Spooktacular Halloween Fun
The list of reasons why we love Halloween is endless – pumpkin carving, spooky decor, fun costumes, trick or treating and last but not least, the abundance of amazing themed events around the city. From haunted hayrides to street parties, read on for our guide to some of the best Halloween events this year.
‘Pyscho’ Live with Orchestra
Photo courtesy of LA Opera
The LA Opera and the Theatre at Ace Hotel in DTLA have teamed up again for a chilling mash-up of opera and film. From Friday 25th through to Halloween, hole up in the Ace’s gothic auditorium for a screening of the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic, Psycho, complete with a live accompaniment from LA Opera Orchestra — we can already hear that iconic string motif from Bernard Herrmann’s score. Be sure to stick around after the October 26th performance for the Ace’s “A Hitchcock Halloween,” a haunted costume party in the hotel theater’s cathedral-like lobby. To buy tickets, click here.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Perennial LA favorite, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, is open now until Saturday, November 2nd. This year’s Haunted Hayride will transform the Griffith Park grounds into Midnight Falls, an eerie and mysterious village set in 1985, where time stands still and it is always Halloween. Highlights include the Midnight Falls Town Square, Midnight Mortuary Haunted House, Roadkill Ranch, Trick-or-Treat, the popular Haunted Hayride, and three short-play Escape Rooms. For more info, click here.
Natural History of Horror at The Natural History Museum
Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing LLC
Fans of the iconic monster movies Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy and Creature from the Black Lagoon will want to pay a visit to the Natural History Museum this Halloween. Their new exhibition, ‘Natural History of Horror’, links science, history and the art of movie making by exploring scientific discoveries that inspired these most iconic movie monsters.With 17 objects from NHM’s collection and four early Universal monster movies, you will be able to discover the inspiration behind the monsters through rare movie props, film footage, hands-on installations and specimens from NHM. Tickets are available here.
West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval
Photo by Gil Riego, courtesy of TimeOut
The West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval is known as one of the best Halloween street parties in the world with good reason. From the amazing display of costumes, dancing, DJs and general merriment – it’s definitely the place to be on October 31st. Local bars and restaurants will be open along the way to help you refuel and keep the party going. Leave the little ones behind and let your hair down! This year’s free party will take place on Santa Monica Blvd between Doheny and La Cienega from 6 – 11 pm. Click here for more details.
Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever
Photo courtesy of Hollywood Forever
Saturday, November 2nd, you’ll find the Dia de las Muertes at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which is the largest Day of the Dead celebration in California. One of our favorite seasonal events, the cemetery grounds are covered with art exhibitions, dance rituals, musical performances, children’s arts and crafts projects and food vendors. This year’s theme honors sacred migrations and the monarch butterfly and $1 from every ticket will be donated to ECOLIFE in support of their efforts to protect the monarch butterfly biosphere reserve in Michoacán, Mexico. For more information, click here.