It’s the time of year again for tricks, treats, and everything macabre. Personally, Halloween is my favorite holiday and it’s not just because it’s fun to dress up. There are tons of fun Halloween events that go on through the Halloween season in Los Angeles, and I have a few favorites I try to experience every year. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite local spooky events, in case you’re looking for fun frights this year too.
Located in Griffith Park, Haunted Hayride features a good old fashioned hayride with a twist. Your ride will travel through various themed scare zones, while various creepy creatures pop out to scare you. Depending on your ticket package, you may have access to their walk-thru mazes as well. Available select nights September 29th through Halloween night. Not recommended for children under the age of 10.
Every year Dark Harbor at Queen Mary is one of my very favorite events. Start the night off with a short walk through a spooky tunnel just to enter the event. They feature scary mazes throughout the Queen Mary grounds as well as a few mazes on the ship, which is supposedly ACTUALLY haunted. They also have a small area that features different food vendors as well as live entertainment and carnival style rides (for an additonal fee). Tickets available for select nights September 28th through November 1st. Not recommended for children under the age of 13.
Located in Fullerton, 17th Door requires you to sign a waiver before entry as the effects are pretty extreme. To instill terror, they use such effects as electrical shock, foul scents, strobe lighting, fog, extreme temperatures, loud noises, and you may get wet. They warn you may even experience claustrophobia and/or dizziness. If you end up too scared to proceed through the house, they do offer a safe word to make the horrors stop. Tickets available for select nights September 22nd through Halloween night. Not recommended for children.
If you’re looking for something more family friendly, Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland has what you’re looking for. They have various “candy stations” set up through the park for your little ones, you may dress up for the event as long as you stick by their guidelines, and they have a special Halloween parade and fireworks show. They also change the Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday, where Jack Skellington and his crew have taken over the ride. Space Mountain is changed to Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, and many more family-friendly festive frights. Tickets available select nights September 20th through Halloween night. Recommended for all ages.
Knott’s Berry Farm is hosting their 45th year of Knott’s Scary Farm this year, which means they’re definitely pros at this point. Featuring 13 haunted attractions, including 9 terrifying mazes, and 4 spooky scare zones, Knott’s absolutely goes all out every Halloween to terrify their guests. Scary Farm will also have live sinister shows including their annual show “The Hanging”, as well as Elvira’s Last Show. You won’t want to miss it this year. Tickets available select nights September 21st through Halloween night. Not recommended for children under the age of 13.
Hollywood Horror Nights at Universal Studios.Being a big movie studio, Universal has the luxury of offering big budget frights such as American Horror Story, Saw, Ash vs. Evil Dead, and The Shining. Also, because they are a movie studio, their costumes and props are generally film set quality. Their mazes are terrifying every year, if you have not experienced this “Spooky event” I highly suggest you attend. In addition to their shocking mazes, they also have most rides operational through the event, and they even host a show featuring the Jabbawockeez. Tickets available select nights September 15th through November 4th. Not recommended for children under the age of 13.
Some friendly tips:
With most of these events, there is a lot of walking. Wear appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. If it is permitted, bring in a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated. To enjoy the event to it’s fullest, GET THERE EARLY!
Is there a LA Halloween event that needs to be mentioned? Let us know, or share stories from these events in the comments below. Have a frightful Halloween!
Part time Disney princess, but I love the Disney villains. I enjoy things that are spooky such as zombies, skeletons, and bad witches. Up made me ugly cry. My favorite superhero is Batman, because I am the night.
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