BEST HALLOWEEN ATTRACTIONS IN L.A.

For those seeking the Best Halloween Attractions in Los Angeles, we present this eclectic selection of creepy mazes, haunted hayrides, scary movies, terrifying theatrical experiences, and more.

Best Halloween Attractions in Los Angeles

The Best Halloween Attractions in Los Angeles can be divided into two groups. The first are what might be called "Perennials," which have established a reputation and maintain a level of quality that makes them worth revisiting year after year. The second group are "One-Shot Wonders," Halloween Attractions that pop up for a single year and then disappear, either because they were not profitable or because they could not secure a location; also included in this group are plays, which usually appear for only a single season.

Perennial Halloween Haunts have pages dedicated to them on our website, housing reviews, videos, and photographs spanning their careers; these will be linked below. One-Shot Wonders do not usually receive this treatment; instead, they are reviewed on the blog section of our website. You will find links to both types of events below.

  • Updates, Reviews & Videos includes the most recent posts about the Best Halloween Haunts in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Here you can find One-Shot Wonders that never lasted long enough to enter our permanent listings.
  • Categories itemizes the different kinds of Best Halloween Haunts in Los Angeles, followed by links in each category.

Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we expect many of the Best Halloween Attractions to be closed this year

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Best Halloween Attractions: Updates, Reviews & Videos

Find reviews and videos of our favorite Los Angeles haunts and one-shot wonders in our archive of Halloween Recommendations.

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Best Halloween Attractions: Categories

The Best Halloween Attractions come in various forms, and we try to avoid comparing rotten apples to bloody oranges. To help haunt-seekers navigate the labyrinth of choices, we have divided our favorite Halloween events and attractions into categories, according to where they are normally listed on our website:

  • Theme Parks
  • Haunted Mazes & Rides
  • Home Haunts
  • Museums, Galleries & Tours
  • Festivals & Fun
  • Movies
  • Theatre

We have selected most of these events as the Best Halloween Attractions in Los Angeles, because they maintain consistently excellent quality from year to year, frequently earning nominations and wins in our annual Halloween Haunt Awards. Consequently, you will find few if any one-off events, such as plays or exhibitions that ran during only a single season; those can be found by scrolling through Updates, Reviews & Videos above. Nor will you find attractions on hiatus or defunct below - those are listed in the Hollywood Gothique Hall of Fame or Graveyard of Halloween Haunts.

Click the links below to get more information on each Halloween attraction.


Best Halloween Attractions: Theme Parks
Best Halloween Attractions
Closed for Halloween 2020

Halloween Theme Parks are year-round venues refashioned for the scary season, typically offering rides, shows, and other entertainment besides walk-through mazes.

Unfortunately, we cannot list any of these parks among the Best Halloween Attractions for 2020, because they are closing due to the Covid-19 pandemic:


Best Halloween Attractions: Haunted Houses, Mazes & Rides

Halloween Mazes and Rides typically "pop up" in October, running for a few weeks. These stand-alone events may feature only a single attraction, though some are more like mini-theme parks, with multiple mazes and rides.

Many of the Best Halloween Attractions in this category will be closed this year in response to the pandemic, but a few have announced dates.

All Saints Lunatic Asylum 2017

All Saints Lunatic Asylum

2020 Update: Having cancelled its Friday the 13th and Easter haunts in response to Covid-19, All Saints Lunatic Asylum haunted house is maintaining a wait-and-see policy toward reopening. The same ...
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Into the Black splash

Into the Black

2020 Update: After announcing its return in a new location, Into the Black postponed its opening due to new Covid-19 restrictions. After joining with the Fleshyard Haunted House to create ...
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Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

2020 Update: For Halloween 2020, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride revamps its presentation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of a hayride, the event will offer a haunted drive-through experience, ...
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Reign of Terror Haunted House

2020 Update:  CANCELLED. After announcing dates and beginning ticket sales, the Reign of Terror abruptly cancelled its planned Halloween haunt due to newly announced restrictions for Covid-19. This Halloween, in ...
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Best Halloween Attractions: Home Haunts

Halloween Home Haunts, though non-profit amateur events, often showcase professional quality work that ranks them among the Best Halloween Attractions in Los Angeles. Distinctions are fluid, but "yard haunts" are typically decorated displays; "home haunts" and "garage haunts" often include walk-through mazes with actors in costume, for a stronger scare experience. We expect more displays this Halloween, since viewing a decorated yard presents less chance of airborne virus infection than walking through a small, poorly ventilated maze. These amateur efforts usually operate only for a few days at the end of October.

