This is it, the time has come. One of the spookiest holidays of the year is about to take over the city and hell yeah, we sure are excited!

The Halloween tradition is currently one of the main North American and Anglo-Saxon celebrations and it has become an important icon in mass culture, even adopted by foreigners. This iconic tradition has its origin in the Celtic holiday of Samhain and the Christian holiday of All Saints Day.

It was introduced in the US along with the English settlers who nourished it with the well-known Salem witches fantasy.

The tradition grew with the arrival of the Irish who fled to the United States from the Great Potato Famine of 1845-1849; it was the Irishman who implemented pumpkin carving along with much of the holiday’s paraphernalia we still use today.

Pumpkin on a bridge - Halloween Los AngelesSince we are little kids, we are thought to welcome this horrific night each 31 October by decorating our homes with spider webs and bats, carving the mythical pumpkin, and getting horrifying costumes to go out door to door screaming “trick or treat” on the expected scare-scariest night.

If you are going to be around Los Angeles during the Halloween month, we have great news! This city holds some of the best Halloween shows and theme parties at some of the best nightclubs and hotels in LA, so you can expect many nights of scares and fun ahead.

A useful piece of advice if you want to check out more than just one place in a day (believe me, you’ll want to) is to hire a car in LA as public transport can be long, infrequent and inaccessible, while taxis are outrageously expensive.

Where to celebrate Halloween in Los Angeles, CA, USA

Knott’s Scary Farm at Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s Scary Farm - Los Angeles Halloween19 September – 2 November 2019

If you want to enjoy the largest and most haunting Halloween experience in Southern California, Knott’s Scary Farm is a must for children and gown ups. 

This is a month-long event that transforms the entire park into one giant Halloween show featuring uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in each corner of the park!

There’s the kid-friendly “Camp Spooky” for children under 13 and the evening events are recommended for children over that age.  

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights  

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights - Los Angeles6 September – 2 November 2019

Considered by many as the best Halloween event in the whole world, Universal Studios Hollywood will scare you to death with the new Halloween Horror Nights show.

Bringing back the ‘80s and everything terrifying of that era, this year, you’ll enjoy 10 completely spooky haunted houses, survive 5 scare zones and delight yourself with live entertainment, along with the best makeup, special effects, set décor, music, and general ambiance.

Be aware that this event is not recommended for children under 13.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain

14 September – 3 November 2019

Yes! Fright Fest is back this Halloween season, offering a spooky time as zombies and ghouls take over the Six Flags Magic Mountain Park! You will see your usual favourite rides transformed into horrifying new attractions, including several haunted houses, special Halloween shows and monster performances.

Kids under 13 can enjoy a “Trick or Treat Trail” and Halloween-themed crafts during the day and adults are welcome for the real fun after dark!

Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo - Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens1 October – 27 October 2019

Have you ever thought about a Halloween Zoo experience? Well, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens has it for you!

Spooky strolls where you can discover Halloween games, a mini pumpkin patch, and even visiting the Endangered Animal Graveyard to honour dearly departed species is going to be possible this month at the Botanical Gardens.

Also, you can explore a mystery maze to find your way through a cool hay-bale labyrinth; enjoy a boo bird show where you will enjoy some of nature’s most mysterious and misunderstood flying fauna – owls and vultures. There’s also a cool section where you’ll even be able to touch the zoo’s creepy critters! Pretty awesome, huh?

The Dungeon of Doom at the Hollywood Museum

The Dungeon of Doom at the Hollywood Museum - Los AngelesWalking through the actual prison corridor set used in “The Silence of the Lambs” will be possible at The Dungeon of Doom at the Hollywood Museum… but what could be spookier?

Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell, complete with authentic props from the movie! If you decide to visit this famous museum during this Halloween season, you’ll be able to experience some of your worst nightmares from the silver screen.

Life-sized costumes from your favourite cult heroes, like Freddy, Jason, Chucky and more will thrill and let your fear reach to new heights. You can’t miss it!

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park

What is usually known as one of Los Angeles‘ loveliest greenery scape turns into a super scary experience!

This Halloween season, Griffith Park presents the Haunted Hayride with scare environments boasting three escape rooms and a fully fleshed-out community called Midnight Falls, part of a thematic expansion that will dial into the mid-1980s era where about 250 actors will be playing a cast of characters that range from city councilman to pageant queen!

Also, a mortuary-themed haunted house as well as a cornfield maze themed to the town ranch will scare you to death!

(These ones are not be recommended for the faint of heart, and certainly not for young children.)

If you are keener for some Halloween epic thematic parties, here are also some cool options:

Welcome to the Family: Halloween Party

19 October

What could be a better Halloween scene than an estate that was abandoned after it was burnt to the ground in a deadly fire? Well, that precisely!

This house is now been repurposed into a Hollywood Horror set for you and your family to enjoy on this frightful night. You will enjoy food, games and amazing scary costumes.

Remember this is a costume party, so go as your favourite ghoul, goblin or whatever your heart desires!

Thriller Tuesday Halloween Party

29 October

Another good option is Thriller Tuesday Halloween Party.

An absolute crazy Halloween costume party at Viva Taco Tuesday with free admission all night! You’ll experience Halloween contests, happy hour all night, the best local DJ’s, Killer Tacos and of course, bottle service specials!

West Hollywood Halloween Carnival

West Hollywood Halloween Carnival Los Angeles31 October

This is considered to be the most massive Halloween parade and celebration in the Los Angeles area and there really is no better place to be on 31 October than here.

Taking place usually from 6 pm to about 11 pm on Santa Monica Boulevard (between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard), about 500,000 people attend this carnival. Expect thousands of incredible costumes, stunning live entertainment, dancers and the best Halloween performers.

Dancing, music, drinks and many costume contests will welcome you at this grand street party, so wear your scariest outfit and come have real fun!

“CHEMISTRY” Single Halloween Party at the Song Bird Café

31 October

For all those loners around, LA’s newest single party makes its debut at the Song Bird Café with a one-of-a-kind celebration.

You’ll enjoy A-class DJ’s all night, Halloween-themed drinks, a dance off, costume contests, gift bags for the first 25 in the door and even a tarot reader!

All this set in a chic & intimate space in the heart of Chinatown.

A Halloween to die for at Sofitel Beverly Hills

31 October

This is exclusiveness at its epitome! If you are one of those stylish party goers, this French Los Angeles annual Halloween celebration is your perfect shot!

The luxurious Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills offers a stylish Halloween party complete with deliciously sinister Halloween fun.

All the temptations you can ever ask for will be on hand at Sofitel, creating an indulgent, smoking hot Halloween party atmosphere with sexy socialites, sinful celebrities and vampy model types who come together for a devilishly good time. A luxurious night certainly not to miss!

The Skybar Mondrian Halloween Party

31 October

The chic Mondrian Hotel also celebrates Halloween in style with a super scary party at their epic rooftop!! With an open air pool and views of the Los Angeles Skyline, there’s no better backdrop for this Halloween extravaganza. Find this ghostly affair in the heart of West Hollywood and bring your best costume!

It is important to remember that distances in LA can be a bit tricky as this is a really huge city so if you want to ease up the commuting process (take into account you’ll be around wearing big and sometimes uncomfortable costumes) it is a bright idea to book a rental car.

This will also be good news for your wallet as you can currently find awesome discounts!

Whether you want to paint the town red this Halloween or if you prefer a quiet type of celebration for the family, Los Angeles offers a bite of both, so don’t overthink it and start planning the scariest outfit to kill this Halloween night!

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