The Return Of Los Angeles Halloween And What You Can Do In 2021!

We have always had a go-to event that we loved for Halloween. The Queen Mary, as we covered before Here, has always had the most amazing and best-kept secret of Halloween events. However, with the current condition of disrepair and the fate up in the air, there will not be any Dark Harbor event at the Queen Mary for the foreseeable future. However, as Angelenos, we still have a bevy of options to bring in the best holiday of the year!

Major events like Universal Studios Hollywood Horror Nights, Knott’s Scary Farm, and Disneyland’s Halloween Time are back, and while there are surging cases of the Delta Variant of COVID-19, there are methods you can take to try to keep yourself safe. While large gatherings are risky, all of these events are primarily outdoors, at least when not in most of the mazes, and you are always of arbiter of your own safety, keep distanced, wear a mask, and make sure your COVID-19 vaccinations are up to date to be as safe as you can be!

Before we go into the details about events, we still remind people that we are within a pandemic, and recommend people check out our article on ”If You Should Go Out” Here. In keeping with our promise within that article though, each event we are talking about will have an Is It Safe section discussing steps taken by the organization to keep the attendees safe. Please consider that though before making your ticket purchases. That being said let’s delve into the options available for Halloween this year!


Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Returns
What Is It:
Returning in all its glory, fans of the experience can expect a lot from this experience as they are returning to the prior format, instead of the safer drive-thru event that they ran the year prior. Venture back to Midnight Falls, hang out in the town square/scare zone, with the villagers, or step into the Midnight Mortuary if you fancy becoming a resident. However, the most well-loved event in this experience is the Hayride through the forest of monsters.

Is It Safe:
The event is outdoors, even in the hayride, the indoor mortuary is an issue, but if you keep your distance from other groups and wear a mask you can help mitigate your risks as best as possible. Make sure to sanitize your hands before you remove your mask again!

How Much Is It:
Tickets are not on sale just yet, but people can sign-up for the pre-sale Here for the chance to pre-buy their ticket for any day for $29.99 which can end up saving them up to five dollars on the pricer nights.

Tickets are available from September 24th, 2021 through October 1st, 2021.


SoCal Haunt O’Ween
What Is It:
This event also switched their event from Drive-Thru to a walkthrough experience. A fun and awesome experience for the whole family presented by Experiential Supply Co.. Not intended to be scary, but fun. Children will get plenty of time to travel through the five impressive zones, safely trick or treat, and even potentially purchase and carve pumpkins. Adults can get a drink at the events bar, just be responsible! You can check out our prior article covering this event for more information Here

Is It Safe:
While it’s not a drive-thru, once again as long as guests respect social distancing, and masks are used, the event will be entirely outdoor, so it should be safer than a lot of events. Additionally, any candy given to the attendees will be kept clean and protected so there will be no worrying about children digging in!

How Much Is It:
Tickets are on sale now, and priced at $30 a person during the weekdays, and $35 during the weekends. Children are the same price as adults, but children under 2 years old are free. Purchase your tickets Here!

Tickets are available from October 1st, 2021 through October 31st, 2021.


Universal Studios Hollywood: Halloween Horror Nights
What Is It:
One of the most impressive maze experiences for the holiday. Universal pulls out all the stops with scare zones all over the park, and the ability to actually walk through the backlot for the Terror Tram! This year mazes will focus on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, The Bride of Frankenstein, Halloween 4, Pandora’s Box, and The Walking Dead. You can check out our prior articles covering this event for more information Here!

Is It Safe:
Like a lot of the events this year, this is an in-person event that will draw a bunch of people. As long as guests respect social distancing, and masks are used, the event mainly is outdoor, so it should be safer than a lot of events. That being said, maze lines and indoor scare mazes are a higher risk. Universal has always done a great job trying to meter guests through the mazes so it’s not crowded when people experience, but the lines have traditionally been rather large! Keep safe, and maybe be vaccinated to help lower your risk.

