Los Angeles events October 2020. Things to do in LA.

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Los Angeles events October 2020

Horror film festival

October 1 - 4, 2020
Hollywood (6.3 miles NW)
Shriekfest is an international horror & science-fiction film festival and screenplay competition at Raleigh Studios.

Halloween on a farm

October 1 - 31, 2020
multiple locations
Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Ventura.

Halloween at the zoo

October 1 - 31, 2020
(weekends)
Griffith Park (10 miles north)
Kids are welcome to wear costumes to Boo at the L.A. Zoo, which has exhibits to explore, creepy crawlers (snakes, frogs, lizards), weekend entertainment, and trick-or-treating on weekends at Los Angeles Zoo.

Oktoberfest in Anaheim

October 2 - 25, 2020
(Fri., Sat., Sun.)
Anaheim (32.5 miles SE)
Oktoberfest has German food, German beer on tap, live bands, polka dancing, and entertainment indoors and outdoors at The Phoenix Club. Children younger than age 18 are free.

Chinese lunar festival

October 3, 2020
Chinatown (3.1 miles NE)
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival has traditional artisan demonstrations, cultural performances, hot local bands, a crafts market, mooncake, food vendors, and stargazing in Chinatown at 900 N. Broadway.

Lithuanian festival

October 3 - 4, 2020
Silverlake (7.6 miles north)
Celebrate Lithuanian heritage and culture at the L.A. Lithuanian Fair [sound], with traditional Lithuanian food and drink, music and dancing, and folk arts and crafts at St. Casimir Lithuanian Catholic Church.

Street fair

October 3 - 4, 2020
Manhattan Beach (18.8 miles SW)
Shop from 200 juried artists, buy food from 100% nonprofit groups, enjoy the beer & wine garden, watch free entertainment, and visit the kids’ area at Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair at Live Oak Park. Free.

Marathon

October 3 - 4, 2020
Long Beach (24.2 miles south)
The scenic Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon includes multiple events.
  • Saturday - 5K, kids’ run, free health expo
  • Sunday - bike tour, half marathon, marathon

Air show

October 10 - 11, 2020
Kern County (102 miles NE)
See historic aircraft in the air and on the ground at Los Angeles County Air Show, which also has modern Air Force jets, skydivers, aerobatics, pyrotechnics, music, food, and educational displays at Edwards Air Force Base. Wear sunscreen. [In odd-numbered years, this event moves to William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster.]

Whisky tasting

October 14, 2020
Downtown (1.1 miles east)
A ticket to Whiskey and Barrel Nite includes a dinner buffet, live music, and a glass to sample 150 scotches, bourbons, and whiskies from exhibitors at The Majestic Downtown for age 21+.

Arts & crafts show

October 16 - 18, 2020
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
Shop for handmade items from hundreds of vendors at the Harvest Festival, which also has strolling entertainers, food booths, and a children’s activity center at OC Fair & Event Center.

Seafood tasting

October 17, 2020
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Off the Hook Seafood Festival features seafood tastings from local restaurants, live music, chef demos, games, curated cocktails, wine tasting, a beer garden, and a VIP lounge at Santa Monica Pier for age 21+.

Art fair

October 17 - 18, 2020
(10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Beverly Hills (10.9 miles NW)
Shop for fine art from hundreds of juried artists at The Beverly Hills Art Show, with live entertainment, a children’s area, food trucks, and a beer & wine garden at Beverly Gardens Park. Held in May & October. Free.

Arts & crafts fair

October 24, 2020
Claremont (34.4 miles east)
Visit 400 juried arts & crafts booths at Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire, which also has food vendors, a garden for beer & wine & cider, a carved pumpkin contest, and a children’s Halloween parade (9:30 a.m.) in Claremont Village. Free.

Halloween street party

October 31, 2020
West Hollywood (11.3 miles NW)
Join 500,000 adults in killer costumes indulging in harmless debauchery at West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval on Santa Monica Boulevard (from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard), with food trucks, music stages, and indoor bars (no street drinking). Carry all items in clear bags. Free.

