30+ Ways To Celebrate Halloween In SoCal In The Middle Of A Pandemic

A scarecrow representing the Grim Reaper is seen in a vineyard near Denens, Switzerland on May 27, 2020. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

If a pandemic, wildfires and a turbulent presidential election aren't terrifying enough, you'll find plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween in Southern California. Check out several spooky drive-in screenings. Drive through a bunch of immersive experiences. Learn about Victorian mourning rituals. For those with young children, there are plenty of family-friendly events, too.

Check back as we're adding to this list until Halloween.

An actor from Knott's Scary Farm poses at the Midsummer Scream Horror Convention in Long Beach on July 29, 2018. (MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Friday, Sept. 25 - Sunday, Nov. 1

Knott's Berry Farm: Taste of Fall-O-Ween
Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
The amusement park offers a new family-friendly, outdoor dining and shopping experience on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Dress up in costumes (although face coverings must be worn at all times). Taste themed food and treats. Buy merchandise from local makers. You must buy a tasting card in advance at knotts.com or you won't get in.
COST: $35 for five tastes, $20 for three tastes for ages 11 and younger; MORE INFO

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Thursdays through Sundays from Oct. 1 - Nov. 1

Nights of the Jack
King Gillette Ranch
26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas
The Halloween experience returns in a drive-through format. Guests can view thousands of hand-carved and illuminated jack o'lanterns from the safety of their cars.
COST: $69 per car; no busses, limos or RVs; MORE INFO

Search for your perfect pumpkin over more than 40 acres as Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark. (Courtesy of Underwood Family Farms)

Thursday, Oct. 1 - Saturday, Oct. 31

Fall Harvest on the Farm
Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark Location
3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark
The annual fall harvest festival has been postponed until 2021 but the farm will still host a 40-acre pumpkin patch and harvest experience. Take a wagon ride to and from the fields, hang out with farm animals and enjoy the roaming entertainment at safe distances on weekends.
COST: $8 - $15; MORE INFO

Friday, Oct. 2 - Thursday, Oct. 8

Beyond Fest 2020
Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre
10798 Ramona Ave., Montclair
The largest genre film festival in the U.S. heads to the drive-in for its 2020 edition. Titles include The Wolf of Snow Hollow, directed by and starring Jim Cummings; Joe Dante's 1989 movie, The 'Burbs; Justin Simien's Bad Hair and Bryan Bertino's The Dark and the Wicked. Tickets for the fest are going fast.
COST: $17 - $42; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Oct. 6 - Thursday, Oct. 15

20th Annual Screamfest LA Horror Drive-In Festival
Calamigos Ranch
327 Latigo Canyon Rd., Malibu

Regency Plant Drive-In
7876 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys

This ghostly film festival screens both new films and classics, pairing the main feature with several shorts. It opens with Hulu's Books of Blood at Calamigos Ranch while the rest of the screenings happen at the Plant Drive-In. The schedule also includes the original Halloween (1978) on Oct. 7 and a 35th anniversary screening of Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning on Oct. 8.
COST: FREE - $20; MORE INFO

Through Friday, Oct. 16

Virtual Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest
The city of Palmdale hosts a canine costume contest on the Yellen Dog Park Facebook page. Submit photos of your four-legged BFFs in their best outfits. One winner will be selected in the following categories: most "pawsome," most creative, funniest and most spooktacular, superhero and best Disney character. Top dogs will receive a Halloween-themed goodie basket filled with toys and treats. The deadline for costume picture entries is Oct. 16. Approved entrants will be presented in a virtual parade on Halloween.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Through Friday, Oct. 30

Secret Movie Club: Parking Lot Cinema
Glendale Sears Parking Lot
211 West California Ave., Glendale
SMC has a great lineup of two Halloween-themed features all month. This weekend (Oct. 9-11) features Trick R Treat (2007) at 7:15 p.m. and George Romero's Creepshow (1982) at 9:30 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the films are IT Chapter One (2017) at 7:15 p.m. followed by Brian de Palma's Carrie (1976) at 10:15 p.m. On Sunday at 7 p.m., there's a family-friendly screening of Hocus Pocus (1993).
COST: $23 - $37; MORE INFO

