Halloween is around the corner and it’s a given that spending it in Los Angeles is going to be a blast. Whether you’re trying to have some scary adult fun or take your kids out for a good time, there’s plenty of events to choose from. Discover Los Angeles put together a guide of the hottest attractions across the city–here’s some of the best things you can do on Halloween:
Family Friendly Events
- Boo at the L.A. Zoo (happening all month long) – This little event is taking place at the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and it’s both spooky and family safe. There’s adventures every day with special events on the weekends, which include things like musical puppet shows, crafts, pumpkin carving and roaming costumed characters. Wearing costumes is encouraged, so make sure you and the family get into the spirit. Trick or treating will happen Oct. 28-29, so be on the lookout for that. There will be treat stations all over, with candy courtesy of 99 Cents Only Stores. The best part about this event is that it is free to attend with zoo admission.
- 11th Annual DTLA Halloween Festival (Grand Hope Park at FIDM, Oct. 31, 2018)- Happening at the Grand Hope Park located near the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, this family-friendly event takes place from 5pm to 8pm. There will be a ton of kids activities from face painters, bounce houses, arts and crafts tables, puppet shows, trick-or-treat doors and much more. There will be pirates, superheroes and fairies running afoot for your kids to meet. While optional for adults, costumes are requested for children. Make sure you bring something to put all of your candy in. Just a rule of thumb–no pets allowed. Tickets are $10 at the door, including all activities and snacks.
- Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood (happening till Nov. 3, 2018) – Hands down one of the of the best events of the season, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is something that you definitely don’t want to miss. This year will feature Netflix’s Stranger Things on top of some other spectacular mazes like Poltergeist, Halloween 4, The First Purge, AMC’s The Walking Dead and more. And if you’re about entertainment, then make sure you check out an exclusive Jabbawockeez performance. Tickets are on sale online now. There’s general admission, day/night, Frequent Fear Passes for multiple nights, and the R.I.P. tour for groups of 14.
- Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at the Old Zoo (through Oct. 31, 2018) – “Old Zoo” and “B Rock” in Griffith Park are well known for being highly paranormal areas, even being called the most active paranormal site in the entire state. This place is the site of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. This adult-only event is not for the faint of heart, with vicious clowns lurking in each corner, ready to jump out. All from the safety of the wagon, you’ll get to see an all-star crew put in some serious work. But at some point, you’ll have to get out of the wagon for the corn maze. When that happens, you’re on your own. Other features include the House of Shadows dark maze, “Trick Or Treat” interactive neighborhood and an Old World haunted village, Purgatory. As for ticket options, there’s hayride only, general admission, VIP (front-of-line access), group rates, and a private wagon for up to 30 guests.
- Dark Harbor – Queen Mary (through Nov. 2, 2018) – This event is definitely not meant for those who get scared easily. With over 200 heinous monsters let loose across six terrifying mazes, this is one of the most intense L.A. attractions of the season. There’s plenty of paths to brave, along with secret rooms, nightly live entertainment, haunted bars and exciting rides–starting at just $20.
- The W Rooftop Halloween Masquerade (Oct. 31, 2018) – VIP Nightlife presents the fourth annual Masquerade Halloween Party, hosted at the W Hollywood Loft & Wet Deck. With two areas of music, three areas to mingle, amazing views and a list of DJ’s, this night is surely to be one for the books. If you’re looking for something exciting to do on Halloween night, this party is it. While costumes aren’t required, they are strongly encouraged.