This Weekend: Halloween Thrills and Chills in the San Fernando Valley

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Halloween is creeping all over the 818 this weekend and there’s something for every age — from school events, to pumpkin festivals, parties, and some real deal scare fest haunted houses (make sure to scroll down)!


Art Rebel Studio

bats-flyingArt Rebel Studio, the event and exhibit space made over from the old James Dean garage, embodies the essence of the actor and this year offers a Halloween extravaganza for the free-spirited, young and old. On October 30 and 31 Art Rebel turns into Night at the Gallery (think Night at the Museum) where in a haunted gallery, there is a morbid maze and statues that come alive, zombies dance to Thriller in a tribute to Michael Jackson. While waiting to get in, patrons will be treated to vintage black & white horror films in a graveyard setting, and if you’re olde school, you can listen to the tell tale telling of reach ghost stories. Admission is $10 per person. 14321 Ventura Blvd (at Beverly Glen) Sherman Oaks. 818-907-5883.

Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch and Petting Zoo

Exploring the atmosphere of the Day of The Dead, visitors of all ages can now enter the maze and experience a creative display of skeletons, aliens, and museum style scenes that capture the eerie spirit of Halloween. This is not a haunted house event where people in costumes jump out to scare you. Visitors can enjoy this unique Halloween art display. Pumpkin patch, petting zoo, magic shows. Day time tours are in full light and ideal for children who are scared of the dark yet still enjoy a spooky experience. The night display is a bit more creepy and mysterious. Both daytime and nighttime are kid friendly. : or 818- 505-8039. Through October 11-9 pm. 10601 Riverside Dr., North Hollywood/Toluca Lake . Haunted Maze $6 daytime, $8 nighttime. Petting Zoo: $4

Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley

halloweencostumes300Ghosts of the departed and other dastardly denizens will be out in force at the Boys & Girls Club of the West. Valley’s Haunted House and Maze being created especially for Halloween. The Club will be completely transformed into a Halloween Haunted House Oct. 30 (6-9 p.m.) and Oct. 31 (5-8 p.m.), with spooky decor, face painting, arts and crafts, and other activities for youngsters 5-17. Cost of the event is $5, $3 for Club members. The Haunted House – and the Club – are located at 7245 Remmet Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91303. For more information call 818-610-1054. Website:

Riverside Drive Elementary 2009 Two Day Fall Festival: Halloween Fun in Sherman Oaks

October 30th and 31. October 30 2:25 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Come feed the family, tour the Haunted House (if you dare), rock out with the DJ, show your Karaoke skills, play games, take a professional picture in your costume with friends, and step up for the grade level Halloween Costume Contest! Come back on Halloween from 11 AM – 5 PM for a non-stop day of fun, excitement, and fabulous frightment! Don’t miss a fun-filled day of activities for kids of all ages (bouncies, bumper cars, super slides, games), and have a blast family-style. There will be an awesome silent auction with amazing items, live entertainment, food vendors, baked goods, and games developed by each grade for the kids! Enjoy spin art, a photo booth, tattoos, face painting, and haunted house and more. Admission into the event is free. All proceeds will support Riverside Drive Elementary. 13061 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks

3rd Annual Fright Night at Emelita Street Elementary in Encino

black-cat-halloween-clip-art-3-thumb3131401Family Fun for all ages! Haunted Maze, Games, Food, Family Fun, Crafts, Costume Contest! Admission is free. (Each booth/activity does have a fee.) All proceeds benefit Emelita Street Elementary School. Emelita Street School Fright Night Friday, October 30, 2009 6pm – 9:30pm 17931 Hatteras Street, Encino, CA 91316 (Between White Oak and Lindley)

Halloween in Downtown Burbank

The streets of Downtown Burbank will be haunted by thousands of little monsters in costume and scores of pet dogs decked out to the K-9s on October 31 from 4 – 7 pm.  Kids can trick-or-treat from store-to-store (accompanied by adults!), and dog-owners will be encouraged to bring along their favorite companion for a mutt-see Howl-oween Parade on the AMC Walkway. Downtown Burbank’s Halloween festivities are free and open to the public.  The core area for this outdoor trick-or-treat celebration will be on San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Angeleno. Pet Parade for Dogs in Costume, 6 pm. Pet owners are encouraged to bring along their favorite K-9 dressed in the Halloween spirit for the 2nd Annual Downtown Dog Parade on the AMC Walkway at San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Avenue in Downtown Burbank. Owners are asked to please register on-site by 5:30 P.M. on October 31. All well-behaved pets are welcome. Dogs must wear leashes.

