1. Escape: Psycho Circus
Insomniac is once again putting on their annual three-day-long Halloween event. They take their usual ‘Alice In Wonderland’ theme and put a creepy twist on it, focused on escaping from the terrors of Wonderland. The production and overall sinister performances are sure to be exciting, with DJs Eric Prydz, Duke Dumont, Claude VonStroke, Tchami, and Yellow Claw, among many others.
2. Maxim Halloween Party
This party is definitely supposed to be more sexy than it is scary, but it is sure to live up to all expectations. Maxim partners with the event production company Karma International to put on a celebration that is worthy of its A-list attendees. Tickets are few and far between, but if you can find your way in, it will be worth it with live performers and a special surprise musical guest.
3. Nightmare Before Christmas
This one appeals to children and adults alike: a spooky Halloween celebration that is sure to delight anyone who loved Tim Burton’s classic animated film, Nightmare Before Christmas, is the screening at the Hollywood Bowl accompanied by a performance from a live orchestra and a chorus playing the soundtrack. Danny Elfman will once again perform live as the voice of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King.
4. The Magician
On Saturday, October 29th, Exchange, the massive nightclub in the middle of downtown LA, will hold a special event for their Halloween celebration. Stephen Fasano, aka The Magician, will be DJing as part of his U.S. tour. He’s the perfect artist to host a Halloween event; with his bouncy disco-house sound, he’s sure to be casting some spells at this party. General admission tickets are only $20.
5. West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval
Weho is definitely the place to be on Halloween, with an all-out street festival taking place that gets just the right amount of wild. There will be a parade and mini-costume contests taking place throughout the night. Just be aware that getting in and out of the area at this time will be the scariest part of the holiday, as road closures for the festival cause tons of terrifying traffic. However, the event itself is free to the public!
6. Halloween Horror Nights
Many locals’ favorite way to celebrate Halloween every year is in the most convincing place possible. Universal Studios Hollywood pulls out all the stops to turn the entire park into a land of horror, with haunted houses at every turn and creatures that chase park-goers between attractions. A favorite is their haunted hay ride that is Walking Dead-themed, with zombies waiting for innocent prey at every turn.
7. The Tension Experience
So many haunted houses pop up around the city during this time, but don’t be fooled. Instead, head to the ultimate horror experience in Boyle Heights, where a Saw franchise director set up a cult-inspired live theater show that is designed to terrify each audience member to their core. Be warned: you may be forced to go through the 24-room warehouse all alone as actors toy with your emotions and you are forced to play along. Admission is $165 per person.