Haunting on Wheels

Haunted Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

OK, not exactly planes, but we do have haunted tours, great Halloween train rides, and a few more eclectic Halloween things on wheels.

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Dream Halloween – Los Angeles

NOTE:  This event is no longer at the AIRPORT – see new address below

Starlight Children’s Foundation invites you to check into the legendary “Starlight Hotel” for Dream Halloween. You’re invited to Starlight’s Dream Halloween, LA’s premiere family-friendly, star-studded, high-energy costume extravaganza! Come and enjoy live performances, toy giveaways, fun-filled activities, complimentary food and beverages and so much more. Star-studded.

The event sponsors hundreds of sick kids. At Dream Halloween children enjoy a spectacular Trick or Treat Lane where they receive toys donated by our generous sponsors. Other highlights include live performances, celebrity guests, a VIP lounge and fabulous food. Planned activities include face painting, photo booths with costume characters, hands
on crafts and state of the art virtual reality games and experiences.

  • Info: http://www.dreamhalloween.org or  http://www.starlight.org/   or 424-245-3688
    • Saturday, Oct 21, 2017, 6pm   
    • The MacArthur  <— New location!!!!
      • 607 S. Park View Street, Los Angeles   
    • Tickets: sponsorship packages start at $2,500 for 2 adults & 2 children.  See website for more sponsorship details.

Trains – Haunts & Festivals

Ghost Train in Travel Town

2017 Update Playful Spooks invade the mini-trains at Griffith Park. Evening rides feature 30 display around the track. Come ride a train!  There is no light at the end of our tunnel! Your adventure will unfold as you ride 1/8 scale trains, immersing you in an imaginary dream world of 30 professionally-designed displays, with theatrical lights and sound, projections, animatronics, fog, and pyrotechnic effects. The show is designed to be spooky, yet family friendly; there is no blood or gore, and no actors will jump out or touch you.

The Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum has been demonstrates railroads in miniature, 3 different gauges, for almost 50 Years. It has been haunting since 2001. Checkout pictures from other years.  Rolling since 2001.   

  • Info: http://www.lals.org or 323-662-8030 or facebook ghost train
    • Oct. 13-15, and 20-22,  27-31, 2017,  7:00 – 10 pm.
      • Fri-Sun, plus Halloween week
    • Near Travel Town, at the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum
      • 5202 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, Los Angeles
    • $20 donation per rider /  Order in advance, some dates sell out.
    • No one under 34? in height or over 350 lbs., scary

Celebrating Halloween on the Rails: Fillmore & Western Railway Company – Specialty Trains

2017 Update Ride a vintage train to their pumpkin patch. Children’s museum, jumps, carousel, hay maze, arts and crafts, food and fun. See the home of the Hollywood Trains! There are 3 different themed events, see below for details. Check out their site for previous years pictures.

  • Info: http://www.fwry.com/ then click on Specialty Trains
    • Make reservations: 800-773-8724
    • Will call is at 364 Main Street, Fillmore


Ride a vintage train to “ICHABOG” our private pumpkin patch at Loose Caboose Garden Center and Gift Emporium to pick the perfect jack-o-lantern. Activities and attractions include: Jolly Jumps, Carousel, Arts & Crafts Booths, BBQ food booth, face painting and much, much more. They’re dying to see you there!

  • Saturday and Sundays 10:30 am and 2:00 pm, October, 2017

    • Trains depart 10:30, 2 pm
    • Tickets: Adults $22, 4-12 yrs $15, smalls $10, under 2 on lap, free
    • Reservations suggested

Haunted Hayride Family Dinner Train

Creep on-board a hauntingly vintage train for a spooktacular adventure, with “Ichabod” as your destination. Feast on BBQ tri-tip and Chicken, Potato Salad, Bread and Beans. Then embark on a daring hayride and and who knows what else, or who else might be lurking … Dress in costume or as a mere mortal, if you dare.

