Halloween Happenings in Los Angeles & Southern California | October 2021

It’s spooky season again and, unlike last year, trick-or-treating and in-person special events are back throughout Southern California! Below I’ve curated a list of all the best Halloween in-person events in Los Angeles, with some safety measures in place, of course. Haunted houses (and hayrides), classic horror film screenings, scary day and night hikes, decked out theme parks, and many more spooky things to do this weekend. Happy Halloween, Los Angeles! Stay safe, stay scary.

Halloween Organ & Film at Walt Disney Concert Hall
October 31, 7:30 PM
Halloween meets Frank Gehry architecture as a silent film screening is accompanied by organist Clark Wilson. This year, check out 1920’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore.
Tickets are on sale now. 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Last Night in Soho
Various Locations, Opens Friday, October 29 (with special advance screenings beginning Wednesday evening).
Director Edgar Wright’s latest high octane psychological thriller, Last Night in Soho, is opening to rapturous reviews and great fan fare in several locations throughout Los Angeles. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, and more, Last Night in Soho depicts Eloise, an aspiring fashion designer, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandie. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker. If you’re looking for something both spooky, weird, and stylish to watch this Halloween, this is it.

Haunted Little Tokyo
Events throughout October
Various Locations, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
The neighborhood is transformed with pumpkin patches, ghoulish games, trick-or-treating, free Halloween movie screenings, haunted walking tours, themed drink specials, scrumptious food, and more.
The pumpkin patch is on October 16 and the block party and scavenger hunt is on October 30.

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Boo at the Zoo
The L.A. Zoo’s annual merry-not-scary celebration of Halloween is back starting October 1 and running through October 31. This year’s festivities include a Spooky Stroll though the zoo’s grounds, an Extinct Animal Graveyard to raise awareness about conservation, pumpkin feedings at different animal enclosures, and trick or treating stations set up throughout the park. Through Oct. 31; 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park.

Halloween with Street Food Cinema
Street Food Cinema is screening classic Halloween movies throughout October, including Halloweentown, Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas at L.A. State Historic Park. On the final day of outdoor screenings, they’ll be showing Beetlejuice and The Craft in celebration of the latter film’s 25th anniversary. The outdoor event will feature music from a live DJ, a Halloween costume, an on-site bar, food trucks, and more. Tickets are only sold online and won’t be available at the door. Through Oct. 30; 1245 N. Spring St., Chinatown; from $18 for adults, $6 for kids, and free for kids ages 5 and under.

Cemetery Lane: Trick-R-Treat Experience
October 27-31
Heritage Square Museum, Montecito Heights, Los Angeles
Come for an hour-long trick-or-treat experience at one of Los Angeles’s collection of old Victorian homes! Perfect for all ages, especially kids!
A timed ticket is necessary for visits.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
The 30-acre attraction consists of a 25-minute nighttime tractor ride where you see tons of scary creatures and characters along the way, a haunted village, scary trick or treating, and a spooky corn maze. But beware! It’s not recommended for children under 12.. Through Oct. 31; 370 Crystal Springs Dr., Griffith Park; from $29.99.

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Carved at Descanso Gardens
For three weeks in October, visitors can walk through a one-mile pathway filled with hundreds of carved pumpkins at Descanso Gardens. This family-friendly event also features a hay maze known as the Pumpkin House and Halloween-themed food and beverages. Oct. 11-31; 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge; from $32 for non-members.

Amazon Prime Video’s House of Horrors Pop Up 
To celebrate the launch of its “Now Screaming” collection—which is filled with hours of horror content—Prime Video is bringing their spookiest titles to life at their House of Horrors pop up shop. Open now through November 1, visitors will get to see show-inspired costume displays from Amazon Originals like The Voyeurs, Black As NightMadres (premiering October 8), and I Know What You Did Last Summer (premiering October 15). Guests will also get the opportunity to purchase the costumes at the shop via QR codes and have them delivered straight to their doorsteps. The free event will also feature a photo booth and a Halloween candy kiosk. Through Nov. 1; 8551 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood.

Hallowe’en Spooktacular
It’s been a long two years since Bob Baker Marionette Theater held its last live Halloween show. This year’s event, which runs from Sept. 18 to Oct. 31, will feature 100 unique, spirited puppets who will rally together “to unearth things on strings.” Through Oct. 31; 4949 York Blvd., Highland Park; from $20.

