Now-Oct. 31; 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
(714) 220-5000; www.knotts.com
Tickets start at $46
It’s October, which means that the old berry farm has been transformed into Knott’s Scary Farm. Come celebrate the 35th annual Halloween Haunt at “the world’s first, biggest and most famous theme park Halloween event!”
There are numerous shows to attend as well as scare zones, where more than 1,000 fully costumed, very-alive creatures wander around determined to give you a lasting (and nightmarish) impression. With new mazes such as Beowulf: Labyrinth of Darkness and the Doll Factory, there will be scarier thrills and more surprises than ever before.
HAUNT AT NORTHRIDGE FASHION CENTER
Oct. 25-28, 30 & 31; 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m.
9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge
(323) 272-7326; www.hauntsusa.com
Tickets start at $13
The Haunt consists of three terrifying haunted house mazes: Zombieville, Nightmare Factory and Extreme Madness. This is a screamfest for only the strongest willed.
The Haunt also features live music, rides, games, food and nightly costume and talent contests including the Haunt Idol Talent Contest and the search for an all-girl singing group to be named Black Widow.
HOLLYWOOD HELL HOUSE
Oct. 25-27; 8:30 p.m.-10:45 p.m.
385 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
(323) 960-7822; www.hollywoodhellhouse.com
The concept of a “Hell House” was picked up by Keenan Roberts of Destiny Church in the early 1990s and has since been sold to other churches as the “Hell House Outreach” kit so that they too can “show young people that they can go to Hell for abortion, adultery, homosexuality, drinking and other things unless they repent and end the behavior.”
Producer Brandee Stilwell (“Family Guy,” “Mad TV”) and associate producers Jacyln Lafer and Maggie Rowe have taken an actual Hell House kit as the basis for their satiric comedy that’ll take you to the depths of Hell. Tramp through the various sins that could land you into eternal damnation in a hilarious Halloween production.
14TH ANNUAL HEAVEN AND HELL HALLOWEEN BASH
Oct. 26 @ Boulevard3; 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
6523 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Tickets start at $25
For the past 14 years the annual Heaven and Hell Halloween Bash has been one of the biggest Halloween parties around. It has been featured in magazines such as 944 and LA Weekly. So, prepare for a night of horrors, fun and debauchery at “the only Halloween party that you will have to go to.”
VOYAGE TO THE CENTER OF HADES – DISCOUNT CRUISE TO HELL
Oct. 26-27; 8:30 p.m.
1651 18th St., Santa Monica
(310) 315-1459; www.discountcruisetohell.com
Tickets: $20, $15 for students
Described as “an ever-morphing rock & roll choir horror musical de macabre,” the performance troupe Discount Cruise to Hell presents their brand new Halloween musical, “Voyage to the Center of Hades.” In this “mythic glitter rock mini-musical,” the audience has booked passage on a third-rate cruise ship bound for the underworld.
Thankfully, there is some onboard entertainment from the Purgatory Posse. The players will fight, sing, dance and rock their way through all levels of Hades until they reach a “climatic ending of orgiastic proportions.”
Along the way you’ll come across the King of the Lotus Eaters, the Empress of Slaughter, the Hairy Yeti, the Sexy Siren’s Song and a cast of outrageous and indescribable characters. With a costume contest, special performances and prizes and drink giveaways all night, this is going to be one hell of a show!
Oct. 26-28 @ Sam Boyd Stadium
7000 E. Russell Rd., Las Vegas
Tickets start at $79.50
What happens when you take big artists such as Rage Against the Machine, Muse, the Shins, Lupe Fiasco and M.I.A. and put them all together? You get Vegoose – Las Vegas’s annual Halloween music and arts festival.
Only here can you find some of the most talented names in the music industry set in a Halloween atmosphere. With additional activities such as celebrity impersonations, a wedding chapel, costume contests and a massive pumpkin display, this is one concert you shouldn’t miss.
2007 SPIDER PAVILION
Oct. 26-30 @ Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles
Tickets: $12, $8.50 for students
Spend Friday date night on a twilight tour of the Pavilion. Afterwards, enjoy a hot cider and snacks.
