It’s that time of year again, when pumpkin spice takes over everything, and the long sunny days turn into crisp Fall nights. Halloween is amongst us and we can’t wait to scream at the top of our lungs at haunted houses and horror movies, while we gorge on candy corn and caramel apples. Grab your sweaters and sneakers and get ready to enjoy all the Halloween events La La Land has to offer.

Boo at the L.A. Zoo

For Halloween, the L.A. Zoo has been transformed into a wonderland of animal-themed entertainment and activities, live shows, special animal pumpkin feedings, and much more. Costumes are encouraged! $17 (Children ages 2 – 12) and $22 ( Adults ages 13 – 61); Through October 31st; Monday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027; 323.644.4200

Nights of the Jack at King Gillette Ranch

The immersive Halloween experience is back! Come explore the grounds of the King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas where you can marvel at the hand-carved and illuminated jack o’lanterns, partake in live pumpkin carving, shop at the gift shop, eat yummy food from top LA food trucks, and sip libations from “The Spookeasy Bar.” $29+; Through October 31st; Refer to schedule for hours; 26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas, CA 91302; 818.878.0866

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest

Love extreme rides and scary movies? If so, Fright Fest at Magic Mountain is perfect for you. Get ready to scream your head off as you ride roller coasters in the dark and run from monsters in the haunted mazes. Through October 31st; $45+; Refer to schedule for park hours (Proof of Vaccination or negative Covid test required for certain park days); 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355; 661.255.4100

Knott’s Scary Farm

Knott’s Scary Farm will test your fears as you embark on the ultimate Halloween experience. The amusement park will be transformed into a spooky haven filled with terrors from your worst nightmares. $53+; Through October 31st; Refer to schedule for park hours; 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620; 714.220.5200

Halloween Time at Disneyland

It’s Halloween Time at the Disneyland resorts and both Disneyland and California Adventures invite you to experience their land of magic and spooky thrills. Come for the park rides and stay for the Halloween parties and parades. $104+; Through the 31st; Refer to schedule for park hours; 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802; 714.781.4636

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios

For Halloween, Universal Studios invites you to enter a world filled with creepy haunted houses and terrifying mazes. Choose from: The Haunting of Hill House, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, The Bride of Frankenstein, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, The Curse of Pandora’s Box, The Walking Dead, and The Ultimate Purge. Do you dare see if you can survive? Proof of Vaccination or negative Covid test within 72 hours required for ages 12+. $84+; Through the 31st; Refer to schedule for park hours; 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608; 800.864.8377

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Nothing says Halloween like a spooky haunted hayride. Sit back and prepare to scream as you drive through horrifying sites and hide from ghosts and goblins. $29.99+; Through the 31st; Refer to schedule for hours; 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Spooky Tea at the Wayfarer DTLA

Lilly Rose, the underground parlor at The Wayfarer, invites you to dress up and celebrate the holiday at their Spooky Tea Halloween Event. Here, “Anything can happen. A magic act, a live music set, a bit of burlesque.” Your ticket includes: two sachets of tea per guest, one cocktail to pair with tea, Salted Butter Caramel Maker’s Mark Old Fashioned and Goût Russe Tea Infused Courvoisier Russian Sidecar recipe cards. $81.20; Sunday the 31st; 4:30 pm; The Wayfarer – 813 S Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In

Gather your blankets and coolers for a night of horror movies under the stars. The San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In welcomes you to sit back and watch classics like: Teen Wolf/The Lost Boys), The Nightmare Before Christmas/Gremlins. $20+; October 15th, 16th and 30th; 7 – 11:59 pm; Lake Balboa Complex – 6335 Woodley Avenue Lake Balboa, CA 91406

Sandbox VR

Escape reality and step into a virtual world where you can become the bad-ass hero you’ve always wanted to be. Sandbox VR is like being in a real world video game. In honor of Halloween, we suggest choosing Deadwood Mansion (think Resident Evil meets House of the Dead). In Deadwood Mansion you and your friends will be transformed into an elite team of zombie hunters who will embark on a deadly mission to fight the undead. $96+; Refer to schedule for availability; The Village at Westfield Topanga – 6316 Topanga Canyon Blvd, #1120, Los Angeles, CA 91367; 818.963.8003 and 454 Los Cerritos Center, Suite E13, Cerritos, CA 90703

