Haunted Little Tokyo has released its schedule for Halloween 2019. The month-long series of events begins with a screening of John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness on Friday, September 27 and wraps up with trick-or-treating and a block party on Saturday, October 26. Local business will be decorated for the season throughout October; local bars will offer seasonally themed drinks. There will be weekly screenings, a pumpkin patch, and a tour of haunted locations in the area. Most events are free.
Haunted Little Tokyo Film Festival
Screenings take place at various locations in Little Tokyo. Screenings are free except for Prince of Darkness, which is a special event (see more below). Advance reservations are recommended, because seating is limited.
- Friday, September 27, 6:30-10 PM: Prince of Darkness at Union Center for the Arts ($25)
- Friday, October 4, 7-10 PM: Hausu at Union Center for the Arts
- Friday, October 11, 6 - 9 PM: Okko's Inn at Japanese Village Plaza
- Thursday, October 17, 8 - 10 PM: Crimson Kimono (1959) at Japanese American National Museum
Prince of Darkness will screen on location at the church where it was filmed, with actor Dennis Dun attending. The event will include themed cocktails, a question-and-answer session with Dun, a tour of the filming location with Sean Clark of Horror's Hallowed Grounds, and photo-ops of famous scenes recreated by East West Player's scenic professionals.
Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch & Haunted Tour
The Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch, an outdoor marketplace at the Japanese Village Plaza, will be in place on the weekend of Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20, open from noon to 6 PM each day. Visitors may purchase and decorate jack-o'-lanterns with neighbors, friends, and volunteer artists using pumpkins provided by Tanaka Farms.
Haunted Ghosts of Little Tokyo Walking Tour takes place on Saturday, October 19. The 90-minute tour starts at 5pm in the East West Players Theater Courtyard at Union Center for the Arts, then explores the old church and nearby buildings, replete with tales of strange sightings and unexplained sounds in the night. Read our review of last year's tour here. $20 admission.
Haunted Little Tokyo Trick-or-Treat & Block Party
Saturday, October 26 offers a full evening of Halloween fun, starting with Trick-or-Treating in Little Tokyo at local businesses in the Japanese Village Plaza. Costumed characters of all ages are welcome to attend. There will also be kid-friendly activities organized by KidZGen. The event runs from 5pm to 8pm.
Haunted Night in Little Tokyo: The Block Party invites brave haunt-seekers to enjoy "bone-chilling drinks and devilish desserts" as they compete in the annual costume contest on 2nd Street between Central & San Pedro Street. There will be live music and entertainment, prizes, family-friendly game booths, local food and retail vendors, exclusive discounts, and more. The block party is scheduled from 6pm to midnight. Afterward, there will be a late-night, 21-and-over party to keep the Halloween fun going until dawn (details to be announced). Admission is free.
All activities take place in various locations around Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles. For more information, check out the event's official website: hauntedlittletokyo.com.