Los Angeles has a lot to offer for those looking to celebrate Halloween this year – whether you want to be scared out of your wits, watch a spooky movie or see amazing costumes, there is something for everyone.
For the brave Universal Studios Hollywood have Halloween Horror Nights with five mazes inspired by the hit TV show The Walking Dead and films like Evil Dead and Insidious. Jump on the Terror Tram, walk through scare zones, and explore the actual sets from Walking Dead all to the soundtrack of Black Sabbath’s new album 13! Weekends through to the beginning of November.
It’s all aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach for Dark Harbor for a fright fest on a historic haunted ship. The Captain and his horrific armada of ghosts have conjured up a haunted carnival of freaks and sideshows including a brand new maze - circus – it doesn’t get scarier than clowns! Runs till November 2nd.
Based on actual events, the Haunted Hayride is happening in Griffith Park, which has been over the years been home to murder, torture, paranormal activity, serial killers, and abduction. It’s also considered to be one of the most paranormally active sites in all of California. If the hayride isn’t doesn’t give you goosebumps, for an additional cost you can brave the maze, which was voted scariest in LA last year.
For the fearless, head for Blackout – the ultimate in ‘Haunted house’ with it’s extreme theater. While it’s definitely one for the hardcore thrill seeker with reviews comparing it to ‘Gitmo’, it’s currently only available in NYC and LA so worth a look if you are in town. And brave. Very brave.
If costumes are more your Halloween trick then West Hollywood Costume Carnaval on October 31st sees 500,000+ costumed revelers converge on Santa Monica Boulevard for the 25th largest Halloween street party in the world. You will see craziest, most ingenious costume creations ever all trying for first prize in Costume Contest and watch the crowning of an Honorary Queen of the Carnaval – last year it was Rihanna.
Movie lovers are in for a treat; The El Capitan celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D with 4D effects and displays on the making of the movie. Alternatively enjoy Los Angeles’ lack of seasons and catch a classic movie outdoors with Eat See Hear who will be showing Ghostbusters and The Shining and at the Electric Dusk Drive In who are presenting a double feature of Beetlejuice and Poltergeist.