3 Days of Goth Adventures in LA

Johnny Ramone at Hollywood Forever 2021
Courtesy of Instagram @jcgarza
Overview

Halloween is everyday. Don't you agree? Stroll through graveyards and a ghost neighborhood of Victorian Houses, browse for curious objects and uncover Hollywood secrets. Go on a haunted hike or dance the night away. Parasols ready! There’s a lot to see in LA even before the sun sets.

NOTE: Hours and opening dates change frequently. Check individual websites for updated information.


Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Grand Dame of DTLA, Black Dahlia's favorite bar

Hotel Figueroa
Hotel Figueroa

A former YWCA, this hotel has its share of haunts

The Hollywood Roosevelt
The Hollywood Roosevelt

Say hello to Marilyn in room 1200

Day 1

Start your day in Hollywood with a stroll through Hollywood Forever. The landmark cemetery is known for its famous permanent residents, who include Goth icons Rozz Williams of Christian Death, and Maila Nurmi, (Vampira). Lighten the mood with a shop stop at Wacko/Soap Plant, hosting L.A.’s subculture selection of books and gifts, with an art gallery in the back. Not to be missed is the Hollywood Museum, located in the Max Factor Building. Don't let the pink facade fool you.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Beautiful landmark with superstar status

Bela Lugosi's Apartment
Bela Lugosi's Apartment

He's dead, he's dead, he's dead, but here's where he lived

Main image for business titled Amoeba Music
Amoeba Music

A can't-miss stop for music fans of all genres

Museum of Death
Museum of Death

Bucketlist: Look for it to reopen in early 2022

Soap Plant / Wacko
Soap Plant / Wacko

The best subculture toys, books and art in LA

Hollywood Museum
Hollywood Museum

Hit the basement for Hollywood's creepiest museum experience

Magic Castle Halloween 2021
The Magic Castle

Splurge for dinner in the Seance Room

Bar Sinister
Bar Sinister

Dress Code: All Black. No jeans or white shoes allowed

Day 2

For photo ops galore, visit Heritage Square Museum. This small enclave consists of eight Victorian-era buildings that were saved from demolition, celebrates an annual "Day of Mourning" and holds a haunted picnic that shouldn't be missed. Do you like your ice cream as black as your wardrobe? Head downtown to Little Damage, known for its activated charcoal cones and black soft serve ice cream. If time permits, pop into The Last Bookstore and walk through their tunnel of books. If your interests are in creepy creatures, sparkling crystals or local history, there’s an exhibit for you at the Natural History Museum.


Mystyx Kafe
Mystyx Kafe

Witches Brew. Stop by for a spell and some caffeine

Hale House at Heritage Square Museum
Heritage Square Museum

A ghost neighborhood perfect for a picnic

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Spiders, bats, bones and taxidermy dioramas

Little Damage Charcoal Cone 2021
Little Damage

Black Ice cream, black cones, black hearts

The Last Bookstore Book Tunnel
The Last Bookstore

If Alice in Wonderland had a bookstore

Space City Vintage
Space City Vintage

Great selection of vintage clothes and toys

Pop Killer
Pop Killer

Specializing in vintage punk rock fun

The Evil Cooks
The Evil Cooks

Some of LA's best tacos: Heaven and Hell menus

Corey Helford Gallery
Corey Helford Gallery

Specializes in Pop Surrealist themes, fun openings

Lethal Amounts Gallery
Lethal Amounts Gallery

Rock n Roll themed art shows and events

Day 3

Venture to the Valley, beginning with a trip to the Forest Lawn Museum. Since 1906, this cemetery has amassed an impressive collection of art, stained glass and statuary, so explore outside of the museum as well. 

 

Burbank's Magnolia Park neighborhood is known for goth, alternative and vintage shopping. At Halloween Town, you’ll find spooky goods all year long, as well dark art, books and music-related merchandise. Nearby, The Mystic Museum is a curiosity shop and museum. Dark Delicacies, the long-running bookstore dedicated to all things horror-related, hosts frequent in-store events. Check out the collection of flyers in front of the store to find out about other happenings.


Forest Lawn Museum
Forest Lawn Museum

An amazing art gallery in a cemetery

Dark Delicacies Tiki Mugs 2021
Dark Delicacies

Horror-focused bookstore w monsters galore

Blast from the Past
Blast from the Past

Retro clothes and cool souvenirs from other decades

Halloween Town
Halloween Town

Halloween is everyday at this creepy fun prop shop

Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum
Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum

Oddities, collectibles and in store events

Murphy Ranch Trail
Murphy Ranch Trail

Haunted hike on an abandoned estate with a dark history

Das Bunker t-shirt 2021
Catch One

Check their calendar for Industrial/Noise club nights