Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt

Now-Nov. 1; 7 p.m.-1 a.m. & 2 a.m.

8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park (714) 220-5200; haunt.knotts.com

Tickets start at $48

Knott’s Scary Farm is proud to be the “Best Halloween Event in the World.” If its 160 acres of spooktacular adult Halloween fun isn’t enough to convince you, then maybe the fact that it won the 2007 Golden Ticket Award is.

This amusement park offers 13 mazes, seven shows and three scare zones, all ready and willing to make you scream for your mommy, or is that mummy? New mazes include the Slaughterhouse and Quarantine (based on the recent film). Just remember, with over 1,000 fully costumed ghouls, this is not your average farm.

Halloween Harvest Festival & Fright Fair at Pierce College

Now-Nov. 2; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. & midnight

20800 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills

(818) 999-6300; halloweenharvestfestival.com

Festival admission is $4; tickets vary depending on the activity

During the day, the Harvest Festival offers a family vibe. The activities are fun and not too scary. These include hayrides, an adventure corn maze and of course, a pumpkin patch. The activities bring back memories of childhood Halloweens when strategizing how to get the most candy was the number one priority.

After dark, however, the festival takes on a haunted feel and transforms into Fright Fair featuring the Factory of Horrors Haunted House. It also offers a haunted trail and night adventure corn maze.

Old Town Haunt

Now-Nov. 1; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. & midnight

20 N. Raymond, Pasadena; oldtownhaunt.com

Tickets start at $10

With all of the ketchup blood and spaghetti gore of Halloween, one wonders if there really is such a thing as a “truly haunted house”? Old Town Pasadena can show you a real genuine haunted house.

The Union Savings Bank Building has a frightful 107 yearlong history. The basement, which was sealed shut for decades, has now been opened and is offering tours. But be warned, you won’t see any plastic bats around here. No, these catacombs are the real deal.

Other Spooky House Haunted Theme Parks are Spooky House 19 (spookyhouse.com), Seaside Haunt (seasidehaunt.com), Fearplex in Pomona (fearplex.com) and Skull-Kingdom (skull-kingdom.com).

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

Now-Nov. 1; 7 p.m.-midnight & 2 a.m.

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City (800) UNIVERSAL; halloweenhorrornights.com

Tickets start at $44

After all those years of assuring yourself that Freddy Krueger was only a character, Universal Studios makes dreams, well, more like nightmares, come true. In addition to their two frightful mazes, this year, they have included A Nightmare on Elm Street and House of Horrors maze.

Also, the Terror Tram is longer than ever before. If you need a quick escape from all the fright, the new Simpsons Ride will be open, too. Just hope that a madman with a chainsaw doesn’t follow you into the darkness.

“The Final Decent – Discount Cruise to Hell”

Oct. 24-25; 8:30 p.m.

1651 18th St., Santa Monica (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformance.org

Tickets: $20, $15 for students

If you’ve never experienced a “happy-horror-show-choir-acid-musical-theater-rock de macabre,” then there’s no better time than this Halloween. Get into the Halloween spirit with outrageous glitter-rock costumes and “vegetable S&M sacrifices.”

The Discount Cruise claims that this year’s fourth annual mini-musical will be the biggest show yet. This may be the crew’s last chance to seduce Death himself. On what other trip could you experience “live demonic exorcism” while enjoying mind-blowing dance numbers? Come participate in the “bawdy audacity” with the unforgettable

“Murder Gnome.” Even though the show contains nudity, costumes are encouraged. And don’t worry, if you get too caught up on the debauchery, “The Anus of Hell” can show you the way out.

Go Ventures Presents Monster Massive

Oct. 25 @ Los Angeles Sports Arena

3939 S. Figueroa Blvd.,?

Los Angeles; monstermassive.com

Tickets start at $50

Go Ventures transforms the Los Angeles Sports Arena into a Haunted World filled with sights and sounds beyond your imagination. Check out Paul Van Dyk in the Toom of Doom, DJ Reza and Felix Da Housecat in the House of Horror, James Lavelle in the Phantom Chamber and many more. (For more information on Lavelle, see page 19)

Freaks Fest 2008

Oct. 25 @ V20 Club

81 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; blendedevents.com/halloween

Tickets start at $20

It sometimes seems as though Halloween was created to give people an excuse to party. Or maybe that’s just how Blended Events looks at every day?