Cemetery tour

October 31, 2020
Long Beach (22 miles SE)
Watch eight “graveside performances by actors who relate the life and demise of the persons lying at rest” and see 10 special attractions during Historical Cemetery Tour at two adjacent cemeteries (Long Beach Municipal Cemetery & Sunnyside Cemetery). We recommend wearing a hat and/or sunscreen.

Jazz festival

October 2020
(undated)
Los Angeles (multiple locations)
Angel City Jazz Festival promises “the most innovative and original national and international jazz musicians.”

The white dinner

October 2020
(undated)
location uncertain
Tickets are scarce for Le Dîner en Blanc, a glamorous picnic and dance for couples dressed in white who bring their own food and table to a public location, which is kept secret until the last minute.

Popular culture convention

October 2020
(undated)
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
L.A. Comic Con is for fans of comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and popular culture, with panel discussions, artists, and vendors at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Serious film festival

October 2020
(undated)
Downtown (0.2 miles north)
Focusing on “our world’s pressing issues,” Awareness Film Festival screens a wide range of subjects from the environment and social justice to peace and politics at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live 14.

Tasting events

October 2020
(undated)
Downtown (0.2 miles NE)
All-Star Chef Classic offers casual tasting events and formal chef dinners from $135 to $425 at L.A. Live.

Day of the Dead exhibits

October 2020
(undated)
Downtown (1.6 miles NE)
Día De Los Muertos fills the open spaces of Grand Park with 40 fantastic altars and art exhibitions to honor the dearly departed. Free.

Oyster festival

October 2020
(undated)
Downtown (1.6 miles NE)
Meet oyster farmers, taste a wide variety of oysters, and drink wine by the glass at the DTLA Oyster Festival in Grand Central Market. Free admission.

AIDS walk

October 2020
(undated)
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
“Nobody walks in L.A.” except at the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) AIDS Walk Los Angeles fundraiser to fight HIV/AIDS. It begins with a ceremony at Grand Park and ends with music and food trucks at the fountain.

Mexican festival

October 2020
(undated)
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Enjoy Mexican food, music, mariachi, folklore, and crafts at La Feria de los Moles in Grand Park. This is a no smoking, no alcohol, no pets event. Free.

Music festival

October 2020
(undated)
Downtown (2.2 miles SE)
See 37 performers of hip-hop, R&B, and dance music at All My Friends Music Festival on two stages inside Row DTLA for age 21+.

Taste of Italy

October 2020
(undated)
Downtown (2.3 miles NE)
Taste of Italy “features the region’s best Italian restaurants, authentic Italian products, and world-class Italian wines, with live performances” inside and outside historic Pico House for age 21+ to support the Italian American Museum.

Southern California history day

October 2020
(undated)
University Park (2.6 miles SW)
Attend lectures, meet history experts, and share your home movies at Los Angeles Archives Bazaar in Doheny Memorial Library on the USC University Park Campus. Free.

Greek festival

October 2020
(undated)
Los Angeles (2.9 miles west)
Enjoy Greek food made by 10 restaurants, wine, beer, music, dancing, and carnival games for the kids at L.A. Greek Fest at St. Sophia Cathedral.

Dog walk

October 2020
(undated)
Exposition Park (3.4 miles south)
Join animal lovers walking their dogs at Strut Your Mutt, which includes a family-friendly festival with food trucks, vendors, and activities at Exposition Park. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the walk is 9 a.m.

Beer tasting

October 2020
(undated)
Chinatown (3.9 miles NE)
A $45 ticket to DTLA Breweries United Fest gets you unlimited tastings from 9 local breweries, with food for sale outdoors at 1700 Naud Street for age 21+.

Indoor art show

October 2020
(undated)
Los Angeles (4.3 miles NE)
Twice a year, 60 artists invite you to visit their loft studios during Brewery Artwalk in the former Pabst Brewery at 2100 N. Main Street. Held in April and Oct. Free.

People in the street

October 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
Walk, bike, or roller skate on car-free streets downtown during CicLAvia. Cars cross the route at some intersections. Minors on wheels must wear helmets. Free.

