Once again it is that day of the year when we assuage your Halloween withdrawal pains by reminding you of the seasonal attractions remaining open for at least a short time in November. Perhaps because October 31 fell on Monday this year, the number of holdovers seems smaller than usual, with pro haunts shuttering their tombs rather than trying to stretch the season to next weekend.
Consequently, we are padding out this year’s list with some events that are popular around Halloween but actually continue year round and some non-Halloween events from our favorite Halloween creators. Enjoy!
Update 11/3/2022: Since originally posting, this article has added entries for Paranormal Cirque and Last Call Theatre’s immersive play Abandoned.
All Saints Lunatic Asylum: Christmas at the Asylum
In far off Apple Valley, All Saints Lunatic Asylum presents seasonal horror events several times each year. Of course, October is their biggest time of year, but they also do a great Christmas scare show. It is essentially the same as their Halloween show but with winter holiday overlay in the form of elves, Santa suits, and Christmas lights. If you have already visited All Saints for Halloween, it might not be worth the long drive to San Bernardino County, but if you missed the October show, this is a great chance to make up for that mistake.
Tickets are $13 and worth the price.
Beetlejuice : The Bio-Exorcism Show
15135 Burbank Boulevard, Van Nuys
Open through November 6, 7-10:15pm
So Cal Haunt Listing
This free home haunt promises an elaborate Halloween show with animatronics and handmade props, including a pair of musical numbers. Show starts every hour on the hour. See pics here.
Cross Roads Escape Games: The Weeping Witch & Hexed
Cross Roads Escape Games
4245 East La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, 92807
Open year round, Wednesday to Sunday
Cross Roads Escape Games got a jump on the Halloween season by launching a scary new escape room in September, The Weeping Witch (reviewed here). It’s great fun, challenging and scary, with a live element not common in escape games. The private games (no outsiders are mixed with your group of friends) require three to eight participants, who have an hour to exorcise the title character, who manifests – in person! – at various times. We had a great time but failed in our mission. We need to go back and try again. Tickets are $38 per person.
Cross Roads Escape Games offers another scary game, The Hex Room, which asks visitors whether they have what it takes to survive a horror film.
Delusion: Valley of Hollows
2640 Pomona Boulevard, Pomona, CA 91768
Open Thursday through Sunday until November 20
One nice thing about Delusion Interactive Theatre is that interactive theatre can draw an audience for weeks after Halloween. This year’s show take audiences into the 1970s where they infiltrate a cult in order to rescue a member who wants out. Along the way they encounter supernatural manifestations revealing that the cult leader’s mystical beliefs are not mere delusions.
Tickets run from $89.99 to 104.99 for general admission, with higher prices for VIP admission (includes access to upstairs bar and a crawl-through). The interactive play is worth the price, but we do not recommend this year’s VIP upgrade. You can read our full review of the show here.
Holiday Fantasies Come To Life: The Wizard of Oz
1505 N. Valley Street, Burbank 91505
Open through November 2
Holiday Fantasies Come To Life consistently ranks as one of the most spectacular Halloween yard displays thanks to its abundance of props and figures, set in a yard backed by a stupendous facade that sets the scene. This year’s theme is The Wizard of Oz, so everything seems bathed in Emerald Green. There are no scares – it’s mean to be amazing, and it is.
Hollywood Museum: Dungeon of Doom
The Hollywood Museum
1660 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood
Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-5pm year-round
The Hollywood Museum promotes its Dungeon of Doom as a Halloween event during October, under the title Monsters, Mummies & Mayhem, but the collection of horror movie props, costumes, and posters are on display year-round. The Dungeon really is subterranean, located in the basement, where low-key lighting and sets from Silence of the Lambs create the sort of atmosphere appropriate to a horror-themed attraction. Just don’t expect any jump-scares.
Icons of Darkness Exhibition
Hollywood and Highland Mall
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood 90028
Open year round, daily – 11am to 10pm
Their special Halloween presentation, including a live jump-scare element, is over, but Icons of Darkness remains open for the foreseeable future (there are plans to eventually move to a bigger location). Because available space is limited, different elements of collector Rick Correll’s massive collection are swapped in and out, so even if you attended the exhibition when it opened last year, there will be new things to see now. The collection encompasses of props, costumes, and figures from science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies, some of them spring-loaded, so you may get a scare or two.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children, $25 for military veterans. Tickets are sold up to a month in advance.
Last Call Theatre: Abandoned
4414 W. 2nd Street, Los Angeles
Near the Wilshire District
After two preview performances in late October, Abandoned begins a two-week-plus run at Sugar Bank in the Wilshire District. This new play from Last Call Theatre (the group behind the well-received Signals) nails audience interactivity as few immersive plays do. With its post-apocalyptic setting, it is more science fiction than horror, so don’t expect the jump-scares, stunts, or elaborate special effects of Delusion Interactive Theatre; do expect a level of active engagement that makes you feel like an integral part of the story, not just a bystander. Performances are at 7pm Thursdays through Saturdays (except for November 18 at 6:30pm) and at 2pm on Sundays. This is another must-see event (reviewed here).
1688 Midwick Drive, Altadena
Open through November 4, 7-10pm
This modest yard display has a nice autumnal feel, but we recommend it only for haunt-seekers in the Altadena area.
Mourning Rose Manor: Cursed Harvest
5250 Aurelia Street, Simi Valley 93063
Open November 1, 6:30-10pm.
This year’s theme is Cursed Harvest, featuring some new figures and decorations that give a fresh coat of ectoplasm to the familiar moody atmosphere of this spectral yard display. It’s free and worth seeing, but the drive is long for Los Angeles haunt-seekers.
