Los Angeles Halloween Events Roundup 2018

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is back for its 31st year.

Here is our roundup of Los Angeles Halloween events, activities and parties. This list will continue to be updated right up until the holiday so check back often.

Edited by William Yelles.

Updated Oct. 18.

Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour
Oct. 18. Bark your calendar to join canines and their companions at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel rooftop garden to sniff and schmooze at Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour. The event will benefit No Worries Movement—a non-profit dedicated to ending animal cruelty around the world—and feature a dog costume contest, complimentary round of champagne, silent auction, meet-and-greet with adoptable pups and more. 5-7 p.m. $10. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.856.1970. thehollywoodroosevelt.com

Front Porch Cinema
Oct. 18-21. The Santa Monica Pier hosts four nights of family-friendly movies with costumed characters, photo booths, food trucks and vendors. Best picnic setups win prizes and treats. The movie lineup: Grease (Oct.18); Clueless (Oct. 19); The Addams Family (Oct. 20); Coco (Oct. 21). 6 p.m. doors; 7:30 p.m. show time. Free. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.8900. santamonicapier.org

Long Beach Zombie Fest
Oct. 19-21. Long Beach Zombie Fest scares up a good time with an assortment of activities for the whole family to enjoy. The wannabe walking dead will channel their inner zombie at this three-day festival as they take over Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach.F 5-10 p.m.; Sa-Su 3-10 p.m. See website for event schedule and ticket prices. Shoreline Dr. between Shoreline Village Dr. and Linden Ave., Long Beach. longbeachzombiefest.com

“Halloween” at Cinespia
Oct. 20. Cinespia closes out its cemetery screening series with the 40th anniversary of horror slasher film classic Halloween. Pack a picnic with beer and wine and visit the extra special photobooth to take the thrills home. 5:15 p.m. gates; 7 p.m. showtime. $12-$20. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. cinespia.org

Los Angeles Cancer Challenge
Oct. 21. Nearly 3,000 people dressed in costumes are expected to participate in the 21st annual L.A. Cancer Challenge 5K charity race benefiting pancreatic cancer research. Participants will walk or run the 5K course to show unity in finding a cure for a disease that has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers and is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. 7:30 a.m. See website for registration fees. Wilson Plaza, UCLA, 120 Westwood Plaza, L.A., 310.473.5121. lacancerchallenge.com

UNICEF Masquerade Ball
Oct. 25. UNICEF Next Generation will host its sixth annual UNICEF Masquerade Ball at the iconic Clifton’s Republic. Funds raised at the event will support UNICEF’s Emergency Relief Fund which supports children globally who are in the greatest need and at the highest risk. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $225. 648 S. Broadway, L.A., 917.720.1357. unicefmasqla.org

Horror Week at Rooftop Cinema Club
Oct. 25-31. Rooftop Cinema Club presents a spine-tingling week of screenings: What We Do In The Shadows (Oct. 25); Silence of the Lambs (Oct. 26); Poltergeist (Oct. 27); Alien (Oct. 30) and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Oct. 31). See website for show times and ticket prices. LEVEL, 888 S. Olive St., L.A. rooftopcinemaclub.com

Karen Rontowski
Oct. 26-27. Stand-up comedienne, paranormal expert and ghost hunter Karen Rontowski takes the stage for two nights of scary, spooky stand-up comedy and live audience Tarot readings. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $20. Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, 818.845.9721. flapperscomedy.com

Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Oct. 26-28. Danny Elfman returns to the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. He’ll be singing as Jack Skellington with fellow castmembers live-to-film while the cult-favorite movie plays, accompanied by an orchestra and a choir. 8 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

Brennan’s Unholy Masquerade Ball
Oct. 27. Historic pub Brennan’s will be throwing down on all things spooky. Enjoy BOO-zy & Witches brew, a photo booth for guests to capture the evening’s haunted happenings and costume contest. 9 p.m. Free. 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey, 424.443.5119. brennansla.com

Dia de los Muertos Festival
Oct. 27. Celebrate Day of the Dead, Mexico’s colorful and life-affirming holiday, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which presents its 19th annual Día de los Muertos festival. This year’s event celebrates Coatlicue, “mother of the gods,” and features Mexican cuisine, arts and crafts vendors, music by Grammy-winning artists, hundreds of Aztec ritual dancers, a traditional procession and over 100 altars honoring ancestors. Calaca, or skeleton, attire is encouraged. Noon-midnight. $25 GA; children 8 years and under and seniors 65+ free until 4 p.m. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. ladayofthedead.com

Nights of the Jack features thousands of hand-carved and illuminated pumpkins.

