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.
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
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.
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
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
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:
- Knott's Berry Farm Halloween Haunt, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, Queen Mary Dark Harbor have officially announced they will not be open.
- Disneyland Halloween Time has announced that their Oogie-Boogie Bash will not take place.
- Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest has (as of August 22) not made an official announcement, but the park is currently closed, so odds of it reopening for Halloween are slim.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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