Things to Do for Halloween in Los Angeles

In LA and looking for fun and festive things to do this Halloween? Check out our list of top Los Angeles attractions and events that celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year.

Many of these attractions are great for the whole family (although some are definitely scarier than others – use caution when bringing small children) and they’re the perfect way to celebrate Halloween, LA-style.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Image credit: Universal Studios Hollywood.

Image credit: Universal Studios Hollywood.

Each year Universal Studios Hollywood hosts one of the scariest and most exciting Halloween events in L.A. – Halloween Horror Nights.

Expect nothing but the best makeup, special effects, set décor, music, and general ambiance from this legendary studio.

You’ll enjoy featured spooky performances, terrifying mazes, and much more as you traverse the back lots of Universal City.

This event is not recommended for children under 13.

Getting In: This event is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Los Angeles® Card. For ore information and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.

General admission to Universal Studios Hollywood is included as an option on the 3-, 5-, and 7-Day Go Los Angeles® Card.

Knott’s Scary Farm at Knott’s Berry Farm

September 21 – October 31

Image credit: Knott's Berry Farm.

Image credit: Knott’s Berry Farm.

Don’t let the cute name fool you – this alternate version of local favorite Knott’s Berry Farm is certainly spooky enough. A tradition that’s been going on for 40 years (!), Knott’s Scary Farm is a month-long event that transforms the entire park into one giant Halloween party.

From themed performances and haunted mazes to the hundreds of costumed monsters roaming “scare zones” throughout the park, Knott’s will be filled with some pretty terrifying fun.

While the evening events are recommended for children over 13, check out kid-friendly “Camp Spooky” during the daytime hours for the younger ones.

Getting In: Admission to Knott’s Scary Farm is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Los Angeles® Card. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.

General admission to Knott’s Berry Farm is included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Dark Harbor at The Queen Mary

Many of you may know that the historic Queen Mary vessel that docks in Long Beach, CA is rumored to be haunted. Well, this is the perfect time of year to go see for yourself!

Hop aboard this eerie ship and learn about the legends that haunt the Queen Mary year-round, and then enjoy costumed performers, spooky mazes, and more Halloween fun on the nearby docks. This event is not recommended for children under 13.

Getting In: Admission to Dark Harbor is separately ticketed and not included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

General admission to The Queen Mary is included on the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Image credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain Facebook page.

Image credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain Facebook page.

Nobody does festive like Six Flags. That’s why Six Flags Magic Mountain is the place to be this Halloween. You’ll enjoy “Thrills by Day, Chills by Night” at this annual Fright Fest.

See your favorite rides transformed into horrifying new experiences, enjoy special Halloween shows and monster performances (complete with plenty of scary special effects and gruesome makeup), and try to avoid the largest concentration of spooky clowns in all of California.

Take the kids to enjoy the “Trick or Treat Trail” and Halloween-themed crafts during the day, and return with only the adults for the real fun after dark.

Getting In: Admission to Fright Fest Events (and general admission to Six Flags Magic Mountain) is included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

The Dungeon of Doom

The Hollywood Museum

Image credit: Hollywood Museum.

Image credit: The Hollywood Museum.

Another offering in the Hollywood Museum’s favorite Halloween-inspired fall exhibits, “Dungeon of Doom” features all your worst nightmares from the silver screen.

Experience that same thrill and burst of fear that you get from watching Hollywood’s iconic horror films. such as Child’s PlaySilence of the LambsNightmare on Elm Street, and many more.

Walk through a scary dungeon setup, see artifacts and props from the featured films, and generally try to stay away from Freddy Kreuger and company.

Getting In: Tickets to the Dungeon of Doom (and general admission to the Hollywood Museum) is included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Boo at the Zoo

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Head to the Los Angeles Zoo for a fang-tastic Halloween zoo experience. “Boo at the Zoo” promises a fun-packed visit with spooky activities, shows, crafts, special animal feedings (including “Fearsome Feedings” – parental discretion advised), and more.

The zoo’s Halloween bash features daily activities like “Animals and Boo” encounters, the “Nocturnal Adventure” maze, and spooky photo opps with additional things to do on weekends throughout the month of October.

Getting In: Boo at the Zoo activities are free with admission. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens tickets are included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park

Image credit: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Facebook page.

Image credit: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Facebook page.

Head to the city’s favorite greenspace for a bit of haunted hayride fun. Hosted in the Old Zoo in Griffith Park (otherwise a great place for bike rides, hikes, picnics, and more), this super scary experience is not for the faint of heart (and probably not for young children).

Survive this 25-minute trail ride and you’ll have something to brag about to your friends.

Getting In: Admission to the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Los Angeles® Card. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.

Harvest Festival And Corn Maze

Forneris Farms, Mission Hills

Image credit: Forneris Farms.

Image credit: Forneris Farms.

This family-friendly festival is a great event that runs both on the weekends and during the week. Wander a charming pumpkin patch, hop aboard a tractor-led train ride, explore a pretty big corn maze, and let the kids do it up in the “Farm Frolic” area.

On weekends, you’ll also be able to enjoy live entertainment, face painting, pony rides, and even a great little petting zoo. A good complement to any scary adults-only stuff you may be planning.

Getting In: Admission to the Harvest Fest is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Los Angeles® Card. Tickets may be purchased in person.

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

So there you have it. Our list of some festive and spooky things to do for Halloween in Los Angeles this year.

Remember, a couple of these options are included on the Go Los Angeles® Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Please note, the Halloween events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Consider adding a few of these fun options to your mid fall getaway itinerary.

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