With the temperature so hot in Southern California it is hard to remember that fall is just around the corner. As September draws near lots of different places will start preparing for their Halloween-themed fun. The Los Angeles area has a lot of activities to choose from if you are looking for some festive fun. I hope that this post helps which one out of all the Halloween events Los Angeles has to offer is right for you.
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For me, my Halloween-themed fun involves eating pumpkin treats, carving pumpkins, and going on hayrides. However, I know that for a lot of people their favorite Halloween-themed activities involve getting scared. Whether you are looking to get scared or just have some fun with your family or friends there is something to be found for everyone.
Here’s a List of the Best Halloween Events Los Angeles Has to Offer
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Check out a Haunt with the SoCal Haunt List
The SoCal Haunt list shares about yard displays, walk-throughs, paid attractions and haunted shows. There is such a great resource for Halloween Activities. We recently interviewed Derek from the SoCal Haunt list on the LA Dreaming Podcast to talk about the Halloween scene in LA.
Watch a Scary Movie
Street Food Cinema is hosting Cinema Phantasmagoria in October at the Million Dollar Theatre in downtown LA. Catch A Nightmare on Elm Street on 10/22 or Scream on 10/29.
Visit a Los Angeles Theme Park
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The Halloween Tree at Disneyland is truly one of a kind. It is a tribute to the 1972 novel The Halloween Tree. It was dedicated to author Ray Bradbury in 2007. It is a favorite fall photo spot in the park. You’ll find it outside the Pioneer Mercantile in Frontierland. #disney #disneyland #disneylandresort #disneyobsessed #annualpassholder #ktla #foxla #lostinla #mydayinla #lamylove #welikela #timeoutla #lamagviews #eyeonla #wherethelocalsgo #losangelesgrammers #instaworthyla #lifehacksla #disneycaliforniaadventure #igdisney #disneyday #disneyfun #disneylandforever #disneyap #disneyinsta #didneylandhalloweentree #disneyhalloween
On select nights in September and October, Disney California Adventure Park will close early so that the Oogie Boogie Halloween Party can take place. This event requires a separate admission ticket and is a whole lot of fun. Come as you are or dress up in your Halloween costume. You can go around the park getting candy at the trick-or-treat locations, take pictures with Disney characters in their Halloween costumes and take part in Halloween-themed activities. Even if you don’t go to the special Halloween party you can still enjoy the Halloween decor, special food, and characters during the day.
I have an episode of the LA Dreaming podcast about Halloween in Los Angeles Theme Park edition. With my guest Meghan we talk about Knotts Scary Farm, Halloween Horror Nights, Oogie Boogie Bash, Fright Fest, Brick or Treat as well as Howl-O-Scream. We even cover Freeform’s Halloween Road & the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. You can visit my blog post guide on the Halloween theme park experiences here.
The Aquarium of the Pacific
The Aquarium is hosting the Scarium of the Pacific. Come dressed up and have a unique experience at the aquarium which will be full of Halloween-themed fun. Members of the aquarium can get in free which is a great perk of the membership. Be sure to check out the underwater pumpkin carving because that is not something you will see in most places. This event sounds like it could be a whole lot of fun for the whole family.
Visit Pumpkin Patches
You can go to Mr. Bones in West LA for a pumpkin patch that will be fun for children and not a far drive from the LA area.
However, my favorite pumpkin patch that has amazing things to do is the Underwood Family Farm. They have a hayride, corn maze, lots of animals, and more!
If you are willing to make the drive out to Norco the Pumpkin Rock hike is a great activity.