The Best Halloween Events and Attractions in Los Angeles

Terrifying theme parks and haunted tours

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With spectacular productions and heart-stopping scares, Los Angeles is truly the entertainment capital of the (under)world on Halloween. Read on for our guide to the best Halloween events and attractions across LA.

For less scary activities, read our guide to family-friendly Halloween events.

Halloween Horror Nights - Universal Studios Hollywood (Through Nov. 2, 2019)

Face your darkest fears in Southern California’s scariest, most intense event – Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. The movie studio that invented the horror genre dares you to enter all-new immersive worlds of living, breathing icons from the most twisted imaginations in film and television.

Halloween Horror Nights is now open on select nights through November 2. This year's HHN will bring Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele's global blockbuster, Us, to terrifying life. The all-new Us maze will place guests at the heart of this living nightmare where they quickly realize they are their own worst enemy. Brace yourself for nine more spine-chilling mazes, including Netflix’s Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Creepshow, Holidayz in Hell, and AMC’s The Walking Dead Attraction. Plus, there are five new scare zones with horrors lurking around every dark corner, and an all-new Jabbawockeez live show.

Tickets are now on sale at the HHN website. Options include General Admission, Day/Night (including theme park entry), Frequent Fear Passes for multiple nights, and the R.I.P. Tour - a guided tour with exclusive experiences.

Fright Fest | Photo: Six Flags Magic Mountain

Fright Fest | Photo: Six Flags Magic Mountain

Fright Fest - Six Flags Magic Mountain (Through Nov. 3, 2019)

With 19 roller coasters, Six Flags Magic Mountain holds the world record for the most roller coasters in an amusement park. The "Thrill Capital of the World" will add a record-breaking 20th coaster when it opens the world’s first racing launch coaster, West Coast Racers.

Taking place on select nights through November 3, Fright Fest offers terrifying haunted mazes, roaming zombies, the scariest clowns on the planet and spooky shows - leaving no tombstone unturned to bring the ultimate sensory overload for every range of fear. For the little monsters, a Trick or Treat Trail and Halloween Crafts round out the activities during the daylight hours. But once the clock hits 7:00 p.m., the ghouls come out to haunt the park! As if that weren't enough, Six Flags has added a "twisted" element to some of their monster coasters by turning off the lights, leaving riders to face their fears in the dark.

Haus of Creep at Row DTLA | Photo: Creep L.A.

Haus of Creep at Row DTLA | Photo: Creep L.A.

Haus of Creep - Row DTLA (Through Nov. 3, 2019)

Presented by Just Fix It Productions, Creep L.A. returns to Row DTLA this Halloween season, welcoming all into the dark heart of Downtown LA with their fifth installment: HAUS OF CREEP. Since 2015, Creep L.A. has welcomed over 20,000 creeps through their doors. Launched on Friday the 13th in September, Creep L.A. immerses guests in a bizarre and shocking world where reality and performance art blur together.
The 75-minute multi-sensory exhibit brings guests into the world of Creep L.A., a darkly satirical and terrifying send-up of social media-driven culture. With the growing popularity of “grammable museums,” businesses and consumers are devouring art as a commodity. HAUS OF CREEP sets out to remind us that art is alive, and it can’t be restricted to a little square photo without dangerous consequences. HAUS guests will spend the hour roaming an avant-garde and nightmarish playground of more than a dozen installations, witnessing grand shocking scenes as well as intimate scares. Elaborate lighting and diverse and detailed environments create a surreal world in which guests may find themselves lost, unsure where reality ends and the show begins. HAUS OF CREEP tells its story with a cast of 20 provocative characters and features a sultry lounge, small dark spaces, shadow plays, deranged puppet shows, and innovative analog installations by Media Pollution. Tickets on sale at the HAUS OF CREEP website.

