Los Angeles Halloween Art Galleries, Museum Exhibitions & Cemetery Tours
Here you will find an eclectic list of high-culture and historical Halloween events in Los Angeles: night galleries devoted to macabre painting, photographs, and carvings; museums revealing secrets of death, dying, and spiritualism; historical tours emphasizing the sordid and the supernatural; and midnight ramblings among gravestones in real cemeteries. Whether you enjoy the subtle shivers of wandering through allegedly haunted locations or the refined pleasures of appreciating macabre art, this is the place for you.
The fright factor of these Los Angeles Halloween art galleries, museum exhibitions, and cemetery tours varies widely. Museums use the season to generate interest in customs related to Halloween and beliefs in the afterlife. Cemetery tours tend to be educational in nature, emphasizing history rather than horror. Art galleries may be eerie but seldom frightful, and outdoor art shows of lighted pumpkins can be outright festive.
Los Angeles Halloween Art, Exhibits & Tours: Updates
With new shows and tours opening every Halloween, it can be difficult to keep up. In this space, we squeeze in any recent additions - if any - for Halloween 2020.
Los Angeles Halloween Art, Exhibits & Tours: Alphabetical List
The Halloween Art Galleries, Museum Exhibitions & Cemetery Tours listed here are perennials that return every Halloween season. Year-round events suitable for the Halloween season are listed immediately afterward. One-offs and other events we have not reviewed are listed separately at the bottom.
Los Angeles Halloween Art, Exhibits & Tours: Year-Round Events
Some year-round Los Angeles attractions have horror elements that are appropriate for Halloween, such as the Chamber of Horrors in the Hollywood Wax Museum and the Dungeon of Doom in the Hollywood Museum. The latter sometimes re-brands itself as a Halloween event during October, but you can see many of the same displays throughout the other months.
Los Angeles Halloween Art, Exhibits & Tours Not (Yet) On Our Permanent List
The following are Halloween Art Galleries, Museum Exhibitions & Cemetery Tours that we added to our listings in 2019. If they return, we may upgrade them to the main list at a later date.
1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Dates & Hours: Oct. 23–27, 6:30–10:30pm
Tickets: $25 for Descanso Gardens members, $30 for non-members
Carved is a family-friendly event featuring a thousand professionally carved pumpkins in a one-mile walk through the Camellia and Oak Forests. The event is co-produced by Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns, which no longer operates their own event in Los Angeles, having retreated back to New York.
Halloween Haunted House Tour
Grier Musser Museum
403 S Bonnie Brae Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Date & Hours: October 27, 1-4pm
The Grier Musser Museum's annual Halloween Haunted House Tour decks out the museum's 1898 Queen Anne Victorian house with historical Halloween decorations. Refreshments are provided.
1101 W. McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Dates & Hours: October 10 - November 3, 5:30-10:30pm
Like Carved and Nights of the Jack, Pumpkin Nights offers an outdoor tour through displays of artfully carved Jack O'Lanterns.