Halloween Carnivals and Festivals in LA 2016

Top Halloween Carnivals, Festivals and Zombie Invasions in LA

The Los Angeles area has some of the biggest Halloween carnivals and festivals in the country from West Hollywood to Long Beach to Orange County. Here are the top daytime and nighttime Halloween carnivals, festivals and fairs for kids and adults in the greater Los Angeles area.

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    Boo at the Zoo

    Boo at the Zoo at the Los Angeles Zoo
    Photo by Tad Motoyama courtesy of the LA Zoo

    The Los Angeles Zoo is transformed into themed areas with performances, pumpkin carving, crafts and creepy crawlies in this family-friendly Halloween event. The Corn Maze and Creepy Caves are open every day, with additional activities on the weekend. 
    Location: The LA Zoo,5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 in Griffith Park off the 5 Freeway.
    Dates: Oct 1-31, 2016, Trick or Treating Oct 29-30
    Hours: 10 am - 4 pm (Zoo is open until 5)
    Cost: Adults $20, Children 2-12 $15, Seniors $17, under 2 free
    Info: www.lazoo.org

    Review of Boo at the Zoo

    Available in a combo ticket with Scarium of the Pacific.

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    Beyond Fest Film Festival

    Beyond Fest is the first and longest of three horror film festivals that take place in Los Angeles in October. This 12-day celebration of violence and gore at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood is also a fundraiser for the non-profit American Cinemateque that operates the Egyptian and Aero Theatres. 
    Location: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, CA 90028
    Date: Sept 30 - Oct 11, 2016
    Info: beyondfest.com

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    Shriekfest Film Festival

    Shriekfest is the longest-running horror, sci-fi and fantasy film and screenwriting competition in LA. 
    Location: Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, opening night party at Club Sinister at Boardners nightclub, 1652 N Cherokee Ave, Hollywood 90028
    Date: Oct 6-9, 2016
    Info: www.shriekfest.com 

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    Scarium of the Pacific - Long Beach

    Scarium of the Pacific at the Aquarium of the Pacific
    Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

    The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a weekend of magic, scary stories, underwater pumpkin carving, crafts and a creepy coloring contest and children’s costume contest and trick-or-treating for kids under 12. 
    Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach 90802
    Dates: Sat-Sun, Oct 15-16, 2016
    Hours: 9 am - 5 pm
    Cost: Adults $29.95, Children (3-11) $17.95, Seniors (62+) $26.95
    Special Offers:  AAA Discount
    Info: www.aquariumofthepacific.org

    Available in a combo Ticket with Boo at the Zoo

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    Long Beach Zombie Fest

    Long Beach Zombie Walk
    Photo courtesy of Long Beach Zombie Walk

    The Long Beach Zombie Fest, which originated as a spontaneous march down 4th Street, has evolved into a full-blown 3-day zombie-themed music and arts festival at Rainbow Lagoon with multiple stages and dozens of bands. This year is bigger and badder than ever, with tons more interactive zombie fighting, costume, cosplay and brains-eating competitions, reptile and horror shows, and even free zombie makeup by students from the Cinema Makeup School and pro makeup artists. Food and drinks will be available for sale and downtown businesses will participate with special ZombieTown offers for attendees.
    Location: Rainbow Lagoon, 386 East Shoreline Drive Long Beach, CA 90802
    Dates: Oct 14-16, 2016
    Hours: Fri 5-10 pm, Sat 2-10 pm, Sun noon - 2-10 pm; Zombie Walk at 6 pm Fri & Sat and 5 pm Sun.
    Cost: 1 day $13, 2 days $20, 3 days $22. Save $2 with promo code Z2. Kids 12 and under free with adult (You know best if your kids will be scared. Kids made up as zombies do better.) Note: Pre-purchased tickets can only enter at Gate 1 near the (closed) driveway. There is no barcode scanning at Gate 2 near Shoreline Village Drive.  Check Goldstar for discount tickets.
    Parking: There is paid festival parking on the grass across shoreline drive with entrances at either end. Paid parking lots are also available at the LB Convention Center and the Pike. Check the website for a Lyft discount code.
    Metro: Blue Line to 1st Street and walk or take the Passport Bus 2 blocks south.
    Info: longbeachzombiefest.com
    Notes: All costumes welcome. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult after 8 pm. To get a 21+ wristband, you must be recognizable to match your ID (so you might want to get your wristband before make-up).