Street fair in South L.A.

October 2020
(undated)
Crenshaw (6.1 miles SW)
Billed as the city’s largest street festival, Taste of Soul offers live music (jazz, gospel, and soul), dancing, and food vendors on Crenshaw Boulevard (between Stocker Boulevard and Rodeo Road). Free.

Local art fair

October 2020
(undated)
Culver City (7.1 miles west)
Culver City Art Walk and Roll Festival offers live music, food trucks, wine and beer gardens, tastings, electric scooter and bike rides, and kids’ activities. Free.

Horror film festival

October 2020
(undated)
Hollywood (8.4 miles NW)
Beyond Fest is “a world genre film festival dedicated to delivering the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema” at the Egyptian Theatre.

Science-fiction party

October 2020
(undated)
Hollywood (8.6 miles NW)
You’re welcome to wear a costume to the $161 Farscape: 20th Anniversary Celebration, which includes food, two drink tokens, a costume contest, performances, and artwork and displays from the “Creature Shop” at The Jim Henson Company.

Fall Festival

October 2020
(undated)
Fairfax (8.9 miles NW)
The Fall Festival has a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, arts & crafts, pie-eating contests, and live music at the Original Farmer’s Market. Free.

Horror film festival

October 2020
(undated)
Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)
Screamfest screens new horror, science-fiction, and thriller films at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

Taste wine + insects

October 2020
(undated)
West Hollywood (9.8 miles NW)
What could be scarier than eating bugs? Taste five boutique wines paired with “delicious insects such as crickets, mealworms, and ants,” and hear a presentation about nutrition and sustainability during Scary Delicious: Wine & Bug Pairing at V Wine Room. Do not eat bugs if you are allergic to shellfish.

Community pet fair

October 2020
(undated)
Eagle Rock (10.3 miles north)
Eagle Rock Bark and Meow is a mellow neighborhood festival with pet-related vendors, adoptable pets, a doggie fashion show, a human barking contest, food trucks, free candy & pet treats, and a costume contest for kids and dogs outside Eagle Rock City Hall. Free.

People in the street

October 2020
(undated)
San Gabriel Valley (11 miles NE)
Enjoy four miles of car-free streets in El Monte during 626 Golden Streets by walking, biking, skating, scooting, jogging, running, ambling, or strolling. Three activity hubs have trick-or-treating booths, music and arts, e-bike demos, and family-friendly games and contests. Free.

ArtNight in Pasadena

October 2020
(undated)
Pasadena (11.7 miles NE)
Expect crowds at ArtNight, where you can see exhibitions and performances at 22 venues and shop from 8 food trucks. Held in March and October. Free.

Pasadena ArtWalk

October 2020
(undated)
Pasadena (11.7 miles NE)
Pasadena ArtWalk features a juried art show, live entertainment, an art stroll, and hands-on activities on shady East Green Street in Pasadena. Free.

Taste of Pasadena

October 2020
(undated)
Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)
Taste of Pasadena promises food and drink samples including “four finalist cocktails” from Pasadena restaurants plus DJ music outside Rose Bowl Stadium.

Dog walk

October 2020
(undated)
Pasdena (11.9 miles NE)
Race for the Rescues is a 1K/5K/10K dog walk and kids’ fun run with awards, pet adoptions, a silent auction, and a DJ dance outside the Rose Bowl.

Oktoberfest at the Rose Bowl

October 2020
(undated)
Pasadena (11.9 miles NE)
Combining unlimited beer from 20 California breweries with food for sale from “first-class restaurants,” Craftoberfest celebrates Oktoberfest in Brookside Pavillion near the Rose Bowl for age 21+. Children age 12 and younger are OK.

Games festival

October 2020
(undated)
Santa Monica (12.4 miles west)
IndieCade is a festival for independent video games with talks, panels, parties, and more than 200 games to play at the Center for Media and Design.

Design fair

October 2020
(undated)
Santa Monica (12.5 miles west)
Shop for premium home furnishings, meet designers, and attend educational programs during contemporary Westedge Design Fair at the Barker Hangar.

