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All of Halloween Weekend’s Best Events in Los Angeles

Celebrate Halloween in Los Angeles all weekend long (and Monday) with this cheat sheet of the best events, parties, haunts, and more.

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Friday, October 28

  • This Halloween weekend our favorite ice cream  Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is offering free mini-cones to kids in costume. Plus all trick or treaters or adults in costumes will receive a “buy one, treat a friend card.” Perfect excuse for ice cream!
  • Celebrate the Day of The Dead with classic sugar skull face painting, Halloween glam eyes by MAC, live music, and tequila tasting at FIGat7th in downtown. This event is free and open to the public!
  • The Pumpkin King returns! Danny Elfman’s Nightmare Before Christmas at the Hollywood Bowl returns with original cast members. And you can check for discounted tickets!
  • I know you’ve been meaning to trek down to Long Beach for the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor for years. Now’s the time! This year Dark Harbor is darker, more shocking, and more terrifying than ever.

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Saturday, October 29

  • Downtown’s Villains Tavern is throwing a Halloween party with Jack Daniels and PBR specials, live music, a costume contest, prizes and trick or treat bags. Come in costume. And it’s free!
  • The Calvary Cemetery invites you to discover the meaning of Dia De Los Muertos during their celebration this Saturday. Great for children!
  • The Theatre at Ace Hotel’s Bloodsuckers Bash returns for the third year in a row with an evening filled with dancing, drinks, and dark arts. Get your tickets now, it will sell out!
  • Three days of free, family-friendly Halloween activities during the Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration.Enjoy pumpkin decorating, film screenings, a doggie costume parade and trick or treating at over 100 local businesses.
  • The 4th Annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl kicks off at Rusty’s Surf Ranch and the pub crawl continues through multiple bars, ending at 1212 Santa Monica, home of the Official Zombie After Party.
  • At The Boulet Brothers’ 16th Annual Los Angeles Halloween Ball The Boulet Brothers of Dragula and Queen Kong fame are filling up three stories of The Globe with a haunted mansion-themed party featuring DJs, scare zones, carnival games, a costume contest, and meet and greets with Clive Barker and Rupaul’s Drag Race‘s Violet Chachki.
  • At the Bloodsuckers Bash at The Ace DJs, drinks and dark arts await you. This year’s party features sets from Rush Midnight and Chrome Canyon, plus a photobooth from Super Deluxe. Guests are encouraged to dress as “dwellers-of-the-night.”
  • At one of Los Angeles’s most haunted hotels, Big Sean will take over The Hollywood Roosevelt. The Tropicana Pool, the Blossom Grand Ballroom, the lobby and Public Kitchen and Bar will all become the stuff nightmares are made of.
  • Costumes are a must at Bar Marmont’s “A Night at the Haunted Mansion.” DJs Pleasure Principle, Paul Pembury and others will be providing the dance music, and you will need to utter the secret password to get in: “redrum.” No cover, but you must RSVP.

022012.SO.1228.forever.3.pr On a clear winter day the Hollywood sign shows brightly above the Hollywood Forever Cemetery located on Santa Monical Blvd, east of Gower St. Photo by Perry C. Riddle/LAT, December 28, 2000.

Sunday, October 30

  • You may have been to the cemetery for Cinespia screenings, but you’ve never seen it like this before. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tour is a two hour tour that will have you visiting the grounds and its famous residents like Cecil B. Demille, Marion Davies, Rudolph Valentino, Mickey Rooney, and more.
  • Don’t want to leave the dog(s) at home? Spend the day at the 16th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade in Long Beach. Dubbed as the largest pet Halloween celebration, the event will have vendors and a pet adoption fair.
  • The LA Zoo’s annual Halloween month long celebration Boo At The Zoo is back with spooky attractions for kids and adults. Mazes, costumed characters, pumpkin carving, and more! Perfect for kids!

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Monday, October 3

  • Yes, Halloween falls on a Monday this year, but who skips West Hollywood’s legendary Carnaval. The biggest Halloween party in town takes place in the streets of West Hollywood on Santa Monica Blvd. The party kicks off at 6 p.m., with a parade, and live entertainment. Most of the nearby bars will have their own parties and specials.
  • For dinner goers on Halloween, E.P. & L.P. will be hosting a Stranger Things-themed party on their rooftop lounge. 80s music, board games, specialty cocktails and decor meant to immerse guests in The Upside Down, including those flickering lights, a ouija board and costumes.
  • Downtown’s New Orleans-themed bar The Little Easy is hosting a dead celebrity party! Guests are asked to dress up like their favorite deceased star, and there will be a costume contest with prizes. New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Halloween, yes please.

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