Drop-Dead Fun


Halloween is right around the dark, creepy corner, so it’s time once again to go out have the heebie-jeebies scared out of you. Festivals, attractions and theme parks across the L.A. area have pulled out all the stops to provide some frightfully good fun. The Queen Mary will hold its annual Dark Harbor, Universal Studios and Knott’s Berry Farm will again be transformed into a playground for the undead, and for the little ones, Disneyland again offers a trick-or-treating experience that’s lower on the scary scale. Here are some of the places around town to scare up a spooky good time for All Hallows’ Eve.

(Photos by MARIO G. REYES & AYAME KOUSAKA/Rafu Shimpo)

Aquarium of the Pacific’s Scarium of the Pacific
Saturday-Sunday, October 20–21: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free with general admission, $ 25.95 (adults), $14.95 (children 3-11), $22.95 (seniors 62+)
At the Aquarium of the Pacific® enjoy special programs for children up to age 11. Activities include a costume contest, coloring contest, magic shows, face painting, and an underwater pumpkin carving show.
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100

Disneyland® Resort’s Halloween Time®
September 14–October 31: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (Disneyland® Park) 8 a.m.-11 p.m. (California Adventure)
General admission, $81 (3-9 yrs), $87 (10+), Hopper ticket (both parks) $119 (3-9 yrs), $125 (10+)
Experience seasonal “treats,” like Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, the classic attraction with an eerie look, plus favorites like Tower of Terror.
This event — on select nights, after regular park hours — provides plenty of frightful fun for boys and ghouls of all ages!
1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-7290

Mickey’s Halloween Party
Through October 31: $54-69 (separate admission)
On select nights, come to the Disneyland Park in costume to trick-or-treat in the ultimate “neighborhood” — after regular park hours! Pose for photo ops, ride Halloween-themed attractions, enjoy entertainment exclusively for Party Guests and more.
1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-7290

LEGOLAND® California Resort’s Brick-or-Treat
Weekends in October: Enjoy two trick-or-treat trails, a giant Lego pumpkin, themed decor, and more.
Saturday, October 6, 13, 20, 27: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
$30 (evening admission)
1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 918-5346

SixFlags® Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest
Fridays–Sundays in October: The SixFlags® Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest event offers hair-raising shows, street entertainment, and haunted houses. Plus, experience your favorite rides in the dark.
September 21–October 31: Friday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-midnight, Sundays 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
General admission, $44.99-$64.99 (adults), $39.99 (children under 48″), Free (2 and under)
Regular maze pass: $10-13, Express maze pass: $25-30
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 255-4100

Seaworld® San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular®
September 29–30; Weekends in October: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
SeaWorld offers silly and spooky shows, like the Pirates 4-D movie experience and The Search for Captain Lucky’s Treasure walk-through adventure. Enjoy photo ops with your favorite friends from Sesame Street, and trick-or-treat alongside huggable SeaWorld characters.
$68-78 (adults), children 3-9 yrs. free in October with full paid adult admission online only.
500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 226-3901

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Snoopy’s Costume Party
Weekends in October: At Knott’s Berry Farm’s Snoopy’s Costume Party this non-scary daytime event offers shows, activities, and trick-or-treating geared for kids ages 3–11. Costumes are allowed.
8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 220-5200

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Knott’s Scary Farm
September 21–October 31 select nights: The Knott’s Berry Farm® event celebrates its 40th season this year with the debut of an interactive maze and new characters. The event requires a special admission ticket. Costumes are not allowed. Not recommended for children under 13.
8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 220-5200

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
October 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 25-28, 31: 7 p.m.-Midnight
This October the Queen Mary steams full speed ahead into a harbor of the damned at the annual Dark Harbor Haunted Halloween Event. Join us for 15 nights of mazes, live music, food, cocktails and plenty of horrifying surprises that are sure to leave you screaming for more. So enter the haunted harbor after sunset if you dare, because this year’s scare-fest takes on a horrifying new dimension. The ship’s crew have endured this Long Beach Halloween tradition’s unforgettable and macabre makeover at the hands of fright masters long responsible for some of Southern California’s biggest scare-fest. More than 45,000 scares per hour await, along with 225 monsters and 80-foot tall flames.
1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738

Boo at the L.A. Zoo 2012
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30 and 31: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Boo at the Zoo features amazing pumpkin-carving demonstrations, face painting and trick-or-treating throughout the Zoo. Don’t miss entertaining Halloween performances and the chance to get up close with spiders, bugs and snakes at the Creepy Creature Encounter. See Zoo animals including the harbor seals, giant otters, hippopotamus, rhinoceros and more Stomp ‘n Chomp pumpkin treats on both days.
$17 (13+), $14 (62+), $12 (2-12 yrs.), free (under 2 yrs.)
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200

West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval
October 31, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Admission is free.
The largest Halloween street party in the world happens in West Hollywood, located in the Los Angeles County Region. Each year, more than 500,000 people take to the streets of Santa Monica Boulevard to enjoy the craziest, most eccentric costume creations ever. The big draws of the evening are the Halloween Costume Contest and crowning of an Honorary “Queen of the Carnaval.” Visitors can also expect fantastic live entertainment, food vendors, pumpkin-carving contests and children’s activities throughout the week previous.
Santa Monica Boulevard, between La Cienega and Doheny
(323) 848-6503

Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights
Weekends, through October 31: 7 p.m.-1 a.m., 2 a.m.
General admission, $41-66
Navigate haunted mazes and ScareZones, and take a ride on the Terror Tram, which drops guests off on some of the scariest sets on the Universal back lot. A special-event ticket is needed; the event is not included with regular park admission. Costumes are not allowed. Not recommended for kids under 13.
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
(800) 864-8377


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