Literature night

October 2020
(undated)
North Hollywood (13.4 miles NW)
Lit Crawl L.A. is an evening for book lovers, with author readings, brain games, and live music in 45-minute sessions at dozens of restaurants and bars in the NoHo Arts District. Free.

Films about outer space

October 2020
(undated)
North Hollywood (14.1 miles NW)
Watch 10 short films about space travel, time travel, extra-terrestrial life, and alternative dimensions at Secrets of Outer Space, which is $10 at Ark Theatre.

Cannabis athletic event

October 2020
(undated)
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Although the theme is marijuana, none is allowed at the Civilized Games, which has a 4.2-mile walk/run, a fitness challenge, yoga, boxing, art contests, live performances, and “speeches about cannabis + wellness” at Santa Monica Pier.

Handmade printing fair

October 2020
(undated)
Carson (14.9 miles south)
Meet 80 letterpress and printmaking artists, see “old” newspapers used in movies, try printing and paper making, and tour the galleries during Los Angeles Printers Fair at the International Printing Museum.

Oktoberfest in Torrance

October 2020
(undated)
Torrance (14.9 miles south)
Billed as the oldest in Southern California, Alpine Village Oktoberfest is a high-energy celebration of German beer, food, and music, with a band from Germany and contests for age 21+ on Fridays and Saturdays, and all ages on Sunday.

Food & wine tasting

October 2020
(undated)
Culver City (15.1 miles SW)
Taste food, wine, beer, and spirits from 25 makers with live music and kids’ activities at Westside Food & Wine Festival indoors and outdoors at Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside. One child age 9 or younger free outdoors with each adult. Held in July and October.

Italian festival

October 2020
(undated)
North Hollywood (15.4 miles NW)
The Los Angeles Italian Festival promises “Italian food, music, and culture” plus vendors and a kids’ corner at 1900 N. Vermont Avenue. Children younger than age five are free.

Giant street fair

October 2020
(undated)
Sherman Oaks (16.8 miles NW)
Billed as the largest event in the San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks Street Fair features two entertainment stages, 250 vendors, food booths, a bar, carnival rides, a pet zone, and classic cars for nine blocks on Ventura Boulevard (from Van Nuys to Kester). Free.

Beer tasting

October 2020
(undated)
Arcadia (17.5 miles NE)
Sample 100 beers from craft brewers, eat complimentary bites from a dozen restaurants, and attend educational sessions at Los Angeles Beer & Food Festival at Los Angeles County Arboretum.

Encino festival

October 2020
(undated)
Encino (20.1 miles north)
Encino Family Festival has food trucks, a beer and wine garden, craft vendors, a kids’ zone, and live entertainment on Ventura Boulevard (from Balboa to Amestoy). Free.

Cocktail party at the aquarium

October 2020
(undated)
Long Beach (24.6 miles south)
Explore the Aquarium of the Pacific “with gourmet bites and a drink in hand,” dance to the music of a live band or your silent-disco headphones, and bid on art with a $150 ticket to Sea Fare.

Zombie festival

October 2020
(undated)
Long Beach (24.7 miles south)
Despite mixed Yelp reviews and parking issues, the gruesome walking dead gather at Long Beach Zombie Fest for cosplay, a haunted maze, a makeup area, a costume contest, food vendors, and zombie walks (Fri. 8 p.m., Sat./Sun. 7:30 p.m.) at Rainbow Lagoon.

Dragon boats

October 2020
(undated)
Irwindale (25 miles NE)
Watch dragon boat races, shop food vendors, and see stage shows (Chinese acrobats, art, dance, music, and martial arts) at Los Angeles County Dragon Boat Festival on Legg Lake at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. Bring a blanket or chair. Free.

Auto show

October 2020
(undated)
Anaheim (30 miles SE)
Check out 600 new vehicles, test drive more than 80 models, and see exotic cars on display at the Orange County International Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center. Free for kids age 12 and younger.

