If you’re celebrating Halloween in L.A this year, you’re in for a real (trick or) treat. The City of Angels is renowned for its love of all things Halloween, and there’s no better place to experience this hair-raising holiday. As it’s the entertainment capital of the world, L.A knows how to celebrate Halloween in style and on an enormous scale. There’s plenty of festivities happening across the city from street parties to movie screening. With so much going on, it’s impossible to experience everything on offer. So to ensure you have a Halloween filled with fear and fun, here are some of L.A’s most bewitching offerings this year.
See the live performance of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
If you are a fan of the animated movie, this is a Halloween treat that’s too good to miss. Danny Elfman is stepping back into his role of the infamous Jack Skellington for a live performance of this Halloween favourite. Featuring original songs and cast members, the show is accompanied by the Hollywood Studio Symphony. Held at the Hollywood Bowl for only two nights, it’s an absolute must for lovers of the movie and Halloween alike. Tickets are still available to buy, but these are guaranteed to sell out as we get nearer to the event itself. So buy now to witness this rare live performance and fill your evening with nostalgia and family-fun.
Visit Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios
One of L.A’s biggest and most popular events is Halloween horror nights held at the Universal studio’s theme park after dark. The event is best known for it’s scare mazes which feature some of TV and film’s most iconic horror shows and characters. This year’s bloodcurdling mazes include American Horror Story, The Exorcist and The Purge. There are also outdoor scare zones and live shows which are bound to get your heart racing too. Unfortunately, Halloween costumes are banned from the event. But the atmosphere, decorations and cast members make up for that tenfold. Halloween horror nights has already started but continues until November 5th. So there is plenty of time to have yourself scared to death.
Get Spooky at the Dia de Los Muertos festival
If you like the idea of spending this Halloween in a cemetery, then the Dia de Los Muertos festival is the perfect event for you. Held annually at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, it combines modern culture with tradition. It’s an opportunity to reminisce about those who have passed while also fully enjoying the present. The event includes cinema screenings, live performances and art exhibitions to name but a few. Day of the Dead style costumes are greatly encouraged, and there’s even a costume contest you can enter. The Dia de Los Muertos festival is only held for one day on October 24th. So arrive early to avoid disappointment.
These are just a handful of some of the best Halloween events and attractions taking place in this marvellous city this year. If these don’t get you in the mood for a bit of hocus-pocus, nothing else will!