Get your costumes and candy ready. The holiday season is kicking off with the scariest day of the year: Halloween. Whether you’re looking for adults-only fun or family-friendly activities, there is a Halloween happening in Los Angeles for every style. Here are seven of our favorites.
Psychedelic light installations, an after dark safari tour, and wine tasting. That’s exactly what’s on the itinerary at the 1,000-acre Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyards’s Malibu Lights Haunted Nights. Think of it as a 21-and-over Halloween playground. All you have to do it sit back in the open-air safari vehicle, take in the beautiful views and spooky light shows, and make pit stops to sample delicious wines. Now that’s what we call a good time. Tickets start at $55.
If you’re looking for a Halloween activity the kiddos would enjoy, Boo at the LA Zoo is definitely it. Through October 27, the zoo is hosting a variety of fun things including live shows, special animal feedings, themed photo opportunities (in case you want to do it for the gram), and Halloween games. There will also be a pumpkin patch and trick or treating on select days. Wearing costumes is encouraged.
It’s not Halloween without a good scare and the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride promises to deliver with this year’s new reimagined theme: Midnight Falls. Taking place at Griffith Park now through November 2, the event features new attractions including the Midnight Mortuary Haunted House, the Roadkill Ranch open maze, and mini escape rooms. We suggest going with the platinum VIP experience to make the most of our time there. You’ll get to skip the lines and score preferred parking as well as gain unlimited access to all the attractions.
The only thing scarier than a Halloween attraction is a real-life haunted cemetery. If paranormal activity is your thrill of choice, you’ll enjoy the Paramount After Dark Tour which features a flashlight-led walking tour of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The tour begins once the sun has set and kicks off with a champagne toast. You’ll walk around the property (while snacking on movie candy and popcorn, of course) and hear the eerie stories of the Hollywood elite buried in the cemetery.
Haus of Creep is part haunted house and part immersive exhibition that will spook all of your senses. Prepare to do some walking, crawling, and stair climbing throughout the 75-minute show that takes place at The Row in Downtown LA until November 3. The show features over a dozen installations and a cast of characters. Don’t purchase a ticket if you’re afraid of the dark and definitely leave the kids at home for this one.
The Queen Mary goes all out for Halloween with its Dark Harbor extravaganza. Now through November 2, the ship is transformed into a nightmarish playground complete with six mazes, live entertainment, secret bars, a haunted hookah lounge, rides, and so much more. There’s also the option to go the VIP route for a more elevated experience. Whatever you do, don’t be surprised if you witness some paranormal activity too. There’s a reason why the legendary ship is known as one of the most haunted places ever.
Arguably the most popular Halloween events in Los Angeles, Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights is not to be missed. This year features a few different mazes including Stranger Things, Jordan Peele’s Us, and The Walking Dead. You’ll also get a chance to experience the park’s most popular rides such as Revenge of the Mummy and Jurassic World The Ride. Thursday nights are throwback nights and the whole park goes 80s featuring live bands and dance parties. It’s the perfect chance to rock your favorite leg warmers and neon tracksuits.