The Most Thrilling Drive-In Experiences Coming To L.A. This Season

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The most exciting drive-in events rolling into the city this season.

Hop into your car and roll into reimagined outdoor spaces across Los Angeles, where screens and stages will light up as the sun sets and the autumn leaves float to the ground. While we were all terrified that our annual zombie-filled traditions would be lost completely this year, the only real difference is that you’ll be doing most of it from the safety of your car—and don’t panic, there’ll be all sorts of safety measures in place so you don’t floor it with every fright.

Here’s what you have to look forward to (so far).

1. Stranger Things ‘Drive-Into’ Experience

Starcourt Mall is opening up in a secret location in central DTLA. You’ll ride straight into the Upside Down and be taken on a thrilling adventure through the Hawkins universe. You’ll unlock the untold secrets as actors guide you through an adventure filled with mind-bending special effects, monster hunts, and surprises like that will blur the line between reality and cult TV. Keep your doors locked, this is going to be one thrilling ride. Get tickets here. 

2. Freeform’s Halloween Road Drive-Through [Sold Out]

L.A.’s annual spooky celebrations are hitting the road this year, and Freeform’s usual 31 Nights Of Halloween programming will is another beloved celebration that will be enjoyed form the safety of your car. And all the Haunted House tricks and treats will be happening at the fitting Victorian setting of Heritage Square from October 2 through 4. While it’s all completely free, you’ll need to reserve a spot for the event beforehand and tickets will be released on September 12 at 10:00 am. Sign up at www.31nightsofhalloween.com to get updates and reminders.

3. The ‘Haunt’Oween L.A.’ Drive-Thru

It’s your usual Halloween neighborhood experience but with a Hollywood twist. Experiential Supply will be dazzling eager trick-or-treaters with large scale multi-sensory scenes, live actors (who will all be practicing social distancing), interactive pumpkin-picking, candy-collecting and an immersive Jack-O-Lantern tunnel. It’s all your usual neighborhood traditions souped-up with elaborate Hollywood-grade production. Your journey into the spooky, family-friendly drive-thru begins on Topanga Canyon Boulevard from October 9 to 31, from 3 to 9 p.m.  Tickets are between $70 and $90 depending on the number of passengers, and you can get yours here.

4. Urban Legends of Southern California’s Haunted House Drive-Through

Urban Legends of Southern California will conjure up all SoCal’s most terrifying urban legends, cursed souls and monsters that have haunted residents for generations. Whether it’s the mysterious winds that howl through the streets or the unnatural presences that make your hairs stand up, familiar stories will be brought to life through a series thrills. Early bird tickets start at $49.99 per vehicle with each session lasting around 45 minutes. There’ll be 24 nights to choose from, all taking place at the OC Fair & Event Center from October 1 through November 1.

5. The Haunted Hayride ‘Drive-Up’ 

The beloved Hayride is reinventing their Griffith Park event and turning it into a ‘drive-up’ experience filled with all the tricks and treats visitors have come to know and love. Your ride will be made of segments featuring impressive sounds and lighting along with the familiar faces from Midnight Falls! Besides the major switch from foot to cars, the location has also been moved from Griffith Park to Bonelli Regional Park, in San Dimas next to Raging Waters. Get tickets here. 

6. San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In Nights

If you’re not quite comfortable with the idea of a zombie’s face pressed against your car window, then you can opt for the traditional thrills: Halloween classics on a 60ft screen. You’ll have all the retro classics that will take you back to simpler times like Edward Scissor Hands and Pet Sematary. Tickets sell out pretty fast and they’re on sale now so you may want to get moving on if a night of Hotel Transylvania and Scream sounds like a night of fun to you. Get your tickets here.

7. The Bite LA

Calling all food lovers with an appetite for tasty thrills and scrumptious scares. There’s Halloween foodie drive-through experience taking over Legg Lake at Whittier Narrows this fall and you’ll want to get a bite! From October 2 to November 1, Angelenos will be treated to an eerie food crawl, a virtual campfire, and a “creature safari” along with a few other tricks at The Bite LA. Find out more here.

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