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Halloween in Hollywood - Major Halloween Events in the Los Angeles area

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Halloween Events in Hollywood and Nearby

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, Halloween Events. [Photo Credit: Ten Thirty One Productions, LLC]

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Returning for the fifth year, this is an immensely popular month-long haunted attraction that's held on the old grounds of the Los Angeles Zoo. The extended trail returns for the 2013 event, with new maze, reworked from top to bottom. So even if you attended last year, you won't be prepared for this 25 minutes of terror! This year the attraction takes it to a new level not seen before in haunted attractions. Located in Griffith Park. The event opens on Friday, October 4, 2013 and continues through Halloween.

(See the Halloween Events at Theme Parks section for events at Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland, Aquarium of the Pacific and others.)

Hollywood Boulevard Street Closure for Halloween [DISCONTINUED] - The LAPD no longer closes Hollywood Boulevard on Halloween night. During past years the street closure attracted up to 100,000 people, mostly just walking around showing off their costumes. However the street is no longer closed to vehicular traffic and the LAPD will enforce pedestrian laws, and maintain order on the street. (updated 2013)

Boo at the L.A. Zoo - (Great for kids) - The L.A. Zoo's annual event has been expanded to two weekends for 2013. Visitors are invited to wear their wildest costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the Zoo. Additional activities include pumpkin carving demonstrations, arts and crafts, creepy-crawly animal encounters, Chomp n' Stomp animal feedings, engaging performances by Campfire Cathy where the children become the stars of the show, and a picturesque pumpkin patch. October 19, 20, 26 and 27, 2013. The event is included with admission to the LA Zoo.

Eek at the Greek - (Great for kids) - The Symphony In The Glen orchestra will perform a creepy collection of frightening favoritesincluding: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Night on Bald Mountain," "Ritual Fire Dance" (Manuel de Falla), and Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-tale Heart." There's a "Trick-or-Treat Village," in the front plaza that is open from 3:30-5:30PM that offers safe trick-or-treating and Halloween activities, and a pre-show children's costume contest with prizes for children. Symphony In The Glen is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with the purpose of cultivating new generations of classical music lovers. Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park.

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Exhibits in the Dungeon of Doom at the Hollywood Museum near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. [Photo Credit: LAtourist.com] Exhibits in the Dungeon of Doom

Hollywood Museum's Dungeon of Doom
The Hollywood Museum is setting the stage for a Hollywood Horror Extravaganza with exhibits from Hollywood's scariest movies and TV shows of all time! Visit the new Elvira, Mistress of the Dark exhibit and take a spine-tingling walk along Hannibal Lechter's original jail cell from Silence of the Lambs! Navigate through the Dungeon of Doom and take a spooky trip down memory lane and see how the first haunted/horror films came together right in the heart of Hollywood! (Ongoing, 2013)

Los Angeles Live Steamers Halloween Ghost Train - (Great for kids) - A 20-minute journey aboard a 1/8 scale train that passes by 30 professionally designed displays with lights, sounds and animated figures. Fun for all ages, since there are no horror scenes and actors will not jump out to scare you. At Travel Town in Griffth Park. October 12/23 (Sat/Sun), 18, 19, 20 (Fri-Sun), 25, 26, 27 (Fri-Sun), and October 30 and 31, 2013.

Starline Tours Haunted Hollywood Tour - a two-hour tour of Hollywood focusing on the supernatural and paranormal sights in Hollywood. Includes views of the Hollywood Sign and a visit to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, among other tourist attractions. (Ongoing, 2013)

Unmasquerade - dance party with live DJ. Wear your Halloween costume and dance the night away for a worthy cause. At the Avalon in Hollywood (near Hollywood/Vine Metro station), Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Dia de Los Muertos Characters at Lopez Ranch pumpkin patch on La Brea Avenue near Hollywood. [Photo Credit: LAtourist.com] Dia de Los Muertos Characters (Lopez Ranch)

Dia de Los Muertos - This is not a haunted house; it is an evening of celebrations, exhibits, presentations and other activities, which all take place in Hollywood Forever Cemetery. November 2, 2013, in Hollywood.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Historical Tours - guided by historian Kerry Bible, a 2-hour+ walking tour at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Three tours are available. Tours are normally offered on the weekends but check the schedule for a full listing. In Hollywood, this is an ongoing attraction.

The Haunted Diary - presents the Dark Carnival Haunted House. Free (donations accepted), in Los Angeles near Hollywood. October 26, 27 and 31, 2013

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tours - offered by the Art Deco Society, a 2-hour+ walking tour at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Visits graves of celebrities and some pioneers and early builders of the Hollywood movie industry. Tours depart every 20 minutes from 10AM to 12PM. October 5, 2013.

Universal Studios, Disneyland, Knott's and Magic Mountain - See the Halloween Events at Theme Parks section for events at Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Aquarium of the Pacific and others.)

