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Halloween Events Los Angeles

Halloween is the season for all things scary and spooky — but that doesn't mean it can't be fun! Here are some of the best Halloween events in L.A.

Halloween — the crown jewel of October — is when spirits walk among the living, werewolves howl at the silver moon, and monsters creepy and crawly relentlessly stalk their prey, and we're all okay with it. We embrace the spooky, and we search for thrills while we're doing it. These Halloween events are some of the most terrifyingly fun things to do in Los Angeles.

1. Legendary Halloween - Basquiat King Pleasure

King Pleasure is the center of its own special world. It is art, and it is music. It's a cultural phenomenon that has passed unnoticed by the surface world. And now it's an immersive experience at King Pleasure Emporium. Groove to the amazing tunes of DJ Monalisa and get your copy of the legendary exhibition catalog signed by Jeanine Heriveaux and Lisane Basquiat.

These are the authors, curators, and talented producers of one of the most phenomenal cultural events of the modern era.

Music is a thread that holds the whole world together. More than 60 performers celebrate the musical heritage of the 20th century with us in The Beatles LOVE, a triumphant display of aerial performances, extreme sports, and both urban and freestyle dance styles.

2. Hotel Figueroa: Haunted Hotel

Hotel Figueroa, a stunning four-star luxury hotel near the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, is celebrating the spooky season in style. State-of-the-art sound and thumping dance music to run out the clock on All Hallows’ Eve. After the sun sets over the City of Angels, the night terrors come out and the hotel ballroom transforms into a terrifying cavern of ghouls.

World-renowned DJs are booked to play all night for high-energy dance remixes, hip-hop, deep house, and techno. The remodeled ballroom looks amazing, and so do the revelers, as exciting and fun costumes are strongly encouraged.

3. Level 8: The 8 Deadly Sins

Plumb the depths of the season at LEVEL 8’s “8 Deadly Sins,” a Halloween experience that goes far beyond a mere party and deep into the darkest fantasies ever to haunt a balmy October night in Los Angeles. Visitors gawk at the professional dancers, acrobats, and live stage actors who breathe life into the better-known sins.

This holiday spooktacular, breeds envy with breathtaking opulence, lust in reasonable doses, and slothfulness from reclining in the VIP lounge that’s available at the Mortal Sin ticket level. Your gluttony is served by the grand feast, as the performance sweeps you away in a rush of pride and wrath.

Tickets at the Greed level come with an open bar, which induces the deadliest sin of all: the fear of missing out.

It is pretty unlikely that you will be able to enjoy all the venues available at Level 8 in one night. However, there are plenty of other exciting events that take place throughout the year, making Level 8 an intriguing option for any event including celebrating New Year's Eve in Los Angeles.

4. "Rosemary's Baby" - Orpheum Theatre

Rosemary used to be such a nice girl until she fell for and married the enigmatic Mr. Woodhouse and moved into an apartment building with some... odd neighbors. This Halloween, her story is told again to enthralled crowds at the historic Orpheum Theatre.

This is the classic Halloween anti-Nativity story about a woman who bears the devil’s child and struggles with the truth. The performers do a frightful job of bringing this terrifying tale to life, while the audience does nothing but sit still and stay quiet.

Costumes are required, and the full bar and catering offer up devilish and delicious treats. Electric house music and a live DJ keep things bumping before and after the performance, which runs to all hours of the night.

Photographer: Caroline Hernandez

5. Angel of Light - Los Angeles Theatre

Even on a regular evening, the Los Angeles Theatre is an art palace of unparalleled beauty. A grand lobby is all done up in silver and gold, with huge rococo columns supporting a ceiling painted in scenes of heavenly grace. The main staircase gracefully lifts up to the mezzanine level, which is picked out in gold leaf and soft golden light.

From here, it’s a short stroll to the ballroom, which is an experience of solid hardwood and baroque carvings born from an older and more elegant era.

6. Lucha VaVOOM: Area 51 - The Mayan

From the south, there comes a gathering storm. Clouds roll over the horizon, and legions of masked gladiators march out of step into the ring for the ultimate combat.

Here, in a high-flying extravaganza of muscle, determination, and sheer will, the combat will be joined by the anonymous fighting men of Lucha VaVOOM, in a family-friendly event that strikes the ideal note for the season of mystery and enchantment.

Lucha VaVOOM is honoring the season of darkness with a spectacular Area 51 event. Here, in an homage to the mysterious events of July 1947, when aliens tried to invade America and got bodied by rampaging Lucha Libre wrestlers, a wrestling event to set the world on fire is set to lift the roof.

