This time of year is full of ghosts, goblins, witches, “Frozen” princesses and spooky skeletons! It’s time once again for Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations in the Los Angeles area. There are many haunted attractions, pumpkin festivals and events held throughout the area to celebrate Halloween. Since the Los Angeles area is home to so many amusement parks and movie production companies, the Halloween celebrations activities are not to be missed. Disneyland has their Halloween Celebration for the month of October with characters dressing up in costume and the park decorated in Halloween décor. Universal Studios hosts “Halloween Horror Nights” with haunted houses, mazes, rides, shows and other attractions. Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain also have Halloween displays, Haunted houses and other activities.
Halloween Attractions and Events
The Los Angeles area will host a variety of spooky Halloween celebrations over the next week and these are just a few of the haunted attractions that you can go to. The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride takes place at the Old Zoo at Griffith Park. This hayride will take your for a ride through the old abandoned zoo and its spooky inhabitants! There are also mazes, scare zones and an audience participation stage show. If you really feel like getting scared this Halloween season, head to Blumhouse’s The Purge: Breakout, which is based on the Paranormal Activity movies. This experience is like no other, as participants have to find their way out of the haunted house by using clues and solving puzzles. The Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, presents Raymond Hill Mortuary Haunted House, where the past visitors are there to scare you. For the entire family, there are visits to pumpkin patches and farms such as the Lopez Ranch Pumpkin Farm, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch, Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch and Johnson Brothers Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival.
You can also experience real “haunts” by taking ghost and paranormal tours. One of the most famous haunted tours is the Starline Haunted Hollywood Tour where you can visit famous scandal and death sites around Hollywood. You can visit actual haunted buildings and sites with paranormal investigator, Michael J. Kouri in Hollywood, Pasadena and Orange County or take a tour of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Day of the Dead Celebrations
The activities and rituals of ancient pagan festivities have been handed down over the centuries and molded by different cultures into holidays such as Halloween. Mexicans celebrate Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 1st, which is also called All Souls Day. This holiday honors family ancestors by having the living family members commune with the dead. Families care for the graves of deceased family members and build elaborate altars to honor the loved ones who have passed away. Celebrations include processions with dancers and music. The symbol of the festival is the Calaveras or skull. You will find participants wearing skull masks, costumes, making paper mache skull puppets and making skull shaped candy. There are many Day of the Dead festivals in the Los Angeles area. The biggest event is the Day of the Day Festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery with ceremonial tributes, performances and alter creations around Hollywood’s most famous celebrity graves. Olvera Street Merchants have 9 days of processions and events to celebrate the day. There will also be special events at the Museum of Latin American Art.
Enjoy all the fun Halloween and somber celebrations of The Day of the Dead events in the Los Angeles area during this “spooky” season, enjoy! Magellan Storage wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween season!