Day of the Dead + car show

October 2020
(undated)
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Celebrate “Dia de Los Muertos” with contemporary and traditional music, visual art, altar making, and dozens of lowrider cars at En Memoria at the Fairplex. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Oktoberfest in Pomona

October 2020
(undated)
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
It’s pricey, but you’ll find German food, entertainment, carnival games, bar drinks, and of course beer at Oktoberfest at Fairplex for age 21+.

Motorcycle race

October 2020
(undated)
Huntington Beach (33.6 miles south)
Moto Beach Classic has races, bands, (punk, funk, metal, reggae, and soul), and vendors at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Video (1 minute).

Nighttime nature event

October 2020
(undated)
Claremont (35.7 miles east)
See a wolf, an owl, insects, reptiles, carnivorous plants, and other nocturnal creatures as you explore the grounds of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden during Things That Go Bump in the Night, with “displays, activities, and crafts for all ages.”

Tasting event in Orange County

October 2020
(undated)
Irvine (38.8 miles SE)
Taste 70 varieties of beer, wine, and spirits, plus food from “more than 60 of Orange County’s top restaurants” at Tustin Food & Wine Festival in Tustin Blimp Hangar for age 21+. Free parking.

Scrapbook Expo

October 2020
(undated)
Ontario (41 miles east)
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Ontario Convention Center.

Taste of Orange County

October 2020
(undated)
Costa Mesa (41.7 miles SE)
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, The Taste offers unlimited food, beer, wine, and spirits tastings, plus cooking demonstrations at The Met on Anton Boulevard for age 21+. Also held in Hollywood in Sept.

Japanese festival

October 2020
(undated)
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
Celebrate Japanese culture at the OC Japan Fair with Japanese entertainment, food, music, Kimono models, games, and vendors at OC Fair & Event Center.

Quilt & craft show

October 2020
(undated)
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival offers workshops, seminars, and vendors of fabrics and supplies at OC Fair & Event Center. Free.

Vegan food festival

October 2020
(undated)
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
SoCal VegFest promises free food samples, food vendors, speakers, celebrity chefs, musicians & DJs, comedians, games, and a kids’ area at OC Fair & Event Center.

Wine tasting in Ventura County

October 2020
(undated)
Thousand Oaks (43.6 miles NW)
A ticket to Conejo Uncorked includes wine tasting, gourmet food, live music, and a silent auction to support the Kiwanis, in The Gardens at Los Robles Greens.

Wine & food festival

October 2020
(undated)
Newport Beach (47 miles SE)
Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is “where beautiful food and people meet,” according to the Huffington Post. Try tastes from 15 different gourmet restaurants each day and sip 200 varietals from 60 wineries, with smooth music at Newport Beach Civic Center.

International festival

October 2020
(undated)
Irvine (53 miles SE)
Global Village Festival has 85 performances on five stages, international food, a crafts marketplace, and a kids’ village at Orange County Great Park. Reviews. Free.

Greek festival - San Bernardino

October 2020
(undated)
San Bernardino (62.2 miles east)
Small and friendly Inland Empire Greek Fest On the Hill [sound] serves authentic Greek food, homemade pastries, beer on tap, live music, and a bit of dancing at St. Prophet Elias Church.

Scottish festival

October 2020
(undated)
Ventura (82.6 miles NW)
Experience the culture of Scotland at the Seaside Highland Games, which offer bagpiping, drumming, folk music, dancing, British cars & food, games, athletic competitions, herding dogs, beer tasting, and a children’s area at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Avocado festival in Carpinteria

October 2020
(undated)
Carpinteria (89 miles NW)
Eat guacamole and other avocado dishes, hear 75 music acts on four stages, learn about avocados at the avocado expo tent, browse arts & crafts booths, and shop from food and retail vendors at the California Avocado Festival. No pets. Free.

Concert in the desert

October 2020
(undated)
Joshua Tree (139 miles east)
Smaller than the Coachella Valley festivals, Fall Joshua Tree Music Festival is an alternative “family-friendly global music experience” in the Mojave desert at Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground. Repeats in May.

