Hi Pumpkin! We don’t know about you, but when this time of year rolls around, there’s nothing more that we love than breaking out the candy corn-themed socks, getting tricks or treats ready to go, and planning a super fun “ghouls” (girls) night out. Lucky for us, Los Angeles has so many great options for Halloween experiences and events, from family-friendly activities to ones that will have you shaking in your boots. Here are a few of LA’s many spooktacular offerings, from the time-tested popular events to immersive, more cutting-edge experiences.
LA Girl Pro-Tip: If you can beat the line and purchase tickets ahead of time, do it! More organized = more time for getting your scary night on. Also, if your schedule allows, consider checking out a few of these places on a weekday night, so there are fewer people and typically less traffic getting in and out.
Location: Descanso Gardens – 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Visiting Carved is a MUST this Halloween season! A family-friendly event for all ages with a super fun atmosphere, the ever-popular pumpkin house, hay maze, and holiday-themed beverages and food call for a fabulous night out. Hundreds of carved pumpkins line the beautiful Camellia Forest, and you can get some great artsy shots under the UV “black light” experience and a special Day of the Dead installation at the Amphitheater. There are many stand-out moments and art pieces, but one of our favorite highlights was the art installation Rhizome by Belgian artists Tom&Lien Dekyvere. Rhizome has toured the world, but this is the first time it will be on the West Coast. The installation, which features tall structures connected by colored neon ropes, is in the new Ghost Garden.
For our photo-op lovers, don’t worry, we enjoyed getting our Instagram-worthy pictures in the Pumpkin House and might have snagged a few scarecrow selfies, as well. And now for our foodies, if you are looking to add some spookily good snacks to the mix, we enjoyed grabbing a bite at The Kitchen first, then taking a hot chocolate to hit the trails, followed by an indulgent chocolate-sauced churro to finish off the indulging night. The staff has done a great job making this event clean, modern, and friendly, all while adding plenty of WOW factors. Enjoy!
Location: LA Haunted Hayride – 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Welcome to Midnight Falls! Where we forget that the chainsaw guy was an actor in our level 2 improv class and just let the Witch of the Woods work her magic! The spirit of Halloween definitely comes to life at LA’s ultimate Halloween event. Stop by the (S)laughterhouse to scream with fright at Herschel the smiling scary dude. The Haunted Hayride is an absolute staple in the LA Halloween game and great for a date night, a group of friends, or going for a solo spook.
Location: Universal Studios Hollywood – 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Scare zones, terror trams, and mannequin masquerades… These are just a few of the spooky scenes you’ll spot during a night at this theme park. This event, by far, has the most choices, with 8 haunted houses and a live show for guests to enjoy. The LA Girl pick is hands down The Weeknd: After Hours nightmare or Halloween, where you come face to face with Michael Myers. If you’re looking for a spooky scene full of photo-ops and an event great for selfies, getting dressed up in a group costume, and enjoying their creepy crawlie-themed food and beverages, then this is your spot!
Location: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, LA Theater, & Cinespia at the LA State Historic Park
Movie and Entertainment group Cinespia has been cooking up some great spooky movies in their cauldron. From The Craft, The Thing, Carrie, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, you can catch the Halloween classics while snuggling with your boo on the lawn or enjoying a nice cheese platter. LA Girl Tip: Make sure you triple-check where the movie is, as they run events in different locations, including the Hollywood Forever Cemetary and the Los Angeles Theater.
Location: The Phillips Mansion – 2640 Pomona Blvd, Pomona, CA 91768
If you are obsessed with cult-themed podcasts and/or the 1970s, this event may be calling your name. Delusion: Valley of Hollows hosts all kinds of fabulous people, including professional actors, stunt people, and creature effects, plus a cool soundtrack to bring you a one-of-a-kind interactive experience! Drink the Kool-Aid, literally at their bar, and see what happens. Learn about the elusive matriarch Esther Phillips, and uncover the truth behind one of the most disturbing cults in America…if you dare. (Muahahaha!!)
Location: The Theatre at Ace Hotel – 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Friday, October 28th & Saturday, October 29th
The very popular Halloween monster mash-up of film and opera at The Theater at Ace Hotel features the classic Frankenstein this year. Composer Michael Shapiro will conduct his beautiful score, performed live by the LA Opera Orchestra, while the film plays on the big screen. Wow, is all we have to say.
Location: Sassafras Saloon – 1233 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Friday, Oct 28th & Saturday, Oct 29th
If you’re single in LA, ghost everyone and head to a Sassafras Saloon on Vine Street to find your boo! The idea of the Chaotic Singles Party is this – invite a random person off a dating app to meet you at the party, and let chaos takeover! There will be plenty of exciting games, a costume contest (so you better dress up!), a spooky scavenger hunt, and custom Halloween cocktails. (Oh, and confessions, of course!)
Location: Casa Vertigo – 1828 Oak St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
If you are looking for a more adult-friendly and sexy Halloween event, head over to this haunted cocktail soiree. Enter the 90,000-square-foot haunted mansion and enjoy spirits of every kind, tarot readings, and secret games. Learn about the legend of Vaughan Hall, and enjoy sinister stories that will leave you wanting to sleep with your lights on (at least until Thanksgiving).