A twist on the classic fall activity, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride will take you through the haunted woods of Griffith Park’s Old Zoo. Pass through a life-sized set full of demon-possessed clowns from the safety of your hay wagon, and then prepare for the big scares as you wander the corn maze by foot. The Haunted Hayride has several other attractions on site as well. Purgatory is an old world haunted village, complete with food and drink, a “Bootique”, psychic, and more. Trick or Treat is an interactive suburban neighborhood where you can ring the bell and find freaky residents answering the door. Finally, the House of Shadows is a classic haunted house and maze.
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Halloween Horror Nights with eight mazes and three scare zones, based on the most terrifying films and television shows you know. With houses based on American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Saw, The Shining, and more, this year’s Halloween Horror Nights is sure to be a truly immersive scare experience. If the haunted houses and scare zones get to be too much, be sure to check out performances by the Jabbawockees, or change things up with some of your favorite rides, like The Simpsons Ride, Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic Park, and Transformers.
With over 100 rooms, eight mazes, and just one admission fee, the Reign of Terror might just be the most intense Halloween experience in Southern California. As you finish one house, the exit immediately brings you into another house, for a night of nonstop terror. Each house has its own unique narrative, from cursed mansions to haunted mines to family dinners gone totally wrong. The Reign of Terror features some of the best production value for haunted houses in the nation. If you’re easily scared, ROT also has a lights-on option.
In addition to their year-round stage productions, Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group offers a seasonal haunted theatre tour for a true tour of terror. To get into and out of the show, use a flashlight to navigate a dark labyrinth, where you’ll find actors mid-performance. There are about 450 scenarios in ZJU’s canon of works, ranging from 5 second to a minute in length, creating unique and memorable haunting vignettes. But don’t be fooled: Urban Death is not a typical haunt with scare actors. It’s a true theatrical experience.
Torrance’s renowned home haunt only takes about 6 to 8 minutes to walk through, but with 1,500 square feet of horror, it’s sure to blow your mind. Each year has a different theme, and all the props are homemade by the owner. Even better? Though entrance is free, donations are accepted and actually go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Get scared for a good cause!
Located at the Heritage Square Museum, Halloween & Mourning Tours is a two-day morbid event. On day one, learn about death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian era, attend a mock funeral, get your fortune told by a psychic and more. The second day is more family-friendly. Here, children can play period games, make themed 19th-century harvest crafts and listen to ghost stories. Entrance is free for museum members!
Speaking of family-friendly, the Griffith Park Ghost Train offers a fun way to get kids involved in the Halloween spirit. A great nighttime activity for kids of all ages with no jump scares whatsoever this adventure is just a smooth train ride through Halloween-themed halls. Bring a picnic before you get in line, and make it an event the whole family can enjoy!
For a more intellectual Halloween experience, check out Wicked Lit—SoCal’s limited-entry theatrical production in a cemetery. Watch classic horror stories come to life before your very eyes, if you can muster up the courage to spend the night in a cemetery. This year’s shows include: The Damned Thing, Thoth’s Labyrinth, The Open Door and Liliom.
Not into spending date night among the dead? Rooftop Cinema Club may provide just the alternative entertainment experience for you. Soak up the gorgeous views from this rooftop theater in L.A. and watch some of the greatest horror and Halloween movies of all time on the big screen, like Carrie, Hocus Pocus, The Fly, The Shining, Get Out and more. There’s nothing quite like a whole night of blood and gore without leaving the comfort of your own seat.