  • Event Details
  • Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 

    • Bodies board – 6:45, dying return – aprox 10:15
    • Tickets Adult (&baby on lap) $62/ 4-12 $45 / Baby $10
      • reservations required
    • Costumes Encouraged

Zombie Hunter Paintball Trains

Trains and paintball?  What could be more fun?  Shoot at targets from a moving train.  It’s approximately 1 1/2 hours of fun.  Everything you need will be provided.  Extra paintballs will be available for purchase on board.  Snacks and refreshments available for purchase.

  • Event Details
  • Oct 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 27-29, 2017

    • 5:30pm, 7:00 & 8:30
    • Saturday & Sunday, plus Friday before Halloween
  • Tickets: Hunter –  8 and up, $55 / just ride, $25
    • $10 discount for the 1st two weeks.

Murder Mystery – Dinner Train & Theater – Fright Night

Enjoy an evening train ride with a 3 course dinner and less-than-serious sleuthing. Join in or sit back and watch.  Theme is “Fright Night”.  Come dressed as  your favorite ghoul or ghost and try to solve a murder mystery on board a train.  Scare yourself silly with murder and mystery on an evening of spooky entertainment.  You never know what will happen or to who.  Your hair will stand on end as you split  your sides laughing with this motley crew.  “Is this a costume or the real you?”

  • Info:  http://www.fwry-blog.com/murder-mystery-dinner-2017.html
  •   Saturday night, October 7, 2017
    • board at 6:15 pm, depart 7:00 pm, return at 10:00 pm

      • check their ticket section to see what mystery dinner show plays on other nights
      • reservations required
      • assigned seating
    • for dinner: $89 (includes tax and tips)
    • 18 & over for this event
  • Note: They do themed events thought out the year.

Irvine Park Railroad & Pumpkin Patch

2017 Update Their train circles the pumpkin patch giving you a perfect chance to scope out the whole field. There are train rides, haunted house, John Deer Gator Racers, Halloween Bounce House Jumper, panning for gold, good “county fair” food, and on the weekend face painting and carnival games. Haunted House and hay maze. Other activities include the Orange County Zoo, Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park for bike and paddle boat rentals, and a lot more!

The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off is Saturday, 27, 2017.  All regular events are running as well.  Live band.

  • Info: http://www.irvineparkrailroad.com/or (714) 997-3968
    • September 16 – October 31, 2017
    • Open 7 days a week (weather permitting)
      • Weekdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
      • Weekends 10:00am – 6:00 pm
    • Irvine Regional Park, far east end of Jamboree in the City of Orange.
    • Pricing: $3 entry fee per car on weekdays, $5 on weekend. Free walk-in allowed.
      • Included in Admission: pumpkin patch,hay maze, hay pyramid, haunted house,  is free.
      • Extra items individually priced. Discounted groups of tickets available. See the site for details and pricing.
      • Internet Coupons
      • School Groups Welcome…call about weekday group rates! (714) 997-3968

Automobiles – Haunted Tours

Treat Festival/Halloween Hearse Show and Procession: “Freak Out”

The Orange County Market place presents their annual Halloween Procession and Show including a Day of the Dead Celebration featuring Azteca Dancers performing traditional dances honoring the dead, artisans with Day of the Dead creations and face painting. The Hearse show will offer Day of the Dead altars as part of the display, and the main stage will have an alter in honor of Harry Houdini. Free sugar skull painting will be available for kids along with a Trick or Treat Festival throughout the market place. A costume parade and a Dead Celebrity Costume contest are among the entertainments for the kids, along with face painting, a puppet show, strolling entertainers, a scream contest, all mixed in with the swap meet vendors, magicians, side show acts, artisans and crafters. Giant Pumpkin Carving all day.

