Amusement Parks

Spooky Amusement Park Makeovers for Halloween

throughout the Los Angeles and Southern California area

Spooky redecorating of the Los Angeles area amusement parks for Halloween parties has become a major tradition. It’s often Friday night through Sunday in October, not just Halloween. Most of the park and a lot of the zoos are doing Halloween Haunt themes. The big ones are open most of October, some week days as well. Check an individual attraction’s own web site for the actual spooky days for their Halloween Events. Some are just part of the park’s regular events, others require separate evening tickets.

Scare Mazes are the big thing. Many can be quite graphic. Because of intensity of the haunting, there are child age recommendations for most of these events. Some events have separate children’s events.

For the most part, costumes ARE NOT allowed at the amusement parks to keep the employee’s separated from the paying customers. If costumes are allowed, face masks aren’t. Some of the children’s events do allow costumes for the kids. Check before getting your kid to the front gate.

Knott’s Berry Farm Halloween Haunt

Inormation updated for 2016 Knott’s Berry Farm turns into the “Scariest Place on Earth” after dark. Elaborate in-your-face scare event with over 1,000 monsters. nine haunted mazes, four scare zones and two scary shows.  Elvira Mistress of the Dark is the hostess of this event and will have her own special show.  Mazes include The Red Barn, The Shadow Lands, Paranormal Inc., Voodoo: Order of the Serpent, Black Ops: Infected, Dead of Winter: Wendigo’s Revenge, Trick or Treat, Tooth Fairy, Gunslinger’s Grave: A Blood Moon Rises.  Scare zones: Carnevil, Fiesta de los Muertos and Ghost Town, and the Sleepy Hollow.  There will also be up sell special skeleton key rooms, one featuring a VR experience.

Get into the spirit early by enjoying a Knott’s pre-scare boo-fet followed by early entry into Knott’s Scary Farm and VIP options. Scaring since 1973.

  • Info:  https://www.knotts.com/scaryfarm/    or  Facebook  or call 877-858-7234 for more information.
    • September 22 – October 31, 2016 

      • Some Wednesdays,  Thursday – Sunday
    • Knots Berry Farm
      • 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park
    • Prices : Presale $40 and up, look for coupons. Buy early for discounts. They do sell out some of the most popular nights, so plan ahead. Season passes available. (Admission separate from day passes.)
      • Fright Lane with Skeleton Key allows you to bypass the regular wait lines for 11 mazes all night long, and the Skeleton Key (included with all Fright Lane passes) unlocks additional rooms and interactive scares in select mazes.
      • See website for room and meal packages.
    • Not recommended for children under 13 or those who scare easy.
    • Sorry, no costumes or masks on attendees.

 

  • Beauty and the Creep fashion Faire
    • Knott’s Scary Farm Monsters will be scaring their way through the crowds at Halloween Club’s scarey fashion show
      • October 20, 2014
      • 14447 Firestone Blvd, La Marada @ Halloween Club
      • Prizes for original costumes

Knott’s Berry Farm Camp Spooky

Daytime alternative to the scary Halloween Haunt. Celebrating Halloween cheer with trick-or-treating, mazes and shows. Non scary. Costume contest.

Daytime, non-scare celebration of cheer rather than fear, is THE social event of the season with shows, activities, and of course trick-or-treating all geared for kids ages 3-11

  • Runs days: Weekends, October 2016 plus Halloween
    • Camp Spooky included in normal day admission to the park
  • Costume allowed for kids, 3-11

Halloween Horror Nights – Universal Studios

Inormation updated for 2016 Blurring the line between frightful illusion and grim reality Universal Studios is back. “Halloween Horror Nights” creates an active not passive scare.  Mazes, terror tram, scare zone, live shows.  With the heritage of making horror films for over 80 years, Universal Studios Hollywood brings you terrifying live Halloween event in Los Angeles!  Halloween Horror Nights offers a haunting new slate of nightmares featuring scares from some of the biggest horror properties in film and TV.  Seven haunted mazes, four scare zones and a Live stage show featuring the high-energy theatrics of Jabbawockeez.  Mazes include American Horror Story, the Exorcist,  Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Blood Brothers, Freddy vs. Jason, Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield, Krampus, Walking Dead (becomes a year-round maze).  The Terror Tram has it’s own scary story.  The scare zones will be themed on The Purge movies.