Through Saturday, Oct. 31

Starlight Drive In Movies
Brea Mall
1065 Brea Mall, Brea
Starlight shows Halloween flicks all month long. Titles include Ghostbusters, Goosebumps, Caspar, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands.
COST: $35 per car; MORE INFO

Thursday, Oct. 8 - Sunday, Nov. 1

The Bite LA: Halloween Food Crawl and Creature Safari
Legg Lake at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
750 Santa Anita Ave., South El Monte
The event is equal parts drive-in food tour and haunt. Make you way around the eerie lake through immersive experiences as ghouls bring bites of seasonal grub to your car. Keep an eye out for creatures roaming the grounds. Round out your experience with a virtual campfire (from the car) complete with scary stories, a hot drink and dessert. Eight food items are included in every ticket with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. Additional items may be purchased.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Quentin Dupieux's film about friends who find a giant fly stuck in the trunk of a car and try to train it to earn money, closes the Nightstream fest. (Courtesy of Nightstream)

Thursday, Oct. 8 - Sunday, Oct. 11

Nightstream
This is a new collaborative virtual festival that unites five genre festivals (Festival From Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, Overlook and Popcorn Frights Festival) impacted by COVID-19. The screenings begin with the world premiere of the Hulu thriller Run, starring Sarah Paulson, and closes with Quentin Dupieux's Mandibles. The festival also includes horror features from around the world, short films, panels, conversations, events and masterclasses with filmmakers. COST: Bundles start at $65; MORE INFO

People visit Mr. Jack O'Lantern's Pumpkin Patch on October 4, 2020 in Los Angeles. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Saturday, Oct. 10 - Sunday, Oct. 11; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Mr. Jack O'Lanterns Pumpkins
The Original Farmers Market Plaza
6333 W. 3rd St., Fairfax
Although the market can't host its annual Fall Festival this year, it's still decked out for Halloween. Pick out the perfect pumpkin for decorating or carving jack o'lanterns at home. There will be crowd control to ensure 6ft. distancing along with mask-wearing guidelines. For a donation of $5 (or more), families will get a pumpkin-decorating kit with craft supplies. Proceeds will go to The Salvation Army COVID-19 relief fund.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

Fridays - Saturdays, Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24

San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In
Westfield Fashion Square
14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks
Catch chilling double features on the big screen for two weekends. The schedule includes Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Pet Sematery (1989) on Oct. 16; Labyrinth (1986) and Child's Play (1988) on Oct. 17; Casper (1995) and Poltergeist (1982) on Oct. 23; and Hotel Transylvania (2012) and Scream (1996) on Oct. 24. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Valley Relics Museum and Neon Retro Arcade.
COST: Tickets start at $20 for one movie; MORE INFO

1936: Children from the Los Angeles Orphan Asylum in Boyle Heights gather around a newspaper delivery truck as Santa Claus distributes gifts. (Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library Collection)

Saturday, Oct. 17 and Nov. 14

Boyle Heights: Most Haunted (Fall)
Various locations
Boyle Heights
Shmuel Gonzales (the Barrio Boychik), a sixth-generation local, historian and community organizer, leads a walking tour through Boyle Heights. Listen to ghost stories, view locations of paranormal history, tales about people from the neighborhood and how various cultures traditionally handle death and mourning. The tour includes Linda Vista Hospital, the Los Angeles Orphans' Asylum, the Sanatorium, Hollenbeck Park, Shrere Synagogue and the Japanese Hospital. People of all physical abilities are welcome to join in the 2.4-mile route.
COST: $25; MORE INFO

The UCLA Film & Television Archive screens the 1933 film, 'The Vampire Bat,' in a virtual program. (UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Thursday, Oct. 22 4 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 29; 4 p.m. PDT

UCLA Film & Television Archive Virtual Screenings
The archive celebrates the spookiness with two online screenings. On Oct. 22, catch the 1973 episode of The Classic Ghosts anthology series, "The Screaming Skull," directed by Gloria Monty and starring David McCallum (The Man From U.N.C.L.E). The following week, tune into a screening of The Vampire Bat (1933) about a murderous doctor and a creature he has created. Q&As follow each film.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Thursday, Oct. 22 - Friday, Nov. 6

