Halloween 2016: Los Angeles Events

Halloween 2016: Los Angeles Events

Not all Halloween events are set on scaring you straight. Sure, we’ve stocked our list of festive favorites for our daredevils out there, but you’ll also find costume carnivals and family-friendly festivals. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s no shortage of worthwhile Halloween events in Los Angeles.

Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Saturday, October 29th

Hollywood Forever Cemetery claims to host the largest Day of the Dead celebration in California, and we wouldn’t doubt it. The cemetery grounds are covered with art exhibitions, dance rituals, musical performances, children’s arts and crafts projects and food vendors. You’ll see altars to the dead created by community artists, and can either watch or participate in the calaca (skeleton) costume contest. In honor of the fest’s 17th anniversary, this year’s theme is “the Tree of Life.” It’s sure to be a spectacular display, as always. And there’s something to be said for a Halloween-time event that respects and celebrates the very roots of the holiday. Parking can be quite the scare though so if you’re hoping to avoid the crowd you will want to arrive before 4 p.m.

West Hollywood Costume Carnaval – Monday, October 31st

If you’re looking to truly party hard there is no better place than West Hollywood on Halloween. the crowd is huge (literally half million people attend) and a bit belligerent, but the amazing display of costumes and general merry-making spirit deem it at least a worthy stop, if not your main destination for the evening. There will be dancing, drinking, and many mid-parade costume contests. Even if you don’t plan on entering one, it’s best to still come dressed to the nines—no one likes a party pooper in jeans and a t-shirt. Tip: Try to be around for the crowning of the honorary “Queen of the Carnival,” and expect lots of surprises; MTV wowed the crowd a couple of years back with a pop-up Robyn concert.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Definitely an adult-only event, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is the nightmarish events that will scare you straight. Held at Griffith Park, tickets start at $27 for the hayride only, $39 plus attractions and $50 for front-of-line VIP. As they say themselves, “This years theme is the Secret Society of Samhain, which means Halloween.  The Secret Society of Halloween will bring guests down the dark road of the power and sacrifice that takes place in the shadows to bring the world their favorite night of the year.  Upon entering the LA Haunted Hayride gates, you are a member.

You will be judged and sent down the path of your status in this revolutionary twist that will send hayriders down one of two different paths, giving hayriders–which have now been declared “society members”–different experiences.   Inside the gates of the society, members will bear witness to the clandestine lives of their faction and in a shocking turn, will be commandeered by the society and sent into an initiation, confronting the GHOSTS OF HAYRIDES PAST…ON FOOT, FACE TO FACE.  That’s right, for the first time ever, guests will leave the safety of the hay wagon. Upon returning to their wagon, society members will continue down the secret road of power, corruption, influence, tyranny, and evil, allowing members to see that this day is not all about costumes and candy.”

So whether you’re looking for a family-fun celebration, to dance the night away, or to scare the night away, Los Angeles has a Halloween event for all. Another pro tip: if you’re going to be on the move, be sure to have your transportation lined up as you can almost guarantee that Uber will be surged all weekend. Contact Strack Transportation today for your personalized premier transportation this Halloween weekend by phone at 888-781-5466 or by email at reserve@stracktransportation.com.