Haunted Halloween Hunt
Oct. 27. Race/LA’s annual Haunted Halloween Hunt sends participants on a diabolically clever Halloween adventure around downtown L.A. Teams of two to four players will solve clues and undertake fun challenges in a fast-paced race to be first to finish with the highest score. Costumes optional. Recommended for ages 14+. 9:30 a.m. $45. Spring Street Park, 428 S. Spring St., L.A., 213.689.3229. racela.com

KCRW Masquerade
Oct. 27. Radio station KCRW’s annual Halloween costume party and musical extravaganza features DJs, bands, special musical guests, performance artists and much more. See website for complete lineup. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $89.90. Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway, L.A. kcrw.com/masquerade

Minimal Effort: All Hallow’s Eve Festival
Oct. 27. Minimal Effort: All Hallow’s Eve Festival brings house and techno artists Boys Noize, Ardalan presents Ardy Pardy, Kill Frenzy, Christian Martin, Louisahhh, WhoMadeWho and more to downtown L.A. 8 p.m.-4 a.m. $69=$149. The Belasco Theatre, 1050 S. Hill St., L.A. minimaleffort.net

One Colorado’s Annual Pumpkin Decorating
Oct. 27. Come get crafty with glitter glue, pipe cleaners and (washable) markers and create your own Great Pumpkin. Pumpkins and spaces limited; first-come-first-served. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, 626.564.1066. onecolorado.com

Theatricum BOO-tanicum
Oct. 27. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum with the company’s 8th annual Halloween extravaganza, highlighted by its unique and infamous haunted house. Enjoy the tricks and treats of the season on the wooded grounds with a host of enticements including ghost stories, game booths, festive food and libations, performances by Creative PlayGround, Peter Alsop, comedy improv group Off the Grid and more. 4-10 p.m. $15 GA, $10 ages 6-15, free for kids under 6. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.2322. theatricum.com

Three Day Rule Haunted Hotel
Oct. 27. Three Day Rule presents the Westside’s largest Halloween costume party with multiple bars and dance floors. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $30-$85. Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Tickets

“Vampyr”
Oct. 27, 31. LA Opera Off Grand screens Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 vampire movie accompanied by a new live score by composer Joby Talbot at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. After the Oct. 27 show, stick around for the Fanged Fete, the theater’s annual Halloween party (21+; costumes encouraged). There’s also an after-party following the Oct. 31 screening. 8 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 929 S. Broadway, L.A., 213.623.3233. theatre.acehotel.com

The Groundlings Halloween Show
Through Oct. 27. The Groundlings Theatre is taking sketch comedy to scary proportions with its Halloween-themed comedy show featuring smoke effects, strobe lights, loud noises, gratuitous blood, tasteful gore, creepy clowns, unconscionable wig usage and an appropriate amount of severed body parts. 16+. See website for show times. $18-$22. Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.934.4747. groundlings.com

Boo!-nion Station
Oct. 27-28. Union Station will become a party palace for ghosts and goblins as the South Patio is transformed with family-friendly activities including a hay maze, crafts, monster mash dance party, face painting, balloon artists and more. Noon-6 p.m. Free. 800 N. Alameda St., L.A. unionstationla.com

Kidspace Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 27-28. The 24th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Kidspace Children’s Museum, hosted by the Circle of Friends, returns to Brookside Park in Pasadena. Families can take part in carnival games, bounce houses, fall crafts, petting zoo, fun photo opportunities, and visit the pumpkin patch while enjoying live performances from local dance and musical groups. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, 626.499.9144. kidspacemuseum.org

Marina Spooktacular
Oct. 27-28. This kid-friendly festival on the Los Angeles waterfront features costume contests, participatory dance events, arts and crafts and more. Daytime activities include carnival games, face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin carving and more but when night falls, the park evolves into a field of frights with tours of L.A’s only haunted pirate ships recommended for teens and adults. Free. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, 424.526.7900. visitmarinadelrey.com

