The Top 9 Spookiest Halloween Celebrations in Los Angeles, CA

October 4, 2021

The spooky season is upon us friends and it’s time to celebrate! The weather in Los Angeles may be hot, but those spine-tingling Halloween chills you’re going to feel are not.

Locals and visitors alike will find their hearts racing with scary thrills such as haunted mansions, sinister scare zones, and the creepiest entertainment at their favorite attractions and establishments.

Get ready to be buried alive in fun and festivities as you join us for our roundup of the Top 9 Spookiest Halloween Celebrations in Los Angeles, CA.

close up of large pumpkin in the shape of Mickey Mouse at Disneyland in Los Angeles, California, USA

Disneyland® - Happy Hauntings (in both parks)

When: September 3rd-October 31st, 2021

Only Mickey himself could cast a Halloween spell this good! Join your favorite Disney characters (and villains) for spectacularly spooky chills at both Disneyland® park and Disney California Adventure Park. 

From frightful delights to your favorite characters in costume and the perfect pumpkin Main Street festival, there is so much Halloween entertainment to enjoy at Disneyland®.

Purchase your Disneyland® tickets ahead of time to enjoy the rides and attractions all day and then stick around for nighttime tricks and treats, including:

  • Haunted Mansion Holiday
  • Halloween Screams 
  • Radiator Screams
  • Guardians of the Galaxy - Monsters After Dark
  • Luigi's Honkin' Haul-O-Ween
  • Mater's Graveyard JamBOOree

couple screaming at halloween horror nights

Universal Studios Hollywood™ - Halloween Horror Nights

When: Select dates September 9th-October 31st, 2021

This year evil is back with a vengeance! So steady yourself for a night of twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems. 

Universal Studios Hollywood™ Halloween Horror Nights is a terrifying event that combines cinematic horror from your favorite films such as Halloween 4 and The Purge, with scare zones, hair-raising mazes, and diabolical live entertainment. 

Pick your partner in mischief and mayhem because one thing is for sure, you don't want to experience these terrors alone!

Pro Tip: Although Halloween Horror Nights is a specially ticketed nighttime event, we advise making a full day of it and purchasing a regular admission ticket so you can appreciate the classic Universal rides all day. 

Disclaimer: Due to high levels of horror, violence, gore, and mature themes, this event is not suggested for young children.

exterior view of gate entrance to Knott's Scary Farm at night with lights in Los Angeles, California, USA

Knott's Berry Farm® - Knott's Scary Farm

When: September 16th-October 31st, 2021

Searching for a scary soiree that will leave you shaking in your boots? Nightmares transform into reality at Southern California's largest and most haunting Halloween event - Knott's Scary Farm!

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Not included with regular admission, this sinisterly innovative celebration is not to be missed. Our advice is to peruse the park's regular attractions all day with your general admission ticket and then return at night for the creepy thrills.
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Your frightening farm fantasy offers entry into:

  • A Gore-ing 20's themed scare zone
  • Mesmer: Sideshow of the Mind
  • Dark Ride: Castle of Chaos 
  • Paranormal Inc.
  • CarnEVIL - haunted boardwalk
  • And so much more!

Disclaimer: This event is not recommended for young children due to the intense level of horror and scary themes.

kids in halloween costumes riding roller coaster at LEGOLAND's Brick or Treat in Orlando, Florida, USA

LEGOLAND® California - Brick or Treat

When: Saturdays October 1st, 2021-October 31st, 2021

Halloween gets the 'awesome' treatment with LEGOLAND® California's annual kid-friendly extravaganza - Brick or Treat!

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Youngins will go crazy for the yummy treat stations, spooky fun exhibits, and live creatures. This festive fete is included in your LEGOLAND® California ticket admission, so we suggest planning for an entire theme park day (and night) of fun.

Pro Trip: You simply can't miss the Costume Contest Parade, which occurs at 3, 4, 5, and 6 pm every Saturday. Dress to impress, or scare the judges and show off your ghoulish charm.

