Not all Halloween events are hell-bent on scaring you straight. Sure, we've stocked our list of festive favorites with plenty of frights, but you'll also find bar crawls, Halloween attractions and family-friendly festivals. Watch theaters stage spooky shows or explore the best things to do this fall—thrill-seekers should check out the best haunted houses and real-life haunted places, too. Whatever you're looking for, there's no shortage of worthwhile Halloween events in Los Angeles.
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Halloween events & attractions
History buffs, make your way to the Heritage Square Museum this Halloween. On the first day of their annual two-day event, learn all about death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian era, including how even the intricate details on clothing played a role in showing the loss of a loved one. You'll also get the scoop on the Spiritualism movement, and can have your fortune told, if you dare. Then, take place in a funeral held inside one of the museum's historic homes. On the second, more family-friendly day, children can play period games, make 19th-century harvest crafts and listen to (only slightly) spooky ghost stories.
Far from those kid-friendly rides through a pumpkin patch, this hayride unleashes all sorts of demons, and bogeys on Griffith Park. It's an actual hayride—a long one—paired with a "scary-go-round" for wee ones (and 'fraidy cats), a number of scare zones and a pitch black maze filled with "demons and maniacs," and probably lots of frisky teenagers. This year's theme, "Clown," brings back the clown tent finale and is sure to trigger some serious coulrophobia.
Lucha VaVOOM brings its unique mix of “sexo y violencia” to the Mayan (plus occasional one-off shows elsewhere) with exuberant spectacles throughout the year, including this Halloween performance. See good vs. evil played out in a sinful circus of masked Mexican wrestling, burlesque stripteasing and comedic commentating. Fill up on tequila and tamales while you watch Aztec dancers and luchadores like Li'l Cholo and Crazy Chickens.
This is the largest Halloween street party in the world, and there's really no better place to be on October 31st. Sure, the crowd is huge (like, a half million people huge) and a bit belligerent, but the amazing display of costumes and general merry-making spirit deem it at least a worthy stop, if not your main destination for the evening. There will be dancing, drinking, and many mid-parade costume contests. Even if you don't plan on entering one, it's best to still come dressed to the nines—no one likes a party pooper in jeans and a T-shirt.
The actors of the Guild of St. George present an evening of chilling drama, enacting some of the most haunting tales of Edgar Allen Poe and Edward Gorey, two masters of the macabre. Expect to see "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Tell Tale Heart" (one of our favorites), and more. Arrive early for free cookies and hot cider, dress warmly and be prepared to walk as the vignettes take place across the sprawling Huntington Library grounds.
Spend a night in an Altadena cemetery as you're led across the grounds for three spooky theatrical productions. Wicked Lit stages classic horror stories and invites a limited number of patrons (35 people in three groups for a max of 105 a night) to experience the immersive performances each night. This year's stories include The Damned Thing, Thoth’s Labyrinth, The Open Door and Liliom.
The masters of al fresco rooftop movie viewing wrap up their third season atop the Montálban Theatre on Vine (and their first in Downtown L.A.) with a string of horror movies. For the week leading up to Halloween, you can catch screenings of Carrie, Hocus Pocus, The Fly, The Shining, Get Out and more.
Hop on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour this October for a special horror-themed edition. You'll embark on a special nighttime visit to sets and stages where classics like The Exorcist and Gremlins were filmed, plus a visit to the Stage 48: Script to Screen experience to see props and costumes from classic horror films. This year, the tour even includes an encore of the wildly popular It-inspired house that popped up in Hollywood.
Take a two-and-a-half-hour guided tour of the Paramount Studios, as well as the neighboring Hollywood Forever Cemetery, during this after-hours experience. The tour digs up the dirt on Hollywood's dearly departed and comes with a personalized souvenir photo and remembrance rose, as well as complimentary champagne and candy and popcorn hosted in an eerie location.