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10 Trippy Halloween Activities In Los Angeles

Picture of Maggie Lehr
Updated: 24 December 2016
Trick or treat! Halloween is around the corner with no shortage of happenings about town. Here are ten trippy things to do in Los Angeles for cinephiles, party goers and thrill seekers alike.
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© wolfgangfoto | flickr


Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live, w/ Danny Elfman & Orchestra: Hollywood Bowl

Fans of the sing-a-longs hosted at the Hollywood Bowl will love this screening and live music performance of A Nightmare Before Christmas. In addition to the movie, Burton’s right-hand composer and the original singing voice of Jack Skellington, Danny Elfman, will take center stage to perform the musical numbers from the film. This show has been performed only a few dozen times — in Paris, Prague, Tokyo, and New York. Special guests are promised to be in attendance, and a costume contest is guaranteed to thrill! The event is for all ages.


The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 850 2000

Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience: Los Angeles Theatre

High praise has been given to this musical rendition of the classic Steven King novel Carrie. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for the full theatrical experience and to explore the Los Angeles Theatre, which will be decorated for the occasion, including haunted rooms and spooky hallways. The show itself has been nominated for five Ovation awards and has been given killer reviews by critics across the board.


The Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 629 2939

Cinespia Presents: The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Cinespia has hosted a number of famous Halloween films throughout October at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, but the finale of the season will be a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween night. Enjoy one of LA’s most notable landmarks, surrounded by hundreds of devoted Dr. Frank-N-Furters, circus performers, and a themed photo booth. DJs will spin glam dance music before and after the screening, so expect much more than just a film for the price of a ticket. A costume is required for entry, so come dressed to impress.


Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 469 1181

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© Ricky Brigante | flickr

Night of Horror: The Wiltern

On October 30th, the Wiltern Theater is putting on a horror movie marathon. The traditionally elegant theater will feature a number of Halloween-themed exhibits, including a haunted house, virtual reality horror film showcase, and scary performers. The movies that will be shown throughout the evening are An American Werewolf in London, The Cabin in The Woods, The Descent, and Demons.


The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 388 1400

Party Goers

HARD Day of the Dead: LA Fairplex

The biggest EDM event in the LA Metro Area will be happening all Halloween weekend at the LA Fairplex in Pomona. The two-day event is headlined by Deadmau5 and Skrillex and will feature many more artists on the five premier stages around the venue. The event starts at 10:30AM both days and is 21+.

$95 single day pass

Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA, USA +1 909 623 3111

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© Sebastian Dorris | flickr

Insomniac Halloween featuring Showtek: Exchange LA

If you prefer to stay within the LA city limits for Halloween, then there will be no bigger party than Showtek, playing at Exchange LA. This Dutch duo has grown immensely in popularity over the past two years and will perform at the downtown club for those ages 21 and over. Anyone interested in bottle service is encouraged to contact the venue in advance.


Exchange LA, 618 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 627 8070

Halloween Club Crawl: Hollywood

The LA Club Crawl is promising to be even bigger over Halloween weekend. Ticket holders are to arrive at Big Wangs on Cahuenga Blvd, and the group will proceed to three more Hollywood clubs for VIP entrance. Go from club to club at your own pace, bypass the lengthy lines, and get spooky.


Big Wangs, 562 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 469 2449

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© Nikos Koutaulas | flickr

Thrill Seekers

Dark Harbor: The Queen Mary, Long Beach

Even though the Queen Mary is thought to be haunted year round, every October ghouls, zombies, and massive amounts of fake blood are imported into the hotel and surrounding area. The harbor features six mazes, a paintball course, and an absinthe bar for those 21 and older.


The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA, USA +1 877 342 0738

Evil Twins Studios Ward 13: Raymond Hill Sanitarium

In the old Raymond Hill Sanitarium in South Pasadena, Evil Twin Studios has set up an asylum-themed haunted walk. This old sanitarium is rumored to have experimented on the patients that were kept there and to be haunted by victims of experiments gone awry. At this haunted house, small groups are let in periodically to enhance the horror experience in a prime location.

$15.00 or $17.00 at the door

Raymond Hill Sanitarium, 1020 El Centro St, South Pasadena, CA, USA +1 626 765 7036

Creep LA: Arts District

This haunted house claims to not only use traditional scare tactics, but also to incorporate ‘emotional interactions’ to continue the fright well after visitors leave. This fully interactive haunted house may be the most horrifying destination for scare seekers this year. The event is restricted for anyone under the age of 18.


718 E. Jackson St. Los Angeles, CA, USA