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Get Spooked: Scariest Halloween Events Around LA

Welcome to your nightmare! This Halloween LA is a zombie apocalypse of ghostly tales, haunted buildings, and spine-chilling characters. From Dia de Los Muertos at Grand Park to Spooky Teas, Haunted Hayrides, a horrifying House of Spirits, and a fright-filled performance by the LA Opera Orchestra, we’ve scared up some eerie events near THEA to get you spooked this season. Please check websites for health and safety protocols.

Grand Park Dia de Los Muertos 200 N Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Grand Park pays tribute to the cultural tradition of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), with a free 12-day public art installation from October 22 through November 2. Presented in partnership with Self Help Graphics & Art, the ninth annual Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos invites visitors to stroll through the park to view 20 altars made by professional artists and local community organizations, including East Los Angeles Women’s Center, Community Power Collective and Eastside LEADS, among others.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Halloween Organ, Film & Music: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This Halloween, organist Clark Wilson performs a haunting score for John S. Robertson’s 1920 silent film classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore. Film critic Leonard Maltin has described Wilson as a “master of silent film and showman of the first order” for his organ accompaniments of silent films. 

Spooky Tea at the Wayfarer DTLA 813 Flower St.  Los Angeles, CA 90017

Drink up witches! Get in the Halloween spirit at The Wayfarer DTLA’s first annual Spooky Tea during the month of October. Inside the basement of the Wayfarer lies Lilly Rose, an eclectic bar and lounge with interior design straight out of Alice in Wonderland. Spooky Tea is hosted every Thursday to Sunday, with a set menu full of seasonal treats like salted butter caramel oolong tea and pumpkin bread tea sandwiches. Costumes are welcome. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance HERE

Get Out Theatre at Ace Hotel 929 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90015

This Halloween, see the groundbreaking horror film Get Out like you’ve never heard it before. Composer Michael Abels conducts his disconcerting “gospel horror” original score, performed live by the LA Opera Orchestra and the amazing DC6 Singers. According to Modern Vinyl, it’s a very compelling score with loads of atmospheric dread coupled with the constant feeling of claustrophobia. LA Opera has safety protocols in place. More information HERE

The Nightmare Before Christmas Banc of California Stadium 3939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas live-to-film concert experience features Danny Elfman singing the songs of Jack Skellington, plus special guests Billie Eilish, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Ken Page, and Paul Ruebens. The event includes on-site trick-or-treating and a pre-show costume contest.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90027

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is back at Griffith Park. And did we mention that Griffith Park is widely regarded as one of the most haunted places in LA? Haunted Hayride has transformed the park grounds into Midnight Falls, an eerie and mysterious fictitious village set in 1985, where time stands still and it is always Halloween. Within the foothills of Midnight Falls, the Haunted Hayride leads to a thrilling adventure of horrors afflicting the town, including the Town Square, Midnight Mortuary, and Dead End Diner. 

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Hollywood 100 Universal City Plaza Universal City, CA 91608

Halloween Horror Nights is back with a vengeance at Universal Studios Hollywood. You’ll want to bring plenty of friends with you to share the screams and watch your back as you all make your way through terrifying mazes, face nightmarish creatures in sinister scare zones, lose yourselves in outrageous live entertainment, and escape to some of the park’s most exhilarating attractions. Just as in horror films, where the first to wander off meets a terrible fate, there’s one thing to remember at Halloween Horror Nights: Never Go Alone.

Strange Science 2021: Into the Shadows The Huntington Library 1151 Oxford Rd. San Marino, CA 91108

Enter a dark Victorian landscape and explore peculiar pastimes and creepy characters through live theatrical performances, electrifying presentations, and special displays of rarely seen objects from The Hungtonton’s vaults. LA Opera performs highlights from Stephen Sondheim’s macabre musical, Sweeney Todd. Spine-tingling tales and poems are brought to life by the Guild of St. George in the Edgar Allan Poe Theatre. Thrill to Steam, Dreams, & Screams: The ‘Dreadful’ Collections, featuring unusual Victorian-era objects, books, and prints from the Library Vaults. Dine (if you dare) in the Blood and Velvet Lounge and be mesmerized by a magical performance by CirqueSanity.

Carved Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Dr. La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Descanso Gardens will be aglow with festive pumpkins this fall. For three weeks in October, hundreds of carved pumpkins will line a 1-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Along with pumpkins, there will be exciting new oversized sculptures made of sticks and other natural materials. The popular Pumpkin House, a hay maze, and themed food and beverage will all help to create a fun harvest festival ambiance.

House of Spirits The York Manor 4908 York Blvd, Highland Park Los Angeles, CA 90042

Step into a world of phantasmic refinement, as you mingle with spirits, witness secret ceremonies, commune with the dearly departed on a giant Ouija Board, enjoy themed cocktails, magic, music and more. The resident spirits focus their tale on the demise of the Vasiliev family, at the hands of the unholy ‘miracle man’, Volkov. Inspired by the real life history of Russian holy-man Rasputin and the Romanov royal family, House of Spirits weaves a disquieting and original story with riffs on classic Russian/Scandinavian folktales that are certain to leave guests delightfully chilled.

Photo credits: 

Photo #1: Haunted Hayride

Photo #2: Grand Park

Photo #3: LA Phil

Photo #4: Wayfarer DTLA 

Photo #5: Theatre at Ace Hotel

Photo #6: Banc of California Stadium

Photo #7: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Photo #8: Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo #9: The Huntington Library

Photo #10: Descanso Gardens

Photo #11: House of Spirits