Beware The Dark Realm

2020 Dates & Hours:  October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31, 7-10pm nightly. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Beware the Dark Realm forgoes its usual walk-through maze for an "immersive ...
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Gothic Hills Cemetery

2020 Update: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Gothic Hills Cemetery will forego its usual walk-through in favor of upgrading its front yard display. Dates: October 1-31, 6-10pm. Gothic Hills will ...
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Haunt at Hellizondo

2020 Update: In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Haunt at Hellizondo will abandon its walk-through in favor of setting up a yard display at a different location. Dates: October ...
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Haunted by Memories Manor

2020 Update: In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Haunted by Memories Manor will forego a walk-through in favor of a yard display. Dates are October 30 & Halloween Night, plus ...
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Haunted Rose 2017 two monsters

Haunted Rose

Christmas 2020 Dates & Hours: December 19, 5-8pm. The Haunted Rose presents a Krampus Night and Hearse Show for the winter season, reusing the display from its Halloween 2020 presentation, ...
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Haunted Shack Home Haunt

2020 Dates: October 3 - November 1, 6-10pm. The Haunted Shack is not offering a walk-through maze this year, but there will be a front yard display. Trick-or-Treaters are asked ...
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Holiday Fantasies: Pirates of the Caribbean 2019

Holiday Fantasies Come To Life

2020 Update: In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Holiday Fantasies Come to Life will be scaling down its Halloween yard haunt "but not by much." The planned schedule is October 10-31, ...
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Rotten Apple 907

2020 Upate: Instead of their usual walk-through, Rotten Apple will present a display with a few actors. Dates have yet to be announced, but when they are you will find ...
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Spooky Hollows Home Haunt

2020 Update:  Spooky Hollows home haunt switched from a walk-through to a yard display in 2019; with Covid-19 precluding close contact in tight spaces, Spooky Hollows will present another front yard ...
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Best Halloween Attractions: Museums, Galleries & Tours

Halloween Museums, Galleries, and Tours have some advantage over the other Best Halloween Attractions in Los Angeles: they are well-suited to timed entry, which can keep crowd levels low and allow for the social distancing necessary during a pandemic.

Welcome to Haddonfield 5 SugarMynt

Haunted Haddonfield

SugarMynt Gallery 810 Meridian Avenue South Pasadena, CA www.sugarmynt.com Haunted Haddonfield 2020 Opening Night: September 12. You must reserve a ...
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Icons of Darkness Exhibition

Icons of Darkness Exhibition

2020 Info: The opening has been delayed indefinitely, and tickets are being refunded.  At this point it is not certain ...
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Nights of the Jacks 2018 Review

Nights of the Jack: A Halloween Jack O’Lantern Experience

2020 Halloween: This year, Nights of the Jack converts to a drive-through experience in response to safety concerns about the ...
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Sorrowful Soirée

Sorrowful Soirée (formerly Beyond the Grave Tours) Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum 15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry, ...
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Best Halloween Attractions: Festivals & Fun

Halloween Festivities is a broad category, including block parties, street scenes, pub crawls, and immersive experiences. These events do not get as much attention as the scary haunted houses, but many are worth of ranking among the Best Halloween Attractions in Los Angeles.

House of Spirits

2020 Update: House of Spirits has announced dates for this Halloween (October 11 to November 2), but so far tickets are not on sale, only an option to sign up ...
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Best Halloween Attractions: Cinema

Halloween Cinema will be a bit of a split decision during this year's pandemic. Indoor seating in a crowded theatre is an open invitation to infection; however, outdoor and drive-in events should be safe. The annual Halloween Film with Organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall is cancelled, but The Montalban is currently scheduling films, so we expect their Roofstop Screams to run this Halloween. Street Food Cinema is also screening outdoor movies, so they should have something in store for Halloween.


Best Halloween Attractions: Theatre

Halloween Theatre, particularly immersive/interactive productions, has been hard-hit by the pandemic. So far, only a couple are planning or at least contemplating the possibility of opening this year, in some form.

Drama After Dark

Drama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre with Poe and Gorey

2020 Update: Although a new location had been secured for Halloween 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has rendered an in-person event unlikely; therefore, Drama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre ...
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Ghost Walk Riverside

2020 Update: In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, this Halloween, California Riverside Ballet presents their 29th annual Ghost Walk Riverside virtually, via zoom meeting. There will be three tours each ...
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