From family friendly drive-thru experiences to drive-in horror movies to virtual events, there's something for everyone to enjoy a safe and scary Halloween this year. Read on for a guide to the best Halloween events and attractions across Los Angeles.
The Bite LA (through Nov. 1, 2020)
Described as a "Halloween Food Crawl & Creature Safari," The Bite LA snakes its way around Legg Lake and through immersive environments, where you'll be served delicious Bites of seasonal grub from the safety of your own car. Bites range from savory to sweet and include vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Highlights of the one-hour experience include the Flashlight Creature Safari and Campfire Ghost Stories - listen to scary tales at the Virtual Campfire with a special campfire dessert and your choice of hot cocoa, hot apple cider or coffee. "Spook-up your ride" and you'll be automatically entered in the Car Costume Contest with a chance to win fun prizes throughout the season.
Tickets are on sale at The Bite LA website. Each ticket includes eight Bites per person in your vehicle, along with a Campfire Dessert and a warm Fall Drink. Additional Bites may be purchased.
Legg Lake at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
750 Santa Anita Ave, South El Monte 91733
Electric Dusk Drive-In (through Nov. 1, 2020)
Electric Dusk Drive-In hosts a month of weekend double features at the former location of the historic Sears in Glendale:
- Oct. 8: Death Proof/Maximum Overdrive
- Oct. 9: Trick 'r Treat/Creepshow
- Oct. 10: It/Carrie
- Oct. 16: Get Out/The Cabin in the Woods
- Oct. 17: The Exorcist/The Conjuring
- Oct. 23: A Nightmare on Elm Street/A Nightmare on Elm Street 3
- Oct. 24: Ghostbusters/Beetlejuice
- Oct. 30: Friday the 13th/Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Sundays feature family-friendly movies: Hocus Pocus (Oct. 11), The Addams Family (Oct. 18), The Nightmare Before Christmas (Oct. 25), and Coco (Nov. 1).
Double feature pricing is $37 per car (includes one person) and $12 for each additional person. Pre-packaged popcorn, snacks, beverages and candy are available for purchase.
Sears Parking Lot, 211 W. California Ave., Glendale 91203
Halloween at Descanso (through Oct. 31, 2020)
Taking place throughout October, Halloween at Descanso is a pumpkin-filled extravaganza that invites guests to safely wind their way through socially-distanced, pumpkin-themed displays in the most popular sections of Descanso Gardens. Highlights include:
- Main Lawn - Pumpkin house and children’s hay maze
- Camellia Forest - Pumpkin arch and scarecrows
- Oak Grove - Pumpkin mandalas
Children 14 and under are invited to wear their costumes – and masks – as they explore and enjoy autumn in the Gardens. The Kitchen at Descanso will serve up warm, fall-inspired drinks and soups, along with seasonal favorites such as caramel corn and churros. On Halloween Night, extended hours will be reserved for Descanso members at the Family Plus level and above.
Advance ticketing is required for non-members and can be purchased at the Descanso website. Admission is free for Descanso members.
Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge 91011
Halloween Open Air Museum Experience (Oct. 31, 2020)
Located at Van Nuys Airport, the Valley Relics Museum is home to a massive collection of San Fernando Valley artifacts, including neon signs, classic cars, rare documents, yearbooks, restaurant menus, art, western clothing, vintage BMX bicycles, a playable retro arcade and much more.
On Halloween Night, the museum is hosting a fun-filled Open Air Museum Experience from 6pm to 10pm. The hangar doors will remain open and there will be an outdoor pop-up food patio and bar.
Tickets to the Halloween Open Air Museum Experience are on sale at Eventbrite.
Valley Relics Museum
Hangar C3 & C4, 7900 Balboa Blvd, Van Nuys 91406
Haunted Museum at Home: Slime Lab (Oct. 24, 2020)
The Natural History Museum is materializing in your home for a virtual Haunted Museum at Home: Slime Lab. Explore the science of slime with a live Spider Q&A, the museum's pumpkin-carving paleontologist, a slime story competition between mad scientists, sticky science demonstrations, and many more gooey surprises.
Tickets for the 2.5-hour Zoom session go on sale October 8:
- Free for Naturalist, Explorers, Adventurers and Fellows
- $25 donation for Members from Individual - Patron Levels
- $25 donation for Non-Members
Haunt’oween LA (Oct. 9-31, 2020)
Experiential Supply presents Haunt'oween LA, a family-friendly drive-thru experience open daily in Woodland Hills. Highlights include:
- "Door to Door" Trick or Treating - drive down two streets with live costumed actors coming out of their "homes" with enough candy for everyone.
