THIS IS HALLOWEEN! Gosh - my absolute favorite time of year! One of these days, I'm going to plan a trip around the world to visit the most haunted places throughout the month of October AND eventually own my own haunted world, but for now, I'll tell you about what's fun to do around LA for Halloween. Let's hoppity, hop, right in, shall we?
Universal: Hollywood Horror Nights
So I'm a movie lover, and as movie lovers do - they go to where movies are made - especially the scary ones at one of the "Big Five" studios. Universal Hollywood Horror Nights is always a blast, especially if you're a pass member (which I highly recommend), and you go on a night for early entry at 5:00PM (This way you get to see all of the mazes and hardly have to wait in line - and you get out of the park before midnight). These nights are usually on Wednesdays or Sundays! At Hollywood Horror Nights you get to venture through mazes of your favorite horror movies and TV Shows, greet your favorite monsters and ghouls, and ride the terror tram that is always a real trick and treat!
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Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary
My dear friends, visiting the Queen Mary during Halloween is probably one of my absolute favorite things to do during Halloween time. You venture down to Long Beach, park along the main strip by the aquarium, take the ferry over to the infamous boat, and enter a world you'll never forget. Dark Harbor is also full of incredible mazes with actually extremely compelling storylines, production design, costumes, characters, and acting! And guess what! It's actually scary! This place creates a world of it's own that uses the history of the ship to it's benefit - especially the mazes that are actually on the boat, which I have to say are my preference. If you're going to do anything for Halloween - come here. The tickets aren't too expensive either (especially if you go to Costco.com and purchase your tickets there - you don't need to be a member!)
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Movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
What better way to spend your spooky month of October getting ready for Halloween than watching movies in a cemetery? That's right. There is no better way. Movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery are always a memorable experience, but during Halloween it always reaches a whole other level. In a way you're watching the best and spookiest flicks out there with the ghosts and spirits of some of Hollywood's most beloved that are buried there, such as Vampira (Maila Nurmi), Judy Garland, Jayne Mansfield, Marion Davies, John Huston, Johnny Ramone, Hattie McDaniel, and Peter Lorre Among many others. Not to mention you get to have a picnic with your friends in one of Hollywood's most historic and oldest cemeteries (formed in 1899). And hey! During the day, you could also take a tour which is also a cool, but creep blast! Tickets are only $21!
Underwood Family Farms Pumpkin Patch
So this puppy is a bit of a drive up to Moorpark, but it's totally worth it. My friend Hannah and I made our way up here the other day and it was such a fun time! With multiple Fall food vendors, the pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, pig races, a corn maze, pumpkin bowling, ring a pumpkin, pumpkin slingshot, a farmers market, tractor rides, horse drawn wagon rides and so much more, there is endless fun at Underwood Family Farms - especially for the family and a big group of friends! :)
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
As you can see, this place can get pretty spooky (especially if there are Mary's running around). With two mazes, crazy characters around every corner and a Hayride that's extremely detailed with multiple story lines - checking out the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is definitely a must. This attraction also has psychics, a skeleton horse merry-go-round, Halloween-themed foods and drinks, and scare actors who really give it their all. Definitely a fun place to go with your friends, that if you're from somewhere that actually has seasons - gives you that real Fall feel.
Reign of Terror Haunted house
Comparing to and even exceeding the expectations that Hollywood Horror Nights gives, the Reign of Terror haunted house gives you the thrills and chills at a third of the price! With dozens and dozens of intertwining and connected scare rooms with chilling characters following your every move, this Halloween endeavor is one you could never regret. AND there is free parking. An easy sell if I may say.
This is not a haunted house, this is an experience - a show - that you'll never forget because it's so chilling and vivid. This immersive, 75 minute walk-through performance is guided by a cast of characters that take you through nightmarish situations in which you have to work through yourself making your experience that much more real. Creep is extremely intimate and not recommended for those who get scared easily. Though if you're in LA this Halloween - make this your go-to activity.
Horror Made here - Warner Bros.
Though this is only their second year of operation, Warner Brothers is following in Universal's suit and Halloween claim to fame with their movie themed haunts and mazes including the new IT, Arkham Asylum, The Exorcist, and so many more of the chilling and terrifying films and characters that Warner Brothers has brought to us over the years. The design behind Horror Made Here along with the story-lines and character choices throughout the studio backlot and mazes is extremely detailed and though you may not expect it from some characters - is delightfully chilling. They even have pieces from the actual movies on display throughout the backlot and shop windows. It'd be understandable if you'd want to wait until they have a few more years under their belt to go, but I think the journey thus far has been promising and wouldn't want to miss out.
The Museum of Death
Although this isn't an attraction per say, the Museum of Death is especially creepy and indulging throughout the month of October as you get in the mood for Halloween. With in-depth information and insight on the Manson Murders, the Black Dahlia, Serial Killers, Killer Clowns, Religious Cults, and the rise and fall of many Hollywood Stars - this place will get you creeped out and ready to honor the dead the day All Hallows Eve rolls around. Even show up in your costume if you'd like to add even more aesthetic to the experience - especially if you're going as posthumous Elizabeth Short. You can get tickets for $17!
Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum
Also - not an official Halloween experience, but this museum is free and definitely sheds some light on the cruel and terrifying things that have taken place throughout history concerning the human mind and corporate America. If you have some free time this Halloween, this museum is open until 9PM - take the chance to educate yourself and all the while get in the right mindset to be creeped out.