Come in costume, but mind the mask you wear, because these hombres are emocionado y listo para luchar.

7. Dean Mora & His Haunted Orchestra - Cicada Club

Put some swing in your zing, as the Halloween festivities at Cicada Club ring in the holiday in the old style, with ‘30s jazz and champagne style. Dean Mora and His Haunted Orchestra welcome vocalists Kayre Morrison and Damon Kirsch for a swingin’ rendition of the old Halloween classics, plus a few special surprises just for the live audience.

Photographer: Andrey Konstantinov

8. Cypress Hill: Haunted Hill - The Novo

Go Insane In the Brain with Cypress Hill at The Novo, as you and the others throw down Hits From the Bong during the countdown to Tequila Sunrise. The heat from the stage melts Illusions away as the (Rock) Superstars themselves give it up for their old friends Trash Talk and Onyx.

This is the two-stop-only haunted house tour, followed by silence as chill as the grave until the next rising. This is the heart of hip-hop from the golden era, complete with flannel jackets and lip tats. Wear a costume, but come costumed as yourself, and get out of your seat and jump around for the hottest act out of the peak West Coast music scene.

9. Nightmare in LA - Teragram Ballroom

Give yourself restless dreams and disturbed sleep by seeing Nightmare in LA, a spooky celebration of all that’s dark and foul this Halloween. Meeting at the Teragram Ballroom as soon as the sun goes down, seekers with a flair for the macabre will haunt the dance floor in costume or out.

The music and festivities will continue until everyone is dog-tired and it’s time for the vampires to head home to their coffins.

10. Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party

Halloween isn’t a traditional Japanese holiday, but the Japanese community is a traditional part of Los Angeles. Haunted Little Tokyo is a feast of syncretism, as the culture of the Far East goes West, and a holiday with roots in the European calendar of saints takes a unique twist as a thumping block party that’s open to all.

This is an all-ages block party on the streets of Little Tokyo, close enough to Downtown that you’re never out from under the shade of the City Hall tower. Step into the streets around 6 p.m. on October 28, but don’t ask the Little Tokyo Ghost Club where you’re going, because the exact location is a secret to everybody who didn’t RSVP in advance.

Festivities run to midnight, or technically 11:59 p.m., with food, music, amateur entertainment, and plenty of neighbors, families, and friends to share the fun.

11. Halloween Dance Party - Wolf & Crane

The Wolf & Crane is a fusion between the traditional Japanese tea house and Ye Olde English pub. Perched in the heart of Downtown and surrounded by the fun and flair of Little Tokyo, this is the classic third place, a refuge for people that’s neither work nor home.

Here, surrounded by the biggest collection of Japanese whiskey in the Western world, is the bar’s annual Halloween Dance Party.

Patrons will be there in and out of costume, and a special selection of totemo bukimina (very spooky) cocktails crafted just for the season is on the menu. Enjoy music, dancing, and the fellowship of your neighbors and friends during the scariest season of all.

Japanese whisky in an Asian ambiente.

12. Halloween Scare Package - Two Bit Circus

Searching for some unique things to do in Los Angeles on Halloween? Look no further, Two Bit Circus is the world’s first micro-amusement park. Here, on 38,000 acres of darling decorations and games, Halloween fans can gather on October 28 for a curated Halloween Scare Package. Special spook shows and all the usual arcade games and rides for the kids are planned.

13. Yoi Toki - 1720

Yoi Toki means “good times,” which is as good a name as any for this funktastic vaporwave jam taking place on Halloween at 1720, the hottest address in Downtown. Guest DJs Jak Syn, Nite Patrol, and Phantacat set the beats up and knock them back down all night long, as Japanese traditional influences work through disco and funk to keep people moving.

Festivities run from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and admission is free before 10 p.m. on a first-come/first-served basis. Tables are for guests 21 and over, but anybody 18 and up can attend.

14. Bob Baker Hallowe'en Costume Ball

Of course — a costume contest! Pickle, the semi-official Drag Queen Laureate of West Hollywood, hosts the first-ever Hallowe’en Costume Ball at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. This October 28, costume designers Erin Benach, Audrey Fisher, and Christie Wittenborn, along with production designer Natou Fall, judge guests’ costumes and offer withering criticism that will leave your ears ringing.

First prize is a two-night stay at Ace Hotel that comes with food and beverage credits worth $500 together.

When the high judgment and low comedy is over, guests will grind the night away under the watchful eyes of DJ SuperBee on the stage itself. Everybody gets two free drink tickets. Proceeds go to support puppetry and the allied arts.

