Today marks the first day of October, which for many people means one of the most celebrated and cherished American holidays is right around the corner, Halloween. Boasting the largest Halloween street party in the world, the largest theme park event of any theme park, and some of the best night clubs in America, Los Angeles is one of the best places in the world to celebrate this fun, fright and candy filled holiday. Here’s a list of some of the highly anticipated and talked about Halloween activities in the greater Los Angeles area…
Halloween Events for The Whole Family
The West Hollywood Costume Contest Carnival
The largest street party in the world where more than 500-thousand people take the streets of Santa Monica Blvd. to enjoy Halloween. The Carnival features live entertainment on multiple stages, food vendors, and photo stations; and the bars along Santa Monica Blvd take part with drink specials and patio parties. Each year, the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival culminates with the crowning of the Carnival’s Queen! Previous Queens of the Carnaval include Rihanna, Queen Latifah and WeHo businesswoman Lisa Vanderpump.
Kidspace Pumpkin Festival
Join the Kidspace Children’s Museum for their 21st annual Pumpkin Festival October 17th and 18th! Kids will giggle with delight at the petting zoo, pony rides, exciting bouncers, carnival games, and seasonal crafts.
The Braeburn Haunted House
If you are looking for some community based fun, the Braeburn Haunted House in Altadena is both fun and terrifying for all ages. The Braeburn family takes Halloween seriously, and has scared daring guests for years! If you dare, swing by Halloween night from 4-10PM.
Long Beach Zombie Walk
This 3-day festival is for zombie lovers of all ages! The Zombie walk is an organized gathering of zombies who make their way into the streets of Long Beach around Shoreline Village in an orderly fashion. During the walk, participants are encouraged to remain in character as zombies and to communicate only in a manner consistent with zombie behaviour, which may include grunting, groaning, or slurred, morning calls for BRAINS! You can wear your own costume or let onsite makeup artists paint your face. This event is held from October 23rd to 25th. Click here to get a promo code for your ticket(s).
Day of the Dead Celebration
Dia de Los Muertos Celebration is a 9-day celebration at El Pueblo in downtown Los Angeles, culminating a 2-day festival. The event includes Aztec dancers, street performers, mariachi bands, children’s activities, and more! El Pueblo is adjacent to Olvera Street where there are many great places to shop and eat!
Animal Halloween Events
For you animal lovers out there, there are a number of Halloween events just for your pets. Whether you want to dress your pet up and take pictures, feed your friend free treats, or show him/her off in a parade, there’s so many fun events for you and your pet to explore!
Halloween Haunts and Horror Nights (Ages 13 and Up)
Knott’s Scary Farm
Knott’s Scary Farm is known as the Granddaddy of Halloween Haunts and is the largest event of any theme park. When Knott’s Scary Farm was first invented, it was planned to only be a 3-night long event, however, the high demand for the event pushed the theme park owners to now hold the event every weekend from mid-September through Halloween. This year, the highly anticipated event offers 12 horrifying mazes with themes including Edgar Allen Poe poems, Werewolves, and Fairy Tales gone wrong. For you zombie lovers out there, Knott’s additionally offers Special Opps: Infected, an interactive maze that allows guests to team up and fight zombies with laser guns!
Halloween Horror Nights
The high demand of Knott’s Scary farm also caught the eye of Universal Studios, who created Halloween Horror Nights. The mazes at Universal are themed after some of their most famous horror movie productions. This year, the themes include Halloween, Alien Vs Predator, The Purge, The Walking Dead, Insidious, and more! This year, Halloween Horror Nights is also joined by the dancing sensation who has swept America off its feet, The Jabbawockeez! Like Knott’s, this event is also held every weekend from mid-September through October.