Boo at the L.A. Zoo Overnight
Oct. 27-28. The L.A. Zoo hosts another hair-raising family-friendly sleepover with spooky ghost stories, a guided nighttime tour of the zoo that includes the colorful history of Griffith Park and its nocturnal inhabitants, plus interactive activities and an animal presentation. Dinner, s’mores snack, and continental breakfast included. Sa 6 p.m.-Su 10 a.m. $100. 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org

Alhambra Pumpkin Run and Halloween Fest
Oct. 28. The annual family-friendly festival promises a farmers market, kids zone, costume contest, entertainment and beer garden. Proceeds from the 5K/1K run will benefit the Special Olympics Southern California. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free to attend festival; race registration: $25-$45. Second St., between Main St. and Commonwealth, Alhambra. Info

A “Stranger Things” maze is new for 2018 at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.

Halloween at Malibu Country Mart
Oct. 28. Open-air shopping destination Malibu Country Mart hosts a family-friendly holiday celebration with costume contests for children and pets, trick-or-treating, arts and crafts and more. Expect pumpkins and haystacks for fall photo opps. Noon-2 p.m. Free. 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300. malibucountrymart.com

Heritage Square Museum Halloween
Oct. 28. Children ages 2-12 can play period games, make 19th century inspired harvest crafts, choose a pumpkin for the pumpkin patch and trick-or-treat at each of the museum’s buildings. Noon-4 p.m. Free with museum admission; $10 GA, $5 ages 6-12, children under 6 free. 3800 Homer St., L.A., 323.225.2700. heritagesquare.org

Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights
Through Oct. 28. The minds behind It, The Conjuring, Freddy vs. Jason, The Exorcist and Batman: Arkham Asylum fill the Warner Bros. studio backlot with mazes and terrifying encounters with evil clowns, demon nuns, supervillains, possessed dolls and the devil himself. Ages 13+. See website for show times and ticket prices. 6510 Forest Lawn Dr., L.A., 818.977.8687. wbstudiotour.com

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Through Oct. 30. The family favorite is back for its 31st Halloween season with its famous Pumpkin Village, a “boo-tique” filled with Halloween favorites, a VIP area and incredible activities for all ages including multiple bounce houses, a petting zoo, food trucks and a robust roster of live entertainment. Su-Th 9 a.m.-8 p.m., F-Sa 9 a.m.-9 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, 310.276.9827. mrbones.com

Desert Hearts Haunted Hearts Halloween
Oct. 31. Underground dance festival Desert Hearts hosts a costumed Halloween gathering with house-techno DJs Damian Lazarus, Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs and Porky. 21+. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $45. Belasco Theater, 1050 S. Hill St., L.A. Tickets

Golden Road Halloween Bash
Oct. 31. Expect a haunted maze, tarot and palm readers, smoked tri-tip and smoked squash sandwiches, and spooky seasonal brews. The Teenage Werewolves will be providing musical entertainment. Costumes encouraged. 21+. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $15 at the door; free with RSVP and donation of non-perishable food items, diapers or feminine hygiene products. Golden Road Brewing, 5410 San Fernando Rd., Atwater Village, 213.373.4677. Tickets

Tricks, a Flick & Family Pix
Oct. 31. Don your favorite costume and head over to One Colorado for sweet store-to-store trick-or-treating. And once the candy bag is brimming, pose for a family portrait in our Halloween-themed courtyard milieu. Then stick around for a screening of Coraline in the courtyard. 5 p.m. Free. 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, 626.564.1066. onecolorado.com

“Willy Wonka” + Costume Ball
Oct. 31. Bring your golden ticket and enter the world of pure imagination as Cinespia transforms the Los Angeles Theatre for a special Halloween screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Following the movie, the movie palace becomes a candy palace—complete with chocolate factory—with live music, full bars and more. 21+. Costume required for entry. 7 p.m. doors; 9 p.m. movie. Costume ball follows. $35-$85. Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway, L.A. cinespia.org

American Contemporary Ballet
Through Oct. 31. Anyone looking to up their Halloween game beyond haunted hayrides has a sophisticated alternative. American Contemporary Ballet presents Burlesque and Inferno. The program features the world premiere of Burlesque, a new ballet by ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones to a score commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen. Paired with ACB’s haunting Inferno, it’s a thrilling, chilling Halloween double feature that unfolds in an L.A. skyscraper surrounded by 360-degree city views. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. 700 S. Flower St. 32nd Floor, L.A., 213.878.9020. abcdances.com

The kid-friendly Marina Spooktacular is set for Oct. 27-28.

