Los Angeles Halloween Events Roundup 2018

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

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 Sept. 20.

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights
Sept. 14-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

Halloween Club “Spook Show”
Sept. 22. Join local vendors, artists, collectors, teachers, spook makers and “hauntrepreneurs” for an outdoor “bazaar for the bizarre.” Costume dress-up is encouraged. Noon-7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Halloween Club, 14447 Firestone Blvd., La Mirada. Tickets

Sept. 27-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

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
Sept. 27-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

Angel City Brewery’s Number of the Yeast
Available Sept. 28. Angel City Brewery brings back its seasonal Number of the Yeast beer, on tap and in 16-oz. cans. Brewed with black malt and fermented at 66.6º F to hit 6.66% ABV and 66.6 IBU, Number of the Yeast is a hauntingly dark ale with a devilishly bitter bite. M-Th 4 p.m.-1 a.m., F-Sa Noon-2 a.m., Su Noon-1 a.m. 216 Alameda St., L.A., 213.622.1261. angelcitybrewery.com

Boo at the L.A. Zoo
Oct. 1-31. 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. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities are free with paid zoo admission. See website for schedule and prices. 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org

The Groundlings Halloween Show
Oct. 5-27. 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

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 5-30. 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

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

Nights of the Jack
Oct. 11-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

American Contemporary Ballet
Oct. 12-31. 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

Halloween Makeup Transformations
Oct. 12-31. 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

Pumpkin Nights
Oct.12-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

“Young Frankenstein”
Oct. 13. Cinespia presents Mel Brooks’ classic screwball horror spoof Young Frankenstein, enhanced by the Hollywood Forever Cemetery outdoor setting. 5:15 p.m. gates; 7 p.m. showtime. $12-$20. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. cinespia.org

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

Marina Spooktacular photo courtesy Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau. Halloween Horror Nights photo courtesy NBCUniversal.