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Halloween Events for Ages 18/21+ - and more haunted events for 2013.

Halloween Events in Downtown L.A.

The Alone Experience - ALONE [an existential haunting] invites you to take a pulse-pounding solo journey that's one part interactive theater and one part psychological haunting. Enter the historic Odd Fellows Temple in downtown L.A. and set off on a terrifying 30-minute walkthrough experience that you must complete entirely on your own, with no friend to cling to and only a flashlight to keep you from total darkness. Unlike traditional haunted houses, there's no gore, no chainsaws and no pretense that you might be killed by a deranged clown here. It's only you, in the dark, alone. Open on various nights from October 24 through November 2, 2013.

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Delusion: Masque of Mortality - Interactive horror theatre where lines between space, performer and audience shift. The action happens within the world you explore. You must participate to fully realize your journey into darkness. You will be asked to perform certain (safe) actions to move the twisted tale forward. In Silverlake (between Hollywood and downtown LA), Sep 26 - November 23, 2013.

Blackout Elements - after signing a waiver, all audience members must walk through the experience completely alone. Immersing themselves in the elaborately designed set pieces, audience members are forced to interact with the characters in a series of twisted and petrifying scenarios. Blackout Elements is located in the same building as The Purge: Fear the Night, about a 2-minute walk from L.A. Live. Open on various nights from October 4 through November 10, 2013.

The Purge Haunted Attraction. In the photo, the President makes a speech announcing the opening of The Purge. [Photo Credit: LAtourist.com] The Purge Haunted Attraction

The Purge: Fear the Night - Enter a terrifying and chaotic world where all crime is legal one night a year. It's an "immersive horror theater experience" that has been expanded for 2013 and now features an elaborate theme and storyline. This is not a typical "haunted house" where ghosts and monsters exist only for the purpose of jumping out to scare you. Rather, The Purge is a horror theatre performance about an alternative course of history for the U.S.A. The story unfolds as cast members usher you from one scene to the next. The Purge is located about a 2-minute walk from L.A. Live, so it would be convenient to visit The Purge before or after visiting Staples Center, L.A. Live or the Convention Center. Open on various nights from September 27 through November 2, 2013.

Halloween Hoop-De-Doo - (Great for kids) - children's show that features over 100 Halloween-themed puppets, including a Purple People Eater, the Invisible Man, funny skeletons and more. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been entertaining kids in L.A. for decades. Reservations or tickets required. Near downtown Los Angeles, October 5 through November 3, 2013.

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration - This is a 9-day Hispanic celebration at El Pueblo in downtown Los Angeles (near Union Station), culminating with a 2-day festival. The event includes Aztec dancers, street performers, mariachi bands, childrens' activities and more. El Pueblo is adjacent to Olvera Street where you can shop and eat lunch or dinner. There is a procession and blessings each night starting October 25. The festival is November 1-2, 2013.

L.A. Philharmonic - Halloween Organ and Film: The Phantom of the Opera - One of the most famous of all early horror classics is projected with live organ accompaniment. Performance is at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A. October 31, 2013 at 8PM.

Halloween Party for Downtown L.A. Kids - (Great for kids) - Trick-or-treat doors, bounce house, video game truck, hot dogs and water, cotton candy and popcorn machines, face painting and crafts, balloon animals and jugglers, Scott Land Marionettes. $5 Adults/Kids in downtown L.A. on October 31, 2013, 5-8PM

Events in Burbank and Pasadena

Display at Spirit Halloween store in Los Angeles. [Photo Credit: LAtourist.com] Display at Spirit Halloween in Los Angeles

Old Town Haunt - Descend into the basement of the historical Union Savings Bank Building where mysterious occurences have taken place in the buildings' deadly history. In fact, something lives down there in the dark....not some one, but some thing. The basement that was sealed shut for decades is being reopened for your investigation into the unknown, what will you do when the catacombs and darkness surround you? In Old Town Pasadena. Selected dates, October 5 to November 1, 2013.

Burbank Haunted Adventure Tour - (Great for kids) - and other Halloween activities in Burbank: Haunted Adventure Tour of a very scary haunted house, October 18 and 19 (Friday/Saturday); Tot Halloween Party for preschool-aged children Saturday October 26; and Halloween Carnival on October 31, 2013.

Booo-tiful Downtown Burbank - stores in the Downtown Burbank shopping district hand out treats for kids and also for dogs. In Burbank, This is an unofficial event that has occured spontaneously for years, and the tradition will likely continue during 2013. Downtown Burbank, October 31, 2013

Evil Twin Studios' Theatre of Terror - at the Fremont Centre Theatre. Enter the world of deranged director, Maxwell Wyczeck, who was believed to have burned to death in a fire he started at the theatre in October 1963. Fifty years later, residents of South Pasadena have been victimized by strange flyers, hinting that the Director has returned to the city for one final killer production. In South Pasadena, this event is a fundraiser for the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC). Open in 2013 on October 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, November 1, 2.

