8 Things to Do for Halloween in Los Angeles

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Celebrate Halloween in Los Angeles with Themed Events, Movies and More

Halloween 2016 is shaping up to be epic with several Halloween themed experiences to choose from. Facing triple digit temperatures this week, we’re looking forward to the Halloween cool down. To celebrate the first day of fall, here’s our list of things to do for Halloween in Los Angeles.


Halloween Time at Disneyland

Halloween in Los Angeles wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Disneyland. Each September the villains take over Disneyland for Halloween Time at the park. Main Street is decorated in fall decor with glowing jack-o-lanterns, restaurants serve special dishes and there are even more sweet treats to indulge with. At night Disneyland closes early for Mickey’s Halloween Party. Your favorite Disney characters are dressed in costume, and villains come out for photo opps. This year, the park’s added a special parade in addition to nightly fireworks.


Halloween Movies at the El Capitan

Have a spooktacular time at the El Capitan this Halloween in Los Angeles. The theatre will be showing The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D with special effects that make this experience unlike any you’ve had before. The theatre will also be showing Hocus Pocus for a limited run. Get more information about Halloween at the El Capitan Theatre here.


The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Hollywood Bowl

Danny Elfman presents The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Hollywood Bowl. The event will feature all the original signing voices from the film including Danny Elfman as Jack Skellington, Catherine O’Hara as Sally, Ken Page as Oogie Boogie, and Paul Reuben as Lock singing along to the movie. “Being able to perform ‘Nightmare’ live last year, in synch to the movie with a full orchestra was such a thrill,” says Elfman. “But having Catherine O’Hara, Ken Page and Paul Reubens to perform with me really made it a unique and magical experience. I’m happy to bring it to our amazing Los Angeles audience one more time.”

Tickets range from $70 to $300. This show is extremely popular with fans, so purchase your tickets while they’re still available. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com and StubHub. This live performance is a great way to celebrate Halloween in Los Angeles.

Nightmare Before Christmas at the Hollywood Bowl Showtimes are:

  • Friday, October 28th 8:00 pm (newly added)
  • Saturday, October 29th 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 30th at 6:30 pm


Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

This isn’t your typical hayride. Looking for something spooky to do this Halloween? Take a hayride through Griffith Park on the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. The ride includes a number of scare zones and a pitch black maze filled with demons. The theme for this year’s haunted hayride is “Secret Society.” Want a private experience for you and your friends? Enjoy a private wagon for $1,495.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Ticket Prices:

  • Super Saver (valid on Oct 1, 2, 20, 27, 31) $27
  • Hayride ticket only $32
  • General Admission – Hayride plus attraction ticket $44 (super savor $39)
  • Front of Line VIP Pass $50
  • Private wagon $1,495


Halloween Horror Nights – Universal Studios Hollywood

There’s nothing scarier in my opinion than Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. What makes this haunted theme park experience scarier than all the rest? Not only are there employees dressed in scary costumes lurking around every corner and haunting every maze – but guests must make their way through the lot to get to safety.

The Universal Studios Hollywood park includes an extensive back lot where several creepy films have shot. There’s the Bate’s Motel from Psycho, the bay that Jaws calls home, and a spooky deserted western ghost town. Perhaps the scariest scene to make your way through is the War of the World set. For those of you who’ve never been on the tram ride, the War of the Worlds set includes a giant 747 jet wreck. Imagine making your way through the wreckage at night. No thank you.

For those of you who love to be scared, Horror Nights is the place for you. The event takes place from 7 pm to 2 am on select nights. Check the event calendar here. General admission costs $79, or $69 online. A front of line ticket costs $209. If you want to enjoy the park during the day, you can buy an after 2 pm and night pass for $119.

How are you celebrating Halloween in Los Angeles? Share your favorite Halloween experiences in the comments below.

Michelle McKinley is a journalist and digital marketer from Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Journalism degree from Pepperdine University, and has been writing for the web since 2003. She’s a life-long Disney fan who travels and writes about her experiences for fun.

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