27 BEST Halloween Events in Los Angeles for Adults & Families

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Published on: September 27, 2023

As the crisp air brings the scary season, you may wonder, where can I celebrate Halloween in Los Angeles?

If you’re looking for something a little different to ring in the spooky season this year, Los Angeles is one of the best places to spend Halloween in California!

From free family fun events and outdoor cinemas screening Halloween favorites to 21+ spooky parties lasting into the wee hours, there’s something for everyone around this time of year. 

With so much going on, it can be difficult to choose where to go, which nights to get a babysitter, and when to bring the kiddos along. 

I’ve compiled a list of the best Halloween events across all crowds so you can see it all!

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Scary and 21+ Halloween Events in LA

From Halloween movies to late nights out on the town, these are the best and scariest Halloween events in Los Angeles for adults.

Scary Movies at Cinespia (Movies in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery)

When: Throughout October
Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, LA, CA
Cost: $22

The outdoor film screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery extend into the spooky season for all the scary movie-loving film buffs! 

They do cult classics best, and folks of all ages bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets, snacks, and booze to enjoy spooky films and ghostly nights out.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios

A billboard advertising Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios alongside a wide, suburban road on a clear, sunny day.

When: Throughout September and October
Where: Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA
Cost: $72-$102 per night, depending. [based on last year]

Universal Studios (one of LA’s most famous theme parks) rings in the spooky season with its famous “Halloween Horror Nights!”

These Halloween events feature haunted houses, haunted mazes, the terror tram, iconic horror movie characters, and multiple scare zones throughout the California Adventure Park and Universal City. 

They don’t hold back on the scare factor, so this one’s best suited for teens and adults.

Looking for more terrifying haunted houses? Here are the best haunted houses in Los Angeles.

Knotts Scary Farm at Buena Park

People waiting at the ticket counter for Knotts Scary Farm at Buena Park, with a roller coaster visible against a clear blue sky in the background.

When: Select nights from September 21 to October 31
Where: Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA
Cost: $59.99 – $149.99

**Recommended for participants 13+. 

One of the longest-running and most extensive Halloween theme parks in southern California, Knott’s Scary Farm has been bringing the haunt for 50 years. 

It is returning in full swing this year with haunted mazes, attractions, shows, and over 100 creatures lurking in the bushes!

Note: Knott’s Berry Farm is actually outside of Los Angeles in adjacent Orange County, but it’s worth the short trip!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Ford

When: Saturday, October 28th, 8 pm
Where: The Ford, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd E, LA, CA
Cost: $35

The cult classic 1975 Halloween favorite Rocky Horror Picture Show is a Halloween tradition you don’t want to miss. 

Dress up like the iconic film characters and sing along to all the classic songs; this is always a great night with friends.

Delusion: Interactive Horror Theatre

When: Select nights throughout October & November
Where: Phillips Mansion, 2640 Pomona Blvd, Pomona, CA
Cost: Tickets start at $90 and go on sale in August [based on last year]

One of LA’s leaders in interactive theatre since 2011, Delusion is set to return to Phillips Mansion (an 1875 estate in Pomona) this Halloween.

This event invites attendees to creep through the century-and-a-half-old mansion filled with one of the most terrifying theatre experiences to date! 

Make a night of it and visit the haunted bar after you’ve been thoroughly frightened – this one is an LA must-see!

Halloween: 45 Years Of Terror (Pasadena Convention Centre)

When: September 29th-October 1st
Where: Pasadena Convention Centre, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA
Cost: $30-$60

Fans of John Carpenter’s classic spooky film Halloween will celebrate the film’s 45th anniversary by sharing in a Halloween convention unlike any other. 

The film franchise’s producers will bring a weekend of spooky Halloween events with celebrity guests from the films and numerous vendors.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre (18+)

When: Select Fridays and Saturdays throughout October
Where: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd, LA, CA
Cost: $25-$36

Perhaps the scariest haunt of LA’s Halloween events, Zombie Joe is famous for full nudity and impressive gore as participants navigate multiple scare zones in the interactive theater environment. 

Beware – this one is a proper scare.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnival

When: Tuesday, October 31 (Halloween night)
Where: Santa Monica Boulevard, between North Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood, LA, CA
Cost: Free admission

Costume contests and many bars offering specials and big crowds; while the carnival has no minimum age requirement, it might be a bit much for younger eyes should the spooky fun get carried away. 

