There are so many awesome things to do in LA this month…
Fall is finally upon us! Though living in Southern California kind of feels like a year-round vacation, it doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy pumpkin spiced lattes and dressing up for “sweater weather.” Enjoy the season like a true Angeleno by attending one of the many things going in the city this Autumn! The month of October is filled with festivals, tastings, and pumpkin patches and we’ve conducted a list of the best things going on! Yup, making plans just got that much easier.
Living in Los Angeles during Halloween season can feel like all of your blockbuster nightmares are coming to life! For the first time, Angelenos on the hunt for the next eerie experience can head over to a macabre cocktail soirée hosted inside of an old L.A. mansion. Those brave enough to enter will discover the ominous presence of dark magic… and how it can open gateways to bizarre and frightening realities! This elegantly cursed experience, for over 21s only and begins on October 11. Learn more here!
Calabasas’ Halloween Wonderland is back for its second year and these luminous gourds are looking better than ever! Nights of the Jack is an experience like no other, featuring thousands of spectacular pumpkins scattered throughout a stunning property at King Gillette Ranch from October 3 to November 4. Thanks to thousands of hand-carving hours and hard work, this spooktacular display may just be the most festive showcase you visit this fall. Learn more here!
If you’re looking for an Insta-worthy spot, this is the patch for you! Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is a place to go to if you’re trying to be seen – don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity doing just that! Beyond gourd hunting, expect to find a petting zoo, pony rides, a pumpkin village, face painting, a straw maze, a super slide, and much more beginning Friday, October 4. Learn more here.
Keeping the tradition alive since 1934, the Original Farmers Market hosts a fall extravaganza for two days straight on October 12 & 13! Spend the day listening to live bands, watching pig races, or engaging in pumpkin bowling, candy corn hole, as well as a pie-eating contest hosted by Du-pars. Learn more here!
If you’re a lover of all things Halloween, then you’re going to want to check out the spooky celebration that plans to bring the worlds of classic hits like ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and ‘Hocus Pocus’ to life this fall. On October 2, an immersive experience honoring a few of the most iconic Halloween movies to exist will be popping up in Hollywood for a ghoulish extravaganza! Learn more here.
The Ace Hotel and LA Opera are teaming up to bring horror film fans a spine-chilling screening and live show on October 26! Try not to lose your cool inside of the hotel’s theatre which resembles an epically haunted cathedral while getting to witness a one-of-a-kind mashup of film and opera. Guests are invited to partake in a special screening of the Alfred Hitchcock 1960 cult classic, Psycho, alongside the LA Opera Orchestra. Learn more here!
Time stands still at Cinema Phantasmagoria, an immersive cinematic experience where guests step into a haunted 1920’s movie palace. Sinister ushers, strolling musicians, a demonic barber and an undead Master of Ceremonies will entertain as you hit the bar before settling in to watch a modern classic horror film. If you dare, take the historical Backstage Ghost Tour and step into the depths of the gothic and cursed Million Dollar Theatre! Learn more here.
Minimal Effort returns to the Belasco Theater in DTLA and some of the world’s most in-demand selectors are going to be there on Saturday, October 26! Dance until you drop with 8 hours of music, 28 artists and 4 stages with state of the arm sound systems that will blow you away. Be sure to dress to impress and get ready to party the night away because this year is expected to be bigger and better than ever. Step into an underground haven and get ready for a Halloween to remember! Learn more here.
Travel back in time to a place of happiness, peace, and love at Hollywoodstock on Friday, October 25. Get groovy at this ’60s themed party, and dance the night away to tunes that will transport you back to a simpler time when the vibe was always chill. This is the perfect opportunity to dress up as the hippiest of hippies and spread the joy! Leave the tricks at home and spend this Halloween full of treats with good friends, good food and of course – great energy! Learn more here.
Olvera Street is one of the city’s oldest landmarks and serves as a popular destination because of it’s colorful marketplace and handful of delicious restaurants! The annual Dia de los Muertos Festival has been held on Olvera Street for over 30 years and has brought Angelenos the opportunity to celebrate life in such a beautiful way. From October 25 to November 2, participate in candlelight processions where Mayan blessings and cleansings will be offered; following each procession, free pan de muerto (sweet bread) and champurrado (Mexican hot beverage) will be served! Learn more here.
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