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Halloween 2019

It's the scariest – and most fun – part of the year. It's Halloween! There are some truly frightening and exciting ways to follow this entertaining holiday right here in Los Angeles. Whether you want to be freaked out or just love to get dressed up and eat candy, you are guaranteed a terrifying time.


So what are your plans for this freaky-filled night? Here is a breakdown of local events to scare you silly.


If you love to be full of fear, then visit "Dark Harbor" at the Queen Mary. This event is the most authentically frightening experience there is – after all the Queen Mary is known to be haunted! The Captain, Scary Mary, and over 200 monsters haunt six terrifying mazes, with nightly live entertainment, secret bars, and exciting rides. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach. Runs through Nov. 2. www.queenmary.com/calendar-of-events/dark-harbor/2019/


Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum, highlighted by the unique and infamous haunted house. Enjoy the tricks and treats of the season on the wooded grounds with a host of enticements including ghost stories, game booths, festival food and libations, performances by Creative Playground, Peter Alsop, comedy improv group Off the Grid; and more. Beware of zombie thespians! Oct. 26, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. www.theatricum.com


You'll want to find a way out from unique and interactive live-action adventure escape rooms! Escapes include Doctor Psycho, Casino Heist, The Orphanage, The Mystery of Senator Payne, Amityville, Ghost Ship, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle and more! Various locales around Los Angeles. www.60out.com


The Shoppes at Westlake Village announces a Fall Harvest Fest. This family-friendly event includes Mr. Jack O'Lantern's Pumpkin Patch, Farm Friendz Petting Zoo and face painting, as well as tenant specials. October 19, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. 30770 Russell Ranch Rd., Westlake Village. www.shoppesatwestlakevillage.com/events


Get your costume on at Cinema Secrets! Professional level prosthetic kits and makeup from Cinema Secrets are an unparalleled choice for Halloween or stage makeup. Transform yourself to your Halloween character with perfection. 4400 Riverside Drive, #110, Burbank. www.cinemasecrets.com


Knott's Scary Farm is where nightmares never end! Knott's Scary Farm is the largest and most haunting Halloween experience in Southern California, with innovative thrills that can't be found anywhere else. Uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog in every corner of the park. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. Runs through Nov. 2. www.knottsscaryfarm.com


The Reign of Terror Haunted House is an award-winning, walk-through authentic Haunted House featuring more than 115 custom rooms packed with terrifying beings, a swarm of live monstrous characters and countless spectacular special effects – all designed to produce uniquely thrilling fun times! Runs through Nov. 2. Check out the "Lights Out" special event where visitors walk through the entire 25,000 square foot Haunted House with all the show lights turned off, in total darkness. Nov. 2. Janss Marketplace, 197 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks. www.rothauntedhouse.com


Nights Of The Jack is an interactive, family-friendly Halloween experience. Intricately hand-carved and illuminated jack o' lanterns will welcome visitors as they make their way through the half-mile trail. Immerse yourself in a Halloween wonderland featuring a live pumpkin carver, gift shop, food trucks, and "The Spookeasy Bar", serving specially crafted Halloween cocktails. In partnership with Nickelodeon, the event will feature a "SpongeBob SquarePants" installation as well as an "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" pre-show tent space to include twisted surprises, along with with an interactive augmented reality experience. King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas. Oct. Runs through Nov. 3. nightsofthejack.com


Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you'll find spooktacular fun, and entertainment and activities – including live shows, special animal feedings, and themed photo ops. Costumes are encouraged! 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles. Runs throughout Oct. 27. www.lazoo.org/boo


Welcome to Malibu's Annual Halloween Carnival! Games, prizes, bounce houses, food trucks, art activity. Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Oct. 25, 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. www.malibucity.org/halloween


The space around the "Old Zoo" and "B Rock" in Griffith Park is known for being paranormally active and welcomes you to the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. Within the foothills of Midnight Falls, the Hayride leads to a thrilling adventure of horrors afflicting the town. Out in the darkness, a portal has opened spilling hideous creatures from its rotted mouth. Halloween comes to life surrounding helpless victims brave enough to board. 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles. Runs through Nov. 2. www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com


Oak Park's 13th Annual Indoor Halloween Carnival features a spooktacular evening. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes. Trick or Treat Village, Enchanted Forest, face painting, game booths, food, and prizes. Oak Park Community Center, 1000 Kanan Rd., Oak Park. Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. www.rsrpd.org/events/halloween/oak_park.php


Simi Valley's 58th Annual Screamin' Fun Halloween Carnival brings together inflatables, carnival games, Trick or Treat Village, cotton candy and popcorn, a hayride, shadow dancing, face painting, and balloon animals. The Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. www.rsrpd.org/events/halloween/simi_valley.php


The Annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event is here! Parents dress up their little monsters in Halloween costumes and bring them out for some trick-or-treating fun! Trick or Treat from trunk to trunk of local businesses. Games, prize a corn maze and more! The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, 27040 Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas. Oct. 31, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.. www.ahccc.org


