Updated for 2023
In Los Angeles, once the calendar page turns to Fall, it means it’s time to start celebrating Halloween! When you were a kid, Halloween may have been a One-Day-Per-Year kind of holiday, but these days we have fun with it for 6 weeks or more.
Many of our favorite Los Angeles Halloween events are back this year, taking place all around Los Angeles and SoCal, and there are plenty of new ones to experience as well. Some events are ticketed and they will sell out early, so scroll down and get ready to purchase!
We love the Halloween spirit around here, and there are lots of new and creative ways to enjoy the season. Keep checking back because we’ll keep adding new events as we find them.
Here’s a list of family-friendly ways to celebrate Halloween all over Los Angeles. From scary thrills to pumpkin patches, Halloween is terrific Los Angeles-style!
- Nights of the Jack
- Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood
- Halloween Organ Concert + Silent Film at Disney Hall
- Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
- Screamfest Horror Film Festival
- Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
- Boo at the LA Zoo
- Book of Life Screening at Academy Museum
- Spooky Transformations at Academy Museum
- Halloween Bash at Runway Playa Vista
- Freeform’s Halloween Road
- Scarium of the Pacific
- Boonion Station
- Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure
- Spooky Science at Discovery Cube
- Haunt of Halloween
- City of Signal Hill Halloween Carnival
- Knott’s Scary Farm
- Knott’s Spooky Farm
- Adventure City’s Boo-tastic Halloween Party
- Brick or Treat at Legoland
- Seaworld San Diego Spooktacular + Howl-o-Scream
- Haunt O’Ween
- Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
- Urban Death Tour of Terror
- Halloween in the Park
- Ventura FEAR Grounds
- Carved at Descanso Gardens
- Castle Dark at Castle Park
- Pumpkin Nights at Fairplex
- Pumpkin in the Pines at Skypark Santa’s Village
37+ Fun Halloween Events for 2023
Spooky Science at the Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar 91342
Open daily in October, visit Spooky Science at Discovery Cube Los Angeles for some Spooktacular fun! Stop by the science lab for fun & educational activities. Let your toddlers jump on the tractor rides. Take the Pumpkin Tetris Challenge. Go on a scavenger hunt throughout the science center. Participate in the costume parade, trick-or-treat stations, and live DJ (weekends only). Included with General Admission or valid membership.
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Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party Tickets are already sold out for 2023
Disney California Adventure Park
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802
Held on select nights from September 5th through October 31st, the Oogie Boogie Bash is only available with a separate ticket, and costume wearing is encouraged! The event happens after-hours and for a limited number of guests. There are treat trails, special Halloween décor, Mickey’s Trick or Treat, special photo ops, and the Frightfully Fun Parade. And that’s just the start!
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach 90802
SHAQTOBERFEST Halloween event is back for a 2nd triumphant season, after a terrific debut in 2022. Taking place at the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach beginning late September through Halloween, the interactive experience will be the ultimate Halloween destination for family-friendly trick-or-treating, ghoulish games, delicious treats, specialty libations, frightfully fun nighttime haunted trails and exciting live entertainment that encapsulates O’Neal’s playful personality.
Related: Halloween Treats for Kids
Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights
100 Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, CA 91608
Experience The Last of Us this year at Universal Studios Hollywood! As well as Universal Pictures’ Legendary Monsters The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy Unite for the First Time Ever at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights in All-New Haunted Houses and more. The Epic Battle Begins on September 8 at Universal Studios Hollywood. Elevating the mayhem, GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, SLASH, returns to collaborate with Universal Studios Hollywood with an original composition for their haunted house.
Brick or Treat at Legoland California
1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad 92008
Select Saturdays in September and October, Monsters are taking over LEGOLAND® California Resort as Brick-or-Treat presents the all-new Monster Party, a bewitching children’s Halloween celebration. Guests can dress up and celebrate Halloween with new LEGO® Monster characters, treat stations, not-so-spooky décor, an all-new show lineup, and the release of the exclusive new 4D movie: “The Great Monster Chase!”