A New Día - WisdomeLA (Oct. 18 - Nov. 1, 2019)

Dubbed the "World's First Immersive Entertainment Art Park," WisdomeLA in the Arts District is hosting A New Día from October 18 to November 1. As you make your way from dome to dome and travel through this immersive art experience, you’ll be surrounded by stunningly vivid, colorful recreations of Día de Muertos. The journey begins with a walk through endless Marigolds, as we witness the beauty and humbling power of nature. Guests will purify themselves with a walk through water - cleansing for both mind and spirit - while they reflect on the ripple effect we have on those around us. Next, experience the transformative power of the flame and illuminate your minds with the candles of Día de Muertos, as you cross over a pond of pure light. Take flight with countless dancing Monarch butterflies, who descend into Mexico every autumn. Then meet the alebrijes, our inner animals revealed in dreams. The evening ends with delicious food and drinks available for purchase. Hours: 11am – 9pm (Thursdays & Sundays) and 11am – midnight (Fridays & Saturdays). Tickets on sale at the Wisdome LA website. A New Día is a 21 and over event.

Opening weekend special events include Fiesta Calavera on October 18, featuring stilt walkers, fire dancers, Walking Dead cast members, and music by Ravi Drums, Bosa and DJ Randy Seidman. On October 20, ETHERICA features a Día de Muertos dance party where you can go on a journey of healing sounds with live music that will elevate you, awaken your senses, and allow you to receive any messages from the other realms. This event will kick off with a magical and cosmic sound healing and visual journey to awaken your highest potential.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride - Griffith Park Old Zoo (Through Nov. 2, 2019)

The area surrounding the "Old Zoo" and "B Rock" in Griffith Park has been called one of the most paranormally active sites in California, and is once again the site of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. Taking place through Saturday, November 2, the 11th annual Haunted Hayride features a completely re-imagined experience, including an expanded lineup of attractions and a unified theme for the very first time. This year's Haunted Hayride will transform the Griffith Park grounds into Midnight Falls, an eerie and mysterious village set in 1985, where time stands still and it is always Halloween. Highlights include the Midnight Falls Town Square, Midnight Mortuary Haunted House, Roadkill Ranch, Trick-or-Treat, the popular Haunted Hayride, and three short-play Escape Rooms.

Tickets are now on sale at Prices range from $34.99-$109.99 per person, with options for Hayride Only, General Admission, VIP Admission, and Platinum VIP Experience.

After Dark Tour | Photo: Paramount Pictures

After Dark Tour | Photo: Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures After Dark Tour (Through Nov. 16, 2019)

One of Paramount Pictures popular Studio Tours, the After Dark Tour gets a seasonal twist with Tales from the Other Side, a 2.5-hour walking tour that takes guests through the legendary backlot and cavernous soundstages. The tour includes a welcome champagne toast, exclusive access to Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and gourmet popcorn and movie candy hosted in an eerie location.

The After Dark Tour is available to guests 16 and over on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Walking shoes are required. Advance reservations preferred, walk-ups are welcome. Pricing is $99 per person, tickets on sale at the Paramount Pictures website.

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster in Frankenstein (1931) | Photo: Universal Pictures

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster in Frankenstein (1931) | Photo: Universal Pictures

Natural History of Horror - Natural History Museum (Through April 12, 2020)

We have a strange curiosity for mysterious, eerie, and grotesque monsters. No wonder they are the main characters that give us that intense, heart-pounding burst of adrenaline that only horror movies can provide. Behind-the-scenes, many of our favorite movie monsters are inspired by science and the natural world. Opening at the Natural History Museum on October 10, Natural History of Horror explores Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and Creature from the Black Lagoon through science, history, and the art of filmmaking. Guests will discover 17 objects from NHM’s collections and four classic Universal movie monsters. The exhibit offers a glimpse of rare movie props, film footage, hands-on interactives, and specimens. Entry to Natural History of Horror is included with paid admission to NHM, or free for museum members.

The Captain | Photo: The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Facebook

The Captain | Photo: The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Facebook

Dark Harbor - Queen Mary (Through Nov. 2, 2019)

It's all hands on deck for Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary - 23 select nights featuring the Captain, Scary Mary and over 200 monsters haunting six terrifying mazes, nightly live entertainment, secret bars and exciting rides.

A monstrous freak wave has hit the legendary Queen Mary, causing the ship to nearly capsize. The ocean liner is near a full breach and quickly taking on water as she tilts on her side. Chaos has descended as the passengers and crew are left disoriented and confused in the fight for survival, many plummeting into darkness or the tumultuous ocean. The Captain and the crew are hard at work trying to salvage the ship after the Rogue wave…Or are they?