Boo at the L.A. Zoo
Through Oct. 31. This Halloween season, the Los Angeles Zoo invites guests to feed their imaginations with skin-crawling fun and spooktacular learning throughout the entire month of October. See website for schedule. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities are free with zoo admission. 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org

Haunted Little Tokyo
Thorugh Oct. 31. The Little Tokyo neighborhood transforms into Haunted Little Tokyo for a spooktacular second year on select nights. Activities include exploring the pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, movie screenings, “haunted” walking tours, block party, costume contest and more. See website for schedule and pricing. hauntedlittletokyo.com

Halloween Makeup Transformations
Through Oct. 31. Select from a festive makeup menu curated by Hollywood makeup masters featuring a Wicked Witch transformation or Day of the Dead Skull. During treatment, guests are invited to sip on a warm mug of hot apple cider and indulge in freshly baked ginger cookies. $150+. By appointment only. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A., 213.763.4400. ritzcarlton.com

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Through Oct. 31. Pile into the back of a tractor to be paraded through Griffith Park’s Old Zoo. For the scary spectacle’s 10th anniversary, expect the most immersive ride yet, as guests will be transported back to the most terrifying scenes of hayrides past. Ages 8+. F-Sa 7 p.m.-midnight; Su 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., L.A., 310.993.8289. losangeleshauntedhayride.com

Mila & Emma’s Pumpkin Patch
Through Oct. 31. Platform LA’s third annual pumpkin patch is being hosted by kid social media stars Mila and Emma Stauffer. Fun and games for children ages 10 and younger includes a hay barrel maze. Special activities on weekends include face painting, balloon artists and a petting zoo. Venice’s kid-friendly party kit purveyor Fire & Creme is curating the Pumpkin Patch, including a spooky cute onsite store. M-F noon-6 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5 M-Th, $10 F-Su. Platform LA, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. platformla.com

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
Through Nov. 2. Darkness will once again descend upon the legendary Queen Mary in Long Beach with six mazes, private patios and four secret bars masked in menacing darkness waiting to be uncovered. See website for opening hours and ticket prices. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.499.1739. queenmary.com

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights
Through Nov. 3. The movie studio that invented the horror genre unveils all-new immersive worlds of terror created by some of the most twisted imaginations in film and TV. A Stranger Things haunted maze is new this year. See website for schedule and ticket prices. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, L.A., 800.864.8377. Tickets

CREEP LA
Through Nov. 4. CREEP LA’s newest show takes place in a 60,000-square-foot-space transformed into an altered world where nightmares become reality. Each performance allows 25 brave souls inside an imagined universe. “AWAKE” is a fully engaging, multi-sensory, 75-minute walk-through experience within a dynamic and diverse environment of moody rooms, intimate encounters and terrifying scenarios. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Row DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., L.A. Tickets

Nights of the Jack
Through Nov. 4. NIghts of the Jack is a family-friendly Halloween Jack O’Lantern experience situated on a 1/2 mile trail filled with thousands of hand-carved and illuminated pumpkins. Expect to see some larger than life installations as well as detailed artist depictions of movie stars, sports heroes and animated characters. 6-11 p.m. $25 GA; $20 ages 4-12; free for ages 3 and under. Advance ticket purchase required; no on-site sales. King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy
., Calabasas. nightsofthejack.com

Pumpkin Nights
Through Nov. 4. This outdoor, family-friendly pumpkin festival immerses guests in a half-mile walking path of over 3,000 hand-carved synthetic and real pumpkins, larger-than-life displays and multi-sensory experiences including fire dancers and more. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Tickets

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch photo courtesy Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch. Nights of the Jack photo courtesy Nights of the Jack. Halloween Horror Nights photo courtesy NBCUniversal. Marina Spooktacular photo courtesy Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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