New This Year: Once Upon a Brick – The Tale of the Wolf Guy: Learn the story of Wolf Guy, a monster who gets himself into a hairy situation. This silly comedy is sure to have all guests giggling and smiling. Wacky Witch Trail: This is a wicked walkthrough experience with witches and cauldrons of candy. And Pirate Captain’s Shipwreck Shanty: Help the sea-faring scallywags navigate ghostly riddles in this interactive show. Discover which key unlocks the mysterious Siren’s Treasure chest!
Pageant of the Monsters
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach 92651
The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters has unveiled the theme for the much-anticipated 2023 Pageant of the Monsters haunted house: “Maze of the Minotaur.” Only resurrected every 5 years, this spooktacular family-friendly Halloween event will return to Laguna Beach on October 27, 28, 29, and 31, 2023. Tickets are on sale now. Guests will be directed through the amphitheater, Pageant workshops, and stage, which have been transformed into a series of eerie artistically presented vignettes inspired by ancient Greek mythology and the legend of the terrifying Minotaur.
HalGLOWeen at the San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
At the San Diego Zoo, HalGLOWeen has become an annual “must” for the whole family. After the sun sets every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October, guests can enjoy a multitude of Halloween-themed experiences, including live music and performances, culinary treats and interactive fun. During the day, Zoo guests also have the opportunity to venture through the high-tech and interactive Denny Sanford Wildlife Explorers Basecamp. Bonus: the entire month of October is Kids Free Month!
Magic of the Jack-o’-Lanterns
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, 750 S. Santa Anita Ave., South El Monte 91733
From September 22nd through October 31st on select nights, Whittier Narrows Park will be transformed into a larger-than-life pumpkin experience, featuring an awe-inspiring array of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns, mesmerizing light displays, and a host of festive activities to delight adults and children alike. In addition, visitors can enjoy interactive photo opportunities, themed food and beverage offerings, live entertainment, and much more.
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
From October 6th through 29th, thousands of carved pumpkins will line a 1-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Tickets go on sale August 23rd for Descanso Gardens Members and September 6th for non-members. Along with pumpkins, there will be exciting new oversized sculptures made of sticks and other natural materials. Pumpkin carving demonstrations, the ever-popular pumpkin house, a hay maze, and themed food & beverage will all help to create a fun harvest festival ambiance.
Boney Island Halloween Light Up Experience
Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles 90007
Just in time for Halloween, the Natural History Museum will transform its Nature Gardens into a hauntingly whimsical interactive light-up experience for all ages. The event will feature familiar sights for long-time Boney Island fans – skeletons performing rope tricks and levitating through hoops, shadow puppetry, and more. NHM will put its own spin on the event with artistic performances, real fossils, live animal presentations, trick-or-treating, and other ghoulishly glowing installations. Visitors can wander the garden paths as creepy crawlies, silly skeletons, and carnivores from the Cretaceous abound!
Boney Island will be presented at NHM Thursday through Sunday nights, after museum hours, starting September 28 and running through Halloween (including October 30 and 31) from 6 pm to 10 pm, with additional hours added on certain nights. Tickets are $25 per person, and go on sale August 24, with early access for Members on August 22.
A bit of background: The Simpsons producer Rick Polizzi created Boney Island for his family more than 20 years ago. It grew from a front yard display to a huge affair in Griffith Park with a cult-like following of Halloween lovers of all ages. The attraction closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, after a three-year hiatus, the crowd-pleasing event will be resurrected in Exposition Park.
Related: Harvest Festivals in SoCal
Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Santa Monica Playhouse presents the return of the Rudie-DeCarlo Family Theatre favorite, ABSOLUTELY HALLOWEEN, the heartwarming tale of the aptly named “Candy,” a sweet young girl who learns some surprising lessons about life, love, laughter and sugar, from a delightful array of colorful costume-come-to-life characters who take her on a magical All Hallows’ Eve adventure. Playing Saturdays and Sundays – October 7 to 29, 2023. Youngsters (and parents, too) aid the denizens of the Halloween World in completing magical spells (in no less than five different languages), happily helping to save All Hallows’ Eve for yet one more year.
