Halloween in Los Angeles 2018

Don’t freak out—use our guide to Halloween in L.A. to find the perfect costume, the best parties and spookiest places

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at the Griffith Park Old Zoo
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Making plans for the most important holiday of the year—we’re talking Halloween, of course—isn’t so easy in sprawling L.A. Our guide to Halloween in Los Angeles has you covered with the best candy treats, the most inspiring costume shops, the rockingest parties, the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, and the coolest fall festivals and activities. Still not feeling the fall in Los Angeles spirit? We’ve also rounded up our favorite haunted spots where real ghosts still can rattle a few chains. Let the countdown to the thrills and chills begin!

What day does Halloween 2018 fall on?

Unfortunately, this year Halloween falls on a Wednesday. So be prepared for the weekend prior to be jam-packed with Halloween festivities. 

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Halloween parties and haunted houses

Halloween events in Los Angeles
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Halloween events in Los Angeles

Whatever you’re looking for, there’s no shortage of worthwhile Halloween events in L.A.

The best haunted houses and attractions
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The best haunted houses and attractions

What’s Halloween without a few good scares?

The best Halloween parties in Los Angeles
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The best Halloween parties in Los Angeles

Dress up and get down at these themed shindigs.

More October events
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More October events

Street fairs, Halloween parties, fun festivals and more.

Halloween photos

The best Halloween costumes we saw in L.A. in 2017
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The best Halloween costumes we saw in L.A. in 2017

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval 2017
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West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval 2017

KCRW's Masquerade Ball 2017 photos
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KCRW's Masquerade Ball 2017 photos

A Beastly Ball 2017 photos
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A Beastly Ball 2017 photos

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Halloween costume ideas

Dress up like L.A.’s best art installations for Halloween this year
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Dress up like L.A.’s best art installations for Halloween this year

We’ve got some top-notch topical Halloween costume ideas for you, pulled directly from some of the city’s best art exhibits.

10 last-minute Halloween costumes inspired by L.A. landmarks
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10 last-minute Halloween costumes inspired by L.A. landmarks

Break away from the cliche costumes this year with these fun and easy DIY ideas based on neighborhood landmarks

Costume ideas inspired by famous artworks
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Costume ideas inspired by famous artworks

Get creative and dress up as famous works of art on display at LACMA with these easy DIY ideas

Best dog Halloween costumes
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Best dog Halloween costumes

Dog Halloween costumes seem to get cuter every year, so there’s no excuse not to erase your dog’s dignity with these get-ups

The best costume stores in L.A.
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The best costume stores in L.A.

Stumped on what to be for Halloween this year? Check out these costume stores.

Halloween for kids

Best places to go trick or treating in Los Angeles
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Best places to go trick or treating in Los Angeles

Make trick or treating plans with our guide to the top neighborhoods to visit for a fun Halloween with kids.

The best pumpkin patches in Los Angeles
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The best pumpkin patches in Los Angeles

Find that perfect orange squash this Halloween with our guide to the best pumpkin patches in L.A.

The best corn mazes in Los Angeles
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The best corn mazes in Los Angeles

October is the only month you won’t mind being told to “get lost”—in a corn maze.

Family-friendly Halloween events
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Family-friendly Halloween events

Haunted houses too scary? We’ve rounded up the best Halloween attractions and family-friendly festivals for this year’s holiday.

The cutest kids costumes on the Internet
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The cutest kids costumes on the Internet

Your little one will score big when trick or treating wearing one of these adorable kids’ costumes.

The best candy stores in L.A.
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The best candy stores in L.A.

Find Halloween candy, nostaglic retro sweets and even international treats at these top candy shops.

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Ghost tours in Los Angeles
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Ghost tours in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is full of great local haunts—and we’re not talking about your local dive bar. 

Halloween is better in L.A.—here are the 10 reasons why
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Halloween is better in L.A.—here are the 10 reasons why

As we’ve been mulling around our latest costume ideas, we realized something: There is no better city to celebrate Halloween in than L.A.

13 real haunted places in L.A.
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13 real haunted places in L.A.

Call us old-fashioned, but we like our haunts authentic

9 spooky Halloween treats and cocktails
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9 spooky Halloween treats and cocktails

We’ve rounded up some spooky Halloween treats and cocktails to try.

The 100 best horror films
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The 100 best horror films

The best horror films as voted for by more than 100 experts, including Simon Pegg and Roger Corman

The 20 best Halloween songs
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The 20 best Halloween songs

Go on, throw that Halloween house party. We took care of the playlist for you.

The best candy stores in L.A.
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The best candy stores in L.A.

To find festive candy, head to these top candy stores in L.A.

The 15 scariest haunted houses in the US
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The 15 scariest haunted houses in the US

The stories behind these homes—of ax murders and massacres, of lost children, angry demons and ghosts—will give you more shivers than even the best Halloween movies.