  • Info: http://www.ocmarketplace.com/or (714) 708-1500 or event detail
    • Sunday, October 29,2016. 10:00 am -4:00 pm 
      • Admission to fest is free with swap-meet admission or donated can of food. (12 and under free)
    • Hearse Show
      • Procession is open to all hearses, ambulances, flower cars and any funeral going vehicle.
      • See the event detail for more entry information by Phantom Coaches Hearse Club
      • Hearse procession leaves at 10am sharp.
    • Orange County Fair & Event Center
      • 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa


Halloween Horrors Crime Bus Tour

2017 Update “Not your ordinary tour bus company. Routes veer off into fascinating, neglected neighborhoods. … Tour themes are provocative and complex, but never dry, mixing crime and social history, rock and roll and architecture, literature and film, fine art and urban studies into a simmering stew of original research and startling observations.”

Find out bizarre and fascinating info on Los Angeles History in this collection of bus and walking tours. Haunting highlights listed below, see their website for more tours and details. Join Esotouric on bus adventures into the secret heart of LA.

  • Info: http://www.esotouric.com/
    • Tickets: $58-$62 for most but prices vary, $10 walking tour tickets.
    • Reservations required
    • See details of a tour for meet-up points

Upcoming tours:

  • Hotel Horrors and Main Street Vice bus tour
    • Saturday, September 16, 2017
  • Hollywood Crime Bus Tour
    • Saturday, September 30, 2017
  • The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
    • Saturday, October 7, 2017
  • Echo Park Book of the Dead crime bus tour
    • Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • Ray Chandler’s Los Angeles bus tour
    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Fall events only listed above. See their site for even more noir thrills and chills

Dearly Departed Tours – Hollywood

2017 Update Join your knowledgeable guide on an escorted journey through death, murder and scandal in Los Angeles in the cool comfort of the luxurious Dearly Departed Tomb Buggy. Once your tour um… departs, you’ll visit sites of either historical or hysterical interest where events of the most scandalous nature took place. All in all, about 100 sights in 2.5 hours. It’s a “Light hearted look at the Dark Side of Hollywood.” See site for more details.

Museum open daily.

  • Info: http://www.dearlydepartedtours.com  or facebook  or  1 (855) 600-3323 (DEAD)   

    • Meeting Location:
      • 5901 Santa Monica Blvd, LA
      • northwest corner of Bronson and Santa Monica Blvd. Across from the Historic Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
    • RSVP required, some tours sell out
      • If you have a party of at least 4, more tours are possible, inquiry
    • Adult content & language

Upcoming Tours:

Dearly Departed’s Hollywood Tragical History Tour

  •  On board we will show scenes from over 50 films while in front of their filming locations  – some you’ll recognize straight away and some you’ll probably never want to see again!
    • 7 days a week, September – October, 2017, 12:00 pm
    • Tickets: $50 per body  / 2.5 hours

Helter Skelter

  • Over 40 years have passed since the infamous Tate/LaBianca murders at the hands of the Manson Family. The world’s fascination with this case have never stopped. Retrace this horrific and historical crime by traveling to the actual locations where these people lived, and died while the top 40 songs of 1969 play.
    • Saturdays,  2017 – 9 am
    • Tickets $75 per body / 3.5 hours
    • Not recommended for children

Horror Film Location Tour

  • Just for Halloween, Dearly Departed Tours will an escorted journey through spooky film madness, with a Halloween tour devoted to the famous horror film locations around Hollywood and Pasadena.
    • October 22, 28, 29, 31, 2017 – 3 pm
    • Tickets $ 65 per body, depending on day  / ~4 hours

Eeek! G-G-G- Ghost Tour!

??? Join RIP the Undertaker as he gathers bodies when the sun goes down… When Hollywood’s dark side comes to LIFE!  Follow his flickering candle as he leads the brave souls down the Notorious Walk of Fame… and INFAMY!  RIP The Undertaker will recount 100 Tragedy-Filled years that allow mourners to pay their respects at Horrific Haunting Grounds, Creepy Crime Scenes and Foreboding Famous Landmarks.  Not every Hollywood Story has a happy ending and sometimes greater fame is achieved in DEATH… than in life.

RIP The Undertaker will reveal the scary sights, spooky sounds and stinky smells that define the Tantalizing Tarnished Star that is Tinseltown.  The Walking Tour lasts about 90 minutes and covers a 1-mile bloody trail.   Come early to peruse our museum of deathly artifacts before the tour including a piece of the first Hollywood Sign and an original costume from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Each mourner is provided with an individual wireless receiver and headphones so you won’t miss a single word.  The noises of the city will all but disappear.

