There are so many Spooky Things to do in LA. Everything on this list can be experienced year-round but are extra fun to do in the fall. For episode three of the LA Dreaming Podcast, we talk to Ramsey Wild who has a fun series on Tik Tok about Spooky Things to do in LA. Be sure to follow her on Instagram and Tik Tok to get more ideas of what to do for fun in Los Angeles.
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Camp Horror and the Mystic Museum in Burbank
Camp Horror is a cabin-themed shop on Magnolia Blvd in Burbank, California. The store has more than just fun horror merchandise, they also have some fun photo ops. There are three small spooky stores that are connected. Along the back of the stores, there is the Mystic Museum. This is an art installation/museum that has really cool stuff to see.
Camp Horror is located at 3200 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505. The shop is open every day from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m
Another shop I recommend checking out in the nearby area is It’s a Wrap. This is not a spooky store, but it is really interesting. You can find clothes from movies & tv shows for sale.
Phantom Carriage Brewery
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Phantom Carriage is a craft brewery and eatery. Two things separate this brewer from others, the first is that it has a horror theme, the second is that they show horror movies in a theatre on site. The atmosphere is sure to delight the horror fans. Occasionally, they will have special events like a night market with local vendors.
Phantom Carriage Brewery is located at 18525 S. Main St., Carson, 90248. They are open Thursday 4pm-1ompm, Friday 12pm-11pm, Saturday 12pm-11pm, and Sunday from 2pm-8pm. Please note that the kitchen is closed on Sundays.
Old LA Zoo
The Old LA Zoo is a spooky place that you can hike to in Griffith Park. There are a couple of ways to get to the abandoned zoo but I think the easiest is to park in the lot above the Merry-Go-Round known as Merry-Go-Round Lot 2. When you walk out of the parking lot turn right and keep walking until you find the dirt path. Eventually, you’ll see a sign under a large tree with a sign showing the LA Zoo path to the right.
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Unlike other hikes in Griffith Park, this one is easy and flat. It gets eerie once you get close to the old enclosures. Sometimes you will find tents and homeless people so just be careful in this area. If you are brave enough you can go inside, I stayed on the outside since there were people doing location scouting. The inside is really colorful with graffiti but I loved how the part that I explored looked.
The parking for the Old LA Zoo trail is 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027.
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See the Houses from Thriller and Charmed on Carroll Avenue
Visiting Carroll Avenue is like stepping back in time. The street has gorgeous Victorian-style homes. One of the houses was used for the Thriller music video. The Thriller house looks like it is falling apart which really adds to the spooky feeling. Another home was used as the house in the tv series Charmed. The attic from Charmed is actually from the house across the street from the house they used. I love seeing houses that look like they are filled with stories and characters.
The address for the Thriller House is 1345 Carroll Avenue. The address for the Charmed House is 1329 Carroll Avenue.
Heritage Square Museum
Heritage Square Museum is home to 8 Victorian Houses that were saved from demolition and moved to the Arroyo Seco area of Montecito Heights. Similar to Carroll Avenue, a visit here gives you the chance to travel back in time. While they offer regular tours, at various times they will offer haunted ghost tours. The next time you watch the movie Saving Mr. Banks keep an eye out for one of the houses at the beginning of the movie when the family leaves their home to move to the country.
If you want to keep an eye out on the Haunted Ghost Tours check out the website here.
Due to COVID visitors are not able to go inside the houses at this time. Parking can be challenging as this is located at the end of a small residential street.
My first visit to the Heritage Square Museum was for the Museum of the Arroyo Day. You can get free entry to several interesting places as part of this event. I later returned to this spot for Freeform’s Halloween Road event which transformed the area with theming from Ghostbusters, the Addams Family, and Hocus Pocus. I talk about Freeform Halloween Road in episode two of the LA Dreaming podcast which you can check out here. They will occasionally partner with Street Food Cinema for movie screenings which would be so fun to attend at this location.
Heritage Square Museum is located at 3800 Homer Street. The hours are 11:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday. Admission is $10 Adults (13+) $8 Seniors (65+) $5 Children (6-12)
The Cauldron in Buena Park
I am super excited to be planning a visit to The Cauldron. Thanks to Instagram I recently found out about this place and knew I had to add it to my to-do list. This is a spooky bar located near Knotts Berry Farm. The drinks are horror-themed, but the food is french. Be sure to check out their Instagram, they will give discounts if you come in costume-themed to that week. Each week has a different costume theme. A lot of visitors on Yelp said this spot gives them Haunted Mansion vibes.
The Cauldron is located at 8028 Beach Blvd Buena Park, CA 90620. The hours are 3pm-12am W/T/S. On Friday & Saturday, they stay open until 2am.
Beetlehouse in LA
Every day is Halloween at Beetlehouse LA. This is a Tim Burton-themed restaurant and bar that features a dinner theatre-type atmosphere and lots of photo ops. If you want to dine here you do need to make a reservation, but if you just want to visit the bar no reservation is needed. You can make a reservation here.
You can now get the Beetlehouse cookbook on Amazon.
Beetlehouse is located at 714 N Las Palmas Ave Los Angeles, CA 90028. The hours are Wednesday 5:00pm to 11:00pm. Thursday to Saturday 5:00pm to 2:00am & Sunday 5:00pm to 11:00pm.