Falcon Theatre (Haunted Play) - The Mystery of Irma Vep, written by Charles Ludlam opens a few days before Halloween. Named one of the best plays of 1984 by The New York Times, this ridiculous romp begins on a dark and stormy night when Lady Enid and Lord Edgar arrive at their haunted estate. Including a vampire attack, a werewolf hunt and a journey to an ancient Egyptian tomb, the laughs erupt as a mystery unfolds in this side-splitting spoof of horror movies, classic literature, Victorian melodrama, Hitchcock and the conventions of theatre itself, complete with monsters, mummies and damsels in distress. At the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. October 27 through November 17, 2013.

Haunted house somewhere in the San Fernando Valley. To find out where it's located, see the bottom of LAtourist.com/Halloween. [Photo Credit: LAtourist.com] Can you guess where this "haunted house" is located? Hint: It's in the Valley. Answer below.

Heritage Square Halloween Mourning Tours - Historical tours at Heritage Square Museum, October 26-27, 2013 (Sat-Sun).

Kidspace 19th Annual Pumpkin Festival (Great for kids) - Features free musical performances and selected crafts, promotions at the Radio Disney tent, and a photo opportunity at the pumpkin patch. There are also carnival games, bounce houses, train rides, face painting, a petting zoo and fall crafts. Visit the pumpkin patch and Halloween store. Free parking is available. In Pasadena, Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 2013.

Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch-Haunted Maze - a large selection of pumpkins and flowers, plus a haunted maze and a petting zoo (ongoing, becomes a Christmas Tree farm).

Rotten Apple Haunted House - Admission is by donation that benefits a family-oriented charity organization. In Burbank, October 25, 26, 27 and Halloween, 2013.

Wicked Lit - creates new adaptations of classic horror literature. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale The Masque of the Red Death, the entire evening of Wicked Lit will unfold as a gothic masquerade and feature these three horror classics: The Lurking Fear, The New Catacomb and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This is a popular event that usually sells out so get tickets now if you want to go. Wear comfortable walking shoes because this is a moving show with many stairs to climb! In Altadena (north of Pasadena), October 3 to November 4, 2013.

(See the Halloween Events at Theme Parks section for events at Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland, Aquarium of the Pacific and others.)

Events in Santa Monica and Venice

Fishy Fest - (Great for kids) - at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, features aquatic-based activities for children, with a Halloween and Dia de los Muertos theme. Mask-making, picture booth and educational presentations. At the Santa Monica Pier, October 26 and 27, 2013 (Saturday and Sunday).

Montana Avenue Holloween Hop - Montana Avenue will be hosting its 6th Annual Halloween Hop. Kids of all ages will enjoy trick-or-treating all along Montana Avenue, plus all kinds of fun, spooky activities for kids! In Santa Monica. 3pm-6pm on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eternal Rest Cemetery - a free haunted graveyard. In Venice, Thursday October 31, and Saturday November 2, 2013.

House of Restless Spirits - a free haunted house attraction, located in Santa Monica. Open two nights: October 31 and (Saturday) November 2, 2013.

Events in the San Fernando Valley

VIDEO: Reign of Terror Maze Walk-through

Reign of Terror Haunted House - Over 12,000 square feet! In Thousand Oaks, open various nights from October 4 through November 1, 2013, including two "lights on" events for kids. [Click the video at right to see a walk-through of the maze]

Halloween Harvest Festival - Features a live stage show inside of a pumpkin patch, where you pick a pumpkin after the show. Also includes a maze, a haunted trail and a haunted house. At Pierce College in Woodland Hills, on various dates from September 27 through November 3, 2013.

Boney Island - This is a free yard display and magic show, located in Sherman Oaks. Appears on selected nights, October 19-31, 2013.

Forest of Mirrors - This is a free haunted maze. The website mentions "plenty of street parking" which is unusual for an attraction like this. Located in Woodland Hills, October 31, 2013.

House at Haunted Hill - This is an outdoor, live Halloween show where someone has decorated their house with professional movie props and volunteers perform a show. In Woodland Hills. 2013 schedule: October 30 through November 3.

The Haunt With No Name - This is a free yard display, located in Tarzana, October 30 through November 2, 2013.

Sherwood Scare Haunted House - Huge (3600 square feet!) Haunted House. The admission fee is only $3, and proceeds will benefit Big Worm's Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In Northridge, scheduled for selected dates between October 18-31, 2013.

The Hellizondo Haunt - Haunted yard in Simi Valley including indoor and outdoor haunt areas, fog machines and atmosphere. On Halloween, October 31, 2013.

