Australia likes to get into the Halloween spirit every year, mostly seen with kids out trick or treating or work parties featuring questionable costumes, but we’re tame compared to how into it the U.S. gets. And this year, the home of Halloween is definitely Los Angeles.
If you’re in the mood for a good fright, these are the best Halloween events in L.A.
The ultimate Halloween fest
Universal Studios Hollywood’s popular Halloween Horror Nights is back to give you a fright until 3rd November 2018 with all new scares including nine never-before-seen mazes inspired by the big and small screen including Stranger Things, Poltergeist, The First Purge and Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, with more yet to be announced.
Classic chills and thrills
For a classic Halloween experience, you can’t go back the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park. Enter the gates of Purgatory into a paranormal village with new heart-racing adventures such as the House of Shadows haunted house and a terrifying take on trick or treating. The Hayride returns for its 10-year-anniversary on select evenings from September 29th to October 31st 2018.
Seek out grisly ghouls
The City of Angels should be known as the city of ghouls and ghosts, with its surprisingly rich haunted history guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. The easiest way to take a look behind the tombstone is either on the Haunted Tales experience by Downtown LA Walking Tours, or on the Haunted Halloween Tour from Starline Tours. Afterwards, you could grab a bite at Musso and Frank, the classic Hollywood hotspot where regulars are said to have seen the ghosts of Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow and Orson Welles.
A festival of frights
The iconic Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights is larger than ever as it takes place from the 5th to 28th October 2018 with an updated behind-the-scenes look at horror movie magic. Some of the backlot’s horrifying attractions are It Knows What Scares You maze inspired by 2017’s popular film “IT,” the debut of the sinister institution from Batman: Arkham Asylum, a blood-curdling maze from The Conjuring Universe, and an eerie tour through Freddy vs. Jason’s Camp Crystal Lake.
Scream like no one’s listening
If you find thrill rides more terrifying during Halloween, you’ll want to attend Fright Fest as Six Flags Magic Mountain – home to monsters, zombies and goblins from now through tiol the 28th October. Since Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, be sure to catch a screening at Screamfest in Hollywood from October 9, 2018 to October 18, 2018
Something a little… creepier
Los Angeles is no stranger to unconventional activities; some of the more unsettling year-round staples are the macabre Museum of Death, a curation of art, photographs and memorabilia centred around the dearly departed, and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where a legends like Rudolph Valentino and Johnny Ramone are buried. You can even hop aboard the darkest bus tour in Hollywood courtesy of Dearly Departed Tours for a look at the actual locations where celebrities died. It’s weird, but clearly there’s a market…
Family friendly frights
If you’re traveling with kids, or just scare easily, family-friendly events are a good option. Boo at the L.A. Zoo runs from the 1st to 28th October 2018; featuring with pumpkin-carving, live-shows and an opportunity to get close to some of the zoo’s tarantulas, scorpions and snakes. Descanso Gardens will host the Slightly Spooky Stories, a retelling of only slightly scary plays by Ensemble Shakespeare Theater, where kids and adults are encouraged to come dressed in costume on weekends from the 20th to 28th October 2018.