With California seeing a sharp drop in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, in-person Halloween events return this year with easing restrictions.
For this year’s spooky events, say goodbye to drive-thru and welcome events like Knott’s Scary Farm, which aims to give visitors a good scare. The theme park has been closed for most of the past year due to the pandemic. Earlier this month, Disneyland also kicked off the Halloween season with a revamped Haunted Mansion vacation attraction, and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Fright Fest Halloween at Six Flags are also underway.
Here are some other local haunts to check out this Halloween season.
Los Angeles Haunted Horse Ride
Say goodbye to drive-thru. This macabre event that transports visitors to the community of Midnight Falls, featuring cart rides, mazes and tricks, will return to Griffith Park in LA starting September 23. Last year he moved to San Dimas to accommodate vehicles. While in-person tours are back this year, attendees who are not Platinum ticket holders will need to set aside a time to enter the hayride. Others can enter the community town square, where locals will walk around and interact with them. Event tickets running through October 31st are on sale now. They start at $ 29.99.
The participants in this year Jack’s Nights at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, you can see the illuminated light show, hand-carved Jack O’Lanterns and much more on foot. No more drive-thru. Hike the 2 mile trail and stop at the Spookeasy Bar for a drink. Some of LA’s best food trucks will also be on site. The event runs October 1-31 and tickets start at $ 39.99 per person. Parking costs $ 9.99. Tickets can be purchased online.
Carved in the gardens of Descanso
This event is perfect for the whole family. The popular Pumpkin House will be on display again at Descanso Garden. The three-week event in October will also include a mile-long promenade lined with hundreds of carved pumpkins. Visitors can also enjoy a maze of themed hay, food and drink. In addition to the pumpkins, there will be exciting new oversized sculptures made from sticks and other natural materials. Tickets start at $ 25 for members and $ 32 for non-members. Tickets for members are now on sale. Everyone else must wait until October 1 to purchase tickets.
Boo Ha Ha – A Haunted Oktoberfest
The Boo Ha Ha will be back on October 29 and 30 at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Enjoy live shows including Lit and A Flock of Seagulls and three hours of unlimited craft beer tastings. Plus costume contests, food trucks and more. This is a 21+ event. Tickets include VIP packages, general admission, and a non-alcoholic option. For more information visit www.theboohaha.com.
The pumpkin patch at this 30-acre Irvine farm is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run until October 31. No reservations are required this year, but weekend parking passes are required and cost $ 10. In addition to the patch, visitors will enjoy a wagon ride, an educational farmyard exhibit, and a pick-your-own vegetable patch Monday through Thursday. During October weekends, including Fridays, there will also be ATV rides, a pumpkin cannon, and interactive activities for kids. Admission is $ 6 per person, and children 2 and under and military members enter free. To find out the cost of activities, visit farm website.
Pumpkins with pine trees
From October 9 to 31, pumpkins are coming Skypark at Santa Claus Village, the Eternal Christmas Theme Park in Lake Arrowhead. During Halloween season, visitors can go pumpkin picking and enjoy activities such as costume contests, treats, and a walk through a haunted forest.
Described as a playground filled with various activities, Haunted halloween will allow visitors to celebrate the spooky season with four immersive Halloween tunnels in Woodland Hills. It will feature face painting, performances, food trucks, and a pumpkin patch for picking and carving. General admission costs $ 30.
Signal Hills Annual Carnival is back after being turned into a community scavenger hunt for Ghostly Gus last year. Child-friendly costumes are encouraged at the event which promises crafts, carnival games, train rides, and candy. The carnival will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 30 at Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave. Bracelets will be required for people 1 year and older to participate. Groups will cost $ 5 at the event, or they can be purchased in advance from October 1 to 29 for $ 4 at the Signal Hill Library, Community Services Office or Youth Center.
How about a dinner and a movie? Watch a classic Halloween movie such as “The Addams Family”, “Hocus Pocus” or “The Craft”. General admission costs $ 18 and $ 6 for children aged 5 to 12. The dates, locations and information about the food trucks are available on their to place.
Boo at the LA Zoo
From pumpkin and spooky animal meals to candy and treat days on October 23-24 and 30-31. There is so much going on in October at the zoo; it will make you scream. Activities are included in the admission price. Head to the Los Angeles Zoo website to plan your visit. Note that indoor activities such as visiting The Lair to see rare snakes, poison frogs, and poisonous lizards require a mask.
Boo at the zoo at the Santa Ana zoo
Follow a Halloween trail through the zoo during extended admission hours from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. October 23-24 and 29-30. This family event is not meant to be scary, so child-friendly costumes are encouraged. When leaving, children can collect their gift bags. There are limited entries for each night, and tickets must be purchased online. Tickets cost $ 14.95 for members and $ 29.95 for non-members. Visitors are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines.
Fall harvest on the farm
Pig races and live performances during the Cornstalk Maze Weekend on October 9, Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark has a lot to offer this fall. The festival will run from September 25 to October 31. Weekday entrance tickets cost $ 10 and are sold only at the door. Entrance tickets for the weekend are sold online and cost from $ 11 to $ 22. The farm follows safety guidelines set by Ventura County and will require masks during indoor events.
The nightmare before Christmas
Danny Elfman will reprise his role as Jack Skellington in a live performance of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” October 29 and 31 at Banc of California Stadium. Tickets start at $ 39.50. The venue requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend.