Do something a little out of the ordinary this Halloween. Yes, by all means go to Halloween frat house party on Greek row or the off-campus event thrown by a campus club. But we dare you to try something outside of your comfort zone as well. Here we’ve compiled a list of places that retain the true essence of Halloween with selections that will please not only partygoers but also scare seekers and those who simply love the spirit of the season.
Monster Massive 2012
The biggest Electronica and EDM Halloween dance party returns to L.A. Go Venture presents Monster Massive with five themed areas and an assortment of DJs to dance the night away at one of the biggest events in town. Full bars are available for the 21-and-over crowd.
When: Oct. 27
Where: Los Angeles Center Studios at 1201 W. 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Spooky Deets: Presale tickets start at $50. For more information, visit monstermassive.com
L.A. Haunted Hayride
Take a ride on a cozy hayrack dragged along by a tractor into the Old Abandoned L.A. Zoo, which transforms annually into a 360-degree experience. Scares come to life in the darkness through elaborate outdoor set pieces and from all angles, even from above. And you will get wet (thankfully, they offer ponchos). In addition to the hayride, a pitch-black maze with sections that lead into dead ends also awaits. Don’t worry, you’ll get a tiny red lantern to help you find a way out…or help the monsters find you. For those not so keen on the scary, the event also has great sideshow performances, fortunetellers, treats such as pumpkin waffles, craft stations and a skeleton carousel.
When: Now–Oct. 31
Where: Griffith Park’s Old Zoo at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive in Los Angeles.
Spooky Deets: General admission is $28; double attraction passes are $37; and VIP passes that surpass the line are $52. For more information, visit losangeleshuantedhayride.com
The Old Town Music Hall Presents: The Phantom of the Opera
Hidden in the South Bay, The Old Town Music Hall screens silent films accompanied by a live WurliTzer Theater Pipe Organ. For this Halloween’s festivities, they will be playing along to a classic black-and-white monster film: The Phantom of the Opera.
When: Oct. 26, 27 and 28
Where: 140 Richmond Street in El Segundo
Spooky Deets: $8 admission. For more information, visit oldtownmusichall.wordpress.com
The Blumhouse of Horrors
From the producers of Paranormal Activity 4, Insidious and Sinister comes the Blumhouse of Horrors in the heart of L.A. After a disateruous accident took place years ago when a magician’s assistant mysteriously dissapeared, the abandoned theater’s doors are finally open to the public. They invite you to discover what transpired on a tragic night that changed everything. This immersive haunted house boasts more than 40 actors, terrifying sights, smells and sounds.
When: Thursdays through Saturdays throughout October and the entire week of Halloween from 6 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 940 S. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles
Spooky Deets: $35 general admission; presale tickets starting at $29. For more information, visit blumhouseofhorrors.com
Hex Halloween Massive at The Belasco
LADEAD (Los Angeles Darkside), Evil Club Empire and Club Suicide team up to take over the Historic Belasco Theater for Hex Hollywood Halloween. They have enlisted the “Deadliest Darkside” DJs on a number of dance floors, with All Hallows Eve ambiance, multiple bars, levels, Absinthe and areas for smoking. Also, this event is 18 and over (welcome, college freshmen!).
When: Oct. 31
Where: The Belasco Theater at 1050 S. Hill Street in downtown Los Angeles
Spooky Deets: $25 entry; $35 without costume; $20 before 10pm with RSVP. For more information, visit LADEAD.com
This is the mother of all haunted houses. The groundbreaking Haunted Delusion interactive play is not to be missed. Expect to take part in a story where you interact with the mansion and its inhabitants. The imagery and level of immersion is beyond what any Halloween maze offers. Prepare for situational scares -- not just pop-out scares. To find your way out, you will have to participate in “The Blood Rite.” There is also an outdoor bar and lounge area to have a drink before or after the play (you might need one). Also, be sure to use the bathroom before -- someone reportedly peed on himself or herself last year.
When: Now until Nov. 10
Where: 2218 S. Harvard Blvd. in Los Angeles
Spooky Details: Tickets start at $45. For more information, visit hauntedplay.com