2023 Halloween in LA is here. With Hollywood’s special effects people, make-up and wardrobe professionals, you can expect fun events.

2023 Halloween in LA

Here is a list of Staff Picks for the Best Halloween Events in LA. And lets not forget Día de los Muertos also called the Day of the Dead. Most of these events are kid friendly (the scary ones – over 12 years). Although the first one gets a little wild, as well as the Dia Del La Muertes evening event at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.


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West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval is back! It’s free to attend and will take place on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm on a one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard between N. Doheny Drive and N. La Cienega Boulevard. Staged on Santa Monica Boulevard/Historic Route 66, Halloween Carnaval will feature a stage at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and N. San Vicente Boulevard with a live DJ set, food trucks and thousands of wildly dressed Halloween revelers for a one-of-a-kind experience. Visit the City Of West Hollywood website for more info – https://www.visitwesthollywood.com/halloween-carnaval




2023 Halloween in LA

The Haunted Hayride returns. We have been listing this event since its early days, prior to its appearance on Shark Tank.  watching this homegrown event explode has been amazing. Wander through the backwoods of Midnight Falls. Then embrace the legend of a cannibalistic family bringing the spirit of Halloween as they dish out diabolical tricks and scary treats. The Witch of the Woods cast a spell to bring forth the spirits of this holiday. Meet the ghoulish locals from Midnight Falls as you enter the mortuary, and feel the heat of the fire.

Admission starts at $29.99; Now thru October 31, 2023; Los Angeles Haunted Hayride,  4730 Crystal Springs Dr., LA, 90027; https://losangeleshauntedhayride.com/


The LA Zoo hosts two weekends of frightful fun. Costumes are encouraged! This is a great time to join the LA Zoo, as admission is FREE for members; The L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 323.644.4200; https://lazoo.org/


Santa Monica Pier celebrates the day with Return of the Monarch on October 28, 2023, from 12:00pm – 9:00pm. All ages are welcome and invited to join in the festivities that include face painting, live music, delectable food, spirited dancing, and much more. Additionally, this special celebration kick off with a heartfelt blessing at the west end of the Pier, setting the tone for a day filled with cultural richness and togetherness.The alters will remain on view from October 28, 2023 – November 4, 2023. CLICK HERE for additional info about this event.


Halloween Inspired Movies

Get into the spirit of Halloween with scary movies with all of these LA venues.

Enjoy rooftop screening at the Montalbán Theatre. Find out more info with a full list of screenings on the website. The Montalbán, 1615 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028; 

Street Food Cinema and Rooftop Movies. also hosts some spooky flicks. All of the above mentioned movie venues will run holiday movies through October 2023.



On October 28, 2023, two Dia de los Muertos events take place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. In addition to an early event (more for the kids), there is also a night time huge event. Be aware the first event ends at 3pm and EVERYONE must leave, prior to the next event. As always the events are produced by the Lady of the Dead (see website below).

This year’s Día de los Muertos will be commemorated through the celebration of “Máscaras de México – Vida y Muerte en La Máscara.”  Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90038; Visit the website for times for each event as well as admission for entry – 


Running from October 21 thru November 2, 2023: Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos is back this year.

Honoring the people, places as well as ideas that merit adoration and commemoration, Gloria Molina Grand Park’s 12th annual Downtown Día de los Muertos welcomes park-goers to pay reverence at 19 altars created by professional artists and local community organizations. Attendees can also contribute to the annual community altar specifically created for this year. The 20th altar honors the victims of gun violence in Monterey Park and also those who perished in Maui’s wildfires.

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Gloria Molina Grand Park Fountain Overlook and Performance Lawn, 200 N Grand Ave, LA 90012; CLICK HERE for more info. https://grandparkla.org/