Get in the spirit with these festive events in L.A., from family-friendly Halloween activities to ghostly nights out.
Our city has no shortage of activities when fall officially kicks off, particularly around Halloween. From frightful to festive, there is something for everyone to do in Los Angeles during this spooky time of year. Even those who might miss the chilly weather that comes with the season in other parts of the country can find quintessentially fall activities like apple-picking aplenty. Timeout does not disappoint with a jam-packed list for thrill-seekers and trick-or-treaters alike. See our favorites below or click here for the full list.
Halloween Horror Nights
Confront familiar foes at Universal Studios’ annual Halloween festivities, where big-budget scares meet iconic horror movie characters. You’ll be able to navigate multiple scare zones and mazes, including one based on The Haunting of Hill House.
The first of HHN’s mazes to be announced for 2021, the apparition-filled maze is set to include rooms based on scenes from the Netflix series, including the Red Room and the Hall of Statues, as well as appearances from the Tall Man, the Ghost in the Basement and the Bent-Neck Lady.
In addition, you’ll find mazes inspired by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, The Walking Dead, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (a peculiarly specific choice in the Halloween saga) and the Bride of Frankenstein, plus the return of “The Curse of Pandora’s Box.” The Studio Tour will also morph into the Terror Tram, complete with a The Purge tie-in.
Halloween Horror Nights will run on select evenings from September 9 to October 31. Tickets are on sale and cost $69 to $99 depending on the night.
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Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas Live with Danny Elfman
See Danny Elfman step back into the role of Jack Skellington for a live performance and screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Banc of California Stadium.
Elfman staged similar shows at the Hollywood Bowl in 2015, ’16 and ’18, and now the voice behind the Pumpkin King is set to return to the stage once again for this Halloween tradition.
The concert-meets-movie event is set to bring a costume contest and trick-or-treating in tow, as well a slate of special guests that includes Ken Page stepping back into the singing role of Oogie Boogie, “Weird Al” Yankovic taking on Lock and Billie Eilish as Sally.
Tickets are on sale and cost between $39.50 and $179.50, before fees.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
After a year as a drive-through in San Dimas, this haunted event heads back to Griffith Park with a traditional hayride and a return to its 2019 setting: the mid-’80s fictitious town of Midnight Falls, which borrows a little bit of the road culture of Sons of Anarchy and the isolation of Twin Peaks.
The Old Zoo tradition, now in its 13th installment, centers on a relatively lengthy hayride. The premise: A witch has summoned creatures that’ve hidden themselves among Halloween decorations in the town’s foothills.
The event’s various other attractions will be centered around the jack-o’-lantern–filled Midnight Falls Town Square, with a creaky old funeral parlor set up in the Midnight Mortuary Haunted House as well as an evening at the Dead End Diner.
Tickets are $30.
House of Spirits: A Haunted Cocktail Soirée
Step inside of a Highland Park manor to find a supernatural soiree full of magic, hauntings and mystery that’ll set you on a chilling journey with themed-drinks in hand. House of Spirits is a two-hour immersive experience that allows you to roam around the mansion and discover macabre magic, sinister séances, tarot readings, strange roaming specters, live music, hidden secret games and giant Ouija boards. Each ticket includes four mini cocktails.
Tickets are limited and start at $65.
After bringing some much-needed festivity to last year’s trick-or-treating options, this Halloween drive-through is returning to Woodland Hills as an on-foot adventure.
Haunt’oween will celebrate spooky season with a walkthrough that features a pumpkin patch for both picking and carving, a scarecrow garden, a trick-or-treating–filled town and an illuminated carnival, plus face painting, performances, games and food trucks.
The event runs the entirety of October and comes by way of Experiential Supply Co., which also set up last year’s Christmasy drive-through WonderLAnd and this spring’s candy-inspired Sugar Rush, plus some before-time big-budget activations for movies like IT: Chapter 2 and Ready Player One.
Tickets are $35