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Where to Get Your Ghoul on This Halloween

Dave Robles

"When you have roots in a community, you love to help it grow. Mine run deep." The Los Angeles area has been my home since birth...

"When you have roots in a community, you love to help it grow. Mine run deep." The Los Angeles area has been my home since birth...

Oct 18 7 minutes read

It's the most spook-tacular time of year. The eastside has no shortage of fantastic options to get you in the mood, whether you're looking for family-friendly or nightmare-inducing fun.


Fun with the Kids...


Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:30am to 11:00am

Price: Free

The Dog Bakery hosts its annual Growl-o-ween event, inviting Pasadena pooches to don costumes and strut their puppy stuff. Dogs (and their creative owners) parade down Mills Alley and along Colorado Blvd., followed by a costume contest back at the store. Free goody bags are available while supplies last; an RSVP helps assure enough for all.


Silver Lake Halloween Carnival

Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Age: 3-12 Price: Free

The Silver Lake Park Recreation Center hosts a free community party for every kid's favorite holiday. Costume contests are held for different age groups, ranging from toddlers up to 12-year-olds. Other fun includes games of chance, arts & crafts, and plenty of candy—all free.


South Pasadena Halloween Spooktacular

Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Price: Free

The City of South Pasadena’s free annual Halloween festival offers hair-raising excitement that includes games, arts and crafts, inflatable slides, magical entertainment, balloon artist, caricature artist, face painting, a candy corner, and a costume contest parade (divided by age categories).

Prizes and goodie bags are available while supplies last.


Montrose Halloween Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular

Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Sweet! The shops of Montrose offer a safe and spooky trick-or-treating option on Halloween night. The Montrose Shopping Park Merchants give out candy throughout the Shopping Park, in a family event full of traditional tricks and treats as well as a few surprises. The event is held on the 2200, 2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Ave. Families can also check out the surrounding neighborhood to view decorated houses and perhaps get in some more trick or treating!


Halloween at One Colorado & Old Pasadena

Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Price: Free Age: 1-12

One Colorado and Old Pasadena offer tricks and treats this Halloween. Costumed kids can do their trick-or-treating among businesses throughout the mall and Old Pasadena, with a free outdoor screening of Coraline at One Colorado. Families can also pose for a portrait with One Colorado's photographer, too.

Trick-or-treating goes from 5pm to 8pm, with the movie starting at 7pm.


Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)

Mon Oct 22, 2018 - Wed Oct 31, 2018 - see all dates

Price: $11-$23

Count on Jack Skellington to warn us of the spooky truth: Christmas is just around the corner! Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas returns for its annual Halloween run at the El Capitan. The film screens in spine-tingling Disney Digital 4D. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, decides to take Christmas for his own. First step: kidnap Santa! The El Capitan adds ookie-spooky 4D extras to screenings including lights, scent, wind, snow and fog effects, and a “making of” exhibition, featuring a display of sets from the making of the movie. The movie is rated PG for some scary images.

Daily showtimes at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 9:45pm. Opening day (Oct 22) there is a single screening, at 7pm.

If bone-chilling terror is your thing...

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

4801 Griffith Park Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90027

Located at the old Griffith Park Zoo—already a pretty creepy location—this good old-fashioned hayride lasts about 25 minutes and features a diverse array of set pieces and characters, from satanic worshippers to demonic puppets. Now in its 10th year, the attraction also includes two mazes and a haunted village where costumed characters roam. Tickets start at $36.

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

100 Universal City Plaza Universal City, CA 91608 (800) 864-8377

Universal Studios opens its spooky attractions at 7 p.m. during the Halloween season. Many of the park's horror mazes are based on popular movies and television shows like Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, and the Poltergeist and Halloween franchises. Admission starts at $69. Visit Website

Warner Bros. Horror Made Here

Warner Bros. Studios Burbank, CA

Universal isn’t the only film studio with scary intellectual property to capitalize on. Warner Brothers has its own Halloween attraction and this year it will include haunts based on It, The Conjuring, Batman, and Friday the 13th. Horror Made Here will be open weekend nights in October between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. Tickets start at $79.

The Backwoods Maze

1912 N Pepper St Burbank, CA 91505

This Backyard Maze in Burbank has been going strong since 2003 and costs nothing to enter. The attraction will be open Saturdays and Sundays starting October 12 and Halloween night from 7 and 10 p.m.

Rotten Apple 907

907 N California St Burbank, CA 91505

Another home haunt, this ambitious production has been going strong in Burbank since 2003. This year’s attraction is called Killpetto’s Toy Shop. It will be open to visitors October 20, 21, 27, 28, and 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be collected for Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter.

Creep LA

777 Alameda St Los Angeles, CA 90021

This theatrical haunt focuses more on psychological terror and disconcerting imagery than traditional jump scares. During the 75-minute experience, audiences explore a 60,000-square-foot performance space, filled with creepy sights and sounds based around this year’s theme: nightmares. Tickets cost $89.

Wicked Lit

2300 Marengo Ave Altadena, CA 91001

For a more highbrow Halloween experience, try Wicked Lit, a theatrical event performed annually in an Altadena mausoleum. Audiences will be led through the venue as actors perform a pair of plays themed around the supernatural. Tickets for the 75-minute event run between $30 and $45.

Boney Island

5202 Zoo Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90027

Long-running Sherman Oaks attraction Boney Island is moving to Griffith Park and can be found right next to the Ghost Train this year. Featuring animatronic skeletons, water, and light shows, and a closet-full of skeleton puns, the event is open October 18-21 and 25-31, from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $15.

Griffith Park Ghost Train

5202 Zoo Dr Los Angeles, CA 90027

The popular Griffith Park Ghost Train is back in 2018, offering rides weekend nights starting October 13, as well as October 30 and October 31. The ride probably won’t scare adults much, but it offers a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit for those with younger children in tow. Tickets start at $25.

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