Nights of the Jack
The biggest independent family friendly Halloween experience “Nights of the Jack” offers a nearly mile-long walking trail to see bright lights and festive hand-carved pumpkins. Watch live pumpkin carvers, see some whimsically spooky immersive scenes and visit some of LA’s best food trucks onsite. New this year is The Spookeasy offering craft beer, wine and cocktails. Opening weekend is Sept. 30, with ticket times starting at 6-10 p.m. Weekday tickets start at $29.99. nightsofthejack.com. 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Terror Tram expands on the backlot and incorporates the new “Nope” set, plus four frightening houses. “Universal Monsters: Legends Collide” expands on the thrilling legacy from Universal Pictures as the most notorious horror icons, The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy, come together for the first time ever in an epic battle. The “Universal Horror Hotel” lives up to its reputation as the original owner continues to haunt the place and guests must escape his vengeful spirit or risk becoming a permanent resident. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be open during Halloween Horror Nights, inviting guests to experience some of their favorite attractions, for the first time ever, Death Eaters a group of Voldemort’s most devoted followers will roam Hogsmeade village, looking to find others willing to show loyalty to the Dark Lord’s cause. Other rides open include “Jurassic World-The Ride,” “Transformers: The Ride-3D,” “Revenge of The Mummy-The Ride” and “The Simpsons Ride.” To purchase tickets, visit halloweenhorrornights.com.
Halloween Haunted Hayride
Halloween fun begins in September at Halloween Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park. Opening night is Friday, Sept. 23 through Halloween featuring fan favorite attractions including Midnight Falls – a strange town that is Halloween all year round. Explore mazes in the reimagined Midnight Mortuary and newly revamped (S)Laughterhouse. Monte Revolta, the self-appointed Mayor of Midnight Falls will return with his nightly Town Square performances. General admission tickets start at $39.99. For tickets, visit losangeleshauntedhayride.com. 4730 Crystal Springs Drive.
Magic Mountain Fright Fest and Oktoberfest
Running from Sept. 10-Oct. 31, Fright Fest is one of Los Angeles’ scariest Halloween events with 14 terrifying haunted houses and dare-to-enter scare zones. There are bone chilling, eerie shows and devilish treats. Plus, ride the park’s most popular monster coasters without lights. During the day bring little ones to Kid’s Boo Fest for a walk along the daytime Trick-or-Treat trail through Bugs Bunny World. Adults will enjoy the Fall festivities while sipping craft and seasonal beers and biting into a variety of German fare. Listen to themed music while participating in a variety of activities. sixflags.com/magicmountain/events/fright-fest-event. 100 Universal City Plaza.