This new blog edition will guide you through some fun, seasonally delicious, and hair-raising things to do and spooky places to visit in Los Angeles this fall of 2021.
Even in primarily sunny LA, the air does take on a fresh crispness, usually around mid-October. Leaves subtly change their hue. Bright red leaves and crunchy brown leaves underfoot bring that fall feeling alive. Of course, there will be many bright, sunny and cloudless days here well into December. But, temperatures do drop, finding it hard to resist autumn treats, cozy comforts, and hints of Halloween-themed fun.
Originating in Mexico, this annual holiday is a celebration of loved ones who have passed. The two-day festivities are a time of joyful remembrance. Held on November 1st and 2nd, altars are built and decorated with marigold flowers, photographs, sugar skulls (Calavera in Spanish). It is a visually rich holiday with altars ranging from small and simple to larger, elaborate displays.
Sugar skulls are symbolic of this holiday, and they represent the souls that have passed. Traditionally the calaveras would have the loved ones’ name embellished on the forehead. The sugar skulls are used to decorate the altars and are either edible or non-edible clay versions.
We start our adventure right here in Downey (home of our flagship location) with the Dia de Los Muertos Art Festival. This annual festival is taking place on Saturday, October 30th, 2021, from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM. The all-day cultural event will feature two entertainment stages, vendors, lots of food options. One of the spooky places to visit in Los Angeles is Downey Civic Theater, 8435 Firestone Boulevard, Downey, CA, 90241.
Experience Knott’s Berry Farm unlike ever before this fall! It is the second place in our spooky places to visit in Los Angeles guide Snoopy and his Peanut pals take a break from the park. While ghosts, ghouls, monsters, goblins, vampires, and beasts roam the grounds. Do you dare step into Knotts Scary Farm Horror Nights? The park undergoes a total seasonal fright-fest transformation into different scare zones. Horror Nights are just scary enough that guests should be over thirteen years of age. Remember, all those creatures of the night are roaming the park to horrify your experience and make you scream!
Travel back in time to Memory Lane and step through a door into the third place on the list the GORE-ING ‘ the ’20S! This terrifying time warp is the newest scare zone at Horror Nights, waiting to haunt your dreams. Ghoulish gangsters run free, and departed musicians play their haunting tunes. Horror Nights started on September 16th and runs through Halloween, October 31st, 2021. The nightmare never ends as you can also explore haunted mazes, catch spooky shows, and get on your favorite park ride in the dark.
If you ever dreamt of combing pizza, vampires, and game night, then you are in luck. As a bonus, you get to stay home for this one. Either pick up your order or have all the vampire-themed fun delivered to your door. Not only will you cross dinner off your list, but you will also have an evening of spooky entertainment.
Get into the spirit by following cues and prompts to solve one of two Halloween mysteries. The fun doesn’t end there, as you will have the chance to earn tricks or treats in the form of virtual and in-person prizes. There are two games to choose from Chapter 1, Welcome to the Vampire Revolution, or Chapter 2, The Case of the Missing Vamp. Will you get tricked or treated vampire style this Halloween?
This October blog edition would not be complete without a stop at a local pumpkin patch. A favorite is Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch, the fourth place in our spooky places to visit in Los Angeles list is perfect for the little ones. Highlights include:
Plus lots of festive scenery for fall-themed photo opportunities, and also try your luck in the corn maze. Entrance and parking are free, but bring cash for activities and food. You could round out the weekend with jack-o-lantern decorating back at home. As pumpkins, squash, and assorted seasonal gourds will also be available for sale. 3443 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034.
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