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Here comes Halloween. Well, kind of. The COVID-19 pandemic has put the fate of every major large-scale event and group gathering in question, and holiday celebrations have not been immune. The L.A. County Department of Public Health first put a ban on trick-or-treating activities but quickly walked that back as saying it would be “discouraged.”
Because of that, the focus has turned to drive-thru experiences and activations, which will soon be popping up all over Los Angeles. It’s not the only Halloween-related activity on the upcoming calendar as a popular local pumpkin patch has altered its safety activities to welcome guests, as well.
Scroll down for a complete guide to this year’s Halloween-related events.
Freeform’s Halloween Road
Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles, Oct. 2-5
Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween returns this year, bringing with it a special drive-thru activation. Guests will get to steer their way inside the world’s of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters and other creations. Bonus: Games, performances and prizes. Entrance is free. More information can be found here.
Nights of the Jack Halloween Jack O’Lantern Celebration
King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, Oct. 1- Nov 1
Immersive “Halloween wonderland” drive-thru experience that will feature “thousands of hand-carved and illuminated Jack O’Lanterns” on an extended driving trail. Family-friendly with designated time slots for each vehicle. Brought to life by event industry gurus and founding team members Ben Biscotti, Tony Schubert and Bobby Rossi. In a joint statement they add: “During these uncertain times, Nights of the Jack will provide families with a fun and safe way to get out of the house and still experience the magic that guests have come to expect over these past few years.” More information can be found here.
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, Oct. 9-31, 3-9 p.m. daily
Immersive, interactive drive-thru experience produced by Experiential Supply. Said to be a kid-friend, “non-scary adventure” filled with costumed performers, a blacklight tunnel powered by FX’s Emmy nominated What We Do in the Shadows, live performances by the BeatBuds, Party City installations and a Party City Lane, and more than 1,000 pumpkins. Bonus: Candy and a pumpkin to take home. More information can be found here.
Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch
1841 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, beginning Oct. 3, daily
The popular pumpkin patch returns and will offer in-person shopping, online ordering, delivery and pumpkin carving kits. More information can be found here.
Hulu’s Immersive Huluween Drive-In
L.A. Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Dr., Burbank, Oct. 22-25
Event features four nights of movies ranging from “spooky to downright scary, and a haunted drive-through forest” for guests. Films to screen include Hocus Pocus, Hulu Original Books of Blood, Beetlejuice, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Carrie. Music and pandemic superstar DJ D-Nice will open the weekend with a performance at the Bad Hair premiere on Thursday and will return on Sunday to close out the weekend. Tickets are limited to 150 cars per screening. Tickets can be requested at Huluween.com.
Fright Farms Drive-Thru Experience
Silverlakes Sports Complex, 5555 Hamner Ave., Norco California, daily 5 p.m. – 1 a.m., Oct. 26-Nov. 29
“Not so spooky farm” runs daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and is for all ages, while the Fright Farms experience is for ages 13 and up. Produced by Deed Entertainment and in compliance with COVID-19 regulations, the event features obstacles, clues and full-on adventure. Tickets here.
Hollywood Roosevelt Drive-In Movie Theatre with Spooky Sundays
Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
The famed hotel is transforming its valet parking lot into an outdoor theatre experience with a Stella Artois Airstream concession stand with a full bar menu and snacks. The scheduled kicks off Oct. 11 with a showing of Beetlejuice, and continues with Ghostbusters and The Exorcist on Oct. 18, and The Addams Family and Halloween II on Oct. 25. Social distancing and mask-wearing protocols in place. Lot limited to 27 cars. Tickets here.
Beverly Center Pumpkin Patch
Third Street Entrance, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, Mon.-Sat. (11 a.m.-8 p.m.), Sunday (11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
The mall is hosting its first-ever pumpkin patch. Features include pumpkin carving demonstrations to pumpkin spice lattes, treats and socially-distanced photo moments. More information here.
More to come…
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