Murder House presents Ghosted: Reply or Die
Murder House Productions transitions from home haunting to pro with this wonderful maze, based on an inventive idea: When someone gets “ghosted” on social media, they really get ghosted – consigned to a limbo land in another dimension. A scientific experiment accidentally opens a portal to this netherworld, which in your part explore, encountering alienated people begging, “Text me!” Also, there are monsters.
The setup, with a pair of researchers signing you up to participate in the experiment, suggests an interactive play, but once you enter the research facility, you are in an old-school Halloween maze, assaulted by scares from every direction. Great sets, great costumes, great effects. As good as any maze at the major theme parks.
Paranormal Cirque II
Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 W Harbor Blvd
Ventura, CA 93001
The west coast version of Paranormal Cirque returns to Southern California for six shows spread out over four nights: one each on Thursday and Friday, two apiece on Saturday and Sunday. Even after all the Halloween horrors we sampled in October, this horror-themed circus remains among our favorite live attractions this year. If you missed the show’s run in Woodland Hills, his is a must-see, despite the long drive to Ventura County. Check out our review and video here.
Reign of Terror Haunted House
197 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 91360
November 4 (regular version) & 5 (lights out version), 7-11pm
This year’s new feature is Cave In, which sounds interesting. ROT is king of atmosphere, but it also delivers good jump scares. The lights-out version is even spookier, but recommended only for those who have already seen the beautiful sets fully lit. After the Halloween version closes, Reign of Terror will present their winter-holiday Ho Ho Ho Horror Event on December 9 and 10.
Rotting Hill Cemetery
4848 Sancola Ave, North Hollywood
Open through November 7, 7-10pm on weekday
Open till on 11pm weekends
This funny cemetery show, with mechanical effects timed to recorded dialogue, provides jokey patter between the ghosts interred on the grounds. The decorations, lighting, and effects are very nice, and the dialogue will provide a chuckle or two. Worth for the lovely props, lighting, and judicious use of fog.
Scary Funny and Enjoyable
6302 Satsuma Ave, North Hollywood
Open through November 4, 4pm-12am
This modest home haunt features some spooky cute balloon animals and monsters. Check it out if you live nearby.
SugarMynt presents Deadly Nightshade
810 Meridian Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
SugarMynt’s annual Haunted Haddonfield exhibition remains open on November 4 from 1pm to 7pm and November 5 from 2pm to 8pm. Then it will be replaced bu Deadly Nightshade, a tribute to the work of Tim Burton. Details are not yet available, but SugarMynt’s previous Tim Burton exhibition, Strange & Unusual, launched in November. Check their website and/or Facebook page for announcements.
Valley Vista Holiday House – Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Open through November 6, 7-11pm weekdays, till 1am weekends
14611 Valley Vista Blvd, Sherman Oaks
This year’s display is themed to Ghostbusters: Afterlife. This static display is always worth a look because structure of the large house provides lots of clever places to insert characters and decorations, providing a sense of something truly big.
Wax House: Jack the Ripper
South Bay Galleria Mall, 2nd Floor
1815 Hawthorne Boulevard
Redondo Beach, 90278
Open year round
This entertaining virtual reality game made its debut during Halloween 2018, but since then it has found a permanent residence where you can play it every day. It’s more mystery than horror, but it has a great sinister vibe as you seek clues that will help you reveal Jack the Ripper’s true identity – if you are smart enough!
Witch! by Downtown Repertory Theatre
Mountain View Mausoleum
2300 N. Marengo Avenue
November 4-6 at 8pm
Witch! continues at Mountain View Mausoleum with final performances this weekend. This immersive, interactive play (from the creators of the It’s Alive Frankenstein Immersive Experience) offers neither jump-scares nor flashy special effects; nonetheless, it is an intense drama based on the horrifying real-life Pendle Witch Trials of 1612. It was highly effective when we attended during its run at Heritage Square Museum in September. Mountain View Mausoleum no doubt adds an extra layer of ambiance, which may make the experience even immersive. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite for $70. Read our review here.
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre presents Ugly Haunt
4850 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, California 91601
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre presents a new haunted theatrical experience for two weekends in November, with performances running from 11-12, and 18-19 at 8pm, 8:45pm, 9:30pm, 10:15pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
More Yard Displays Open in November
Here are some yard haunts in Los Angeles County that we have not visited. Warning: we cannot vouch for all of these haunts; the information below is taken SoCal Haunt List. Several have proven to be closed; those have been crossed off.
Dates: Oct. 24-Nov. 6
Address: 4209 W Jacaranda Avenue, Burbank herein wee weight
Dates: Oct 31 – Nov 1
Address: 3019 Petite Ct, Los Angeles
The Holiday House
Dates: Sept. 20-Nov. 5
Address: 3547 McLaughlin Ave, Mar Vista
House of 10000 inflatables
Dates: Oct. 1-Nov. 3
Hours: 10.30 am to 10.30 pm
Address: 16000 Rayen St, North Hills
Kreep de Ville Cemetery
Dates: Oct. 1-Nov. 1
Address: 44037 Date Ave, Lancaster
Lunar Terror Productions: JORŌ
Dates: Oct. 29-31. Nov. 5, 12
Hours: Times vary. Please see description.
Address: 4035 Dee Dee Court, Lancaster
Dates confirmed by owner.
Dates: Oct. 9-Nov. 6
Address: 769 N. Leonard St., Montebello
Dates: Aug. 27-Nov. 5
Address: 5766 Radford Ave, Los Angeles
Dates: Oct. 30-Nov. 2
Address: 28540 Agajanian Dr, Santa Clarita
Spider Crypt Haunt
Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 1
Address: 15717 Labrador St, Los Angeles
The Spooky Strip
Dates: Oct. 1-Nov. 4
Address: 701 Arden Ave, Glendale
Dates: Oct. 24-Nov. 1
Address: 4217 Navajo St., Toluca Lake