Haunting again since 2006.

  • Info: www.halloweenhorrornights.com or www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com  or 818-622-3801
    • September 16 –  November 5, 2016, 7:00
      • Fridays though most Sundays, Some Thursdays
    • Tickets: In advance : $55 on up, day of event varies by date, front of line pass( with food discounts), day & nigh combos, annual pass member’s discount., RIP Experience includes discounts, private tram, VIP lounge, reserved seats, hotel packages, etc.
      • CityWalk restaurants offer a number of pre-event discounts.
      • Tickets expected to sell out.
    • Sorry, no costumes or masks on attendees.
    • Too intense for young kids. Not recommended for under 13

 

Universal’s CityWalk Halloween Carnival for kids

??? Universal CityWalk “Monster Bash with Trick-or-Treating” featuring traditional trick-or-treating, children costume contests and entertainment for Los Angeles’ youngest ghouls, pirates, superheroes, witches and other costumed candy-seekers. The family-friendly celebration will feature a variety of candy distributed throughout CityWalk in traditional Halloween fashion and will provide a safe environment for children of all ages to enjoy trick-or-treating with their friends and family.

Other activities include a costume contest with prizes awarded for top categories, live entertainment and appearances by Monsters.

  • Info:    http://www.citywalkhollywood.com   or Event Detail and costume contest for the kids
    • Oct 31, 2011 – 4- 8 pm
      • Trick or Treating begins at 4:00pm
      • Registration for Costume Contest 5:00pm-6:15pm (next to CityWalk Stage)
      • Costume Contest 6:00pm-8:00pm
    • Universal Citywalk
      • festive event will be located in the Cinema Plaza
      • FREE!
      • Costume Contest of kids 12 & under

Fright Fest at Magic Mountain

Inormation updated for 2016 Six Flags Magic Mountain is transformed from a “theme park” to a haunted “scream park” for Fright Fest.  In addition to the world-class line-up of thrill rides, the theme park will be transformed into a haunted “scream park” for six frightfully fun weekends.

Our exciting line-up of new haunted attractions includes a new scare zone, Suicide Squad: The Six Flags Fright Fest Experience, and the largest outdoor maze in the Park’s history, Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising.

For the little monsters, a Trick or Treat Trail and Halloween Crafts round out the activities during the daylight hours … but once the clock hits 7:00p.m., the ghouls come out to haunt the park.  Mazes not recommended for the young kids. Some mazes have actual age restrictions. However, they also have Bugs Bunny World: “Twick or Tweat” just for the kids. Witch Hazel’s Pumpkin Patch Crafts  just for kids.  Children under 12 are allowed to come in costume for the daylight fun.

  • Info: http://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/ or http://frightfest.sixflags.com/magicmountain or 661-255-4100.
    • Fri-Sun, September 17 – October 30 , 2016  Hours are 10-10
    • Starts at $54.99 when a maze combo ticket is bought online
      • One-day ticket admission for all day and Fright Fest at night. Fright Fest mazes requires the purchase of a maze pass.
      • The Willoughby’s are providing the tricks to go along with some devilish treats – Buffet meal add-on available
    • May be too intense for kids under 13
    • Sorry, no costumes or masks on attendees.

Disney’s Halloween Time

Inormation updated for 2016 Ghostly going on across Disneyland Resort. Both Parks and many of your Favorite Disney Characters will dress up in the spooky spirit of Halloween! The Haunted Mansion will be done up in it’s Jack Skelton Halloweentown best, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and throttles through the outer reaches of an uncannily creepy cosmos. Have ghostly encounters with phantom patrons on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and relive the horrific Halloween night in 1939. Jack-o-lanterns and villains galore make for a spooky time.

  • Info: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/ or Halloween Time or 714-781-4400
    • September 9 – October 31, 2016
    • Tickets: Free with standard admission.  Park Hopper ticket starts at $155
    • No costumes during regular operating hours. except 9 and under.

