Updated for 2022
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 annual Halloween events are back this year, all around Los Angeles and SoCal, and there are new ones to experience as well. Some events are ticketed and they will sell out early, so scroll down and get ready to purchase!
You can’t keep the Halloween spirit from breaking through, 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
Featured Halloween Events
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 for the 5th year and promises to be bigger and brighter than ever. 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. We’ve summoned jack o’ lanterns from every mystical sphere and devised a spook-tacular illuminated light show under the autumn sky! It’s not just an illusion, it’s an experience. You don’t want to miss this hair-raising feast for the senses. Brace yourself with a hot cider or seasonal cocktail from our Spookeasy bar and fortify your little ones with some of our festive fall treats. Follow the 2/3 mile trail at King Gillette Ranch, glimmering at every turn with our blazing gourds around every corner. Be sure to have your cameras ready and enjoy!
Spooky Science at the Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar 91342
Open daily from October 1-31st, 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. Get Tickets!
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Fun Halloween Events for 2022
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach 90802
The first-ever SHAQTOBERFEST Halloween event will take 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
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.
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City 90232
Mr. Bones is one of the coolest Pumpkin Patches around. They will be open from October 7th through the 30th. Check out our Guide to Mr. Bones here.
Brick or Treat at Legoland California
1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad 92008
Every Saturday night from Sept. 17 – Oct. 29, 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!”
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
From October 7th through 31st, thousands of carved pumpkins will line a 1-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Tickets go on sale September 1st for Descanso Gardens Members and September 15th 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.
Haunt ‘O Ween
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA
Happening September 30th – October 31st, this is being called a 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.
Related: Harvest Festivals in SoCal
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
Haunted Hayride is returning to LA’s Griffith Park with the traditional hayrides we know and love, mazes, trick or treating, and more for the whole family. Experience Midnight Falls: Scare Zone, where it’s always 1985 and it’s always Halloween. Additional Attractions include Haunted Mazes, trick or treating, an open house at the midnight mortuary, and more! May not be suitable for children under 12!
Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party SOLD OUT for 2022
Disney California Adventure Park
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802
Held on select nights from September 9th 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!
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!
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Spooky Science Featuring the Monster Academy
Orange County: 2500 N Main Street, Santa Ana 92705
Los Angeles: 1800 Foothill Blvd, Sylmar 91342
Back in 2022 – dates coming soon! Discovery Cube is welcoming back their Spooktacular annual celebration, “Spooky Science Featuring the Monster Academy” at both locations. Discover spiders, ghosts, monsters, ghouls, and a host of bewitching characters that haunt Dr. Pumpkinstein’s ghoulish laboratory during a month-long memorable Halloween experience. Visitors are invited to come out of your tombs and joins us as we haunt and explore ghoulish activities and freaky experiments, all with the goal of celebrating STEM education.
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. And please take note of their new Chaperone policy for teens.
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 from September 17th – October 30th. 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.
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.
Urban Death Tour of Terror: Haunted Theatre Attraction
ZJU Theatre – 4850 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601
For guests ages 8+ and created by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer, the FAMILY-FRIENDLY URBAN DEATH TOUR OF TERROR returns for its second year to scare and delight haunters of all ages in a dark-and-twisting haunted maze + spooky theatre attraction filled with fears everyone can relate to – from an odd Tooth Fairy to parents showing affection (gross!). After facing the fun-n-freaky maze upon entrance, guests are treated to a spectacular live show consisting of a series of bizarre and comedic wordless vignettes, along with astounding physical performances.
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!
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.
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 on October 29th
- Kids Trick or Treat on October 30th
Silent Film Screening with Organ: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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 Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an early horror film classic. The groundbreaking 1920 silent film, directed by Robert Wiene, is one of the earliest, most influential, and artistically acclaimed films in the German Expressionist genre.
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!!
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 29th and 30th. Guests can enjoy spooky décor and creepy creatures on these special days, including under water pumpkin carving!
Adventure City’s Boo-tastic Halloween Party
1238 South Beach Blvd., Anaheim 92804
This family-friendly Halloween event takes place for 5 nights only: October 7th, 14th, 21st, 27th or 28th, 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.
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.
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.
Halloween at Kidspace Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena 91103
March, dance, and strut your stuff in our spirited Halloween parade. Looking for a little extra spice in your guise? Get creative making wands, masks, and accessories at our costume creation station. Come decorate a pumpkin, meet a spider, learn about their webs, and follow our costume-loving cat as she transforms throughout the museum. Kidspace Halloween is included with general admission,
“Hocus Pocus” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in 4D
El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 90028
Tickets are on sale now to see Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” October 7-13 and Disney and Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in 4D October 14-31 presented by Disney+ Hallowstream at the El Capitan Theatre. Guests attending a “Hocus Pocus” screening can view movie props on display from the Walt Disney Archives, including the Spell Book, a statue and a broom. Guests can take pictures at a “Hocus Pocus” photo op during the movie’s run.
Spooky Seaside Halloween Escape at Terranea Resort
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Throughout the month of October, Terranea Resort invites guests to participate in a variety of Halloween-themed experiences during their Southern California fall coastal escape. Oceanfront offerings include a spirit-filled nature walk to Point Vicente Lighthouse, spooky family-friendly stories by the fire, haunted Kids Club activities, zombie archery adventures, petrifying putting at The Links, and more. Some activities are ticketed, see website for details.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Fairbanks Lawn
6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles 90038
Disney+ is taking over the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery from October 7-8 for a special Hallowstream outdoor screen event, treating fans in Los Angeles to some of the Hallowstream collection’s most wicked offerings. “Hocus Pocus” and “Hocus Pocus 2” will screen on October 7; “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and a special Marvel Studios Double Feature – “WandaVision Episode 6” ‘All-New Halloween Special’ & “Werewolf by Night” will screen on October 8. Attendees will also enjoy Smorgasburg-curated bites as well as themed pre-show activities and photo moments. Reservations are free and required for attendance. Space is limited and reservations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets to enjoy the outdoor screenings.
Scary Halloween Events for Adults and Older Kids
Karnevil: An American Horror Story freak show-inspired pop up
6627 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Friday and Saturday nights from September 16-October 14th. A fully immersive indoor circus show and dinner theater will whisk you away into the year 1952 in the small town of Jupiter, Florida. While paying homage to the best known freak show around, you will also experience a unique and elevated blend of death defying acts and stunning spectacle both live on stage and all around you with dangerously delicious tapas style plates, and drinks to die for. Reservations are $50 and include premium table seating, dinner and the full show.
Haunted Little Tokyo
Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles
Check-in at Brunswig Square, 360 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Little Tokyo Ghost Club presents the 6th annual Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party from 6 p.m to midnight on Saturday, October 29, 2022. 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.
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