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52+ Fun Things to Do for Halloween in Los Angeles 2017 (throughout the month of October)

October 2, 2017 by Karin E. Baker

Being both woke and in need of escapism seems to be a recurring theme for 2017, making Halloween even more necessary than usual this year.

As the holiday falls on a Tuesday this year, the weekend preceding is absolutely JAM-PACKED with spookily-themed offerings. And that doesn’t even account for all the great Halloween-ish events leading up to the end of the month.

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Whether you’d like to check out favorites like Griffith Park’s Haunted Hayride, Knott’s Scary Farm or the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, or party at a velvet painting museum, watch a vintage film with an audience or try to commune with the departed at a seance, our list below gives you plenty of options, creepy and otherwise.

Have any more ideas? Feel free to comment below and let us know.

Santa Monica Farmers Market Pumpkin

A sassy Jack O’ Lantern at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Credit: Brian Champlin


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Halloween Ideas and Other Creepily Fun Activities for 2017

Listed below in chronological order from start date. Numbered for reference.

1. Haunted Hayride at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with discount tickets available through Goldstar  (now through Oct. 31)

2. Boo at the LA Zoo (now through Oct. 31)

3. Knotts Scary Farm (now through Oct. 31)

4. Reign of Terror Haunted House in Thousand Oaks (now through Oct. 31)

5. Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor (now through Nov. 1)

6. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios (now through Nov. 4)

7. Wicked Lit 2017 at Mountain View Mausoleum with discount tickets available through Goldstar (through Nov. 11)

8. CreepLA: Lore (through Nov. 12)

9. Paramount After Dark Tours: Tales from the Other Side with discount tickets available through Goldstar (through Nov. 18)

10. Classic Horror Tuesday Matinees at LACMA  (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31)

11. Silent Classic Horror Festival at Old Town Music Hall (Oct. 6-29)

12. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch at Platform LA (Oct. 6-30)

13. Urban Death: Tour of Terror with discount tickets available through Goldstar (Oct. 6-31)

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14. All-Night Horror Show at New Beverly Cinema (Oct. 7)

15. The Damn Devillez: Horror Cosplay Burlesque at Three Clubs with discount tickets available through Goldstar (Oct. 13)

16. Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th at Vista Theatre (Oct. 13)

17. 17th Annual Ghost Train in Griffith Park (Oct. 13-31)

18.  Beware the Dark Realm: An award-winning haunted house in Santa Clarita. (Oct. 14, 20, 21, 27, & 28) FREE

19. Italo Horror Disco in Highland Park (Oct. 18)

20. The Nightmare Before Christmas with 4-D Effects at El Capitan Theatre with discount tickets available through Goldstar (Oct. 20-31)

21. 34th Annual Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tour (Oct. 21)

22. Halloween & Mourning Movie Night at Heritage Square (Oct. 21)

23. Halloween Film Festival at Los Feliz 3 Cinema (Oct. 21) FREE

24. Night of 1000 Devils (Oct. 21)

25. Monster Tour at Descanso Gardens (Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29)

26. Lucha VaVOOM: The Smell of Fear — A Halloween Spectacle (Oct. 25-26)

27. Double Feature: Brides of Dracula & Hollywood Scares at Alex Theatre in Glendale (Oct. 26)

28. Scare-amount Ranch in Agoura Hills (Oct. 27) FREE

29. ‘Romance Resurrected’ at the Museum of Broken Relationships – Co-hosted by We Like L.A. (Oct. 27)

30. Halloween Party With Rolling Stones Tribute ‘The Ultimate Stones’ at The Rose in Pasadena with discount tickets available through Goldstar (Oct. 28)

31. Project Club LA’s Project Halloween with discount tickets available through Goldstar (Oct. 28)

32. Velveteeria’s Hollywood Halloween at Velveteeria: Museum of Velvet Paintings (Oct. 28)

33. All Night Horrorthon at Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre (Oct. 28)

34. L.A.’s Day of the Dead at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Oct. 28)

35. Spanish-Language Screening of Dracula (1931) at Linwood Dunn Theatre (Oct. 28)

36. KCRW Masquerade Ball in DTLA (Oct. 28)

37. Angels & Demons: LA Halloween Costume Ball (Oct. 28)

38. Tales From the Crypt + Tribute to a Haunted Mansion at Bob Baker Marionette Theater (Oct. 28-29)

39. 14th Annual Halloween & Mourning Tours at Heritage Tour Museum (Oct. 28-29)

40. The Haunt with No Name in Tarzana (Oct. 28-31)

41. The House on Haunted Hill in Woodland Hills (Oct. 28-31)

42. The Haunted Shack 20th Year in Torrance (Oct. 28, 31) FREE

43. Part Time Punks Annual Goth Ball at The Echo (Oct. 29)

44. Halloween Seance in Echo Park (Oct. 29)

45. Ghostbusters (1984) Screening at Egyptian Theatre (Oct. 29)

46. Harry Houdini Halloween Vigil at Dearly Departed Tours (Oct. 31)

47. West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval (Oct. 31) FREE

48. Nightmare on Hollywood Boulevard with discount tickets available through Goldstar  (Oct. 31)

49. Carnival of Souls at Aero Theatre (Oct. 31)

50. Halloween Screening: Dawn of the Dead at Armand Hammer Museum (Oct. 31) FREE

51. Phantom of the Opera (1925) Screening with Organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall (Oct. 31)

52One Colorado will host store-to-store Trick-or-Treating, Halloween family portraits and an outdoor screening of ParaNorman. FREE

53. Haunted Hollywood Walk of Fame Tour (ongoing)

54. Dearly Departed Tours (ongoing)

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