Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, taking place throughout October at the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens. The spooky and safe family festivities offer Halloween adventures every day in October and special entertainment on weekends, including roaming costumed characters, pumpkin carving, a musical puppet show, crafts, and more. Costumes are encouraged!
KCRW MASQUERADE BALL – THE MACARTHUR (OCT. 28, 2018)
L.A.’s favorite public radio station is bringing its legendary Halloween masquerade ball to the stunning and iconic MacArthur* in DTLA. Expect to find a labyrinth of sensory-stimulating themed rooms showcasing circus troops, DJs, ghost stories and, of course, boogying masqueraders at the Los Angeles Theatre. This year’s lineup includes a DJ set from Santigold, plus performances by White Denim, DāM-FunK, Cherry Glazerr and more. Ticket options
LOS ANGELES HAUNTED HAYRIDE – THE OLD ZOO (THROUGH OCT. 31, 2018)
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 annual Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. Vicious clowns wait in the haunted woods, ready to unleash their bags of tricks on unsuspecting victims. The hayride will wander through unforgettable life-sized sets and cast of characters from the safety of the wagon. That is, until you disembark to experience the Corn Maze smack dab in the middle of the ride! Also featuring the House of Shadows dark maze, “Trick Or Treat” interactive neighborhood, and an Old World haunted village, Purgatory. Ticket options include Hayride Only, General Admission, VIP (front-of-line access), Group Rates, and a Private Wagon for up to 30 guests.
DARK HARBOR – QUEEN MARY (THROUGH NOV. 2, 2018)
As Dark Harbor descends upon the haunted Queen Mary in 2018, a leader has emerged from the darkness to inflict her will upon her evil cohorts and those that dare enter the gates. The Ringmaster’s corrupt control of more than 200 monsters has dragged six terrifying mazes further into the depths of decay. There are 23 nights of terror this year, from Sept. 27 – Nov. 2, for guests to brave new paths and secret rooms, nightly live entertainment, haunted bars and exciting rides. Tickets start at $20 and are now on sale at the Queen Mary website.
HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN PUB CRAWL – DAY CRAWL (OCT. 27, 2018)
You’re making the rules this Halloween weekend! From the hours of 12 PM to 12 AM, you get to enjoy running around bar to bar on Hollywood Blvd. This Hollywood bar crawl is self-guided, you and your friends get to enjoy epic food, drink, and event specials , from over 10 participating venues! Tickets Options
LA OPERA PRESENTS “VAMPYR” – THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL (OCT. 27 & 31, 2018)
LA Opera‘s annual Halloween mash-up of opera and cinema returns to the spectacular Theatre at Ace Hotel with two rare screenings of filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer’s surreal 1932 masterwork, Vampyr. Championed by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Guillermo del Toro, the previously underestimated Vampyr is now regarded as an important landmark of the horror genre. Pioneering special effects, eerie visual poetry and off-kilter characters combine to weave a bizarre, dream-like narrative that will haunt audiences. Composer Joby Talbot creates a compelling new score for chamber orchestra and singers, performed live under the baton of Matthew Aucoin, to accompany this cinematic gem. The October 27 performance is followed by the Ace’s annual Halloween party, The Fanged Fête. The Halloween Night performance is followed by LA Opera’s costumed after-party. Admission to either party is included with purchase of a Vampyrticket.
SKYBAR AT MONDRIAN HOTEL – Dia De Los Muertos (OCT. 27, 2018)
Who says Halloween is only a one day event? Sip spirits provided by Espolon Tequila at Skybar for Their Day of the Dead party on October 27th. and no holds barred partying rule at West Hollywood’s iconic Skybar at Mondrian! Tickets Options
LUCHA VAVOOM: CIRCO DE VAMPIROS (OCT. 24-25, 2018)
Lucha VaVOOM is an action-packed scream-a-thon, featuring 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.
HALLOWEEN MOURNING TOURS – HERITAGE SQUARE (OCT. 27-28, 2018)
The 15th annual Mourning Tours take place at Heritage Square Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28-29, from noon to 4 p.m. each day. On Saturday, learn about how Edwardians grieved their dead, the movement of Spiritualism and the lure of séances , a re-creation of Phantasmagoria, and the dangers of turn-of-the-century beauty. Sunday is more family-friendly – children ages 2 to 12 can play period games, make 19th-century inspired crafts, choose a pumpkin for the pumpkin patch (while supplies last), and trick or treat at each of the Heritage Museum’s buildings. Admission is $20 for Adults, $15 for Seniors, and $8 for children 6-12. Free for children under 6 and Museum Members.
MARINA SPOOKTACULAR – MARINA DEL REY (OCT. 27-28, 2018)
Taking place Oct. 27-28 at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey, the Marina Spooktacular offers Halloween fun for the whole family. Daytime activities are kid-friendly, but when night falls at this two-day festival the park evolves into a field of frights with tours of L.A.’s only haunted pirate ships, recommended for brave souls age 13 and up. All-day activities include a scavenger hunt graveyard, a blackout maze of terror, trick-or-treating, Dia de los Muertos celebrations, DJ music, food trucks, and more. Other highlights include costume contests and cultural dances. Admission to the Marina Spooktacular is free.
HAPPY HARBOR HALLOWEEN – PORT OF LOS ANGELES (OCT. 27, 2018)
Happy Harbor Halloween welcomes the entire family to the Port of Los Angeles. Happy Harbor Halloween takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations: in San Pedro, along the Promenade on Harbor Boulevard between 3rd and 4th Streets; and Wilmington Waterfront Park on West “C” Street.