Saturday is Super Spider Craft Night. Monday is Spider Cinema Night where you can watch a spooky movie on the South Lawn. And Tuesday, trick-or-treat in the museum.
Oct. 26-31 @ The Queen Mary; 7 p.m.-midnight
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach
(562) 435-3511; www.queenmaryshipwreck.com
Shipwreck, the Queen Mary’s annual Halloween Terror Fest, is back in full force for another eerie Halloween. “The Most Terrifying Place on Earth” will deliver ultimate horror to the daring mortals that brave this frightening event.
Admission includes access to the longest and spookiest mazes in all of Southern California, along with access to a three-level dance party and live bands. Prepare yourself for unexplainable events and paranormal activity in the closed corridors and dark hallways of this haunted ship!
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
Oct. 26-28, 31; 7 p.m.
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
Tickets start at $39
Get ready for another horrific Halloween in SoCal with Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. You’ll be thrown into the worlds of Jason, Freddy and Leatherface as these horror movie icons come to life and come after you.
Try to survive four all-new mazes or take the Terror Tram through famous movie sets that have been converted into torture-filled playgrounds. Finger knives will slice, machetes will dice and chainsaws never play nice … when Halloween Horror Nights comes to town!
THE HIGHLANDS 5TH ANNUAL LINGERIE AND COSTUME BALL HOSTED BY MARILYN MANSON
Oct. 27 @ The Highlands
6801 Hollywood Blvd., 4th Floor
(323) 461-9800; www.thehighlandshollywood.com
Tickets start at $35
Ever notice how the best Halloween costumes are the ones with less cloth? Come join the fun at the Highlands’ 5th Annual Lingerie and Costume Ball. Spanning two floors, the party features seven DJs, five dance floors, special guests and 3,500 “raging freaks.”
Prepare yourself for what will surely be a night of horror, fun and debauchery.
HALLOWEEN HORRORS CRIME BUS TOUR
Oct. 28; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Departs from Lincoln Heights/Cypress Gold Line Metro station
(310) 995-4591; www.esotouric.com
This year, Esotouric offers its most disturbing Crime Bus tour yet, Halloween Horrors with Crimebo the Clown. The four-hour tour will take riders through downtown, Hollywood, Echo Park and the Eastern San Fernando Valley.
With vintage crime scenes photos and an in-depth look at some of the most gruesome and intriguing tales in the history of Los Angeles, drivers are rightly urged to BYOBB (bring your own barf bag). The tour is “highly recommended for natives and newcomers, crime and history buffs and anyone who likes to seek out the unexpected.”
GO VENTURES PRESENTS MONSTER MASSIVE
Oct. 27 @ Los Angeles Sports Arena
3939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles
Tickets start at $35
Go Ventures proudly presents the 10th installment of “America’s Largest Halloween Dance Music Festival” – Monster Massive. Watch as the Los Angeles Sports Arena is transformed into a haunted world filled with sights and sounds beyond your imagination.
Immerse yourself in the ultimate Halloween environment with amazing sound, lighting and visuals. With an unparalleled showcase of artists from around the world, now’s your chance to join the biggest names in dance music for a spooktacular annual Halloween event!
SAW MOVIE MARATHON
Oct. 25 @ Select theaters
Are you ready for the release of Saw IV? Brush up on the first three at a Saw marathon in select theaters on Oct. 25 beginning at 6 p.m.
All three SAW films will be screened prior to the midnight showing of Saw IV. Scare yourself silly!
To find theaters hosting the Saw marathon, check local listings or visit www.saw4.com.
WEST HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN COSTUME CARNAVAL
Oct. 31 on Santa Monica Blvd. (between Doheny Drive & La Cienega Blvd.); 6 p.m.
Halloween Carnaval is one of the biggest celebrations in the nation, with an entire week of special events, costume contests and the world-famous costume party on Santa Monica Boulevard on Halloween night. Dress up and revel in the merriment that is Carnaval!
HALLOWEEN DAY SCAVENGER HUNT
Oct. 31 @ Beverly Hills Whole Foods; 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
239 North Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills
A clue kit will be passed out at Customer Service where participants can find their treasures throughout the store.