Halloween in Los Angeles 2016

Tricks, Treats and Scares at the Top Halloween Events in LA and Orange County

Los Angeles goes all out for Halloween. From theme park attractions to haunted houses, escape experiences, ghost tours, street carnivals, zombie walks, pumpkin patches and tons of Halloween-themed shows. I've organized them here by type of experience so it's easy to find what you're looking for. 

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    The Empty Grave in Anaheim
    ••• The Empty Grave in Anaheim. Photo courtesy of The Empty Grave

    Here is a guide to the top Halloween haunt attractions around Los Angeles and Orange County from haunted houses to haunted motels, theaters, cemeteries, asylums, schools and anything else that got a haunted makeover this season.

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    Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
    ••• Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights. © 2015 Arielle Davidsohn, licensed to About.com

    Check out the latest updates to all the Halloween attractions at LA and Orange County theme parks from Disneyland and Knott's to Universal Studios and Magic Mountain, with the Queen Mary's Dark Harbor thrown in for good measure.

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

    The majority of the big Halloween attractions and events in Los Angeles are designed for adults, but there are plenty of Halloween activities to share with the younger set as well. Of course, most of them involve costumes, crafts and candy. 

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    Underwood Farms Pumpkin Patch
    ••• Underwood Farms Pumpkin Patch. Photo courtesy of Underwood Farms

    Like everywhere else in the country, LA goes pumpkin crazy for Halloween and harvest season. There are urban pumpkin patches in parking lots with added rides and attractions and farm-based pumpkin patches just a short drive from the concrete jungle. Check out the top pumpkin patches in Los Angeles and Orange County.

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    Bondage Ball
    ••• Bondage Ball. Bondage Ball photo by Rick Garcia courtesy of the Bondage Ball

    Whether you're looking for a club party with a specific costume theme, an anything goes bash with multiple dance rooms, a fetish party or a costumed club crawl, there are lots of choices to have a fun night out from Santa Monica to Downtown LA to Orange County. Plan ahead to get earlybird discounts.

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    The Basement Logo
    ••• The Basement. Courtesy of The Basement

    There are over 20 different Escape Rooms in Los Angeles. An escape room is generally a team problem-solving exercise to puzzle out clues that will lead you to the key to the room, or solve some other mystery before the clock runs out. Most of them are year-round non-scary escapes, some are year-round horror escapes and others are creepy, gory Halloween-specific escapes. Most are experienced in teams, but there's at least one where you have to escape alone! There are now also over 10 Escape Rooms in Orange County.

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    WickedLit
    ••• WickedLit. Photo by Daniel-Kitayama courtesy of WickedLit

    There have always been a few Halloween-related shows to mark the season on LA stages, but this year there's a bumper crop. You'll find horror plays, campy monster musicals, classic film nights, and creepy concerts in this list of Halloween Shows in LA. 

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    West Hollywood Halloween Carnival
    ••• West Hollywood Halloween Carnival. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

    The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is the most famous of our Halloween festivals in LA, but the Long Beach Zombie Walk is gaining ground, and more festivals and street fairs around the area. Read about them all.

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    Queen Mary Paranormal Ghost Hunt
    ••• Queen Mary Paranormal Ghost Hunt. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    What better time to take a ghost tour in Los Angeles than during Halloween season? Most ghost tours are available year-round in LA, but a few are added for Halloween, plus a few other paranormal ghost-hunting experiences.

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    Day of the Dead at Hollywood Forever
    ••• Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Photo © 2011 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Dia de los Muertos is a positive celebration of the dead, where they are honored with altars covered in food, flowers and memorabilia, and the living dress as skeletons to parade and dance through the streets and the cemetery. LA starts celebrating the Day of the Dead on Olvera Street about a week before the actual event, which is November 2.