Make sure to step your costumes up, as there will be stiff competition, and check out the food trucks lining Santa Monica Blvd while you’re there!

Halloween Bar Crawl – Hollywood – 6th Annual (21+)

When: Saturday, October 28
Where: Cabo Cantina, 6669 Hollywood Blvd, LA, CA
Cost: $10-$15

Covering five venues with over 1000 expected participants, food and drink specials, and many games, Crawl With Us hosts a Halloween-themed bar crawl that doubles as a $1000 costume contest on Halloween weekend.

A Peaches And Cream Halloween – The Vermont Hollywood (21+)

When: October 20
Where: The Vermont Hollywood, 1020 N Vermont Ave, LA, CA
Cost: $23

Peaches And Cream does nostalgic hip-hop and R&B throwbacks like no one’s business, and they’re bringing you a special Halloween-themed night of spooky festivities at Vermont to dance the night away this Halloween.

Fred & Jason’s Halloweenie 2023 (21+)

When: Friday, October 13th, 8pm-2am
Where: TBD soon
Cost: **Tickets will be released soon**

Halloweenie is the “largest, loudest and sexiest annual gay Halloween fundraiser in LA.” 

If you’re looking for the queerest costume party on Halloween in LA, one of the city’s best Halloween parties is definitely where to be!

Maxim LA 3rd Annual Halloween Party (21+)

When: Saturday, October 28th, 10pm-2am
Where: Downtown LA location TBA soon
Cost: Early Bird: $112.69, GA: $277.69. VIP / Booth & Bottle options available.

Named “the sexiest and most anticipated Halloween event of the year,” the Maxim Halloween Event offers 4 hours of open bar, music by LA’s top DJs, immersive audiovisual experience, models, dancing, costumes, and a star-studded attendance.

Halloween Long Beach Zombie Crawl (21+)

When: Saturday, October 28
Where: Check-in at The Harbor, 130 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA
Cost: $15-$35

All the festive events bring the zombies to Long Beach with costume contests, drink specials, and free entry to Long Beach bars. 

Over 300 fellow zombies will be there to cruise the streets this Halloween weekend!

Halloween Weekend Pub Crawl Party Santa Monica (21+)

When: Saturday, October 28th, 6pm-2am
Where: Check-in between 6-9:30 pm at Circle Bar (2926 Main St, Santa Monica) or Barney’s Beanery (1351 3rd St, Santa Monica)
Cost: $19.19 (Early bird), $46.69 ( GA), $13.69(Group rate [4+])

This spooky Santa Monica pub crawl grants you free pub entry, drink specials, VIP access to the after-party, and the chance to meet lots of new friends in Santa Monica’s most trendy nightlife destinations!

Halloween Events in LA for the Family

Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party

When: Select nights September 5 through October 31, 6:00 pm-11:00 pm
Where: Disney California Adventure Park, Disney Resort, Anaheim, CA
Cost: $134-$189

A Disney-themed Halloween bash for the whole family, Oogie Boogie is held in Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, just outside Santa Ana. 

It offers favorite Disney characters, tricks and treats, photo ops, entertainment, and fun all evening!

Halloween Spooktacular Carnival Hawthorne/Manhattan Beach

When: October 19th, 3 pm-6 pm
Where: Hawthorne Memorial Centre, 3901 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA
Cost: Free admission

Hawthorne’s Halloween Spooktacular is fun for the whole family, with classic carnival games, rides, a costume parade, a Halloween parade, candy, food trucks, and more just inland from Manhattan Beach. 

Come out with the little ones, the old ones, and all the goblins in between for this afternoon of family-friendly Halloween activities.

Hip & Historic Halloween Culver City

When: Sunday, October 29th, 4pm-6pm
Where: Downtown Culver City, Culver City, CA
Cost: Free admission

Costume up for trick-or-treating and free Halloween events for kids throughout the streets of Downtown Culver City.

Have fun with your friends and neighbors, and then enjoy the food specials put on by local restaurants as the sun goes down!

Haunt O’Ween: Immersive Halloween Experience

When: Evenings throughout October
Where: 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA
Cost: $40 [based on last year]

Haunt O’Ween takes family-friendly trick-or-treating to a whole new level; with 200,000 sq ft covered in 35,000 pumpkins, it’s one of the best family-friendly Halloween events in LA. 

