – will line a 1-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Carved is a family-friendly event for all ages.” Advance tickets are required.

  1. Nights of the Jack

Now thru November 3rd

King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302

“Vast grounds of intricately hand-carved and illuminated jack o’lanterns will welcome visitors as they make their way through the half-mile trail around King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, CA. Angelenos will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a Halloween wonderland featuring a live pumpkin carver, gift shop, top LA food trucks, our “The Spookeasy Bar”, serving specially crafted Halloween cocktails.” Tickets required.

  1. Santa Monica Pier Halloween Costume Parade

1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401 United States

As part of this year’s Fishy Fest at Heal the Bay Aquarium, “…all ghosts and goblins are invited to join a 3pm parade on Sunday, October 27. Stepping off in front of the Aquarium, the procession will make its way along the Pier to trick-or-treat from Pier businesses.”

  1. The Natural History of Horror

Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

“Just in time for Halloween, NHM will present a spooky, homegrown Hollywood exhibition that reveals the science of the scary,” reads the site. “We have a strange curiosity for mysterious, eerie, and grotesque monsters. We love the thrill of intense, heart-pounding bursts of adrenaline that only horror movies can provide. In … [the] Natural History of Horror, explore the scientific inspiration for classic monsters from Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Get a glimpse of rare movie props, film footage, hands-on activities, and museum specimens.”

  1. Dia de los Muertos Festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038

“Hollywood Forever’s 20th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration will take place on Saturday November 2nd, 2019. This year our guiding theme is the Monarch Butterfly and its winter home the Mexican state of Michoacán. Michoacán is also one of the two cultural heartlands in Mexico where the ancient traditions of Dia de los Muertos have been celebrated the longest and most vibrantly.”

  1. Paramount Pictures After Dark:  Tales From the Other Side

Now thru November 3rd

Paramount Pictures Studio Tour, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038

“Not all the stories born on our studio lot made it to the silver screen. Some stories, the darker stories, remained, and they continue to haunt the lot by moonlight. Maybe it’s the cemetery next door. Maybe it’s the passion to succeed in Hollywood that keeps the spirited personalities relevant today, even after death. Maybe it’s just your imagination.”

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Check Out These References for Further Reading:

Halloween Event Guide 2019: Agoura Hills & Nearby.” Patch.com. Retrieved 18 October 2019.

Ultimate Halloween Event List: 35+ Best Celebrations in LA for Free or Spooky Fun.” Mommy Poppins. Retrieved 18 October 2019.

Halloween events in Los Angeles for spooky fun.” TimeOut. Retrieved 18 October 2019.


2019-10-22T10:00:40-08:00October 18th, 2019|Halloween, Halloween Events, Halloween Safety|0 Comments