How Much Is It:
Tickets are on sale now and priced starting at $69 but differ depending on the day you choose to attend. Additionally, there are many upgrade charges that will help you get through mazes faster. Purchase your tickets Here!

Tickets are available from September 9, 2021 through October 31, 2021.


Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
What Is It:
Mr. Bones is a family-owned pumpkin patch by an Oregon family who wanted to create a fun space for families in Los Angeles. It was also re-designed in 2001 by the person who designing Universal Studio’s “Back to the Future the Ride.” Now, this Culver City event brings people from all over Los Angeles who are looking for a children-forward Halloween event. The site hosts many things to experience including Pumpkin Village for children to explore, Tipu Village to play in, rocking horses, a petting zoo, two slides, a straw maze, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and two bounce houses for specific ages.

Is It Safe:
Like a lot of the events this year, this is an in-person event that will draw a bunch of people. As long as guests respect social distancing, and masks are used, the event mainly is outdoor, so it should be safer than a lot of events. That being said, maze lines and indoor scare mazes are a higher risk. Universal has always done a great job trying to meter guests through the mazes so it’s not crowded when people experience, but the lines have traditionally been rather large! Keep safe, and maybe be vaccinated to help lower your risk.

How Much Is It:
Tickets are not on sale yet but are traditionally based on fair rules, meaning activities cost individual ticket prices. Tickets cost $1 each but is discounted when purchased in bulk. Additionally, children can gain unlimited ticket wristbands for $30, and the event even includes VIP passes for children and adults at $60 each. The VIP passes include Admission, expedited patch entry, discounts on pumpkins & merchandise, unlimited petting zoo, and the Rainbow Slide. Additionally, VIPs get access to the VIP area which has private toilets, free water, and better seats for the shows. Children’s VIP passes also include unlimited access to the bounce house, the straw maze, and Mr. Bones super slide! Purchase your tickets when they go live on the 24th Here!

Tickets are available from October 7, 2021 through October 31, 2021.


Temecula Terror
What Is It:
Nestled in Temecula’s wine country, this event will host 3 mazes, 2 bars, a VIP Bar, and will have nightly music from a live DJ. The space even will have carnival games, trick or treating, and a pumpkin patch for the younger visitors, but the time to visit for kids is from 5:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m.. After that time the scare zones will become active and maybe too much for most children. You can check out our prior article covering this event for more information Here

Is It Safe:
Like a lot of the events this year, this is an in-person event that will draw a bunch of people. As long as guests respect social distancing, and masks are used, the event mainly is outdoor, so it should be safer than a lot of events. That being said, maze lines and indoor scare mazes are a higher risk. The event itself recommends that guests get vaccinated before attending to help lower their risk.

How Much Is It:
Tickets are on sale now and start at $25 but have discounted tickets for children under 12, and even VIP options. Purchase your tickets Here!

Tickets are available from October 1, 2021 through October 31, 2021.


Six Flags Magic Mountain: Fright Fest
What Is It:
Taking over the park during nights on select days, horror descends upon the park. There will be several horror-themed shows, 5 themed mazes, and over 7 different themed scare zones. However, to be able to enjoy the horror mazes you will have to pick up the optional Fright Fest maze pass.

Is It Safe:
Like a lot of the events this year, this is an in-person event that will draw a bunch of people. As long as guests respect social distancing, and masks are used, the event mainly is outdoor, so it should be safer than a lot of events. That being said, maze lines and indoor scare mazes are a higher risk.

How Much Is It:
Tickets have to individually be purchased for the park entrance, and a Fright Fest pass is an additional charge. Ticket prices start at $65 and the additional Fright Fest passes are as low as $9.99 depending on the day. They also have VIP line-skipping options, but the prices are a bit high. Purchase your tickets Here!

Tickets are available from September 11, 2021 through October 31, 2021.

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