Haunt ‘O Ween
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA
Happening in September and October, this is a super fun, immersive, interactive, and safe experience. Haunt O’ Ween is being produced by an award-winning company that Hollywood turns to for large-scale, immersive experiences. This promises to be a kid-friendly, non-scary adventure chock full of mesmerizing, social-shareable environments, vehicle video ops, and unique interactivity. And of course, lots of CANDY and a pumpkin to take home.
Screamfest Horror Film Festival
TCL Chinese Theater, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 90028
Spend October checking out the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood. Now over 20 years old, Screamfest is the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States. Considered the “Sundance of Horror,” the festival premieres and showcases new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers. Paranormal Activity was discovered and premiered at the festival in 2007! The festival lineup will be announced soon.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Griffith Park, Los Angeles 90027
Celebrating the Haunted Hayride’s 15th anniversary, this year’s event is a significantly updated experience, with new additions like brand-new wagons with seating options, updated effects, several new horror scenes, all-new add-on experiences, and a new maze titled Hellbilly Halloween, Midnight Falls Axe Throwing, and Zombie Splat – A GellyBall Experience.
In addition to the Hayride, guests can immerse themselves in the cursed community of Midnight Falls and enjoy a variety of Halloween-themed activities, attractions, concessions and on-site food trucks. Enjoy the The Monte Revolta Show, The Town Square of Midnight Falls, Midnight Mortuary: Scorched Earth, and Trick or Treat.
Knott’s Scary Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA
This annual event, which runs on select nights from September 22nd through October 31st, is always super scary! The fully transformed theme park features uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows, and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park. (Knott’s Scary Farm is not recommended for children under 13, so check out Knott’s Spooky Farm instead.)
New this year: Their Chaperone policy for teens, and Scare Immunity “no-Boo” necklaces for sale.
Knott’s Spooky Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA
On Thursdays through Sundays, from September 29th through October 30th + Halloween, Knott’s hopes to delight families with their annual Spooky Farm event. The park will be filled with Halloween activities, like Trick-or-Treating, and Halloween-themed shows. Spooktacular fun is included in the price of regular admission.
Seaworld Spooktacular and Seaworld Howl-o-Scream
500 Sea World Drive, San Diego 92109
Seaworld is celebrating Halloween two ways this year; by Day it’s Spooktacular, designed for kids and families, and by Night it’s Howl-o-Scream, designed for bigger kids and adults. Spooktacular is running weekends from September 17th – October 31st, kids can wear costumes and trick-or-treat on a decorated trail of fun, enjoy a dance party, and meet colorful characters along the way. Spooktacular is included with regular park admission. Howl-o-Scream is billed as “San Diego’s biggest and most horrifying nighttime Halloween event,” so be warned! Taking place on select nights from September 16th – October 31st, there will be scares, costumes, cocktails, and more.
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place San Diego
2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, CA 91911
For the first time, The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular is coming to Sesame Place San Diego this year on select dates in September and October. The park will be transformed into a family-friendly Halloween lair where guests can enjoy trick-or-treating around the park, Halloween-themed shows, an interactive Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt and unique photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite Sesame Place friends dressed up in costume on their Halloween-themed floats.
Boo at the LA Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, Ca. 90027
The Los Angeles Zoo goes wild this October with the return of Boo at the L.A. Zoo, featuring Halloween decor, a spooky stroll with photo ops, an extinct-animal graveyard, and other weird and wacky animal facts and educational opportunities. Running throughout the month of October, daily from 10am -4pm. Weekends include special animal feedings, merry-not-scary entertainment, and more!
Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
Fright Fest is back at Six Flags this year, running from September 10th – October 31st, featuring family-friendly shows and attractions during the day and thrilling rides and scary haunted houses at night. Little witches and goblins can enjoy a full day of festive fun. Take a ride on your favorite coaster or visit Bugs Bunny World for some family-friendly fun. When the sun sets, the terror comes alive. Only the bravest souls can handle or scare zones and other haunted attractions.
