Spooky season is upon us, and the most haunting day of all is fast approaching. Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins lurk around every corner, ready to be unleashed on Halloween night. Prepare yourself for the thrill of a lifetime with our guide on where to spend Halloween in California.
When considering where to spend Halloween in California, look no further than the blood-curdling mazes and spine-tingling attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights. With new mazes each year and terrifying spooks around every corner, you never known what you’ll find at Halloween Horror Nights. Mazes this year take inspiration from Stranger Things and Jordan Peele’s hit thriller, Us. In this maze, guests must escape the terrifying Tethered, murderous doppelgangers who have recently surfaced from their underground tunnels. Performances by the Jabbawockeez and multiple scare zones and thrill rides make Halloween Horror Nights the place to be this season.
Every autumn, just as the leaves begin to change, Knott’s Berry Farm undergoes a spooky transformation to become Knott’s Scary Farm. With nine haunted houses, each with its own terrifying theme and storyline, and a multitude of hair-raising roller coasters, there’s no limit to the thrills and chills you’ll experience. Live stage shows, such as The Hanging: Witches Revenge, and the high-energy fiesta Awaken the Dead, provide guests a moment’s reprieve from the ghosts and ghouls that wander the park. You can also travel back in time and try your hand at fending off zombies with the virtual reality experience, Time Zombies.
Halloween is as much for the kids as it is for the adults. Legoland is the perfect place for kids to enjoy the spooky season. Legoland’s Brick or Treat Party Nights take place every Saturday in October and are the perfect prelude to a fantastic Halloween. Complete with a costume contest, character meet and greets, and—of course—lots and lots of candy, these events are fun for the whole family. After a full day of roller coasters, rides, and dancing the night away at the AstroBash Dance Party, guests can also cozy up at one of Legoland’s hotels for the Ultimate Not-Too-Spooky Sleepover.
For a Halloween experience that focuses less on horror, but is sure to get your heart pounding nonetheless, take a trip to OUE Skyspace LA. The tallest open-air observation deck in California, Skyspace LA is the place to be for picturesque views and exciting adventures. Thrill-seeking individuals can test their fortitude with a ride on the Skyslide. This 45-foot slide travels around the exterior of the US Bank Tower, nearly 1,000 feet above Los Angeles. The Skyslide is completely enclosed, so you can experience this thrilling ride come rain or shine. For Skyspace tickets and more information regarding this hair-raising ride, click here.