Los Angeles: the city of glitz and glam, of celebrities and luxury... but how do they celebrate Halloween? With the most thematic and exciting events, of course!
You're bound to get the most quality during your Halloween festivities here in the land of Hollywood when concerning acting and production - and probably will be star studded, if you get lucky enough! From festivals and superstar DJs to haunted hayrides and horror tours, LA is truly the destination for the spooky holiday season. Check out these 10 festive activities you and your friends can dive into!
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Perhaps the most popular and well-crafted Halloween activity in LA, the Haunted Hayride - with the theme of clowns this year - will not disappoint! You never know what's lurking in the shadows, waiting to prey on unsuspecting guests. With a hayride, a maze and plenty other spontaneous events such as music and dancing, there's a night's full of terror.
Also, enjoy a snack from their full-on vegan menu with "saw-sages" and "candy man apples" - pure LA style! Open weekends and some additional days during the week - information here.
Knott's Scary Farm
Knott's Berry Farm, an amusement park open year-round, gets in the Halloween spirit with all sorts of rides and spooky adventures for the whole family. Among the roller coasters, find yourself in a haunted maze or clown-themed ride that will be sure to make you jump.
Oh, and the most exciting part is the most famous scream queen, Elvira, performs her comedy show for the last time - definitely not an attraction to miss! Open most days, details here.
Disobey: Anton LaVey Exhibition
Our favorite LA gallery, Lethal Amounts (which appears in this list twice), never ceases to disappoint! On Halloween, the gallery will have the opening party for their Anton LaVey exhibition to celebrate the founder of the Church of Satan's 20th deathday anniversary. Some of the speaking guests for the event will be the filmmaker Kenneth Anger, Howie Pyro of D-Generation, and artist Steven Leyba.
DJing the event is Twiggy Ramirez of Marilyn Manson fame and Matt Skiba of the punk band, Alkaline Trio. If the star-studded cast was not enough for you, never before seen photos, art and memoribilia of LaVey will be shown! It really doesn't get more wicked than this! Details here.
Paramount Studios Tales from the Other Side Tour
Take a two and a half hour walking tour of the Paramount Studios after dark for a look at the uncanny, mysterious and sometimes creepy movie sets and much more! Even though this after dark tour is available year-round, the studio adds a bit of Halloween flair to it by including access to the infamous Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
With champagne and movie snacks, you'll have enough fuel to wander through the basements of film sets and see ephemera from some of your favorite movies such as The Addams Family and Sweeny Todd. Prices and information here.
Warner Bros Studio Tour Hollywood | Horror Made Here
If you want even more Halloween movie fun then the Warner Bros studio is where to look! With up close looks at original props from some of the most frightening horror movies of our time, to walkthroughs of Nightmare on Elm Street, the fright level will be right up there with any haunted house.
Most importantly, though, is the Neibolt House from the It movie. As a maze replica of the house from the movie, experience film inspired rooms and be careful of what might be lurking in the corners! Ticktets start at $69 - information here.
Universal Halloween Horror Nights
Still not reached your film studio quota yet? Need something a bit more frightening? HHN is for you. Quoted as bringing "together the sickest minds in horror to immerse you in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror", Universal is not joking around!
They have 8 maze experiences including The Shining, SAW, and The Walking Dead. Vampires, puppets and crazies, oh my! Don't forget to catch the tram with Chucky as your guide, as well! More information here.
Drama After Dark, A Night of the Macabre with Poe and Gorey
If you're much more into being frightened from more spiritual beings than a creature popping out at you, this will be much more your speed. The Huntington Library has put together this special program of Poe and Gorey's haunting tales presented by actors, enacted on moonlit grounds.
Expect such classics such as "The Tell Tale Heart" and "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" to be performed. Tickets and information here for Saturday, October 28th.
La Belle et la Bete
For the theatrical and the romantics this Halloween, the LA Opera will be showing La Belle et la Bete at the Ace Hotel. What's special about this particular viewing is that Jean Cocteau's 1946 movie will be accompanied with a new soundtrack composed by Philip Glass.
Live singers perform in time to the movie as it's shown. On Halloween night there's a costume contest and after party. Showing two nights only - information here.
Cloak & Dagger Festival
If you're in the know, you know about the infamous club Cloak & Dagger. With its members only policies and strict dress codes, you best believe the festival will be held at the same level of exclusivity.
Held the weekend before Halloween, the festival will feature some of music's darkest heroes including KMFDM, The Jesus and Mary Chain, She Wants Revenge, Cold Cave, TR/ST and so many more. Be sure to wear only black, though, to guarantee entry. The festival lasts two days with VIP packages - information here.
Sex Cells: Halloween Monster Party
Not only does Lethal Amounts have the most border-crossing exhibits, they also throw insane parties! Electro-clash queen Miss Kittin will hit the decks alongside the club kid DJ Keoki and Michael Alig, the club kid king turned murder, made famous by Macaulay Culkin in Party Monster.
Expect the most outrageous and creative outfits, the best drag looks and the hippest crowd you'll find in LA. Get your most colorful latex and glitter and party with the best of them on Friday the 27th - information here.
Which event will you go to? Comment below!
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