Info: http://dearlydepartedtours.com/boo/

  • September 9, 16, 23, 24, 30,2016
  • October 1, 2, 7, 14, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2016
  • November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 2016
  • Weekends, some weekdays plus Halloween week
    • Continues after Halloween, see website for extra dates
  • Ticket:s $30  per body   / walking tour / 100 minutes, does sell out
  • Kindly dress in black to mourn the dead.

Starline  – The Haunted Halloween Tour

Beyond the glitz and glamor of Hollywood lies a dark side – a side that only rises once the Southern California sun has set and the ghosts of Los Angeles stir in their graves. Explore the spooky world of restless spirits, shocking scandals, strange mysteries, and unexplained sightings with the Starline Tours haunted bus tour!  Our haunted bus tour is perfect for families and visitors with a penchant for supernatural thrills and twisted adventures!

Our ghost tours in Los Angeles are steeped in Hollywood lore, highlighting forgotten secrets at iconic locations and famous hotspots throughout the city. You will also hear twisted tales from L.A.’s past, from shocking true stories of murder and suicide to chaotic mayhem with a supernatural edge. Guests on our haunted bus tour will walk in the footsteps of famous ghosts and restless spirits, visiting actual locations that are said to be haunted – places where professional investigators have captured unexplained EVPs and digital recordings of paranormal activity!

  • Info:   https://www.starlinetours.com/los-angeles-tours.asp   or  Event Detail
    • Ever Friday and Saturday, 2016  – 6:30pm, 2 hours 
    • Starline Tours terminal located outside the TCL Chinese Theatre
      • 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
    • Tickets:  Adult: $55 / Kids (under 12): $45
      • Book early, sells out some days


Looking for more Haunted Tours??? Check out Walking Tours in Eclectic Extras.

Extras Wheeling Events

The Manhattan Beach Halloween Pumpkin Race

Trick-or-Treat Downtown Manhattan Beach

2017 UpdateEnjoy the spectacle of the Manhattan Beach Pier area transformed into Pumpkinrace Land, where creativity runs wild and cheaters never prosper.  Whether you race for the pure fun of it, or to support a loved one, the World Famous Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race is a thrilling, family-friendly experience that will rekindle your childhood delight.  Enjoy heart racing thrills and jump for joy in  your fun-spirited quest for the Championship trophy and team awards including Best Design, Worst Crash, Most Adorable, Top Fundraisers, and more!  Dress in colorful costumes, enjoy fun activities for all ages.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this unique, one-of-a-kind family fun competition. Build your own Pumpkin RaceCar and enter the Pumpkin Race for free! Or, pickup a pre-carved pumpkin and Pumpkin RaceCar Kit at the event for a $20 dollar donation. Pumpkin RaceCar Kits ( in advance, see website).  Pumpkin Pit Row contains all of the necessary tools, accessories, and expert assistance (and encouragement!) to build a Pumpkin RaceCar. Stock items include wheels, axels, tools, hardware accessories and assorted decoration options.   Tour the display of competitors, or watch the “cheaters” be smashed to pie with a large mallet.

Activity booths.  Food fun and excitement for the entire family will be open from 12:00pm – 6:30pm.    Costume contest.  Morning Friendship Walk.   Racing since 1990.

  • Info: http://mb.pumpkinrace.com/  or event detail  (or https://pumpkinrace.com/   )
    • Sunday October 29, 2017 –  12:00pm – 6:30pm 

      • Qualifying races start at noon.
      • Pier to Pier walk registration starts at 8am
      • Trick-or-Treat Downtown Manhattan Beach 11-5pm
    • Manhattan Beach Pier
      • Manhattan Ave. & MB Blvd for the street fair
    • Costumes!