15. Midnight Diner: OTOTO Stories

Echo Park's James Beard Award-winning sake bar, OTOTO, is set to mutate into Midnight Diner this Halloween, a unique experience of storytelling and scares to set the right Halloween mood.

Sit at your table and take in the sights and the sounds, as blue-clad waiters dressed as Master drift between parties, serving mysterious cocktails and dispensing life advice to the lost holiday travelers.

Master Charles Namba lords over the kitchen, serving up his signature menu of Tonjiru, Ham Katsu, Curry Ramen, Tebasaki Karaage, Tamago Sando, Yakisoba Dog, and Asari Sakamushi. Wear a costume if you have one, walk-ins are welcome, and no reservations are required to dive deep into the spooky side of trendy haute cuisine.

16. Catch One

Catch One is the club to be at in October. All month long, this lively spot on West Pico Boulevard is hosting Halloween-themed raves, reggaeton, and alt-rock parties. Free live music and a lively crowd scene keep the joint hopping with annual events like Destroy LA, The Secret Circus, and Dark Serenade.

17. Evan + Zane: Halloween VI - Zebulon

Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood and Turn Off the Dark’s Zane Carney come to Zebulon as EVAN + ZANE, a spooksplosion of live music and rave trance, delivered in themed performances that feature Evan’s preternatural vocals over a flowing river of Zane’s film scores.

Every city gets its own unique theme, and Los Angeles has earned a Halloween cabaret for 2023 that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, even if you’re a Zebulon regular.

18. Hollywood Horror Story - Hollywood Roosevelt

Marylin Monroe used to live at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, back in the early ‘50s when her modeling career was just taking off. You can stop by for a night of spine-tingling terror at Hollywood Horror Story. Lounge by the Tropicana pool where Marylin’s first professional photoshoot was held.

Take a terrifying tour of the local area, with packages that include Scarylin Monroe and the Hollywood Walk of Death. Costumes are optional, but spooky ghosts and terrifying ghouls are strongly encouraged.

Photographer: Brendan Church

19. Tao Group Halloween - Dream Hollywood

Dream Hollywood is creating a wild night of haunted jazz and holiday spirit over a long and spooky weekend. Justin Credible and Roddy Ricch craft A Nightmare on Selma Avenue, with live performances and thumping DJ riff tracks.

We love the club scene and the wonder of the natural world that seems present with every heartbeat of the music. We think of this every time the performers take the stage for Mystère, our sweeping epic of conflict and life beyond reason.

20. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" - Hollywood Bowl

It has been 30 years since Tim Burton chilled our souls with the genre-defying musical comedy gothic horror The Nightmare Before Christmas. Now, the nightmare has returned to the Hollywood Bowl for three nights with Danny Elfman in the role of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King.

Come in costume and win fabulously mysterious prizes, bring the children for family fun, and enjoy a live orchestra in one of Hollywood’s most iconic venues.

Photographer: Simdyankin Evgeniy

21. boygenius - Hollywood Bowl

On Halloween night itself, the hot-new-thing boy genius is headlining a concert that features 100 Gecs and Sloppy Jane. Expect to hear all of their current hits, plus a few special Halloween surprises from the stage in this acoustically perfect venue, where the hottest acts of all time have mesmerized crowds of every kind.

22. The Vampire Circus - The Montalbán

In ages past, the aristocrats of a bygone Europe would celebrate the eve of All Saints’ Day with elaborate masquerade balls and fancy dress parties. The finest foods were served from silver trays, the ladies’ dresses were the picture of elegance, and the gentlemen were turned out in their ceremonial uniforms and most elaborate finery.

This Halloween, a little of the old spirit comes back in the Vampire Circus, a performative reign of terror at The Montalbán. This immersive theatrical performance is especially dear to our hearts, as the Tim Burton-inspired performance features our elite dancers and acrobats.

23. Black Lagoon - Lost Property

Halloween and heavy metal are made for each other, so the place to be on the night itself is Lost Property, where the downtuned chords of mass music are thumping out from Black Lagoon.

This headbangers’ Halloween boasts mixed drink specials, goth decor, and a diabolical drag show Boo-lesque.

Embrace the Spirit of the Season - Your Spooktacular Los Angeles Halloween Awaits!

How can we let Halloween just pass us by without a solid scare? We drift like the undead around Los Angeles as the October moon rises, drinking our fill of the sights and sounds of the scariest season of them all.

We’ve learned a lot about the City of Angels this way, as you can learn more about us at any of our shows in Los Angeles in this wonderful, occasionally terrifying, Halloween-friendly city of ours.

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