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    Screamfest LA Film Festival

    Screamfest horror film festival premieres and showcases new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers. 
    Location: TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on the 3rd floor of the Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028
    Date: Oct 18-27, 2016
    Info: screamfestla.com

    Check Goldstar for discount tickets.

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    Harvest Days & Haunted Nights in Marina Del Rey

    This full weekend of Halloween fun includes family-friendly activities during the day, including a pumpkin patch, carnival games, costume contests, crafts, a train ride, hay maze. Haunted Nights is full of zombie pirates and a haunted pirate ship.
    Location: Burton Chase Park, 13650 Mindinao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
    Date: Oct 28-30, 2016
    Hours: Harvest Days Sat-Sun 10 am - 6 pm, Haunted Nights Fri 5-9 pm, Sat 6-9 pm, Sun 6-8 pm
    Cost: Free
    Info:   beaches.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dbh, flyer
    Note:  Haunted Nights not recommended for kids under 13

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    Blackthorne Screamfest

    Blackthorne Screamfest combines a Halloween music festival on six stages with two haunted mazes, food trucks, games and a beer garden at the Pico Rivera Arena for two nights on Halloween weekend.
    Location: Pico Rivera Arena, 11003 Sports Arena Drive, Pico Rivera 90601
    Date: Oct 28-29
    Hours: 5 pm - 1 am
    Cost: $25/day GA, $50-65 VIP, $40-$80 2-day pass
    Info: www.blackthornescreamfest.com

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    West Hollywood Halloween Youth Carnival

    West Hollywood is better known for their night-time carnaval, but they also host an annual Halloween Youth Carnival. this year's event includes a pirate show, magician, face painters and food trucks.
    Location: West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood
    Date: Oct 29, 2016
    Hours: 2-5 pm
    Cost: Free
    Info: weho.org

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    West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

    West Hollywood Halloween Carnival
    Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

    The biggest Halloween event in Los Angeles, this no-holds-barred, anything-goes costumed craziness in the streets includes multiple music stages, a parade and costume contest. (The Drag Races have been moved to the previous weekend.) Not for kids or the easily offended. 
    Location: Santa Monica Blvd. from La Cienega Blvd. to La Peer Dr., West Hollywood, CA
    Date: Monday, Oct 31, 2016
    Hours: 6 - 11 pm
    Cost: Free
    Parking: $10 in specified parking structures. Check the website for street closures and parking structures.
    MORE: More Halloween Activities in West Hollywood

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    Hollywood Halloween Street Fair

    A more family friendly version of the West Hollywood street fair without the parade. There is no official event in Hollywood, but 100,000 people show up anyway. Costumed kids can trick-or-treat from shop to shop on Hollywood Blvd.
    Location: Hollywood Blvd.
    Date: Oct 31
    Hours: Dusk to 10 pm
    Cost: Free
    Info: none available

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    Halloween Festival for DTLA Kids

    A Halloween evening festival at Grand Hope Park in Downtown Los Angeles  with trick-or-treat doors, bounce houses, face painting, puppet shows, crafts and more. Tickets include hot dogs, snacks, candy and other treats. This event sells out, so don't wait until the last minute.
    Location: Grand Hope Park, 919 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015
    Date: Oct 31, 2016
    Hours: 5-8 pm
    Cost: $7 pre-sale, $10 at the park
    Info: www.downtownla.com/calendar/downtown-la-halloween-kids-festival

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    Day of the Dead Festivals

    Twin Half-Calaveras at Day of the Dead
    Photo © 2011 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    The Halloween season in Los Angeles isn't over until you've celebrated Dia de Los Muertos, the Mexican holiday that honors the ancestors by building altars to those who have passed on and bringing a party to the cemetery. 

    Check out the top Day of the Dead Celebrations in Los Angeles.