If you’re looking for places to go on Halloween, this expansive Halloween experience offers face painting, delicious treats, pumpkin picking, rides, games, and lots more!

Halloween at the Los Angeles Zoo

When: Every weekend through October
Where: The Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr, LA, CA
Cost: Included in Zoo admission ($17–$22) [based on last year]

A Halloween zoo tradition that has been running for well over a decade, the LA Zoo has Halloween events every day of the week through the month of October. 

Make your way through the Spooky Stroll for games, a hay maze, a relatively lengthy hayride, a pumpkin patch, and photo ops, and then head over to the petting zoo and meet the critters up close!

Nights of the Jack: Halloween Immersive Experience

When: Wednesday-Sunday evenings throughout October, 6 pm-10 pm
Where: King Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains Hideaway, 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA
Cost: $34.99 [based on last year]

Tucked into the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains along the walking trail at King Gillette Ranch, this all-ages, immersive Halloween event is great for those looking to get into the Halloween spirit without the fright factor.

Trick or Treat on Cemetery Lane

When: Select dates throughout October
Where: Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St, LA, CA
Cost: $27-$32 [based on last year]

Trick or treating has never been so festive as in the Heritage Square Museum. While Cemetery Lane is spooky, it is intended for all ages and aims for good-natured family fun rather than fright.

Griffith Park Haunted Hayride

When: 2023 dates TBD soon!
Where: Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, LA, CA
Cost: $39.99 [based on last year]

The Haunted Griffith Park Hayride is set amongst the foothills of Midnight Falls and is recommended for children 12 and older. 

The spirit of Halloween will spread across the village, and the Los Angeles haunted hayride accompanies the haunted house in the mortuary and lots more scares. 

This event is definitely one of LA’s Halloween favorites!

The Bride of Frankenstein With Live Orchestra at the LA Opera

When: Friday, October 27th & Saturday, October 28th
Where: The LA Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand Avenue, LA, CA
Cost: $29+

The festive flicks continue with this 1935 classic at the LA Opera for one weekend only in October!

Halloween Organ, Film & Music: The Phantom Of The Opera

When: Tuesday, October 31st, 8 pm
Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S Grand Ave, LA, CA
Cost: **Tickets coming soon**

As part of the annual Halloween Haunt, one of the most famous haunted films from the 1920s, 

The Phantom Of The Opera, will be screening accompanied by a live soundtrack. For family film lovers, this one will be among the Halloween favorites of spooky films screened throughout the city!

Catch a Flick With Rooftop Cinema Club

When: Select nights through September and October
Where: El Segundo, Arts District, and DTLA Rooftop Cinema Club locations
Cost: $19.50-$26.50

The LA legends of alfresco rooftop movie viewing are bringing the haunt early to get us feeling ghoulish. 

From early September through the end of October, there’s a lineup of festive flicks at their Rooftop Cinema Club locations in El Segundo, Arts District, and DTLA.

Catch Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice, and many more throughout these cinematic events in Los Angeles!

Spooky Double Screenings at the Drive-In Theater

When: weekends throughout October
Where: Electric Dusk Drive-In, 236 N Central Ave, Glendale, CA
Cost: $25 car entrance fee

There is nothing quite like the nostalgia of the drive-in theater, and Electric Dusk satisfies our scary movie craving every year. 

They host spooky double screenings of Halloween favorites throughout October at the Los Angeles Theatre.

Shaqtoberfest

When: 2023 dates TBD
Where: Alongside The Historic Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA
Cost: $22.99-$49.99

Is Halloween big in Los Angeles? Of course it is! But Shaq takes things to another level. 

With the historic Queen Mary as its backdrop, this is a massive outdoor Halloween festival in Long Beach for the whole family with rides, a pumpkin patch, games, street eats, and lots more!


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Taylor Neal

Taylor is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, yoga instructor and frontline worker who spends most of her time in her van (Vannigan) winding through the coastal and mountain roads of California where she feels most at home. From navigating the realities of van-life to the fluctuations in diverse climates and landscapes, Taylor is excited to bring everything she’s learned about California to fellow wanderers seeking beauty and adventure.


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