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.
Brunch is the perfect time to relax and reflect on your past week. It’s not something that young people often enjoy, but as we get older and age like fine wine, it becomes more of a societal necessity. It’s that special time we don’t often get with our family and friends. It’s a time for laughter and smiles all around. All in all, brunch brings people together. But don’t be boring about your brunch plans. Think outside of the box for your next get together. If you’re trying to do brunch soon, try to plan ahead with this list of ways to spice up your brunch:
Try a New Cuisine – Maybe you’ve always wanted to have a Hawaiian-style breakfast but have never made one. Then, it’s time to breakout the spam, eggs and white rice. Or maybe you’ve never had a Mexican breakfast and want to try making some chilaquiles for size. Trying new foods makes us not only get out of our comfort zone, but it makes us appreciate something new at the same time. Testing out new eats for your brunch can spice things up quick.
Host Brunch at Home – Having a brunch isn’t like a having a party. It’s actually much better than that. Hosting a brunch is a simple thing that actually shows a lot of character in a person. It takes a lot of effort to put together a brunch and it should never go unnoticed. Try hosting a brunch in the comfort of your own home if you’re tired of going out. Nothing beats homemade brunch goodies like pancakes, eggs and french toast. Having brunch at home also means that you get to safely enjoy some champagne. You can always take a little nap before getting ready to clean later.
Have Brunch Outside – Thinking of preparing for a picnic? Sometimes eating outside can be a good thing. It definitely holds a cute factor, if anything. If the weather calls for it, hold a brunch in the great outdoors. Everyone will thank you later. Nothing beats spending a little bit of time outside, surrounded by beautiful nature.
Test Out a New Recipe – Always make the same thing at brunch? Do you always eat the same thing when you go out as well? It may be time for a change. Google holds all of life’s unanswered questions, complete with hoards of recipes that are just waiting to be tried out at your home.
Nothing beats spending time with your friends. One of the greatest life treasures is hanging out with your friends at brunch. Brunch is like an unspoken Sunday ritual; it’s simply good for the soul. Even if you’ve never hosted or went to a brunch, it’s good to know what you need to do in order to have one. You never know when that knowledge is going to become valuable. Don’t fear the brunch, just let it happen. Get ready to plan out the perfect menu, set out the most delicate plate ware, and be prepared for those mimosas. While it may seem scary, we’re here to help you every step of the way. There’s plenty of ways you can prepare for your brunch. If you’re stuck on ideas for hosting your next brunch, check out this list of key tips to help you get the ball rolling:
Always Make Sure You Plan Ahead
The best thing you can do is plan in advance for your big day. This means setting up the event with your friends, coming up with an awesome menu, going to the store, cooking and setting up the table. Create a Facebook event so you can keep track of how many mouths you’re going to feed. If someone is lacking social media, use a group text instead. Make sure you do everything in advance, or else you’re going to be left waking up at 4 am trying to cook a bunch of gourmet french toast.
Prep For Your Brunch the Night Before
First things first, you should always prep for your brunch. Set out everything the night before. Cut up the vegetables and fruits you’re going to need. You can also set up all of your flatware and silverware first. Your table isn’t being used to cook, so might as well set up now. Setting up the table is one of those things that often gets forgotten till the last minute. Don’t be one of those people. Make sure your table is completely set up and ready to go.
Make a Service Plan
Pampered Chef suggests creating a service plan for your big day. Do you plan on plating the food yourself or will it be a buffet-style free for all? It’s really your decision when it comes down to it, but do what makes you feel comfortable. Buffet-style might be easiest, so you’re not just sitting around trying to make sure everyone has a plate of food.