When it comes to Halloween, the City of Angels knows how to have a devil of a good time. From the world’s largest Halloween street party, to family-friendly Halloween events at museums and other cultural institutions, Los Angeles attractions, tours and parties offer fiendish fun and spooky scares for everyone.
October 7-31: Haunted Hayride at the Old Zoo
The theme for this year’s Haunted Hayride is “Through The Eyes Of A Child,” a frightening journey into the Old Zoo in the woods at Griffith Park. The twin daughters of zookeeper Ferdinand Clifton were rumored to suffer from violent nightmares, and their journals have provided the ghastly inspiration for an experience that includes 15-foot mascots of death, 400-year-old children, terrifying clowns, “The In-Between (Dark Maze),” and “The Human Menagerie” sideshow. The Haunted Hayride takes place Thursday-Sunday, October 7th through 31st. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday-Saturday, and 7-10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sunday & Halloween. Ticket prices vary, including options for Hayride only, Hayride & Dark Maze, VIP (front of line) and Group rates
Crime Scene Tours, Los Angeles
The newest offering from Starline Tours takes you to some of LA’s most infamous crime scenes, including the site of the North Hollywood bank robbery, the murder of Bonnie Lee Bakley (wife of Robert Blake), and the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Each tour will be escorted by either off-duty or retired law enforcement personnel. In many cases, the person leading the tour investigated or responded to the original crime scene. The tour uses a custom-designed, 28-passenger bus equipped with video screens for viewing actual police and news helicopter footage of the event prior to arrival. The Crime Scene Tours bus departs from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre twice daily Thursday through Sunday, at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Special evening Halloween Crime Scene Tours will run on Saturday-Monday, October 29-31. Tickets are $69, with Private Charter, Group rates, Student and Senior Citizen Discounts available.
October 29: Dead Celebrities Costume Ball at Madame Tussauds Hollywood
On Saturday, October 29th, Madame Tussauds Hollywood will host the Dead Celebrities Halloween Costume Ball, a one-of-a-kind event taking place on two floors, featuring hundreds of celebrity wax figures in a maze-like atmosphere. For one night only, Madame Tussauds Hollywood welcomes guests dressed as their favorite dead celebrities into a Halloween party complete with five open bars, complimentary dinner buffet, three dance floors, and VIP tables with A-list wax celebrities like Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Justin Timberlake and more “seated” in their sections. DJs include SKAM artist Eric Cubeechee, Rico Rox (spinning House), and DJ Coolwhip with Hip Hop, Top 40 and Mash Up. Tickets available atWantickets.com.
October 31: West Hollywood Costume Carnaval
Each year, more than 500,000 people take to the streets of Santa Monica Boulevard to enjoy the largest Halloween street party in the world. Two of the evening’s highlights are the Halloween Costume Contest and crowning of an Honorary “Queen of the Carnaval.” Visitors can also expect live entertainment, food vendors, pumpkin-carving contests and children’s activities throughout the week previous. Admission is free and the event starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m.
October 21-22: Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever
The 12th Annual Día de los Muertos festival returns to Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday, October 22nd from 12 p.m. to midnight. This quintessential Los Angeles Halloween event takes place in the historic final resting place of Hollywood luminaries, and is based on the indigenous Mexican ceremony that celebrates life and ancient traditions, fused with modern culture. Featured performers include Astrid Hadad and Ruben Albarran (lead singer of Café Tacvba). The Ceremonial Altar Set-Up takes place on Friday, October 21st beginning at 5 p.m. General Admission is $10 per person; children under 6 years are admitted free.
October 23: Haunted Museum at the Natural History Museum
The theme for the 8th Annual Haunted Museum is “Fairy Tales and Scary Tales,” a family-friendly event taking place at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles on Sunday, October 23rd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The museum invites guests to explore the enchanted exhibits and get lost in magical wonderlands and sinister woods. The Haunted Museum will also feature dancing men in tights, fairy face painting, and a scavenger hunt.
October 7-31: The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
Unique among Halloween attractions, Dark Harbor takes you through the Queen Mary’s actual haunted areas. Thanks to the macabre minds behind some of Southern California’s biggest scream-fests, the scares clock in at over “45,000 per hour,” along with 160 monsters and 20-foot tall flames. Even if you survive the three shipboard and two onshore mazes, the food, drink and entertainment inside will ensure you’ll never want to leave.
October 22-23: Scarium of the Pacific
At this family-friendly weekend event, the Aquarium of the Pacific presents the annual children’s costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, eerie animals in the Great Hall, and more.
Sept. 23-Oct. 31: Halloween Horror Nights
This year’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together a Hollywood horror dream team to create the ultimate Halloween nightmare. Featuring six sinister mazes:
- The Thing: Assimilation
- Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season
- Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare
- Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision
- La Llorona: Villa De Almas Pedidas (“The Weeping Woman: Village of the Lost Souls”) imagined by Diego Luna
- The Wolfman: The Terror of Talbot Hall
HHN also features five terror-filled “Scare Zones,” the return of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” backlot studio experience, offering guests the chance to walk through Universal Studios historic movie sets. Universal’s most popular rides and attractions will also be open to guests, including “Jurassic Park In the Dark,” “The Simpsons Ride” and “Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride.”
Halloween Horror Nights kicks off on Friday, September 23 and continues on select nights through Halloween, Monday, October 31. The event will begin nightly at 7:00 p.m.; closing hours vary by night throughout the event.
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