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The alarm has sounded. A shriek has wrapped its tendrils around our hearts. A pandemic has descended upon the Earth and this Halloween in Los Angeles the most frightening thing isn’t the monsters, the ghouls or the tricks. It’s the idea of not recovering from this new coronavirus that has already paralyzed most of the world in fear.
So what are Halloween lovers to do with their kids who love to dress up, who love to trick-or-treat and get into the whole scary themed part of the season? They have to get creative. After Los Angeles County effectively canceled Halloween celebrations by discouraging trick-or-treating during the endless assault of 2020, creative types got together to offer the following activities all within a broomstick’s flight from their LA lair.
Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday
We’ve been doing a lot of camping/glamping this past month during our attempt to make the most of distance learning. So, we’ve seen a lot of campgrounds and can tell you that the Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday is one of the best we’ve ever experienced. There are so many unique activities to do there for kids, including my boy’s favorite, the jumping pillow, and my favorite, the Big Foot Night Hike (temporarily closed). It makes complete sense that this campground dedicated to appealing to a kid’s delight would want to save Halloween for them too. Every weekend during October, Ventura Ranch KOA has a Pirate Ship with animatronics open to KOA guests. Kids can dress up and participate in socially distant trick-or-treating among the trees and the shining eyes staring at them hiding between them.
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Invite your neighborhood to relive the glory days!
Urban Legends of Southern California
Urban Legends of Southern California is our choice for Halloween as soon as we are back from our camping trip. It runs from Tuesday to Saturday all of October until November 1. I can’t wait. The boys will freak out. They deserve it after the hell they’ve put us through during parts of our trip (insert evil laugh here). Plus, I’m dying to experience this too! Five shows along a driveable scareway feature actors in ghoulish costumes and loud props reenacting haunting Southern California legends.
Community Heroes Discount Events
Every Wednesday, Urban Legends Haunt will honor local community heroes with a special $5 off coupon for military personnel, first responders, and firefighters.
- Oct 14th & 16th Salute to Military and Law Enforcement: Eligible guests can use the code “SERVICE” and bring their relevant Military or Law Enforcement ID for onsite verification.
- Oct 21st & 22nd Salute to Nurses, Doctors, and Hospital Workers: Eligible guests can use the code “FIRSTAID” and bring their relevant Medical ID for onsite verification.
- Oct 28th & 29th Salute to Firefighters: Eligible guests can use code “FIRE” and bring their relevant Firefighter ID for onsite verification.
If you are a better or more compassionate parent than I, consider this toned-down version of the activity:
Little Legends Night (A Spooktacular Halloween Car Parade)
A special Little Legends Night will be offered for families with children under 13 to enjoy a less scary Halloween experience on October 31 from 5pm to 7pm. Guests are encouraged to come dressed up and to “deck out” their vehicles for a spooktacular parade! There will be COVID-safe goody bags of packaged candy. All participants must remain in their cars to participate. Tickets start at $49.99 (limited availability) for (1) GA Vehicle (no more than 5 people). Large Group Tickets Available (up to 9 people).
WHERE: OC Fair & Event Center; 88 Fair Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Entrance at Gate 2 off Fair Drive.
TICKETS & PRICING: Entry to the event is through advanced online ticket purchases only at UrbanLegendsHaunt.com and limited reservations are available per time session. General admission starts at $69.99 per vehicle (up to five people) on select nights, with VIP and larger vehicle tickets (six to nine people) also available. Group caravan discounts are also available for caravans of 10 or more cars.
Haunt ‘O Ween LA
Yes to the drive-thru Halloween haunt but no to the long drive? Try Haunt ‘O Ween LA – drive through a pumpkin patch and take home a sanitized pumpkin delivered to your car by a sanitized masked actor. Many scenes to admire and create Instagramable moments. A two-block neighborhood decorated in the spirit of Halloween offers kids the chance for safe trick-or-treating although they never leave the car, candy is delivered by masked and, we assume, sanitized helpers. This sounds perfect for the younger kids.
WHEN: October 9th-October 31st 3P-9P Daily
WHERE: 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd Woodland Hills, CA 91367
COST: $70 Per Vehicle
After #LosAngeles canceled Halloween by discouraging trick-or-treating creative types got together to offer the following activities all within a broomstick’s flight from their LA lair.
Dia De Los Muertos at the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier
The city of Santa Monica is helping businesses struck hard by looters who took advantage of the peaceful protests for Black Lives Matter by robbing and vandalizing the private storefronts during the marches. Many of those devastated shops are owned by minorities and in the city’s effort to aid in their recovery, Santa Monica commissioned artist Ricardo Soltero to create a 14-foot version of Dia De Los Muertes’s most recognizable icon, La Catrina.
Stroll with your family along the Third Street Promenade or Santa Monica Pier to view the 13 sculptures and feel the Dia De Los Muertos vibe. While you do, drop into the restored shops and tell them you support their hard work by treating them with your business.
WHEN: Saturday, October 31 – Monday, November 2 Third Street Promenade sculptures to be on display from 10 am – 8 pm
WHERE: La Catrina sculptures are viewable at nine locations on Third Street Promenade and four locations on the Santa Monica Pier.
PARKING: Parking is widely available in the downtown structures including the Santa Monica Public Library or Parking Structures 9 and 10 just north of Wilshire Boulevard. Biking, walking and public transit are encouraged.
Stranger Halloween Things
Many are opting to stay in this year and clutch their family members as they watch scary movies. What if you could drive into your favorite scary show instead? The creative team behind U.K.’s Secret Cinema brings you Stranger Things Drive Into by transforming Downtown Los Angeles into Hawkins and bring 24 cars at a time into Starcourt Mall, to explore the Ed!spu Down World of Stranger Things. Viewer’s favorite scenes are reenacted and some are discovered as guests drive into 1985 and the secrets that make up the spooky town of Stranger Things.
- Date: From October 2020
- Duration: > 1h
- Location: Skylight ROW DTLA
- Age: Recommended to 13+
- Dress code: Dressing for the occasion is highly encouraged
- Standard Access and VIP Access options available
- Price: Tickets start at $59 for 2 people in one car
- Enjoy the experience from the safety of your own car
- Impressive special effects, both visual and audio
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