The Gentle Barn's Haunted Barnyard: Land of Nightmares
Secret location in Santa Clarita
The hour-long, immersive drive-through experience features scenarios including a funhouse escape, a zombie-infested graveyard, haunted woods, an insane asylum and ghostly woods. To participate, at least one smartphone is required per car with predownloaded audio. Snacks and soft drinks will be available to purchase at the start of the event (VIP tickets include treats). Recommended for those 13+. Event details and location will be forwarded after registration, closer to the event. Minimum of two people per car.
COST: $28 - $60 per person; MORE INFO

Thursday, Oct. 22 - Saturday, Oct. 31

Welcome to Hellfest
14300 Little Tujunga Rd., Sylmar
Explore two new terrifying mazes as monsters rise from the depths of hell to terrify the living. Not recommended for children 13 and younger.
COST: $55 - $105 per person; MORE INFO

Hulu celebrates Halloween with screenings and a drive-thru experience. (Courtesy of Hulu)

Thursday, Oct. 22 - Sunday, Oct. 25

Huluween Drive-in
Los Angeles Equestrian Center
480 Riverside Dr., Burbank
Hulu hosts an immersive haunted drive-through and film screenings over four nights. Watch Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Carrie and the Hulu original Books of Blood. Music superstar DJ D-Nice performs on Thursday and Sunday nights. Tickets are limited to 150 cars per screening. Although there are no jump scares, the haunted drive-through forest is not suitable for young kids. A bypass option is available.
COST: FREE, but tickets required; MORE INFO

Saturday, Oct. 24 - Sunday, Oct. 25

San Fernando Valley Virtual Film Tour and San Fernando Valley Virtual Bizarre Tour
My Valley Pass offers two virtual spooky tours of the SFV with Halloween twists. On Saturday, Jared Cowan tells stories of various locations while juxtaposing film images over Google Maps to show how the locales look today. On Sunday, Eric Garcia leads a tour of historic and eerie scenes in the Valley.
COST: $10 per device; MORE INFO

Learn about Victorian mourning rituals at Heritage Square Museum. (Christine N. Ziemba)

Saturday, Oct. 24 - Sunday, Oct. 25; 12 - 5 p.m.

Oh, What a Beautiful Mourning...An Outdoor Victorian Mourning Faire
Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer St., Montecito Heights
The annual mourning event moves outside because of COVID. Learn about Victorian death practices, superstitions and spiritualism while viewing eerie displays, listening to music and shopping from vendors. Proceeds benefit the restoration and preservation of the museum. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time.
COST: $10 - $20 per person, ages 3 and older; MORE INFO

Orange County parks are celebrating Halloween virtually this year on its Facebook and Instagram. (Courtesy of OC Parks)

Monday, Oct. 26 - Saturday, Oct. 31

OC Parks Spooky Series
Orange County parks are celebrating Halloween virtually this year on its Facebook (@OrangeCountyParks) and Instagram (@OCParks) channels. Tune in for Halloween-themed activities and events such as trivia, crafts, a scene from Shakespeare's Macbeth and a performance by local cover band Past Action Heroes. OC Parks also hosts a drive-in movie series at Mile Square Regional Park where you can watch Hocus Pocus, Oct. 23-25. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

Through Friday, Oct. 30

Haunt O'Ween LA
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills
The family-friendly experience offers pumpkin-picking, trick-or-treating, installations and photo ops without leaving your car. Drive through with the windows down and masks on as costumed actors stay six feet away from vehicles.
COST: $49.99 - $199; MORE INFO

Through Saturday, Oct. 31

2020 Pumpkin Farm
Tanaka Farms
5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine
Pick pumpkins right off the vine in the farm's pumpkin patch. The drive-through experience runs every Saturday and Sunday through Halloween, and the U-pick Pumpkin with Wagon Ride runs Mondays through Fridays through Friday, Oct. 30. Masks are required for both experiences.
COST: $20 - $25 per person, ages 3 and older; MORE INFO

Through Saturday, Oct. 31

Big Jack
Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Dr., Commerce
The outlet center hosts a Halloween-themed installation with a 16-foot steel pumpkin weighing 1,500 pounds. Surrounded by decorations and hay bales, use it as a backdrop for your perfect pic. There's also a "Let's Track Jack & His Friends" self-guided scavenger hunt. Participants who find all 12 characters on display and mark them correctly on the map will receive a special treat at customer service. COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Through Saturday, Oct. 31