Tickets to Dark Harbor start at $20 and are now on sale at the Queen Mary website.

Alphonse Mucha, "Four Seasons - Spring - #1 of 4," c. 1896; "Allegorie de la musique," c. 1898; "La Plume," c. 1899 | Photo: Lucas Museum

Alphonse Mucha, "Four Seasons - Spring - #1 of 4," c. 1896; "Allegorie de la musique," c. 1898; "La Plume," c. 1899 | Photo: Lucas Museum

Lucas Nights: The Art of the Card - Exposition Park (Oct. 18, 2019)

On Friday, October 18, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art presents Lucas Nights: The Art of the Card - Tarot and Lotería. Taking place on the South Lawn of Exposition Park from 6-10pm, The Art of the Card is an engaging evening that will explore the art of tarot and Lotería — historic cards featuring beautiful, mass-produced artworks that communicate visual narratives about the human experience. Figurative illustrations by Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha, who is represented by more than 60 works in the Lucas Museum collections, are regularly featured on tarot decks. Using Mucha’s work as inspiration, participants will be able to draw their own tarot and Lotería cards, learn about the history of tarot and Lotería imagery, watch live onstage tarot readings, sign-up for free private readings, play Lotería for a chance to enter the raffle, and listen to a live DJ. Food trucks and a cash bar will be available throughout the night.

Lucha VaVOOM: Fiesta Fantasma at The Mayan

Lucha VaVOOM: Fiesta Fantasma at The Mayan

Lucha VaVoom: Fiesta Fantasma (Oct. 23-24, 2019)

Lucha VaVOOM is an action-packed scream-a-thon with heroic Mexican masked wrestlers performing breathtaking acrobatic feats while battling evil luchadores. Lucha VaVOOM is inspired by the bizarre world of 1960s Mexican Lucha Cinema, where masked wrestling crime fighters save the world from evil brains, vampires, Martians and more, always with an obligatory stop at the local go-go club. Between wrestling matches, burlesque acts from around the world entertain the audience with raucous aerial acts, pogo-stick peelers, hula-hoopers and much more.

Lucha VaVOOM: Fiesta Fantasma is taking place on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23-24, at The Mayan in Downtown LA. Featuring wrestlers Penta Zero, Rey Fenix, Bandido, Taya Valkyrie and more TBA; plus burlesque performances by Michelle L'Amour, Bryona Ashly and Karis. Tickets are $40 for General Admission, $55 for Ringside Seating, and $75 for Golden Circle & No Fly Zone. 21 and over with ID.

Huntington After Dark (Oct. 26, 2019)

A perennial favorite returns to The Huntington Library with a new name, an expanded repertoire, and a whole new cast of characters. Taking place on Saturday, October 26 from 6:30-10:30pm, Huntington After Dark is an evening of deliciously dark drama on the moonlit Huntington grounds, as scenes and songs from haunting works are enacted by performers from the Guild of St. George, the Independent Shakespeare Co., and LA Opera. Ages 12 and up. (May be too intense for younger audiences.) Tickets are $65 for members and $75 for non-members.

1925/34 "Round Door" Rolls Royce at the Petersen Automotive Museum

1925/34 "Round Door" Rolls Royce | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

Trunk or Treat - Petersen Automotive Museum (Oct. 27, 2019)

On Sunday, October 27 the Petersen Automotive Museum presents a special spooky edition of the monthly Breakfast Club Cruise-In. Taking place from 8am to 11am at Parking Structure Level P3, Trunk or Treat invites car enthusiasts to decorate your trunk, bring some candy, and join in on the festivities. Get in the spirit of the season and come in costume - bring your little ones to the Petersen “trunk” for some treats while supplies last. The Petersen will be presenting a special award to the best decorated car, so don’t hold back! Coffee, bagels, and candy will be provided. The Petersen Education team will be creating candy baskets for your little racers. Complimentary parking for show vehicles. The Petersen store will also be open for those hoping to go home with something special to remember the day. To see what the store has to offer, visit the Petersen website.