Urban Death Tour of Terror - a haunted theat4re attraction located at the Ziu Theatre Group in North Hollywood. Open on Friday and Saturday nights (timed entry, make reservations). October 11 to November 2, 2013.

Events in Pomona

Great American Nightmare - Produced by Rob Zombie, the event includes three haunted houses, concerts, At the Fearplex (Fairplex) in Pomona, Thursdays through Sundays, October 10 through November 2, 2013.

Events in the South Bay Area

Scarium of the Pacific (Great for kids) - Trick-or-treating at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Features special Halloween programs, including the annual children's costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling and more. October 26 and 27, 2013 near downtown Long Beach.

Catalina Halloween Events - Festivities for 2013 include a Halloween Costume Party and a Halloween Parade on October 31, 2013.

Happy Harbor Halloween - sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles. The festivals include costume parties, face painting, arts & crafts, games and more activities for children. Two event locations: one in San Pedro and the other is in Wilmington. Saturday, October 26th, 2013, 10AM to 1PM.

Haunted Hollywood Sports - General Admission to Haunted Hollywood Sports includes 3 mazes and more. Other haunted attractions, including haunted paintball wars, are available for an additional fee. In Bellflower, on selected evenings from October 4-31, 2013.

The Haunted Shack - a free haunted maze attraction. In Torrance, will be open October 26 and 31, 2013 (7-10 PM).

King Harbor Yacht Club Children's Halloween Party - At King Harbor in Redondo Beach. Saturday October 26, 2013

Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race - Participants race with remote control (RC) cars made out of pumpkins. At Manhattan Beach Pier, Sunday, October 27th, 2013.

Revenge of the Ninja - Haunted maze attraction. On Halloween night, the maze will be accompanied by a family-friendly Fall Festival Block Party (6-10PM) including food, games, and fun for all ages. Located in Torrance, October 26, 27 and 31, 2013.

San Pedro Dia de los Muertos - Admission is free, and nearby parking lots are free after 6PM. The event includes exhibitions of art and culture, along with delicious cuisine and live entertainment by Mariachi Divas. Located in downtown San Pedro at the L.A. Waterfront. Friday, November 1, 2013, 5-10PM.

Events in Orange County

Display at Spirit Halloween store in Los Angeles. [Photo Credit: LAtourist.com] Display at Spirit Halloween in Los Angeles

(See the Halloween Events at Theme Parks section for events at Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and others.)

Sinister Pointe Maze - An "interactive" haunted maze, created by the company who builds mazes for large productions, and props for the "Saw" movie series. The maze is interactive, featuring rooms where guests will need to figure out what to do. Runs on various dates from October 4 to November 2, 2013 . Located in Brea (Orange County). For more information, also visit their Facebook page (the link is on their home page).

The Empty Grave - Located at the Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk. Selected dates from September 6, 2013 to November 2, 2013.

The Haunting - A free haunted house, open only on Halloween night. Address will be posted one week prior to Halloween (last year it was in Anaheim). October 31, 2013.

Fullerton Arboretum Haunted Garden Tour - October 25 and 26, 2013. The end of the tour features a Haunter's Ball, where there are games and activities. In Fullerton.

Haunted Orange County - Ghost walks in downtown Santa Ana and Old Towne Orange. The walking tours include macabre and paranormal trivia, and a glimpse at the historical district under the shadows of darkness. The website also has paranormal information such as types of ghosts and tips to determine if your house is haunted. In Santa Ana, this is an ongoing event that occurs on selected weekend evenings (2013).

The Legend of Boot Hill - This is a free yard display, located in Irvine. Will be open October 18-20, 25-28, 30 and 31, 2013.

Murder Manor - Haunted House. Free but donations are encouraged. Fifty percent of all donations will go to a breast cancer charity event. Garden Grove, October 31, 2013.

Pageant of the Monsters - a family-friendly haunted house, fortune tellers, pumpkin carving demonstration, live music, art activities and more. At Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach, October 25, 26, 27 and 31, 2013.


Halloween Events at Theme Parks - Events at major theme parks like Universal Studios, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Aquarium of the Pacific and others.

More Halloween Events - near San Diego, in Ventura County, and events for ages 21+

Haunted Hollywood - Legends and stories about supernatural (or just plain eerie) events in Hollywood.

If you know of a Halloween event in the Los-Angeles-area (Santa Barbara to San Diego, more or less) that is not listed, please send the information to Info@LAtourist.com!


This list was inspired by the Hollywood Gothique guide to fantasy films, mystery movies, sci-fi cinema and Halloween horror in Los Angeles.

Some photos were taken at Spirit Halloween on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile, and Lopez Ranch Pumpkin Patch on La Brea Avenue near Pink's Hot Dogs in Hollywood.

The "haunted house" above ("it's in the Valley") is actually a miniature golf obstacle at Castle Park in Sherman Oaks.

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