L.A. homes with spooky curb appeal.
Just because trick-or-treating is canceled this year doesn’t mean we have to lose the Halloween spirit completely. When it comes to decorating and celebrating the creepy time of year, Angelenos really do know how to give it that Hollywood touch. Every year, Halloween artisans pour their blood, sweat and tears into creating an otherworldly experience in their front yards. While there may be a few tweaks and fewer interactive mazes, there’s still spooky spectacles going on. So add these thrilling installations to your list of socially-distanced Halloween activities.
1. Rotten Apple 907, Burbank
Haunted House Manor started off as part of a child’s birthday party but has grown to become an epic experience that people look forward to attending all year long. This year, there’ll be a display and a short show event offered from October 23 to November 1.
Locations: 907 N California St, Burbank, CA 91505, USA
Hours: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2. The Haunted Shack, Torrance
This is a small home haunt that is always free to the public. Every year they create a haunting maze starting at the driveway which typically takes 6-8 minutes. But unfortunately, due to the pandemic it will simply be a front yard display. All funds raised from the event go to a selected charity. Since 1997 they have raised $6800 in charitable donations.
Location: 5112 Maricopa St, Torrance, CA 90503, USA
Hours: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
3. Holiday Fantasies, Burbank
Disney remains closed, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy some of your favorite characters. Homeowners in Burbank have taken it upon themselves to bring Disney right to their neighborhood with their ‘fantasmic’-themed Halloween decorations. And boy, did they deliver. Expect to see tons of spirited yard displays, inflated monsters, illuminated jack-o-lanterns, and ghostly projections in this decked-out slice of suburbia. Those looking to be surrounded by all things Halloween migrate to this festive street for a reason.
Location: 1505 N Valley St, Burbank, CA 91505, USA
4. Carroll Avenue, Angelino Heights
The block is filled with beautiful historic Victorian mansions which not only give it the perfect spooky-curb appeal but also gather fans of recognizable shows and films like Charmed and Salem’s Lot throughout the year! If you keep an eye out, you’ll even spot the very house that Michael Jackson’s Thriller used in the iconic music video – one year, a zombie dance group even reenacted those killer moves! For Halloween decoration and yard haunts walk a block over to Douglas Street.
5. Toluca Estates Drive, Toluca Lake
When comedian Bob Hope lived in this prestigious neighborhood, he would hand out full-sized candy bars and toys! Costumed visitors fill the closed-off cul-de-sac, on the prowl to gaze in awe over the house with the best Halloween lawn displays and decorations. Security patrol the area and the street lights are dimmed, making bold costume ideas come to life!
6. Beware The Dark Realm, Santa Clarita
This home is ranked highly for its home haunts that send people through an enclosed maze every year. But during the strange pandemic period, Beware The Dark Realm has decided to do an open-air walkthrough to bring some safe socially-distanced scares.
Location: 28621 Sugar Pine Way, Santa Clarita, 91390
Hours: October 30-31 7pm-10pm.
7. Fillmore Graves’ Jack-O-Lantern Farm, Van Nuys
When a Disney Imagineer with a decade of Halloween display crafting in the bag puts on a show, you make dead sure you stop by. Scott Goddard has meticulously designed an eerie farm realm that seems to come to life as curious visitors peer in. When you least expect it, a door might creak or an empty rocking chair on the porch might begin to rock.
Location: 14318 Emelita St, Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
8. Hull House Haunt, Buena Park
This haunt is themed around a funeral house that has burned down, with illuminated graves in the front yard. Every Halloween the spirits come out to play and chaos reigns! Expect ominous shades of emerald and purples swirling in a haze of smoke.
Location: 6688 San Alano Circle, Buena Park CA
[Featured Photo: @thehauntedshack]