- Jack-O-Lantern Tunnel - the 90-foot installation features more than 1,000 pumpkins!
- Scenic Paths - The traditional Halloween vibe will be brought to life with an array of Halloween environments and mini-maze routes, including giant pumpkins, headless horsemen, and countless spider webs.
- Pumpkin "Picking" - 1 pumpkin per vehicle from the themed patch. Additional pumpkins available for purchase.
Pricing is $70 per car, tickets on sale at the Haunt'oween website.
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills 91367
Heritage Square Museum
One of LA's most unique cultural attractions, Heritage Square Museum is hosting outdoor versions of its signature seasonal events. All proceeds will benefit the restoration and preservation work of Heritage Square.
Oh, What a Beautiful Mourning (Oct. 24-25, 2020)
One of the museum's most popular events, the annual Victorian Mourning weekend is being reimagined this year as Oh, What a Beautiful Mourning…An Outdoor Victorian Mourning Faire. Taking place from noon to 5pm on both days, the festivities include spooktacular displays, information booths to learn about Victorian Death Practices & Superstitions, prizes, music and vendors. Highlights include Spirit Photography, Dia de los Muertos, Victorian Spiritualism, Divination, Victorian Mourning Practices, Sigils, Vintage Mourning Attire, Antique Horse Drawn Funeral Hearse, and Character Drawings. Tickets at Eventbrite are priced at $20 for General Admission, $15 for HSM members, and $10 for children.
Halloween Night Picnic (Oct. 31, 2020)
On Halloween Night, bring your own picnic and enjoy All Hallow's Eve with the living (and possibly the dead). Taking place from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, the Halloween Night Picnic features haunting music, mysterious visitations, and goodie bags. Picnic areas will be marked and will be socially distanced from each other to maintain safety. Tickets at Eventbrite are $40 per person.
Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St, Los Angeles 90031
Hollywood Forever: The Night Walk (select dates Oct. 9 - Nov. 1, 2020)
Hollywood Forever is renowned as the final resting place of hundreds of Hollywood legends and music icons. The cemetery's in-house tour guide, Katie Bible is hosting The Night Walk series on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from October 9 to November 1. Explore Hollywood Forever in the moonlight and learn about several forgotten stars from the past. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own flashlights, but there will be extras on hand.
Book your Night Walk ticket at tour guide Karie Bible's website. Each tour is limited to 10 people.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038
LA Zoo Drive-In Movie Nights (Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2020)
The LA Zoo presents its first-ever Halloween Drive-In Movie Nights, featuring spooktacular classics and seasonal goodies the whole family can enjoy.
- Oct. 29: Clue
- Oct. 30: Goosebumps
- Oct. 31: The Addams Family
- Nov. 1: Poltergeist
The Zoo’s parking lot will be transformed into a creepy-cool classic drive-in theater offering photo ops, treat bags with candy and fun swag, and devilishly good food available for purchase via mobile ordering. Arrive early for the pre-show video presentation featuring favorite Zoo animals, trivia challenges and more. And get in the spirit by dressing in costume and decorating your vehicle!
Pricing is $100 per vehicle for up to two guests, and $140 per vehicle for three or more guests. Members save $15 with their discount code.
Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles 90027
Late Night Drive-In (through Oct. 31, 2020)
Now through Halloween Night, enjoy the Late Night Drive-In experience at the Andaz West Hollywood on the legendary Sunset Strip. The Friday and Saturday night screenings include The Long Goodbye (Oct. 9), The Man Who Fell to Earth (Oct. 10), The Hills Have Eyes (Oct. 23), Halloween (Oct. 24), Suspiria (Oct. 29), An American Werewolf in London (Oct. 30), and a Halloween Night double feature: Young Frankenstein and Braindead (aka Dead Alive).
Pricing is $56.25 and includes car and all occupants. The Andaz will offer food and beverages for purchase, including a Date Night Bag with a half-bottle of House Red Wine, White Wine or Champagne; 2 acrylic wine glasses, charcuterie, insulated cooler bag and a Pashmina Blanket.
Andaz WeHo, 8401 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood 90069
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (through Nov. 1, 2020)
One of LA's most popular Halloween events is going "off the trail" this year with the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride: Live Drive Up Experience.
Taking place at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, the immersive experience begins with a drive-through creepy All Hallows Lane. The main event at the "Midnight Drive-In Theater" is a multimedia story displayed on a 40-foot screen, along with horrifying sets and characters from Midnight Falls that surround the theater and bring the story to life.