Dark Harvest Haunt
Frosty’s Forest, 14861 Ramona Ave., Chino 91710
Our haunted corn maze is situated on over 1 acre of land. It will take approximately 30 minutes to get through. Dark Harvest will be open this year so stay tuned for info.
Castle Dark for Halloween at Castle Park
3500 Polk Street, Riverside, CA 92505
Castle Dark will welcome brave guests from September 23rd through October 30th this year. They’re promising three new haunted houses and plenty of scares! There are three terrifying mazes, each with a different theme, including: Phobias, Mr. Tubb$ Twisted Circus, and Home Sweet Home. Beyond the haunted mazes, Castle Dark offers four Scare Zones: Dark Harvest, The Inferno, The Streets of La Sierra, and The Midway.
Silent Film Screening with Organ: The Phantom of the Opera
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
This Halloween, organist Clark Wilson, a “master of silent film and showman of the first order,” performs a haunting score for a special showing of The Phantom of the Opera, an early horror film classic. The groundbreaking 1925 silent film, starring Lon Chaney, is one of the earliest, most influential, and artistically acclaimed.
Boo at the Zoo at America’s Teaching Zoo
Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, CA 93021
Boo at the Zoo is back with 2 Weekends of Family Fun – both October 22/23 and 29/30! There will be a bit of hocus pocus, a dash of critters & cauldrons, & a whole lot of excitement! Interactive Trick Or Treat Stations, Kids Crafts, Food Trucks, Wildlife Presentations, Kids Scavenger Hunt, Animal Meet & Greets. Come dressed in costume & celebrate. You do not want to miss this howling good time!!
Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Celebrate the fall season with OC Parks at the third annual Fall-O-Ween at Heritage Hill Historical Park October 13-15 and 20-22. Tour the decorated historical grounds during special park hours and take your picture at a variety of fall and Halloween-themed photo opportunities. Try to find your way through the hay maze and complete a scavenger hunt for ghoulish goodies at this free, family-friendly event. Costumes are encouraged and pets are welcome on leashes no longer than six feet.
Scarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Everyone is invited to explore outdoor exhibits in search of the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific during its Scarium-themed weekend October 28th and 29th. Guests can enjoy spooky décor and creepy creatures on these special days, including under water pumpkin carving! PLUS: Check out Halloween Family Night on October 20th!
Halloween in the Park
Community Center Park, 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo
October 31st, 5-8pm. Costume Contests, Games, Pumpkin Painting, Food Trucks, and Trick or Treat Village! Trick or Treat Booth Decorating Contest – NEW THIS YEAR! Do you love Halloween as much as we do? Enter our Booth Decorating Contest and be a part of our Trick or Treat Village.
Click here for the Best Pumpkin Patches in Los Angeles.
Very Happy Halloween at Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91103
Bring your little pumpkin out to celebrate a Very Happy Halloween at Kidspace Children’s Museum this spooky season. Join our rollicking costume parade, decorate the perfect jack ’o lantern to take home, and meet some unspooky snakes up close in a day filled with monstrously fun family memories. The festivities begin on September 28th and continue through October.
28701 Los Alamos Heights Road, Murrieta 92563
Debuting for the first-time this spooky season on September 29th for select dates through October 29th, ScareScape promises an unforgettable experience that goes beyond reality, beyond fear, immersing guests in a truly nightmarish dimension. SoCal’s newest haunt will deliver frights for 19-nights with 3 GA mazes, 1 VIP Maze, multiple bars, VIP lounge, live entertainment, food trucks, roaming monsters, a vendor marketplace, and more. Included in ScareScape admission, each ticket-holder will embark into the darkness on an exclusive shuttle ride to the summit of the hill before facing their wildest nightmares. More details to be announced soon.