Halloween Skating

Tricks for Treats – Skate

2017 Update Food – Prizes – Giveaways – Contests for costume and skating.   No masks. Costumes must not present safety hazards.   Contests, prize giveaways, local youth bands from Burbank Music Academy, and free hot dogs!  Poor weather may cancel event.

  • Info:   http://www.burbankusa.com/   or   818.238.5390 or event detail
    • Friday, October 27, 2017 – 5:00-9:00 p.m.
    • Valley Skate Park
      • 1625 North Valley Street, Burbank
    • Free

As of 2014,  I found only one Halloween skating event?!?!?  Truly the end of an era.  If anyone find any fun w/ folks using their old small wheals for Halloween fun, please give a shout out.

Looking for reviews of LA Haunted Houses? Check out Hollywood Gothique haunted house reviews.

Check out Boo News & Sources for haunt specific search engines.

Da Graveyard….

Stuff that we can’t get current info on, or has been canceled…
Haunted Car Show & Horror Artist Exhibit

Wumpskate – Zombie Skate

After  10 years… all gone. Sigh.   Los Angeles’s only all ages Goth / Industrial / EBM / Darkwave / Alternate monthly roller-skating event. It’s a dead man’s skate. Be sure to prep those chainsaws and polish your broomsticks, because we expect everyone to come as either a Zombie or a Zombie Hunter. Dress up and come skate.

Annual Haunted Skate Contest (Laguna Niguel)

Costumed skate. Rolling chills. Competitions will be all day with prizes for first, second and third in each division, plus giveaways throughout the day. Points awarded for costumed contestants. Get there early as space is limited. Registration begins at 9:00 am Haunting since 2003.

The Haunted Red Line Tour

Los Angeles’ lore is filled with tales of secret tunnels. Whether its supposed opium dens, rum-running passages, discontinued “Red Car” tunnels, munchkin transports, celebrity/mistress escape routes, or simply chambers belonging to a race of subterranean lizard people, many buildings and homes claimed to be connected to other buildings and homes below street level (if only we could find their openings).   So, is there a better way to explore the haunted history of Los Angeles than by traveling underground from location to location via our very own (dead) Red Line Metro Subway with the other living dead of this city?

We will stop at some stations, step off the train, rise to street-level, and discuss the ghosts and haunted sites visible from that spot before going back aboard to the next stop on our tour.   Come out and hear spooky tales about a spirit solider, a vanishing padre, and a ghostly car. As well as many other phantom figures from our past that haunt our present.

  • Info:  http://ghoula.blogspot.com/  or  Event Detail
    • October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014 
      • Every Sunday in October,  7pm
    • Union Station – The palm tree-lined island in front
      • 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles
      • Park at the end of the tour line.  See website for details and whys
    • Tickets:  Donations accepted.  Must  buy a Metro “Day Pass” ($5 + $1 for a “Tap Card”)
    • Wear comfortable shoes.  Lots of off and on the subway.

IE Hog Halloween / Dog-tober-fest

Ghoulish Entertainment, presents DOG-TOBER-FEST to benefit to support the Riverside County/City Animal Shelter. Pet costume contest, K-9 demonstrations, agility course, wiener dog races & Pet Adoptions. Chili cook-off. Ride over.  Blood donation in the morning.

  • Info: http://www.skipfordyce.com or www.rcdas.org
    • Dog-tober-fest
      • Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 -10-4
    • IE Hog Halloween
      • Saturday, Oct 26, 2013
    • Skip Fordyce Harley-Davidson & Buell,
      • 7688 Indiana Ave. Riverside

??? You’re invited to a spooky Halloween monster party. Saint Jude Children’s Hospital and Halloween Adventure presents — Ben von Strawn’s Mad Mad Monster Party. Haunted vendors, monster music, spooky artists, monsters! Guest: Barris Kustoms, the Mad-Makers of the world famous Mmunster Koach and Batmobile! Haunted vendors and spooky artists in person.
Info: http://www.myspace.com/halloweenadventure or
Sunday, October 03, 2010 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Halloween Adventure
330 S La Cienega, Beverly Hills