‘Tis the season for spooks!
Whether you’re an adult looking for a wild night or a parent worried about the amount of candy your kids will eat, Halloween is a great time for dressing up and letting loose.
You can celebrate the holiday on more days than the 31st and in more ways than trick-or-treating! Check out these great events for celebrating Halloween near Santa Monica and Venice!
Whether you’re coordinating costumes for a family of five or dressing your toddler up for their first trick-or-treat, this holiday is perfect for making memories that will last your whole life. Check out some great, family friendly events for the whole gang!
Annual Halloween Carnival at Penmar
Saturday, Oct. 27th
The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks sends out this warm invitation: “Come join us and solve some mysteries here at our Annual Halloween Carnival at Penmar…We will have games, contest, food and prizes! It will be a scary good time.”
Annual PAL-loween Carnival
Wednesday, Oct. 31st
Join over 5,000 kids and their families at Barker’s Hangar on Halloween night! Hosted by the Santa Monica Police Activities League, this is Santa Monica’s biggest, most family friendly Halloween party. Haunted funhouses, Trick-or-Treat Lane, games, and a costume contest are just a sample of the fun.
Haunted Heats Halloween Surf Contest
Saturday, Oct. 27th, 8 AM
All ages can compete in this Halloween surf contest. There’s just one catch. You have to be wearing a costume to compete! Whether you want to dress up and participate or you just want to enjoy the spectacle, this contest is a truly Southern California Halloween experience.
Are you an amusement park enthusiast? Every October, thousands of thrill-seekers swarm to Southern California’s amusement parks. Most amusement parks have something spooky lined up for their guests.
Knott’s Scary Farm-Haunted Thrills & Mazes
Knott’s Berry farm boasts some of the spookiest haunts during Halloween. Enjoy terrifying mazes along with great rides and food!
Universal Studios-Halloween Horror Nights
Varying Nights Sept. 14th-Nov. 3rd
From the studios that created the horror genre comes a truly terrifying and twisted experience. Run through the most horrific mazes of the year, check out a new Jabbawockees show, or enjoy the terror tram.
Six Flags Magic Mountain-Fright Fest & Trick-Or-Treat Trail
Select dates, Sept. 15th-Oct. 28th
Haunted mazes, demented clowns, and deranged zombies are just some of the frights that wait for you at Six Flags this October. During the day, terrors are appropriate for all ages, so feel free to bring the kids to enjoy the rides and activities! You might want to leave them at home after dark, though.
Looking for something else to do? There are great parties and events just for adults in the area, too! If you’re looking for a night out with the girls, a spooky cocktail with your date, or some scary karaoke, you won’t be disappointed!
KCRW Masquerade Ball
Oct. 27th, 9 PM
L.A.’s favorite public radio station is bringing its legendary Halloween masquerade ball to a new location in Downtown L.A. Expect to find a labyrinth of sensory-stimulating themed rooms showcasing circus troops, DJs, ghost stories and, of course, boogying masqueraders at the Los Angeles Theatre. This year’s lineup includes a DJ set from Santigold, plus performances by White Denim, DāM-FunK, Cherry Glazerr and more.
Santa Monica Halloween Pub-crawl
Oct. 27th, 28th 6 PM
A Santa Monica staple, the Halloween pub-crawl is sure to be a great time! CalifroniaNightLife.com sends out this invitation: “Put on your coolest, scariest or sexiest costume and head out to Santa Monica for this massive Halloween Pub Crawl over two Spook-tacular nights with half-dozen bars. During select hours, participating venues will offer great drink specials to help get you in the Halloween spirit.”