HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES

Frightful Festivals, Haunted Pub Crawls Spooky Street Scenes & Creepy Costume Parties: 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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Best Halloween Festivities

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Dia De Los Muertos Festival

2022 Date & Hours: October 29. Dia De Los Muertos runs 9am-3pm, Noche de los Muertos 5pm-midnight. Update: Hollywood Forever's annual Day of the Dead celebration returns with a new theme, MAYAHUEL – THE MAGUEY GODDES. Like last year, there will be separately ticketed daytime and nighttime versions of the event, Dia ...
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Haunt O’ Ween L.A.

2022 Dates: nightly from September 30 to October 31 Hours: Admission is in half-hour timed blocks from 4pm to 9pm. Tickets:  $40 for General Admission, $65 for VIP. There is a Group Bundle general admission discount of $36 per person for parties of 10 or more. Haunt O' Ween L.A. Articles Read ...
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Haunted Little Tokyo 2017

Haunted Little Tokyo

Block Party Dates & Hours: Saturday, October 29, 6pm-midnight. Location: Check in at Brunswig Square (360 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012) to learn the secret location in Little Tokyo. Age Restriction: 21 and over. Haunted Little Tokyo's annual Block Party invites ghosts and ghouls to explore the historic ...
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Los Angeles Halloween Festivities: A List

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

Halloween 2021 Cemetery Lane

Cemetery Lane Trick R Treat

Halloween 2022 Dates: October 19-23, 27-30. Hours: Entry in one-hour intervals 6-9pm on weekdays, 3-9pm on weekends. Update: This years offers a tribute to the "Monster Kid" era of the 1950s and 1960s, creating a Halloween night from an era when the Addams Family, the Munsters, residents of the Twilight ...
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Dia De Los Muertos Festival

2022 Date & Hours: October 29. Dia De Los Muertos runs 9am-3pm, Noche de los Muertos 5pm-midnight. Update: Hollywood Forever's annual Day of the Dead celebration returns with a new theme, MAYAHUEL – THE MAGUEY GODDES. Like last year, there will be separately ticketed daytime and nighttime versions of the event, Dia ...
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Ghost Walk Riverside

2022 Update:  This year's theme is CarnEVIL, featuring theatrical encounters with mystical and mysterious sideshow attractions. There will be two walking tours through the half mile loop of White Park, ending at the kids' carnival, food & vendor court, and Tavern of Terror beer garden. Plus, the annual Thriller Dance ...
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Haunt O’ Ween L.A.

2022 Dates: nightly from September 30 to October 31 Hours: Admission is in half-hour timed blocks from 4pm to 9pm. Tickets:  $40 for General Admission, $65 for VIP. There is a Group Bundle general admission discount of $36 per person for parties of 10 or more. Haunt O' Ween L.A. Articles Read ...
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Haunted Hollywood Scavenger Hunts

2022 Date & Hours: No dates are listed, but interested parties can fill out a form to request a private version of the Haunted Hollywood Scavenger Hunt. Watson Adventures Haunted Hollywood Scavenger Hunt General Information This scavenger hunt takes participants on a two-and-half hour self-guided tour of Hollywood's most famous ...
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Haunted Little Tokyo 2017

Haunted Little Tokyo

Block Party Dates & Hours: Saturday, October 29, 6pm-midnight. Location: Check in at Brunswig Square (360 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012) to learn the secret location in Little Tokyo. Age Restriction: 21 and over. Haunted Little Tokyo's annual Block Party invites ghosts and ghouls to explore the historic ...
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Hollywood Halloween Street Fair

2022 Status: Since pandemic-related public health concerns have waned, we expect crowds of costumed revelers to converge on Hollywood Boulevard this October 31. Hollywood Halloween Street Fair Info Location: Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, CA 90068 Date & Time: October 31 from dusk to 10pm Price: Free Looking for a way to ...
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Insomniac’s Escape Halloween

2022 Dates & Hours: October 28-29, 4pm to 2am Update: Back in action. Since cancelling at the last minute during the 2020 pandemic, Escape Psycho Circus has resumed its annual music festival, which includes a haunted walkthrough. Insomniac's Escape Halloween Insomniac's Escape Halloween (formerly known as Escape: Psycho Circus) is essentially ...
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Nights of the Jack Halloween 2019 Review

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

2022 Update: New this season, Nights Of The Jack offers four nights of trick or treating with live costumed characters, taking place October 28-31. Also added this year are live face painters and a new jungle animal scene on the immersive walking trail. Dates & Hours: September 30, October 1-2, 6-9, ...
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Shoreline Village Halloween Festivities

2022 Dates: Saturday, October 29, 4-10pm. Since scaling back to a one-day, family-friendly event, Shoreline Village no longer offers a haunted house walkthrough. Instead, there is a Zombie Walk Halloween Party, including vendors, trick-or-treating, live zombie bands (live?), and of course lots of roaming zombies. Shoreline Village Halloween Haunt Information ...
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West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

2022 Update: After going on hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival returns this year. The city's vaccine verification requirements are no longer in effect, but visitors are advised to adhere to COVID-19 guidance established by the Los Angeles County Department of ...
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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.

Below are Halloween festivities that have yet to be added to our list above. Any that become established perennials will find a place among our permanent listings.

Carved
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4200
Website: descanso.org
2022 Dates: 6–10pm from October 7 to 31, rain or shine.
Tickets: $20–$26 for members, $32–$38 for non-members

Carved offers a family-friendly Halloween fun for all ages, featuring hundreds of carved pumpkins in the Camellia Forest. Halloween 2022 promises to expand with new activities. Guests can watch artists sculpting pumpkins or visit the pumpkin house, hay maze, a UV “black light” experiences, and a Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) installation at the Amphitheater. Holiday-themed food and beverages will be available.