DK Dance Party Halloween Dance Party for Children in Valley Village

free_3033607-1An excellent alternative to trick or treating on October 31. 6 -8 pm Kids of all ages are welcome! Music, Dancing, Candy, Games and a Costume Contest! $5.00 per child Bring 3 friends & get in FREE! DK Dance Factory 5505 Laurel Canyon Blvd Valley Village, CA 91607 (818)980-4635

Halloween Stuntacular in Sherman Oaks

Come out and enjoy a FREE live-action stunt show put on by professional Hollywood stuntmen and women to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. It is “a show for kids to help kids,” and you can help the Foundation grant children’s wishes. The show’s story has a very cute and positive moral and even involves one of our wish kids! This is a safe and fun environment to spend Halloween while helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the same time. There will be lots of candy, so be ready to trick-or-treat!  The event is free, but make a donation to Make-A-Wish. Saturday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Westfield Fashion Square Shopping Mall 14006 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Halloween Horror Movie Marathon at Noho Library

Get in the Halloween spirit with an all day Horror Movie Marathon at the North Hollywood Library, 5211 Tujunga Avenue on October 31, 2009 from 11:00 AM-5:30 PM. The chilling lineup features THE MUMMY with Boris Karloff; FRANKENSTEIN with Karloff; Hitchcock’s PSYCHO and ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. Free admission and refreshments. For information call (818)766-7185.

Color Me Mine

October 30 5-9 pm. Halloween Party and Costume Contest. Party includes one ceramic item per paying customer, studio fees, materials, food, haunted mansion, cookie decorating, prizes and giveaways. 12080 Ventura Place, Studio City  (818) 762-4434  $35 in advance, $45 at the door.

Main Street Canoga Park Presents: The 9th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival.

This traditional Festival will feature Aztec Dancers, Mariachi, Children’s art pavilion, classic car exhibit and beautiful altars dedicated to love ones who have passed, assorted food and craft vendors, arts, chalk art, raffles, music. Something for the entire family young and old.  Sunday, November 1, 2009 from 10 am – 5 pm. Along Sherman Way between Canoga and Vassar Avenues. 21500 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303

BOO at the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park

TigerPumpkin2-TMHave a safe and spooky Halloween at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, where fun festivities will take place throughout the Zoo at this year’s Boo at the L.A. Zoo! Get up close to spiders, bugs, and snakes at the Creepy Creature Encounter; watch amazing pumpkin-carving demonstrations; or learn about owls from their keepers at the owl talks. All activities are free to GLAZA members and with paid Zoo admission. October 31 – November 1 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Live Steamers in Griffith Park

Playful Spooks invade the mini-trains ( 1/8 scale) at Griffith Park. Evening rides feature 30 display around the track. Come ride a train! The Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum has been demonstrates railroads in miniature, 3 different gages, for almost 50 Years. It has been haunting since 2001. Near Travel Town, at the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum 5202 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, Los Angeles. Though October 31. 7-10pm. Donation $5. No one under 34”. or 323-662-8030

Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk celebrates Halloween with its annual free “Spook-tacular” featuring trick-or-treating, children’s costume contests and entertainment for Los Angeles’ youngest ghouls, pirates, superheroes, witches and other costumed candy-seekers on Saturday, October 31 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. CityWalk’s signature confectionary store, It’s Sugar, will help sweeten the celebration by providing a tasty selection of candy treats for distribution in traditional trick-or-treat style. A highlight of the afternoon is the popular kid-friendly costume contest, inviting all masked marvels under the age of 12 to flaunt their best Halloween get ups in a colorful pageant that begins at 6:30 p.m. on the Universal CityWalk stage. Costume contest registration will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 pm. Information about CityWalk is available at or 818-622-4455.