Limited tickets are priced at $49.99 - $199.99 per car and are on sale at the Haunted Hayride website.
Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, 120 Via Verde Park Rd., San Dimas 91773
Lost Cemeteries of Los Angeles (Oct. 25, 2020)
Discover the history of the four original cemeteries of Los Angeles on a three-mile walking tour:
- Campo Santo at La Placita Church
- Fort Moore Hill
- Old Jewish Cemetery
- Old Calvary Cemetery
The three-hour tour starts at La Tienda (the museum gift shop at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes), goes up to the base of Dodger Stadium and back. Tickets on sale at Eventbrite.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main St, Los Angeles 90012
Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch (through Oct. 31, 2020)
With safety protocols in place, the family-owned Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch is open daily in Hollywood, offering a variety of premium pumpkins, pumpkin decorating and carving kits, corn bundles, hay bales, and a pumpkin decorating station. Online ordering and delivery available. Admission is free.
1814 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles 90028
Nights of the Jack (through Nov. 1, 2020)
The family-friendly Nights of the Jack is a drive-thru Halloween experience with thousands of hand-carved and illuminated Jack O’ Lanterns. Located at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, the one-mile driving trail features larger than life pumpkin installations as well as detailed artist depictions of movie stars, sports heroes and animated characters.
Pricing is $69 per vehicle (up to 7 people) with a $20 large vehicle add-on for 8-12 people. No motorcycles, buses, limos or RVs. No food and beverage will be on sale, but guests are allowed to bring their own.
King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas 91302
Queen Mary: A Virtual Haunt & Music Fest (Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2020)
The Dark Zone presents Queen Mary: A Virtual Haunt & Music Fest, a four-day virtual festival that will stream from "the most famous ghost ship in the world." Highlights include:
- Virtual access to the entire ship
- 24-hour surveillance of the most haunted rooms
- Interaction with paranormal investigators
- Music performances
- Special guest celebrities
- Virtual Halloween costume contest & prize giveaways
- Day of the Dead celebration
- Live chat
Tickets are $19.99 per person and are on sale at The Dark Zone website.
Scarium of the Pacific (Oct 23-25)
Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific during its Scarium-themed weekend. Enjoy spooky décor and creepy creatures as you explore the Aquarium. Everyone is invited to wear family friendly costumes during this event. Islands is providing Kids Free Meal certificates each day of Scarium to the first 200 children in costume as they enter the Aquarium. Advance reservations are required.
Screamfest (through Oct. 15, 2020)
Founded in 2001 by film producers Rachel Belofsky and Ross Martin, Screamfest premieres and showcases new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers. The largest and longest-running horror film festival in the U.S., Screamfest is pivoting its format this year and will be screening classics and exclusive premieres at The Plant Drive-In in Van Nuys. Tickets are now on sale at Eventbrite.
Regency Theatres Van Nuys Plant 16
7876 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys 91402
Spooky Sundays at The Hollywood Roosevelt (Oct. 11, 18 & 25, 2020)
The Hollywood Roosevelt is hosting Spooky Sundays, a drive-in theatre experience hosted in the landmark hotel's valet parking lot.
- Oct. 11: Beetlejuice
- Oct. 18: Ghostbusters
- Oct. 18: The Exorcist
- Oct. 25: The Addams Family
- Oc t. 25: Halloween II
There's complimentary popcorn for every guest - a full bar and food menu will be available for purchase. Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite: General Admission is $55 per car and $65 for VIP Front Row, with discounted pricing for double features.
Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90028
Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience (Oct. 28, 2020 - Feb. 28, 2021)
Calling all Stranger Things fans! While everyone eagerly waits for Season 4, you can drive down to the Starcourt Mall for what’s looking like THE event of 1985. You and other Hawkins residents will take part in the town’s biggest drive-into experience, all from the safety of your own vehicle. As you drive, you’ll become part of the gang, reliving some of the best moments from the Netflix series. In a town built on secrets you may be surprised to discover a more sinister truth than you had ever imagined.
Tickets start at $89 per car for Standard Access (based on number of people per car) and includes a one-hour immersive driving experience and access to the Hawkins Online Portal. VIP Access adds a dedicated welcome team, fast track entry, and a "Mystery Box" of swag, snacks and a non-alcoholic drink. The Hawkins Online Portal provides tickets buyers with the backstory to the experience, gives you your character, your dress code, the location and other secrets of Hawkins.
UPDATE: Stranger Things is currently sold out until February 2021.
Downtown Los Angeles