Come October, plenty of L.A. landmarks, shops and festivities turn creepy for the Halloween season—and now, thanks to one of the city's top wine tastings, even your rosé is getting the spooky treatment.
Known for its sunshiny, open-air truck tours through the mountains and petting zoos of Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu Wine Safaris normally includes picture-perfect stops to sip wine and feed a few cute animals, but starting October 4, the tour is taking a dark turn. Instead of dropping you off to say hello to Timon the zebra, it'll be dropping you off in, oh, a haunted oak grove.
Fortunately, you'll have plenty of light sculptures to illuminate your path. The nexus of holiday light show, upscale hayride and winery, the new Malibu Lights: Haunted Nights tour will drive you past colorful light tunnels and other installations, stopping periodically for wine tastings and ghoulish sights—some scarier than others.
It's a good thing you'll be imbibing some liquid courage as you progress through the tour, because the Safaris team has been busy turning its usual stops into "otherworldly dimensions, haunted forests, psychedelic sci-fi tunnels and beyond"—and yes, to get those tastings of Malibu Family Wines, you'll have to leave the truck.
These 21+ tours run approximately 90 minutes and cost $55 per person for six tastings, but if you really want to maximize your spooky wine time—and honestly, who among us wouldn't?—there's a deluxe tasting at $75 per person, which includes an additional tour stop and two extra tastings.
Too spooky? This iteration runs select Thursdays to Sundays through the start of November, but will flip to more festive holiday lights and themes soon after; we've already got our fingers crossed for some Malibu mulled wine in winter.
Malibu Wine Safaris' Malibu Lights: Haunted Nights tours run October 4 through November 3. Tickets are on sale now.