Creepy tour at Paramount

October 2020
(undated)
Hollywood (6.5 miles NW)
The $99 After Dark Tour: Tales from the Other Side is a 2.5 hour flashlight walk behind the gates of Paramount Pictures to the graves of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, with stories about the dearly departed, complimentary champagne, movie candy, popcorn, and free parking for age 16+. Bring ID if you are age 18 or older.

Halloween at Universal Studios

October 2020
(undated)
Universal City (10.4 miles NW)
Halloween Horror Nights offers 10 haunted mazes, 5 scare zones, a stage show, and thrilling rides at Universal Studios Hollywood. Recommended for age 13+. Do not wear a costume or mask. Attractions like Harry Potter and Minion Mayhem will not be open.

Creative horror show

October 2020
(undated)
NoHo Arts District (12.4 miles NW)
Urban Death Tour of Terror walks you through a twisted maze with eerie scenes to reach your seat, and then presents a show with creepy actors and alien creatures at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre for age 16+.

Homemade haunted maze

October 2020
(undated)
Burbank (14.5 miles NW)
A family obsessed with Halloween invites you to visit their scary maze Rotten Apple, with a new theme each year at 907 N. California Street in Burbank. Open Saturdays, Sundays, and Halloween. Lines. Donation.

Haunted walk

October 2020
(undated)
Burbank (15.2 miles north)
Hang out in Stough Canyon Park with games and food trucks while you wait for your 20-minute Haunted Adventure: Backlot Horror Stories, featuring intimidating costumed actors in a maze at the Starlight Bowl for age 6+. Do not wear a costume.

Disturbing haunted house

October 2020
(undated)
Fullerton (24.1 miles SE)
The 17th Door tells a gruesome story as you navigate its prison maze for 37 minutes in a group of 6 to 8, at 1851 W. Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton. (Enter behind the building.) Actors may touch you, and you may get wet. To buy tickets, click a date on their calendar. Free parking.

Knott’s Scary Farm

October 2020
(undated)
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
Knott’s Scary Farm is an evening event with dozens of attractions that include mazes, shows, scare zones, and rides, plus 1,000 monsters roaming the grounds of Knott’s Berry Farm. Recommended for age 13+.

Haunted ship

October 2020
(undated)
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Dark Harbor promises 200 monsters, six haunted mazes, live entertainment, secret bars, and exciting rides at the Queen Mary. Expect lines.

Haunted house in Westminster

October 2020
(undated)
Westminster (33.3 miles SE)
A ticket to Mist gets you “free rein to roam a dark, fog filled town looking for 13 artifacts while being hunted by terrifying creatures” for 30 minutes near Westminster Mall. Recommended for age 13+. Expect lines.

Haunted house

October 2020
(undated)
Thousand Oaks (43.5 miles NW)
Reign of Terror Haunted House promises “115 custom rooms packed with terrifying beings, a swarm of live monstrous characters, and countless spectacular special effects” at Janss Marketplace. Lights are on for children younger than age 13 on one afternoon. See schedule.

Haunted Trails

October 2020
(undated)
Laguna Niguel (59 miles SE)
Experience scary music, black lights, fog machines, strobe lights, and clowns popping out as your group of 10 is escorted through a series of mazes and tents on Haunted Trails at Crown Valley Park for age 8+.

Freaky concert

October 2020
(undated)
San Bernardino (63.8 miles east)
Escape Psycho Circus promises “a terrifying world of music, art, performers, and thrills” that includes 60 music acts, special effects, and performances by “freaks, geeks, fortune tellers, and contortionists” at National Orange Show Event Center.

Gay Halloween

October 2020
(undated)
Downtown (0.8 miles SE)
Billed as one of America’s largest gay Halloween parties, Halloweenie requires costumes and promises “a night of costumed revelry, libations (no host), and spooky dance music” at Belasco Theater for age 21+.

Halloween drag party

October 2020
(undated)
Downtown (1.1 miles east)
Los Angeles Halloween Ball by The Boulet Brothers is “packed with DJs, dance floors, horrifying stage presentations, interactive areas, mazes, Halloween carnival games, and an army of L.A. monster superstars” at The Globe Theater for age 21+.