Either way, Blended Events is bringing you a massive Halloween party. They, however, are starting the festivities off right and throwing their party a weekend before the official date. So get ready to break in that tiny devil costume and come dance the night away at the beautiful V20 Club.

Haunted Hollywood Hunt

Oct. 25, 26, 31; 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

(323) 799-1374; outoftheboxevents.net

Participation fee is $25 per person

The ghosts, ghouls and tortured souls of Los Angeles are waiting for you to find them this Halloween. “Out of the Box Events” has organized a scavenger hunt for you to do precisely this. You and up to five other people have the opportunity to compete with other groups in a citywide haunted scavenger hunt.

The clues lead to spooky locations, like the Knickerbocker Hotel and other secret places. “Out of the Box Events” ensures that no previous ghost busting skills are required, simply a flashlight and comfy shoes.

Satan’s Chop Shop

Oct. 30–31; 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

5016 W. 118th St., Hawthorne; myspace.com/satanschopshop

Tickets are $3

Enough of the commercialized, overdone, plastic “spooky” maze! Finally, here’s a maze that’s actually blood curdling scary. Bring an extra pair of pants to change into … if you know what I mean.

Actual Hollywood movie artists have designed this haunted maze. You know those kids that used to burn bugs with magnifying glasses? Well, they grew up and created this haunted maze.

This is not for the faint of heart, but if you want a frightfully memorable Halloween, then this is the place for you. Remember, if you do end up “crying blood,” don’t say I didn’t warn you.

21st Annual Halloween Masquerade and Costume Ball

Oct. 31 @ The Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater

6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 8 p.m.-4 a.m.; daskproductions.com

Tickets start at $40

D.A.S.K. Productions in association with the 30th anniversary celebration of Halloween brings “one gigantic Halloween extravaganza” to Los Angeles. This masquerade offers more DJs and dance floors then your devilish desires could ever hope for.

Costumes are required, but don’t expect to see simply the classic witch costume. There will be aerialists, go-go dancers and performance artists and creatures.

This spectacle is not for the immature partygoer and requires all guests to be 21 years old. Tables, along with rooftop cabanas, will be available for reservations.

HARD Haunted Mansion

Oct. 31 @ The Shrine Expo Hall

700 W. 32nd St., Los Angeles, 8 p.m.-4 a.m.; hardfest.com

Tickets start at $55

What would Halloween in Los Angeles be without crazy house music, neon lights and ridiculous costumes? HARD offers a dynamite line-up of over 15 performers, including the French duo Justice. If the idea of letting your hair down, inhibitions go and jamming with hundreds of other people doesn’t get you excited then Night of the Living Dead may be a better Halloween alternative for you. (For more information, see page 17)

The Highlands 6th Annual Lingerie and Costume Ball

Oct. 31 @ The Highlands Hollywood

6801 Hollywood Blvd., 4th floor, Hollywood (323) 461-9800; thehighlandshollywood.com

Tickets start at $20

One of the greatest things about this Halloween is the chance to dress up as much or as little as you choose. The Highlands Costume Ball tends to support the latter.

Not only is there a $1,000 naughtiest, sexiest costume contest, but there are two levels of dancing featuring sexy go-go dancers. This Halloween party will definitely be as hot as Hades, especially since it’s featuring DJ Vice. Halloween is a night based around sinful behavior … right?

West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival

Oct. 31 on Santa Monica Boulevard (between La Cienega Blvd. and La Peer Drive)

6 p.m. – 12 a.m.; westhollywoodhalloween.com

This 21st annual costume carnival is one of the most famous Halloween celebrations in America. There are over half a million participants dressed in some of the most creative costumes.

Don’t miss the events leading up to the carnival, such as the “Drag Races,” which are competitive races for people dressed in drag and stiletto heels. What could be better than celebrating Halloween at one of the world’s largest street parties? Celebrating it for free!

Festival De La Gente

Nov. 1-2; 1 p.m.-9 p.m.

Barker Block Lofts, 519 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles (213) 617-0696; www.festivaldelagente.com

Come celebrate traditional Hispanic culture in the original downtown art district. Discover what Día De Los Muertos means to Mexican Americans here in Los Angeles. The ninth annual festival offers the nation’s largest paper maché calavera exhibit. Musical guests such as Quinto Sol will be performing live. Make an altar, light a candle or simply come and observe such a unique aspect of Los Angeles.