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, many of the Best Halloween Attractions were closed in 2020, so our assessments are based on their work in previous years. We will update our selections as we visit Halloween 2021 events.

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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:

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.

The quality of these events remains fairly consistent from year to year, so you can get a good sense of what to expect by checking out these two articles, which compare the major theme park Halloween events in the Greater Los Angeles area:

Unfortunately, one of our favorite theme park-type haunts will not be returning for Halloween 2021: Queen Mary Dark Harbor is doomed unless the City of Long Beach can find a way to save the venerable ship, which is in danger of capsizing or sinking unless expensive repairs are made.

Below are listed the three Halloween Theme Park Attractions that are consistently worth seeing every October.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood

2021 Updates: After going dark during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Halloween Horror Nights returns with mazes based on The Haunting of Hill House, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, Halloween 4, The Walking Dead, The Curse of Pandora's Box, and The Bride of Frankenstein. Dates: Thursdays through Sundays, from September 9 to October ...
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Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest 2018 Review

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest

2021 Updates: After going dark during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Six Flags Magic Mountain resurrects Fright Fest for Halloween 2021. This year features two new scare zones, Terror Rising: Dark Development and The Dead Zone, along with City Under Siege, Demon's Door, Nightmares: A Twisted Fantasy, Witches Lair, Exile Hill, and ...
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Knott's Halloween Haunt

Knott’s Berry Farm Halloween Haunt

2021 Update: After going dark during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Knott's Berry Farm resurrects their annual Halloween Haunt. The number of mazes has been scaled back to eight: newcomer Mesmer: Sideshow of the Mind joins Dark Entities, Origins: The Curse of Calico, Paranormal Inc., Pumpkin Eater, The Depths, Wax Works, ...
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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.

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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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.

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Haunted Haddonfield

Halloween 2021 Update: This year's theme is Trick 'R Treat in Haddonfield. Trick 'R Treat in Haddonfield 2021 Dates & Hours: Currently on view, this is an open-ended engagement with no ...
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Icons of Darkness Exhibition

Icons of Darkness Exhibition

2021 Update: Opening at Last! The Halloween 2020 debut of this horror-themed collection at the Montalbán was cancelled because of the pandemic. Fortunately, the exhibition has found a new home ...
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Nights of the Jacks 2018 Review

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

2021 Update: After switching to a drive-through during the 2020 pandemic, Nights of the Jack reverts to a walk-through experience for Halloween 2021. Dates & Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays in ...
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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.

All Saints Lunatic Asylum 2017

All Saints Lunatic Asylum

2021 Dates: After cancelling its 2020 haunts due to Covid-19, All Saints Lunatic Asylum haunted house is back for 2021, operating on these dates Halfway To Halloween: May 28-29 Friday ...
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Dark Harvest Haunted Corn Maze

2021 Update: Formerly the Fleshyard, this outdoor haunted corn maze is rebranding itself as Dark Harvest for Halloween 2021. Additional entertainment at its location in Frosty's Pumpkin Patch includes paintball, ...
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HorrorWorld

2021 Update: Returning for Halloween 2021. After going dark during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, HorrorWorld offered a Texas Chainsaw Massacre walk-through for three weekends at the end of Summer. The ...
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House of Spirits

2021 Update: After going on hiatus during the 2020 pandemic, House of Spirits returns for Halloween 2021. The event has moved to a new location, the York Manor in the ...
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Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

2021 Update: After switching to a drive-in presentation in Frank Bonelli Park during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride returns to Griffith Park for Halloween 2021 (though the ...
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Reign of Terror Haunted House

2021 Update: After going dark during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Reign of Terror returns for Halloween 2021. The haunt has moved to a new space in Janss Marketplace, allowing for ...
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Best Halloween Attractions: Theatre

Halloween Theatre, particularly immersive/interactive productions, were hard-hit by the 2020 pandemic. Fortunately, most are coming back for Halloween 2021.

Delusion: Interactive Theatre

2021 Update: After going dark in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic Delusion returns for Halloween 2021, under the auspices of 13th Floor Entertainment. Dates: Thursday-through-Sundays in starting September 16 and ...
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Drama After Dark

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

2021 Update: Cancelled! After switching to a virtual presentation in 2020 (i.e., YouTube videos of the performances), Drama After Dark had announced plans to return for Halloween 2021; unfortunately, those ...
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Urban Death: Tour of Terror Haunted Theatre

2021 Update: It's back. After going on hiatus the 2020 pandemic, Urban Death: Tour of Terror returns for Halloween 2021. Dates: October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-31; November 1 Hours: 8:00p ...
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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. After a turn toward front yard displays during the 2020 pandemic, we expect a return toward walk-through mazes this Halloween. These amateur efforts usually operate only for a few days at the end of October.

Beware The Dark Realm

2021 Dates & Hours:  October 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, 7:00-10:00pm Admission: FREE Update: After shifting to an "immersive visual display" in response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Beware the Dark Realm ...
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Gothic Hills Cemetery

2021 Update: After  reducing itself to a yard display during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Gothic Hills Cemetery has moved to a new location in Riverside, where they play to eventually ...
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Haunt at Hellizondo

2021 Update: The Haunt at Hellizondo resurrects its walk-through maze for Halloween 2021. The home haunt will not be returning to its original location on Elizondo Avenue in Simi Valley; ...
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Haunted by Memories Manor

2021 Update: Haunted by Memories Manor will present a yard display this Halloween. Dates & Hours: October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31, 7-10p Saturdays & 7-9p Sundays. Admission: Free. Haunted by ...
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Haunted Rose

2021 Update: This Halloween, The Haunted Rose presents Realm of the Supernatural, in association with the Whittier Historical Society. The haunt takes place in a new location, the Whittier Museum. Dates: ...
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Haunted Shack Home Haunt

2021 Update: The Haunted Shack will resurrect its walk-through maze for Halloween 2021. In response to Covid-19, the home haunt converted to an epic yard display in 2020; with modifications to ...
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Holiday Fantasies: Pirates of the Caribbean 2019

Holiday Fantasies Come To Life

2021 Update: We are awaiting word on whether Holiday Fantasies will return to full form this Halloween. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Holiday Fantasies Come to Life scaled down ...
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Rotten Apple 907

2021 Update: The theme for Halloween 2021 is Evil in the London Fog. Dates & Hours: October 22-24, 29-31, 7-10pm Admission: Free, but donations are accepted to benefit the Volunteers ...
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Spooky Hollows Home Haunt

2021 Update:  Spooky Hollows plans "something different" for Halloween 2021, a yard display that eschews the usual theme in favor of movie "near and dear" to the haunt owner's heart. Dates: ...
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Best Halloween Attractions: Cinema

Halloween Cinema was a bit of a split decision during the 2020 pandemic, when drive-ins replaced indoor seating as the safe way to enjoy a good horror movie. Outdoor events such as Halloween. Street Food Cinema should be back in action for Halloween 2021, along with other events that had to cancel last year, such as the annual Halloween Film with Organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Montalban’s Roofstop Screams.


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