Every contest will have one winner from each of the following categories:

  • Best Homemade Costume
  • Best Group Costume
  • Best LEGO Costume

SeaWorld® San Diego - Howl O' Scream

When: September 17th-October 31st, 2021

SeaWorld San Diego is finally getting in on the fear! For the first time ever, Howl O' Scream has set its killer sights on southern California.

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Pluck up your courage and ready yourself for a nocturnal adventure of eerie haunted houses, sinister scare zones, and electrifying live shows. As night falls over the park, you will immerse yourself in a world of:

  • 3 Horrifying Haunted Houses - including Death Water Bayou & Simon's Slaughterhouse
  • 6 Scare Zones & Four Roaming Haunts
  • Zombie DJs and Party Zones
  • Goosebump inducing rides like the Electric Eel & Journey to Atlantis
  • Creepy cocktails served on the rocks or with a splash of fear

Please note that Howl O' Scream is a specially ticketed event. To have a full day of SeaWorld maritime activity, you are more than welcome to purchase a general admission ticket and spend the day encountering sharks, dolphins, and your favorite double-launch roller coasters. 

Warning: This event is not recommended for children under 13 or the faint of heart due to the intense nature of the scares and thrills.

parents and children dressed for Halloween at SeaWorld Orlando's Spooktacular

SeaWorld® San Diego - Spooktacular

When: Saturdays & Sundays September 18th-October 31st, 2021

Venture into an underwater world of mystery and magic with SeaWorld San Diego's Halloween Spooktacular.

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Tiny tots will get their fill of both tricks and treats during this daytime event included with your regular SeaWorld San Diego admission ticket

Prepare your costumes and your plastic pumpkins as you and your family pump up the festive spirit with:

  • Spooky stories
  • A Halloween Dance Party
  • Sesame Street® friends like Count Von Count & Elmo in costume
  • The Trick-or-Treat Trail

Group of people dressed in halloween costumes at Halgloween in San Diego, California, USA

San Diego Zoo - Halgloween

When: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays October 1-31st, 2021

What's glittering, glowing, and bursting with wildlife? If you answered the San Diego Zoo's Halgloween event, you are correct!

This annual Halloween party is the perfect mix of ghostly fun and animal education. 

Included in the price of regular admission, the whole family will relish:

  • Special activities & entertainment - including meeting the 'Zoo's Boo Crew.'
  • Glow in the dark hula hooping 
  • Seasonal decor
  • Puppets & Costumed characters
  • Acrobatic performances

Pro Tip: All children ages 11 and younger are admitted for free the entire month of October!

close up of two people in halloween makeup at Dia de los muertos at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Dia de los Muertos

When: November 1st-November 3rd, 2021

Craving a side of Mexican culture with your creepy creatures? Then, raise the dead during your next San Diego Zoo Safari Park visit and attend their famed Dia de los Muertos celebration.

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The Dia de los Muertos event is included with your San Diego Zoo Safari Park admission. Even better? Children under 11 years old are admitted for free for the entire month of October.

Little ones will learn all about the beauty, tradition, and fun centered around this mesmerizing holiday while participating in dancing, face painting, and of course, mariachi music.

logo art mockup of Reapers Remorse in San Diego, California, USA

Delusion - 'Reaper's Remorse' - Los Angeles, CA

When: September 16th-November 21st, 2021

On the hunt for a uniquely immersive real-live horror event? Steel yourself for some epic scares with Delusion

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This year's seasonal event takes place at the 146-year-old Philips Mansion and meshes elements of the occult with real history. Rumor has it that this year's theme centers around old Esther Phillips, the real-life widow who once inhabited the house.

See this tale to its frightful conclusion as you act as Esther's guest in this otherworldly realm. 

Pro Tip: Be sure to stick around both before and after the show to explore the mansion, mingle with fellow horror-loving guests, and enjoy a chilling cocktail or two.

The month of macabre is here! From psychotic clowns to armies of the undead, it appears as if a wave of haunting and horror is primed to crash into Los Angeles.

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Whatever your Halloween desires, from tyke-friendly trick or treating to costume contests or bone-chilling frights at your nearest haunted locale, we have got you covered. 

So break out the candy corn, a scary mask, and get ready to celebrate All Hallows Eve in LA!

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