HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES

Frightful Festivals, Haunted Pub Crawls & Spooky Street Scenes: The Best Halloween Festivities in Los Angeles

We expect most Halloween Festivities to be active in October 2021; however, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, some may remain on hiatus.

The Greater Los Angeles Area offers many ways to enjoy Halloween besides walking through scary mazes. There is also a wide range of Halloween Festivities that appeal to everyone from youngsters to teens to parents. This page lists events that that are geared for adults, though some may be suitable for the whole family; we have a separate page for Kid-Friendly Halloween Fun, including neighborhoods noted for trick-or-treating opportunities thanks to their marvelous multitudes of decorated houses.

Family-friendly events listed here include block parties and similar Halloween festivals. Some business areas block off traffic, allowing costumed revelers to take over the streets. Some of these Halloween events are fund-raisers, organized by community centers to benefit local causes.

The more mature Halloween Festivities include music festivals that appeal to teens and young adults and also haunted pub crawls, which offer a night of drunken debauchery. In some cases, immersive events provide devilish entertainment in the guise of dinner parties, with sinister costumed characters creating an adults-only experience. (If these events have an actual plot, we file them under Halloween Theatre.)

Not all Los Angeles Halloween Festivities are officially organized events; some are informal, such as the Hollywood  Halloween Street Fair, which consists of people showing up in costume on Halloween Night for a sort of spontaneous sidewalk parade. The city does not endorse the event, and the police no longer block automobile traffic on Hollywood Boulevard; crowds show up anyway.

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Halloween Festivities Updates

Read more about our favorite Halloween Festivals & Fun

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Best Halloween Festivities

For those who prefer not to scroll through the entire list, here are the Halloween Festivals and Fun we most highly recommend.

Dia De Los Muertos Festival

2021 Update: Hollywood Forever's annual Day of the Dead celebration returns with a new theme, The Return of Quetzalcoatl. This year, there will be separately ticketed daytime and nighttime versions of ...
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Haunt O’ Ween L.A.

2021 Update: Haunt O' Ween L.A. returns for Halloween 2021 without the automobiles. Now families can walk through the Halloween Wonderland, spending as much time as they like, enjoying pumpkin ...
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Haunted Little Tokyo 2017

Haunted Little Tokyo

2021 Update: Back in Action. After emphasizing virtual events during the 2020 pandemic, Haunted Little Tokyo has announced two in-person events for this October, with a promise of more to ...
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Los Angeles Halloween Festivities: A List

Below is a list of long-running annual Halloween Festivals and Fun.

Dia De Los Muertos Festival

2021 Update: Hollywood Forever's annual Day of the Dead celebration returns with a new theme, The Return of Quetzalcoatl. This year, there will be separately ticketed ...
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Drunken Devil Events

2021 Update: No events have been announced for this Halloween. Drunken Devil General Information www.thedrunkendevil.com Drunken Devil Productions describes itself as a “Los Angeles-based, horror-centric ...
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Halloween Witches Tea

High Tea Cottage 21938 Costanso Street Woodland Hills, CA 91364 highteacottage.com 2021 Status: CLOSED. The High Tea Cottage did not present their annual Halloween Witches ...
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Haunt O’ Ween L.A.

2021 Update: Haunt O' Ween L.A. returns for Halloween 2021 without the automobiles. Now families can walk through the Halloween Wonderland, spending as much time ...
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Haunted Hollywood Scavenger Hunts

2021 Date & Hours: October 30, 6-8:30pm. After sitting out the 2020 pandemic, Watson Adventures resurrects its Haunted Hollywood Scavenger hunt for Halloween 2021. Watson ...
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Haunted Little Tokyo 2017

Haunted Little Tokyo

2021 Update: Back in Action. After emphasizing virtual events during the 2020 pandemic, Haunted Little Tokyo has announced two in-person events for this October, with ...
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Hollywood Halloween Street Fair

2021 Update: Since this is an unofficial event, we cannot say for sure, but with pandemic-related public health restrictions loosening, we expect crowds of costume ...
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Insomniac’s Escape Halloween

2021 Update: Back in action. After cancelling at the last minute due to the 2020 pandemic, Escape Psycho Circus returns for Halloween 2021. Dates & ...
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Revenge of the Ninja Block Party

2021 Dates: To Be Announced if any. The Revenge of the Ninja cancelled its annual event in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to ...
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Santa Monica Zombie Crawl

2021 Update: On Hiatus. The event went dark in 2019, then remained closed during the 2020 pandemic. There are no plans to revive it for ...
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Shoreline Village Halloween Haunt

2021 Halloween Dates: To Be Announced if any. Shoreline Village dropped the haunted house from its annual Halloween event in 2019, and the annual Zombie ...
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West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

2021 Update: On Hiatus. In a September 9 announcement, the City of West Hollywood reminded the community that the annual Halloween Carnaval remains cancelled for ...
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Other Halloween Festivities

Our page lists the more notable Halloween Festivities in Los Angeles, including some community-oriented events judged worthy of attention even if you do not live nearby. However, most of these Halloween activities fly under our radar because they are intended to serve the local residents, not attract outsiders. If you are looking for something in your area, check out this 2014 list from the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, which offers haunts at numerous community centers and parks around the city.