Ardor at the West Hollywood Edition

Mirror Mirror, on the Wall, who has the best sweet treats of them all? Ardor at the West Hollywood Edition does of course, and it’s a special Poison Apple dessert for Halloween weekend. Friday – Sunday the 29th – 31st, 6 – 10:30 pm; 9040 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 424.310.1572

Día de los Muertos at Hotel June

Hotel June celebrates Día de los Muertos with an evening of specialty Halloween cocktails, dancing and music by DJs Jason Bentley and Kyle Woods. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the tunes from the Hotel’s poolside restaurant, Caravan Swim Club (Reservations for Caravan Swim Club encouraged). Free; Friday October 29th, 6:00 pm; 8639 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045; 310.645.0400

Halloween Wine Tasting at Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Calling all wine lovers! Esters Wine Shop & Bar is serving an Orange Wine-themed wine tasting for Halloween. If you arrive dressed up in a costume, Esters will give you a free Spooky Cocktail with purchase of food. $25 (Dine in), $28 (To-Go); Sunday the 31st, 3 – 9:00 pm; 1314 Seventh St., Santa Monica, CA, 90401; 310.899.6900

Café Gratitude Larchmont

Café Gratitude Larchmont invites you to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve with their spooky Halloween costume contest. Three winners will be chosen and will receive either a $100, $50, or $25 Café Gratitude gift card! Sunday the 31st, 6 – 9:00 pm; 639 N Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004; 323.580.6383

Gracias Madre WeHo

Gracias Madre in WeHo is hosting a fabulous costume contest on Halloween. Guests who choose to participate, will have their photos taken in the Halloween photo booth to be entered in the drawing. Three winners will be chosen and announced Instagram on November 1st. Prizes include; 1st Place: $200 Gracias Madre Gift Card + a full sized bottle of Mezcal, 2nd Place: $100 Gracias Madre Gift Card + full sized bottle of Mezcal and 3rd Place: full sized bottle of Mezcal. Sunday the 31st, 6 – 10:00 pm; 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 323.978.2170

Halloween Festivities at Bar Lis (Thompson Hollywood – 1541 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028; 323.410.6210)

  • Thursday, October 28th: DJs Zah, William Reed, & other special guest DJs invite you to a night of rooftop dancing at the Disco Du Jour. Costumes are encouraged. 10:00 pm – 2:00 am
  • Friday, October 29th: It’s Halloween and Bar Lis is hosting a Death on the Dance Floor dead disco party with DJ Myles Henrick & Wade Crescent. Costumes are encouraged. 10:00 pm – 2:00 am  
  • Saturday, October 30th: Saturday evening will be the exclusive Halloween soirée from Treats! Magazine. DJ Zen Freeman will set the background music as you drink libations and enjoy a night under the stars. Please note table reservations are required for this entry. Costumes are encouraged. 10:00 pm – 2:00 am

Halloween Marathon at Riviera 31 (Sofitel Los Angeles – 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048; 310.770.1654)

  • Friday, October 29th: Dance the night away with a DJ and special guests at the Garden Groove Halloween Party on the Riviera 31 patio. 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 30th: Grab your best outfit and dancing shoes for a masquerade Halloween edition of Kiss n Grind. Resident DJs @vikterduplaix and @djprintz will be spinning the latest hits. 4 -10:00 PM 
  • Sunday, October 31st – Day: Halloween afternoon is the perfect time for a special haunted boozy tea party on the Le Jardin at Riviera 31 outdoor patio. The day will be filled with drag performances, an outdoor dance floor and disco ball. 12:00 pm (Doors Open for brunch), 2:00 pm (Event)
  • Sunday, October 31st – Evening: Celebrate the holiday with Affinity Nightlife’s annual Halloween Costume Ball! The indoor/outdoor party features special spooky cocktails The Ghost Rider and Dia de los Muertos, live music, and more. $0 – $3,500; 9:00 pm
  • Halloween Weekend (Oct. 29th-31st): Book the Halloween Weekend Room Package and enjoy a Halloween sleepover with a spooky cocktail kit, and special access to Riviera 31’s Halloween Marathon. Stay for two nights, and get the third night free!

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