Halloween scavenger hunt

October 2020
(undated)
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Your team of two to four players races on foot to complete tasks downtown and win treats on the Haunted Halloween Hunt for age 14+. It begins at Biddy Mason Park. Costumes welcome.

Halloween party

October 2020
(undated)
Hollywood (7.7 miles NW)
Hit the dance floor with King Tut and Cleopatra at King Tut’s Tomb as DJs play a mix of top 40, hip-hop, and dance music with “amazing lighting effects and decor” at W Hollywood.

Rooftop Halloween party

October 2020
(undated)
Hollywood (7.7 miles NW)
You’re welcome to mingle in two areas that represent heaven and hell at Angels & Demons, with “five top L.A. DJs playing house & top 40 hits” at W Hollywood for age 21+. Costumes without weapons are welcome.

Charity ball

October 2020
(undated)
West Hollywood (10 miles NW)
The pricey Masquerade Ball is a black tie event for 800 masked guests, with champagne, an open bar, and DJ dance music at Kimpton La Peer Hotel for age 21+ to support UNICEF.

Halloween burlesque show

October 2020
(undated)
North Hollywood (13.5 miles NW)
You’re welcome to wear a costume to The Lalas Halloween Burlesque Show, “a custom, classic rock, spooky, sexy one of a kind Halloween burlesque show” at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood for age 21+.

North Hollywood party

October 2020
(undated)
NoHo Arts District (13.6 miles NW)
NoHo MonsterBash has DJ dance music, two bars, costume prizes, and entertainment onstage every 30 minutes at the Federal Bar for age 21+.

Dogs in costume

October 2020
(undated)
Long Beach & Santa Monica
  • Long Beach - Howl’oween Parade has food trucks and vendors (noon), pet adoptions (12:30 p.m.), a human parade (2:25 p.m.), a pet parade (2:30 p.m.), and costume contests at Marina Vista Park. Free.
  • Santa Monica - Howl-O-Ween has a scavenger hunt (3 p.m.), a pet parade & costume contest (5 p.m.), food trucks, and vendors at Pacific Street Park. Free.

Family Halloween

October 2020
(undated)
Marina del Rey (14.6 miles SW)
Marina Spooktacular offers “kid-friendly fun by day, and spine-tingling spooks by night [for age 13+]” with haunted pirate ships, a blackout maze, a treasure hunt, and food vendors at Burton Chace Park. Free online registration includes a waiver form, or you can print it from the website. Parking is not free.

Halloween at the aquarium

October 2020
(undated)
Long Beach (24.6 miles south)
Scarium of the Pacific has a kids’ costume contest, a creepy coloring contest, underwater pumpkin carving, magic shows, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, and eerie animals at Aquarium of the Pacific.

Knott’s Halloween for families

October 2020
(undated)
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
Family-friendly Knott’s Spooky Farm has daytime activities for ages 3 to 11, including trick-or-treating, a show with Peanuts characters, and a costume contest at Knott’s Berry Farm on weekends.

Halloween parade

October 2020
(undated)
Anaheim (27.3 miles SE)
Led by a headless horseman, the Anaheim Halloween Parade features pumpkins, moons, witches, cats, astronauts, and odd creatures going up Broadway from I-5, turning left on Harbor Boulevard, and ending at West Center Street Promenade. Free.

Pumpkins Nights

October 2020
(undated)
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Pumpkin Nights promises thousands of lit pumpkins, a 40-foot dragon, a ghostly pirate ship, fire dancers, games, pumpkin artists, and movie screenings at the Fairplex.

Pumpkin festival

October 2020
(undated)
Calabasas (33 miles NW)
Calabasas Pumpkin Festival has live bands, a DJ dance zone, vendors, pumpkin food and beer, pumpkin painting, professional pumpkin carvers, kids’ games and inflatables, and a costume parade (Sat. 11 a.m.).

Halloween at Six Flags

October 2020
(undated)
Santa Clarita (35.9 miles north)
Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Ticket includes 4 shows, 6 scare zones, 9 rides. Extra cost for 6 mazes. See schedule.

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