Halloween in LA is always amazing. Home to movie special effects people, make-up artists, wardrobe supervisors, etc., these creative people have access to professional tools to create out-of-this world costumes. The best place to see these original outrageous costumes in person is the West Hollywood Halloween Carneval, which just happens to be one of LAArtParty’s October 2019 TOP TEN EVENTS! CLICK HERE to read the Event Feature for the Halloween West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval.
Many party-lovers will start early, and then of course continue on the actual day. Some events even extend the party the following weekend of November. You may enjoy the Venice Afterburn (November 1-3), and the Day of the Dead celebration, which runs untill November 3, 2019 (see bottom of this post for more info on these events).

October 23–27, 2019:

For five nights only, Descanso Gardens will be aglow with a thousand professionally carved pumpkins – some as large as 100 pounds will be on display. Carved is a family-friendly event for all ages. Advance tickets required. All ticket times for Saturday, October 26 are reserved exclusively for Descanso Gardens members and their guests….so it’s a great time to become a member. Tickets are $25 for Descanso Gardens members and $30 for non-members. Reserve NOW! 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge 91011; https://www.descansogardens.org/

Now thru October 27, 2019:

Boo at the Zoo runs through Halloween (October 27, 2018) at the Los Angeles Zoo. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. You may also enjoy also a “Special BOO Creature Camp Out.”Activities are free with zoo entry. Check website for admission and to purchase tickets. The L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org

October 26, 2019:
Head to Venice for a free Halloween party! We may have lost the Canal Club (home to this popular Venice party), but James’ Beach (same owners) continues the festivities. Enjoy a DJ, and scary drink specials and prizes for best costumes at this FREE party; Event Runs: 9:30pm – 2:00am; James Beach, 60 North Venice Blvd., Venice, 90291; https://jamesbeach.com/

October 26, October 31, AND November 2, 2019: Hollywood Halloween PubCrawl

VIPNightLife.com presents its Halloween PubCrawl (Halloween Weekend in Hollywood). Put on your coolest, scariest or sexiest costume and head out to Hollywood for this massive Halloween Pub Crawl over three Spook-tacular nights with half dozen bars. During select hours, participating venues throughout the neighborhood will offer great drink specials to help get you in the Halloween spirit. There are three events based in Hollywood: Saturday 10/26; Thursday 10/31; Saturday 11/2; Halloween Costumes encouraged! – Must be 21+ to participate – Do Not Drive – Take a cab, limo, walk, or arrange designated driver. For More Information on all of these event with exclusive deals on table service, group rates, & Promo pricing: please visit the website. Event Begins at: Pig ‘N Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Boulevard, LA; https://vipnightlife.com/

Now thru November 2, 2019: Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Queen Mary celebrates a decade of freakish fun with its Dark Harbor 2019 presentation. It’s all hands on deck, as the Captain, Scary Mary and over 200 monsters haunt six terrifying mazes, nightly live entertainment, secret bars and exciting rides. You’re invited to test the waters at SoCal’s most authentic haunted attraction, open now through November 2, with admission starting at $20. CLICK Here for more info, and to purchase tickets; The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach; https://https://www.queenmary.com

Now thru November 3, 2019:

Nights of The Jack is an interactive, family friendly Halloween experience. Vast grounds of intricately hand-carved and illuminated jack o’lanterns will welcome visitors as they make their way through the half-mile trail around King Gillette Ranch. Admission ranges $18-$20; CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; Visit the website to pick your date; King Gillette Ranch, 26800 W Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, 91302; https://nightsofthejack.com/

Now thru November 2, 2019
If you love being scared at Halloween Haunted Houses, here are two of LAAP’s recommendations…Universal Horror Nights runs through November 2, 2018; Or check out a homegrown version…the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.

October 26 – Never 3, 2019:
Grand Park and Self-Help Graphics & Art hosts its own Day of the Dead celebration—for a nine-day display of altars erected within the park alongside large-scale art installations curated by LORE Media and Arts. The altar displays kick off on October 26 with a traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony to pray for and honor the dead, featuring a communal circle and blessing led by the indigenous community. See the Event Feature for more info – this was an October 2019 Top Ten Pick. The festivities culminate in Selena for Sanctuary, a free concert on November 1 that features Empress Of, San Cha, Ceci Bastida and more. See website for event schedule. Performance Lawn and Olive Court (Near Hill Street), Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., LA, 90012; https://grandparkla.org

November 1, 2, 3. 2019:
Keep the Halloween party going at the Venice Afterburn (November 1-3). If you missed Burning man, come hang with all the burners. The event is Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos themed, with a special costume and giant puppet parade. For more info CLICK Here to read the Event Feature – (it’s a TOP TEN Event for November 2019). Event runs: Friday, Nov. 1st: 6pm-10pm; Saturday, Nov. 2nd: 11am-10pm; Sunday, Nov. 3rd: 11am-10pm; One Wineward Ave (on the boardwalk, at the beach), Venice 90291; https://www.veniceafterburn.com/