With Halloween just a few weeks away, there's all types of fun activities happening throughout Los Angeles. So before you overdose on miniature Snickers bars, be sure to check out these great events.
Haunted Hayride:The Haunted Hayride takes you deep into the woods at Griffith Park, where mutated demons and murderous maniacs await behind the cover of darkness. Are they real? Or are they fantasy? Better not open your eyes! The fun continues with a Purgatory Side Show, which includes both a horrifying "Scary-Go-Round" and a twisted House of Mirrors that's sure to both frighten and entertain. Be afraid be very afraid! The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is going on right now at the Old Zoo at Griffith Park, located at 4730 Crystal Springs Ave. General admission is $28, with special group discounts available. Tickets can be purchased onsite or by visiting www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D: Beginning on October 26th you'll have an opportunity to experience Burton's 1993 animated masterpiece like never before. So what exactly is 4D, anyway? Well, think of a 3D movie and how it makes the viewer feel like he can reach out and touch the action. Then add real wind, fake snow and a fog machine and voila! You've just experienced your first 4D movie. Now if only they can figure out how to make the next Jackass in 4D. On second thought, maybe that's not the best idea. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas will be shown in 4D at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood beginning on October 26st and lasting until November 1st. A pumpkin dinner (yum!) is available on select evenings, but seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, and to reserve your tickets, please visit www.elcapitan.go.com
Halloween Horror Nights: Let's face it, Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Nights puts other haunted houses to shame. It's the only event that let's you experience a live show from Hollywood's most excellent movie duo, Bill and Ted, haunted rides, and six horrifying mazes featuring characters from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and AMC's The Walking Dead. Other attractions include several Scare Zones, and a zombie-invaded Terror Tram. Be warned though, it just might be the last ride you ever take! Halloween Horror Nights runs every Thursday thru Sunday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., until October 31st. Tickets start at $66 and can be purchased here. For more information visit www.halloweenhorrornights.com
The Queen Mary's 18th Annual Dark Harbor: It's been called one of the most eerie places in all of Southern California, with daily reports of ghost sightings, mysterious noises and other unexplained phenomena. So why wouldn't the Queen Mary transform itself into the "Most Terrifying Place on Earth" each Halloween? This year the legendary ocean liner will put on its biggest Dark Harbor event to date, with a brand new maze, more than 225 monsters, flames that shoot as high as 80-feet into the sky, live music from some of SoCal's top bands, and of course, tons of great food and drinks. Tickets for the 18th annual Queen Mary's Dark Harbor event are on sale now and start as low as $24. For more information on dates and times, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.queenmarydarkharbor.com
"Dia de Los Muertos" at Hollywood Forever: Anyone looking to get into the Halloween spirit a few days ahead of time will want to head over to Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday, October 27th for their 13th Annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration! From noon until midnight you can pay tribute to the hundreds of souls that are buried there, like silent screen legend Rudolph Valentino, mobster Bugsy Siegel, and Terry the Cairn terrier, better known as Toto in The Wizard of Oz. Authentic Mexican cuisine will be served, arts and crafts will be available for purchase, and the musical groups Ozomatli, La Santa Cecilia, Very Be Careful, Las Cafeteras, and Tribu will be performing all night. Admission is $10, with the festivities beginning at 5 p.m. Check out www.ladayofthedead.com for a full schedule of the day's events.
Disneyland Park's Mickey's Halloween Party: After-hours event with Halloween-themed parade, photo opportunities with Disney characters and trick-or-treat stations. Event runs selected dates through Oct. 31. Admission $64; other prices online. 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim. 714-781-4565. disneyland.disney.go.com
Harvest Festival at Forneris Farms: Attractions include a corn maze, "farm frolic" area for children, tractor-drawn train ride. Live entertainment, petting zoo and pony rides on weekends. Hours: 2-5 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends through Nov. 4. Farm market open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission to festival but cash-only fees for activities: $8 corn maze; $5 "farm frolic" and $4 train ride; $5 each for petting zoo and pony rides. 15200 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills. 818-730-7761. fornerisfarms.com
Knott's Halloween Haunt: Mazes, live shows, scare zones, strolling monsters and a reservation-only interactive maze "Trapped." Recommended for ages 13 and older. No costumes or masks. Event runs 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday and Sunday and 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday through Oct. 28; 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 30-31. Admission $60; other prices online. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. 714-220-5200. knotts.com
Pierce College Farm Center's Fright Fair Scream Park: Night in the Corn Maze, Creatures of the Corn Haunted Trail and Factory of Nightmares Haunted House. Ages 10 and older only. Hours: dusk-10 p.m. weekdays; dusk-midnight weekends. Check website for dates. Tickets include: admission and one event $13; two events $20 or $30 for priority line; all three $25 or $35 for priority line. 20800 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. halloweenharvestfestival.com
Pierce College Halloween Harvest Festival: Corn maze, children's activities, pumpkin sale. Hours: 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday through Oct. 31. Admission $5; corn maze $10; $8 children; multi-pass $14 and $12 children includes admission, corn maze, hay ride and two activity tickets; extra fee for activities including giant slide, petting zoo and train ride. Pierce College Farm Center, 20800 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-999-6300, Ext. 22. halloweenharvestfestival.com
Reign of Terror Haunted House: Hours: 7-10 - Oct. 19 and 26; 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 and 27; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 21; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 28-31. No costumes or masks allowed. Lights on dates for children 1-4 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27 ($5 children; free for accompanying adult; $5 adult without child. Tickets $15; $25 for fast line. Check website for ticket purchase locations at the Janss Marketplace, 275 N. Moorpark Road East, Thousand Oaks. Ticket sales proceeds benefit the Conejo Recreation and Park District. Janss Marketplace, corner of Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 805-495-4662. rothauntedhouse.com; janssmarketplace.net
Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival: Acres of pumpkins and activities including a corn maze, animal center, tractor-drawn wagon ride and food. Theme weekends: Antique Tractor, Saturday-Sunday; All About Pumpkins, Oct. 27-28. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 28. Admission $12 Saturday-Sunday; $3 Monday-Friday. 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. 805-529-3690. underwoodfamilyfarms.com