The Halloween History-Themed Immersive Ghost Tour Experience takes place at Heritage Square Museum. After the sun goes down, follow a "Ghost Tour" guide on an exploration of the families who once lived in the houses at Heritage Square. Be prepared for ghost stories along the pathways. 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. Oct. 26, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. http://heritagesquare.org/events/calendar/halloween-history-themed-immersive-ghost-tour-experience


Marina Spooktacular is a Halloween party on the harbor, featuring L.A.'s only haunted pirate ships. There's fun and scares for all ages, but the frights intensify as night falls. Walkthrough the Graveyard Treasure Hunt with an immersive, interactive graveyard with spooky gates, scary props, ghoulish tombstones, magic shows, JAM Sessions provided by the Ford Theatre, master juggler, DIY costume booth, escape rooms and the Haunted Blackout Maze of Terror. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey. Oct. 26 – 27. www.visitmarinadelrey.com/events/halloween-marina-spooktacular


The best family Halloween party is back! Celebrate Sea Scare's 14th year with the Bioluminescence theme. All your favorite attractions like the Haunted Maze, Skull Alley, Costume Contest and Party Zone in addition to the new Trunk or Treat area! Come in costume! 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro. Oct. 26, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/events-news/events-details.asp?id=2222


The Circle of Friends presents the Pumpkin Festival, benefiting Kidspace Children's. This two-day family event features carnival games, bouncers, a pumpkin patch, and entertainment. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Oct. 19 - 20, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. kidspacemuseum.org/support/pumpkin


Discover creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific's twentieth annual Scarium of the Pacific – a spooktacular, educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special programs, including the children's costume contest, creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, and kooky crafts, and meet eerie animals. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. Oct. 26 - 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/scarium_of_the_pacific


Children and their families in Downtown Los Angeles are invited to celebrate Halloween at the 12th Annual Halloween Festival in Grand Hope Park. Enjoy hot dogs, face painters, bounce houses, arts and crafts tables, puppet shows, trick-or-treat doors, and more! Oct. 31. www.downtownla.com/about-us/programs-initiatives/community-events/71-halloween-festival-for-dtla-kids


Ride the Fillmore "PumpkinLiner" for your round-trip train ride to family fun! Pumpkin patch, jolly jumpers, antique carousel rides, hay maze, haunted house, hayrides, upside-down trees, face painting, tri-tip sandwiches, hot dogs, roasted corn and more. 364 Main St, Fillmore. Oct. 19, 26. www.fwry.com


Southern California's scariest, most intense event is Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. The most spine-tingling event is in Southern California – now with more mazes than ever. The studio that spawned the monster movie genre, breathes new life into your darkest nightmares. Runs through Nov. 3. hollywood.halloweenhorrornights.com


INSANIME Halloween: Mystic Mayhem will take over the ballroom for one incredible night! Get the dance floor jumping with moebounce bops, duo Yugen will provide the EDM classics and bangers, and Ramen Boy will be serving musical heat all night long! Belasco - The Ballroom, 1050 S Hill St., Los Angeles. Oct. 26. http://insanime.animeimpulse.com


With Halloween right around the corner, The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard is hosting their favorite Trick-or-Treat event. Participants will receive a passport to find hidden treats throughout the shopping center, costumes encouraged! Additionally, Sunny Smiles Dentistry will be hosting their annual ‘candy buy-back' where guests can sell some of their candies that will be sent to deployed troops. The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Ct., Oxnard. Oct 29, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Be prepared to be scared as zombies and ghouls take over Magic Mountain Frightfest. Enjoy thrilling rides and activities during the day and a frightening evening. You won't have any place to hide with several mazes and scare zones. Beware! Runs through Nov. 3. www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/special-events/fright-fest


Enjoy BOO-TO-YOU thrills at Disneyland Park. Scare up some hugs from Disney pals decked out in costume, Haunted Mansion Holiday, Main Street Pumpkin Festival, and Halloween Screams. Runs through Oct. 31. https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/halloween-time-at-the-disneyland-resort


The largest Halloween street party in the world is on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. There is an amazing display of costumes and general merry-making spirit. Oct. 31. www.visitwesthollywood.com/halloween-carnaval/event-information


Take a guided tour of the Paramount Studios, as well as next-door Hollywood Forever Cemetery, during this after-hours experience. The tour talks about Hollywood's dearly departed and comes with champagne, candy, and popcorn. www.paramountstudiotour.com/after-dark-tour.html


Creep L.A. is creating social-media experiences this year with Haus of Creep, a frightful take on the pop-ups. A 75-minute walkthrough is filled with 20 characters, where you'll find out that art is alive and dangerous as a dozen nightmarish installations mix shocking scenes with "intimate scares." Runs through Nov. 3. http://creepla.com/the-show

Halloween is guaranteed to be a scare-ific time. Trick or Treat!

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