Mikey’s Halloween Party – Disneyland Park

Additional perks:  Mickey’s Halloween Party is a sensational seasonal event that’s part of Halloween Time at Disneyland Park. Dress up your little ones, don a costume of your own, trick-or-treat at the ultimate neighborhood—Disneyland Park—and enjoy spine-tingling attractions, entertainment, Disney Character experiences and so much delightful and frightful family fun!  New addition – the Frightfully Fun Parade

  • Special trick-or-treat stations with candy and healthy goodies.
  • Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular, exclusively for Party Guests.
  • Dance parties, and the chance to eat, drink and be (not so) scary throughout the park.
  • Photo ops with popular Disney and Pixar Pals, and Disney Villains.
  • Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, a Halloween parade presented for Party Guests.
  • Info: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/disneyland/mickeys-halloween-party/  or 714-781-4400
    • Selected evening dates: September 25 –  October 31, 2015
    • Tickets: $79 – 89 depending on night. See the website for exact pricing. discounts for pass holders Separate evening admission fee.
    • Costumes allowed for the special event, but keep them very family friendly and make sure that kids can see well. Best to read their limitations before showing up at the gate.

Boo At the Zoo – Los Angeles Zoo

Inormation updated for 2016 Our spooky and safe family festivities have been such a spine-tingling success, we’re bringing back the ghoulishly good times throughout the month of October!  Treat the imagination, not the sweet tooth, at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find Halloween adventure every day in October and special entertainment—including roaming costumed characters, pumpkin carving, a musical puppet show, crafts, and more—on weekends. Costumes encouraged!

Daily Boo adventures include: Creepy Caves – Explore dim caverns with spooky projections. Creepy Corn Stalk Maze – Trek through a creepy maze made of hay.

Weekend Boo adventures include:  Creepy Crafts, Swazzle’s Musical Monster Mash-Up puppet show,  expert pumpkin carving demonstrations, strolling costumed characters, mad science show, Halloween Dance Block Party

Learn sweet and scary animal facts while you watch some of our resident creatures enjoy special enrichment  surprises. And, of course, trick-or-treat for candy as you roam the Zoo.  All activities are free to GLAZA members and with paid Zoo admission.

  • Info: http://www.lazoo.org or Event Detail
    • Every day, all October, 2016

      • 10am-4pm
      • Extra events on the weekends, see website for more details and show times.
      • See website for schedule for shows for pumpkin carving demos and puppet shows.
    • Free with zoo admission
      • GLAZA members at the Family Deluxe level of membership and above will have a opportunity this year to experience Boo at the L.A. Zoo fun festivities before the Zoo opens to the public – 8:30am Saturday, October 29, 2016.  RSVP required
    • Los Angeles Zoo
      • 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles
      • the northeast corner of Griffith Park at the junction of the I-5 (Golden State) and the 134 (Ventura) freeways.
    • Come in a comfortable, family-friendly costume.

Scarium of the Pacific – The Aquarium of the Pacific

Inormation updated for 2016 Numerous treats are in store this autumn at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Friday nights they’re open until nine to visit the Shark Lagoon. Consider dinner. Also sleep-over plans this year.

Scarium of the Pacific – Trick or Treat at the Aquarium

Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s seventeenth annual Scarium of the Pacific—a spooktacular, educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, face painting, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, and kooky crafts, and meet eerie animals in the Great Hall.
  • Info: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/scarium_of_the_pacific/
    • October 15-16, 2016, 9-5
    • Children are invited to come dressed as an underwater creature or in traditionally ghoulish attire to compete in our daily costume contest (must register by noon to participate).
    • Free w/ general admission.  Members get in free.  Member guests get 20% off.

Autumn Festival

Delve into the arts, cuisines, cultures, and marine environments of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s fifteenth anniversary of Autumn Festival. The Autumn Festival highlights the traditions and cultures of Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines through a weekend of learning opportunities and family entertainment celebrating the rich diversity of Asian and Asian-American cultures.

Flashlight Safari – Big Bear Alpine Zoo    New Event

Inormation updated for 2016 When night falls at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, scents linger longer in the still air and the zoo becomes alive with the sights and sounds of the nocturnal cycle of the creatures of the night. Nocturnal animals have highly developed senses of hearing, sight and smell, which are specially adapted to make the most of night-illumination.  Some daytime animals share the best of both worlds and remain active, even after dusk.    Big Bear Alpine Zoo will be hosting its Flashlight Safaris, a unique tour which explores the more active side of our animals during twilight and dusk. Exploring the zoo after dark is an experience of its own.