Things That Go Bump in the Night: Scavenger Hunt
California Botanic Garden
‍1500 N. College Ave., Claremont
Solve scavenger hunt riddles to find the stations hidden throughout the garden. Participants can print a copy of the scavenger hunt from the website, follow along on a smartphone, or pick up a copy at the admissions kiosk. With the purchase of an activity box (available on Oct. 16), kids can learn about some of the garden's elusive nocturnal creatures and uncover their secrets from home.
COST: Scavenger hunt is free with admission ($4 - $10), activity box runs $60 - $90; MORE INFO

Through Saturday, Oct. 31

Halloween at Descanso
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge
Throughout the month, guests can walk down the garden paths through pumpkin-themed displays. Children 14 and younger can wear their costumes and masks through the month as they explore. The Kitchen at Descanso has seasonal drinks and soups available along with caramel corn and churros. Advance reservation is required. On Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31, the garden offers extended hours for members at the Family Plus level and above.
COST: $5 - $15 ; MORE INFO

Saturday, Oct. 31; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Halloween Driving Howl 2020
Various locations
City of Alhambra
The San Gabriel Valley hosts a drive-through Halloween event where you can cruise through several locations including Spiderville, the Pumpkin Patch, Trick-or-Treat, Ghost Adventures and a Haunted House. Families can enjoy each location without leaving their cars and can start anywhere.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Various dates through Oct. 31

Sunset Strip Late Night Drive-In
The Andaz Hotel
8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
The drive-in film series offers horror programming atop the hotel's parking garage. Films include the original Halloween (1978) on Oct. 24, Suspiria (1977) on Oct. 29, American Werewolf in London (1981) on Oct. 30, and the double feature Young Frankenstein and Braindead aka Dead Alive on Halloween.
COST: Tickets start at $56.25; MORE INFO

In Owings, Maryland, a scarecrow wearing a white coat stands next to a sign that reads, "Thank You Healthcare Workers!" on April 7, 2020. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Through Saturday, Oct. 31

2020 Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest
Various locations
In need of a road trip? Head up to the SYV wine communities of Buellton, Los Olivos, Los Alamos, Santa Ynez, Ballard and Solvang to view more than 100 scarecrows created by local businesses, individuals and organizations. Vote online for your favorites. While you're up there, take time to shop and sip the local wines.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

The Santa Ana Zoo welcomes children and families to celebrate Halloween at its annual Boo at the Zoo event. (Courtesy of the Santa Ana Zoo)

Through Saturday, Oct. 31

Boo at the Zoo
Santa Ana Zoo
1801 E. Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana
Children and families are welcome to dress up in family-friendly costumes and celebrate Halloween by walking a "merry, not scary" trail, viewing decorations along the way. Each child will receive a goody bag on the way out. Timed tickets must be purchased online in advance. Please leave balloons at home. Limited timed tickets must be purchased ONLINE on this page in advance.
COST: $10 - $15 per person; MORE INFO

Saturday, Oct. 31

Halloween at Randy's Donuts
Various locations
Halloween is alive and well at the venerated donut shop. Randy's is offering families free candy topped Randy's Rounds for every child ages 15 and younger (costume or no costume) while supplies last.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Through Sunday, Nov. 1

Urban Legends Haunt
OC Fair & Events Center
88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa
Drive through the fairgrounds and soak in terrifying sets, immersive storytelling and creatures that go bump in the night. Live performances occur throughtout the experience. Plus, there are four spooky show zones. The production contains strobe lighting, special effects, fog and haze. All food and merchandise must be purchased online, in advance when buying tickets. No food or merch will be available onsite.
COST: Tickets start at $69.99 per vehicle; MORE INFO

Through Sunday, Nov. 1

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride: Live Drive Up Experience
Bonelli Regional Park
120 E. Via Verde Dr., San Dimas
Take part in Halloween festivities from the comfort of your car as this immersive experience becomes a drive-through and drive-in experience. Drive through installations then watch a multimedia story unfold on a 40-foot screen, featuring original content and creepy short films.
COST: $49.99 - $199; MORE INFO