For those looking for ways to get out and about this Halloween season, here's a list of some great events around the SoCal area. This list doesn't cover all of the events haunting Socal this year, so check out local listings for the things we may have missed.
Join the Haute Dog organization as it puts on a Halloween parade featuring people and pooches in costume, including a panel of judges that will choose a few dozen human and canine costume winners. All entry fees go to spay/neuter, adoption/rescue, and other local charity programs. You can register your dog to walk in the parade until 3 p.m. on the event day.
Knott’s Berry Farm invites the whole family to join in their Halloween. This daytime event is a non-scary celebration of cheer rather than fear with shows and activities all geared for kids ages 3-11. Admission is included with Knott’s Berry Farm admission or season pass.
Enjoy Disneyland in full Halloween fashion by donning your favorite costume and taking the family along to go trick-or-treating at this Halloween-themed event held on select nights from 7 p.m. to midnight at Magic Kingdom park. Theme park admission is not included in the event price.
Join the Kidspace Children’s Museum Circle of Friends for a weekend filled with a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, seasonal crafts, and more. There’s even a costume parade, face painting, and pumpkins to pick out from the pumpkin patch. Admission to the festival is free, and tickets are available for purchase to enjoy some of the attractions.
Come see more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors arranged in creative ways along a ⅓-mile walking trail, set to an original music score produced exclusively for the RISE.
Composer Danny Elfman is bringing the music of the classic Halloween movie The Nightmare Before Christmas to the Hollywood Bowl. The live orchestral performance will be conducted by John Mauceri, and will feature Elfman reprising his singing role of Jack Skellington. The Bowl will be transformed into Halloween Town and will have various pre-show activities that include an audience-participation costume contest.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery presents the 16th annual Dia de los Muertos festival. This year’s theme is Shamanic Visions of the Huichol, and features over 100 Altars created by members of the community to their ancestors and loved ones, musical performances, Aztec Ritual Dancers, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and so much more.
Head over to Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium for a “fintastic” Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebration. Visit a glow-in-the-dark deep-sea laboratory, a marine animal graveyard, and create colorful Dia de los Muertos crafts and masks. Other events, including a costume parade on Sunday, are ready for all “ghosts and goblins” to enjoy.
The Olvera Street Merchants hold their annual Dia de los Muertos celebration at El Pueblo Historical Monument. Children’s workshops include mask coloring, necklace making, and flower painting. A festive piñata breaking follows the workshops each day, and various other events and performances will ensure a good time.
Symphony In The Glen performs at the 5th annual EEK! At The Greek!, presented by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the Greek Theater. This event features the 60-piece Symphony with Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein presenting a collection of Halloween favorites, plus a trick-or-treat village in the plaza before the performance.
The event welcomes children 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
With the experience that only comes from making horror films for over 80 years, Universal Studios Hollywood transforms its theme park into a horror fest.
Be a guest or even part of the story. The Huntingtons and the Oldlands invite you to join the frightful wedding of their bride and groom. It's an interactive experience. See above for family friendly "Happy Hours."
Jump aboard the Queen Mary and join their cast of ghouls, spirits, and undead for a night of terror and fright. Monsters, mazes, and spine-tingling attractions await those brave enough to enter these gates.
The adult version of Knott’s Spooky Farm, this twisted version has mazes, shows, and much more to get you in the Halloween mood.
Head over to Griffith Park and experience the hayride as you run from the boogeyman. A few new attractions add to the list of returning crowd favorites, including the Theater Macabre, Scary-Go-Round, Grub Shack, and more.
Not even Long Beach could escape the zombie scourge. This organized gathering of zombies make their way into the streets of Long Beach around Shoreline Village. During the walk, participants are encouraged to remain in character as they trudge toward their “victims.”
Lipstick and Lashes Dinner and Drag presents a Halloween show that indulges in a world of mystery and horror as the freaks come out of their mad house to come and play.
Six Flags Magic Mountain raises the dead to celebrate its 23rd annual Fright Fest. Once the clock strikes 7 p.m., the park’s ghouls come out to haunt the unwitting visitors still inside.
Prepare yourself to spend all night at the Aero Theater for a seven movie marathon from dawn until dusk, complete with between-film free food, giveaways, trailers, and more.
Those of you looking for a different kind of halloween fun should check out OurNightlife for their listings of 21+ Halloween parties across LA.
Is our list missing out on your favorite spooky event? Leave it in the comments below!