Bring your own flashlight.  Dress warmly.

  • Info: http://bigbearzoo.org/  or  Event Detail  or (909) 584-1299
    • October 8 – November 6, 2016
      • (weather permitting)
      • Arrive at 6:30, starts at 7pm, no late admissions.
    • Big Bear Alpine Zoo
      • 43285 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake
    • Tickets: $12 for adults, $9 for seniors (60+) and children

Sea Scare & Fair – Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Autumn Sea Fair

Inormation updated for 2016 Celebrate the bounty of the sea with fun-in-the-sun games and hometown spirit at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Autumn Sea Fair.

Children of all ages will enjoy ocean-related activities throughout the day, including face-painting, origami lessons and gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish printing. Dig out your inner pirate and join in the search for a buried treasure, learn how to cast a fishing rod, and use recycled materials we provide to compete in the Ocean Monster costume contest.

Dozens of local marine-related organizations will be on-hand to share their information and activities with you. Enjoy live music including the unique jazz stylings of Harold Greene on the Chapman Stick, the Japanese Drum troop Kokoro Taiko and the smooth sounds of Stucco Rainbow. Watch for “Eagle-eye” Greg, birder extraordinaire, the spectacular display by the Los Angeles City Fireboat and “Scuba Mike” demonstrating equipment used by scuba divers – the opportunities for fun are endless.

Sea Scare

Inormation updated for 2016 The best family Halloween party around is back and only at CMA! Sea Scare is washing ashore with lots of thrills and chills. Sea Scare brings back all your favorite attractions like Trick-or-Treat Trail, Seaside Boardwalk, the Sea Scare Party Zone, and Skull Alley.

We also have some exciting Tricks and Treats to celebrate. Plus, Aquarium Members get a special early entry into the event at 6pm. So come in costume and join in on the masquerade of ghosts and goblins, it’s sure to be a frightfully good time for the whole family!

  • Info: http://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/  or Event Detail or (310) 548-7562
    • Saturday evening, October 24, 2015 – 6-9pm
    • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
      • 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
    • Admission: on line tickets $5 adults, $1 children, FREE for FRIENDS Members.
      • Must RSVP in advance, even for members.  Sells out
    • Come in family friendly costume

Other Parks and Attractions

Every single amusement park in Southern California seems to have some kind of Halloween or Autumn celebration going. Many have children’s costume contests. There are addition events…

  • A number of zoos are doing “Boo, at the zoo” events at least Halloween weekend. Check your local zoo

Check out Boo News & Sources for other search engines.

Da Grave Yard

Past Events of note

Night of the Living Zoo – LA Zoo

Claw your way over to the L.A. Zoo for a hair-raising Halloween shindig like no other. Thrill to classic tales of the macabre courtesy of Drama After Dark. Gasp as animals such as the komodo dragon devour their All Hallow’s Eve feasts. Hear true tales of nature’s blood-suckers, as well as creatures odd, slimy and strange. Undead (aka live) music, viciously-good victuals, psychic readings, and more spooky surprises await all who dare enter…

In Drama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre with Poe and Gorey, actors of the Guild of St. George will perform haunting Edgar Allan Poe tales such as “The Raven” and “The Black Cat” and Edward Gorey’s ghastly “Gashlycrumb Tinies.” Goosebumps guaranteed.

The rockabilly beats and spooky tunes will have visitors shivering, shaking and quaking.  Animal keepers will enlighten the curious with fearsome feedings and terrifying talks throughout the evening.  Food and drink available for purchase.

  • Info: http://www.lazoo.org/nightofthelivingzoo/
    • Friday, October 24, 2014, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. 
  • Event takes place rain or shine
  • Los Angeles Zoo
    • 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles
    • the northeast corner of Griffith Park at the junction of the I-5 (Golden State) and the 134 (Ventura) freeways.
  • Tickets: $46/ $41 for GLAZA members (in advance), Door: $51 / $46 for GLAZA members
    • Ticket price includes 2 drinks
  • 18 +
  • Those guests deemed Scariest, Best Animal and Most Original in our Costume Contest will win the to-die-for grand prize: VIP behind-the-scenes docent tours.