Adventure City’s Boo-tastic Halloween Party
1238 South Beach Blvd., Anaheim 92804
This family-friendly Halloween event takes place for 8 nights only: September 29th, October 6th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th, or 31st, from 5:30-9:30pm. Eleven fun rides will be open, plus there’s a “Trick or Treat Street” to walk down for free candy and trinkets, there’s a Scavenger Hunt on the Express Train, a spooktacular dance party, free glow-in-the-dark accessories, a fun magic show, even a Cosmic Vortex Tunnel! Tickets are limited and may sell out soon.
Nights of the Jack
King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas 91302
LA’s leading immersive event, Nights Of The Jack, the ultimate Halloween experience for the whole family, is back this year and promises to be bigger and brighter than ever, running from September 29th – October 31st. Thirty miles northwest of Hollywood, tucked in the Santa Monica Mountains, there’s a strange and shadowy wonderland that everyone’s been whispering about. This season, we’re back and brighter than ever with our notorious Halloween event. Follow the 2/3 mile trail at King Gillette Ranch, glimmering at every turn with our blazing gourds around every corner.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City 90232
Mr. Bones is one of the coolest Pumpkin Patches around. Founded in 1987, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch offers Los Angeles–area families a spooky, fun environment complete with pumpkin carving, straw mazes, face painting and more. With a wide variety of pumpkins sourced from the family’s farm in Oregon, Mr. Bones has become a highly anticipated family tradition. They will be open from October 5th through the 29th. Check out our Guide to Mr. Bones here.
Scary Halloween Events for Adults and Older Kids
Haunted Little Tokyo
Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles
360 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Little Tokyo Ghost Club presents the annual Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party from 6 p.m to midnight on October 28th. The 21+ event invites ghosts and ghouls to explore Downtown Los Angeles’ most historic neighborhood after dark and experience Little Tokyo like never before. Entrance is free with RSVP on their website.
Halloween Carnival and Costume Parade
Los Nietos Park, 11143 Charlesworth Road, Santa Fe Springs 90670
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the annual Halloween Carnival and Costume Parade at Los Nietos Park, on October 28, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Fun and exciting activities are planned for the entire family in a safe environment. Children can win candy and prizes at our free game booths from 5:30-9:00 p.m. For $3, take that special picture with your favorite boo in a photo booth. Don’t worry about feeding the kids, food and drinks will be available for purchase at a minimal cost. The Costume Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and medals will be presented in multiple categories.
Halloween Events from 2022 that Have Not Yet Confirmed for this Year
Stay tuned to this spot as we update the list of family-friendly Halloween Events in Los Angeles every week!
Pumpkin in the Pines at Skypark Santa’s Village
28950 California 18, Skyforest, CA 92385
Starting in October, Pumpkins in the Pines is a terrific weekend destination for family fun in the San Bernardino Mountains (near Lake Arrowhead) at the SkyPark at Santa’s Village theme park. This year’s festivities has something for everyone: a pumpkin patch, face painting, loads of Instagramable photo ops, the Fantom Forest walk-through haunted forest, cookie decorating, pumpkin painting, skate nights, trick-or-treating, seasonal entertainment, and did someone mention a Halloween party with a prize for the best costume? Check it out!
Spook-Tacular Halloween Events at Ventura Harbor Village
1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura 93001
Halloween festivities return to Ventura Harbor Village, with vibrant pumpkins, bales of hay, cornstalks and a myriad of photo ops and scenic marina backdrops. Events include:
- 10th annual HOWL-o-ween Dog Costume Contest
- Kids Trick or Treat
Boonion Station at Union Station
800 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles 90012
Los Angeles Union Station’s South Patio will be the scene of a fiendishly fun festival of ghosts and goblins at the 4th annual Boonion Station, a free, two-day, family-friendly Halloween extravaganza at the historic downtown destination. The freaky festivities will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and feature eerily enchanting activities for families including an interactive haunted hay maze, spooky slime sessions, fabulously fun face painting, creepy crafting and pumpkin decorating and a host of howling stilt walkers and Halloween characters determined to delight even the littlest of monsters.
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