2021 Halloween Events in Southern California

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Cassidy Anderson

A pumpkin and cobwebs signifying the start of the Halloween spooky season.

Spooky season is here, and every year the Halloween holiday brings loads of fun events to participate in. From pumpkin-carving to horrifying mazes, the options are endless. Here’s a list of the top attractions to bring friends and family to this season. 

Halloween-Themed Concerts

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” Live Experience

A live choir and orchestra are set to perform the music from Disney’s ”The Nightmare Before Christmas”. It will also include live performances by Danny Elfman as the role of Jack Skellington and Billie Eillish as the role of Sally. Costumes are recommended and trick-or-treating will take place at the venue. The event will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct 29 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct 31 at the Banc of California Stadium, 3939 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles.

Insomniac’s Escape Halloween

This is an EDM festival event that includes headliners such as The Chainsmokers, Zedd, Playboi Carti, DJ Snake, and many more. It’s planned to be a huge party with attendees that are encouraged to wear costumes. The event takes place from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. on Friday, Oct 29 and Saturday, Oct  30 at the NOS Events Center, 689 S. E Street, San Bernardino. 

Theme Parks

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

Every year, HHN turns horror movies into real-life experiences for guests. The themes for this year’s mazes include: Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, and many more. HHN takes place on select dates from Sept 9 to Oct 31.

Knott’s Scary Farm

Knott’s Scary Farm is one of SoCal’s largest and spookiest Halloween events. It offers many different scary mazes for anyone ready to get their spook on. This year’s attractions include CarnEVIL, Boo-Fest, the Gore-ing ‘20s, and much more. Knott’s Scary Farm is open on select dates from September 16 to Oct 31. 

Disney’s Oogie Boogie Bash

This event is the most family friendly event of the list. This event is sure to bring loads of fun and candy with its featured trick-or-treating with Disney characters. Guests can wear their costumes and enjoy spooky-themed decor, food, drinks, parades, and more! Disney’s Oogie Boogie Bash takes place on select nights in Sept and Oct.

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