Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party
Haunted Little Tokyo’s annual Halloween celebration includes decorated shops, spooky sounds, pumpkin patches, fun and games, and themed food and drink specials from local businesses such as Café Dulce and Wolf & Crane. The signature event is a Haunted Block Party on the last Saturday of October, featuring costume contest and DJ Music. It’s all fun, and any excuse to visit Little Tokyo is a good one.
Japanese Village Plaza
335 E 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
2023 & Hours: Saturday, October 28.
Location: East Second Street between San Pedro Street and Central Avenue
Age Restriction: 21 and over.
Little Tokyo’s annual Haunted Block Party invites ghosts and ghouls to explore the historic downtown neighborhood after dark. The secret location features costume contests, DJ music, and food and beverages from Little Tokyo’s local businesses. Entrance is free with RSVP at HauntedLittleTokyo.com.
Haunted Little Tokyo History
Presented by Go Little Tokyo (a community-led effort to promote cultural events and local businesses), Haunted Little Tokyo made its debut in Halloween 2017 as a month-long series of events including a pumpkin festival, scary movies, and a walking tour of haunted locations in the area. The free horror movie screenings took place every Friday in October, with an emphasis on Japanese films: Hausu (1977), Kiki’s Delivery Service, Dark Water (2002), Ju-On: The Grudge (2002). Wrapping up the celebration was The Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party on the last Saturday of October, followed by Trick-or-treating on October 31 in the afternoon and early evening.
Haunted Little Tokyo returned in 2018 and 2019. After the 2020 pandemic lockdown, the event returned in 2021 with a slightly scaled-down schedule, omitting film screenings and the haunted walking tour. The block party and the pumpkin patch returned, augmented by a new event, a haunted scavenger hunt. In 2022, Little Tokyo’s Halloween celebration was reduced to the Haunted Block Party.
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