Cabinet of Curiosities Halloween Boutique at Roger’s Gardens
Each year, Roger’s Gardens decks out its unique shop with unusual artifacts, an eclectic collection of Halloween antiques, and creepy creatures at every corner, and this year is no different. While you’re there, you can also pick up some decorations, like a 65-foot skeleton, a sack of skulls, or sinister looking pumpkins to bring the Halloween spirit back home. Through Oct. 31; 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona Del Mar; free.

Downtown Center BID’s Annual Halloween DTLA Festival for Kids
Tired of striking out looking for lit jack-o-lanterns at treat houses in your neighborhood? Check out the trick-or-treat trail at this family-friendly event hosted by Downtown Center BID. Besides the interactive trick-or-threat trail, the event also features festive decor, character meet-and-greets, and puppet and magic shows. Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m.; Grand Hope Park at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, 919 S. Grand Ave., downtown.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Fright Fest is back at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Expect haunted mazes, scare zones, and scream worthy rides. During these select days the theme park will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. To heighten the fear factor, the Valencia amusement park will also shut off the lights on several rides including the Viper, Goliath, and Twisted Colossus. Through Oct. 31; 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia; from $60.

Knott’s Scary Farm
Knott’s Scary Farm returns for its 48th season this year after a pandemic hiatus. Open on select nights from Sept. 16 to Oct. 31, the beloved, long-running Halloween Haunt event will feature haunted mazes, several scare zones, and live shows including “Puppet Up! Uncensored” and “Invitation to Terror.” From Sept. 16-Oct. 31; 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park; from $50.

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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios
Halloween Horror Nights returns with the slogan “Never Go Alone.” This year’s event unleashes seven terrifying mazes, sinister scare zones, and a performance from the award-winning hip-hop dance crew Jabbawockeez. Open on select nights through October 31, Halloween Horror Nights also features experiences including “Terror Tram: The Ultimate Purge,” “The Haunting of Hill House” based on Netflix’s supernatural thriller, a terrifying maze inspired by The Exorcist, and more. Through Oct. 31; 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City; from $69.

Halloween Time at Disneyland 
You can catch spook-tacular thrills at the Haunted Mansion Holiday and thrill to Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Also returning are Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween, Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree and Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. New this year: meet the girly, ghoulish and fang-tastic Vampirina in Hollywood Land. Through Oct. 31; 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim.

Ventura County Fear Grounds
Produced by terror expert Edward Marks—who’s also behind early iterations of Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights—the Ventura County Fear Grounds is one of Southern California’s newest open-air haunted attractions. Held at Surfer’s Point Live at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, visitors will test their tolerance for fear as they make their way through an array of terrifying encounters, including the Fright Train and the Terror Trail. Sept. 30-Oct. 31; 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura; from $30.78.

Haunt O’ Ween LA
This year’s massive walking event takes place throughout the month of October in Woodland Hills and will feature pumpkin picking and carving, face painting, immersive Halloween-themed tunnels, performances, and a 40 foot carousel. There will also be food trucks and a Malibu Wine tasting garden for the adults. Oct. 1-31; 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills; $30 per person on weekdays and $35 on weekends, children under 2 are free.

Insomniac’s Day Trip Halloween Party 
Insomniac Events, known for their electrifying festivals and shows including the Electric Daisy Carnival, Nocturnal Wonderland, and HARD Summer, is throwing its last Day Trip music event of the year on Oct. 31. Featuring performances by DJ and producers Lucati, Kyle Watson from South Africa, and Bruno Furlan from Brazil, expect to hear house music from 1-8 p.m. at Academy L.A. The event will also feature a terrifying transformation of The Patio where the DJs will be performing. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result within 72 hours before the event is required, but rapid testing will also be available from for $20 at the door from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 31; 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; from $20.

Witches Houses Trail 2
Los Angeles is filled whimsical and fairy-tale inspired homes. Friends Of Residential Treasures: L.A. (aka FORT: L.A.) explores these lived-in attractions with Witches Houses Trail 2’s Halloween-themed architectural tour, which is curated by Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Amber Benson. The self-guided tour is free and open to the public. All you have to do is download the map and special audio soundtrack—which will be made public after Oct. 13—and head out on your adventure.

San Fernando Valley Trunk-Or-Treat
Held at Westfield Fashion Square, the San Fernando Valley Trunk or Treat is a family friendly event in which participants decorate their vehicles and pass out treats. Costumes are absolutely encouraged. Oct. 30; 14006 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks; $10.

31 Nights of Halloween
If you want to keep it more low key and stay inside this year, try watching Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween programming, which will include classics like the Hocus Pocus, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Addams Family, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Ghostbusters, and Casper.

Happy Halloween!

Jacqueline Tager | CalBre#: 1476997
Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage
1801 N Hillhurst Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027

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