Halloween in LA is always fun. 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. Here is a list of Staff Picks for the Best Halloween Event in LA. Most of these events are kid friendly (the scary ones – over 12 years). See the bottom of this post for an adult ONLY party boat;


October 31, 2022 (one Day Only): Calling all Dog Lovers…Stardogs Clubhouse will host its first annual “Howl-o-ween Dog Costume Contest and Pawty” between 1-6pm at their 8549 Santa Monica Blvd. location. CLICK HERE for more info.

Now thru October 31, 2022:  The Haunted Hayride kicked off on September 23, 2022. We have been listing this event since its early days, and watching this homegrown event explode has been amazing. There is even a 30-minute performance – The Monte Revolta Show. The Town Square of Midnight Falls is the epicenter of the festivities. While guests walk around between attractions or hang out to soak in the atmosFEAR various townsfolk from the Midnight Falls community roam the space interacting with guests and attending to their local business. Dying to drum up more business the local Mortuary is hosting an open house where guests can tour the property to see what offerings await their demise. Guests separated from their tour risk becoming the next customer of the sinister funeral home. Admission ranges from $29.99 – $109.99; Los Angeles Haunted Hayride,  4730 Crystal Springs Dr., LA, 90027; https://losangeleshauntedhayride.com/

October 1 – 31, 2022: If you love scary movies, enjoy rooftop screening at the Montalbán. CLICK HERE for more info (this has its own listing on the Running Now Page). Or the Screamfest Film Festival runs from October 11 – 210, 2022. CLICK HERE to find out about the Screamfest Film Festival. Additional holiday inspired movies will be screened by Street Food Cinema and Rooftop Movies.

October 1 – 31, 2022: The Halloween spirit will be in full swing for 31 frightfully fun days at the L.A. Zoo, where guests can enjoy spooktacular sights daily. Weekends are even sweeter, with treats like open-air live shows, animal pumpkin feedings, themed photo ops, education stations, and much more. On the last two weekends of the month (October 22/23 and 29/30), enjoy trick or treating stations featuring candies courtesy of LA Zoo partner, Mars. 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;  lazoo.org

October 22 running thru November 2, 2022: Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos is back this year running from October 22 through November 2, 2022. CLICK HERE for more info.

October 29, 2022: Marina Del Rey Haunted Blood Vessel Yacht Party – ADULTS ONLY! For all you party animals…the ultimate Halloween party cruise Marina Del Rey Haunted Blood Vessel Yacht Party will be transformed into a haunting vampire themed cruise, filled with 400+ party people ready to dance the night away. From the Creators of Pier Pressure®…on Saturday, October 29, 2022…one night only enjoy 3 Decks • 2 DJs • 2 Floors of Music • 1 Mega Halloween Yacht Party with Sounds by World Class House Music & Open Format DJs. Admission ranges from $29 – $250; CLICK HERE for more info or to purchase tickets; Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 8pm – 12am; Entertainer Yacht, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey; https://vipnightlife.com

As of the posting of this article (Oct 1, 2022) the West Hollywood Halloween Carneval may not be happening. It’s a shame because it really is the best place to see these original outrageous costumes in person.