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Zombiethon — Walk/Run in your Zombie Best  for Brain Cancer Research

ZOMBIETHON IS OCT 31. Come to the Silverlake Reservoir (meeting point is at the Meadows, on the east side of the reservoir near Cove Ave). From 4-6 pm. Dress in your zombie best to run or walk for Brain Cancer Research. A donation of $10 will get you a bib number, a goodie (as long as supplies last, so come early!), and a chance to win the costume contest! For an additional donation of $5 you can have zombie make-up applied at the event! All proceeds go to the City of Hope for Brain Cancer Research. The entire family is welcome and costumes are encouraged. If you aren’t a runner or walker, come and hang out, bring a picnic and enjoy the zombies as they run for Brains.


halloween200Take a short drive to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery — “Resting Place of Hollywood Immortals” for the ultimate scary movie screening hosted by Cinespia — Halloween, directed by John Carpenter (1978 93 mins) Gates open at 5:30 pm; Movie 7:00 pm. No reservation necessary but expect a line. $10 donation tickets available at gate. As a courtesy to other moviegoers: no tall chairs. Truly one of the scariest movies of all time, the original Halloween is nothing short of a masterpiece. Made on a shoestring budget, Carpenter builds a world of suspense through the terrifying musical score, and shadowy, evocative cinematography. Come in costume (dress warmly), bring a picnic, cuddle up with a friend, and get ready to be scared! 6000 Hollywood Blvd.(at Gower).


Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College

“Spookley,” the square pumpkin and his friend, Jack the Scarecrow at the all new Holiday Hill Farms stage show inside the “pick your own pumpkin patch.” This themed activity offers a chance to see Spookley the Square Pumpkin LIVE in his very own stage show and actually harvesting your very own pumpkin. Venture through our Adventure Corn Maze, go on a hayride or maybe take a spooky journey into Haunted House or Haunted Trail. For those looking for something more extreme, the Halloween Harvest Festival takes on a more sinister persona after dark as FrightFair Scream Park comes to life, featuring: both the “Factory of Nightmares” Haunted House, and  “Creatures of the Corn” Haunted Trail – Not for the easily startled! (818) 999-6300 or email for more information.

Haunted House Burbank Underground

What Lies Beneath Burbank? Go and find out!  More than a yard decorated with tombstones and ghouls, this haunt features an extensive walk-through maze that takes you through several separate rooms.907 N. California St. Burbank 710 pm Free. Donations to Boys & Girls Club of Burbank

Pirates of Evergreen in Burbank

October 31. This pirate-themed yard haunt and party takes place on Halloween Night when the yard is populated by pirates enjoying the festivities. 1730 North Evergreen Street, Burbank.

The Haunted Hayride in Calabasas

The Haunted Hayride in Calabasas

The Haunted Hayride in Calabasas

The Haunted Hayride is a twenty-minute ride from start to finish down a trail comprised of eight major scenes that are being referred to as “high octane” scares. In addition, there will be numerous smaller scenes to fill in the gaps, and a host of actors that who pop out in unexpected places.Other attractions will include “Ghost Stories” around the campfire complete with S’mores, hot apple cider, candy apples, and many other nostalgic fall time refreshments. Select Ghost Story nights will feature Celebrity readers. There will also be a “Haunted Carnival” sideshow reminiscent of the antique carnivals that left spectators both entertained and disturbed. Tickets: Hayride $20-25, $35 w/ scary stories, VIP and group pricing available. King Gillette Ranch. 26800 West Mulholland Highway Calabasas. October 30 and 31

Hart Street Haunt

October 31. This yard haunt  is loaded with mannequins of all shapes and sizes, many of them showing mechanical motions. There is no walk-through maze, but you do have to maneuver along a walkway between some fences to get to the front door for candy; the escape route takes you past a upright coffin. A handful of monsters lurk around the sidewalk. This neighborhood has lots of decorated houses. 19521 Hart Street, Reseda

House with No Name ... Yet in Tarzana Photo: SRozwell

House with No Name ... Yet in Tarzana Photo: SRowell

The Haunt with No Name…Yet in Tarzana

An yard haunt located in a wide front yard of a quiet, dark residential area with lots of shrubbery and trees that block the light which only adds to the spooky ambience. The lighting  is wonderfully creepy in an old-fashioned Gothic way. The decorations include a stone gate, tombstones, ghosts floating from trees, fog, and shrouded figures and large upright crypt with a floating spirit inside. Very sinister! October 30 (preview): 7-10pm, October 31 (Halloween): dusk to 11 pm, November 1 (encore): 7-10pm.  19351 Hatteras Street Tarzana

Forest of Mirrors in Woodland Hills

Forest of Mirrors in Woodland Hills

Forest of Mirrors in Woodland Hills

October 31, 5 pm to midnight. Imagine walking through a graveyard that never ends. Littered with skulls and ancient tombstones. Surrounded by eerie fog, ominous sounds and nhabited by strange beings.Welcome to THE FOREST OF MIRRORS. Created in a house once owned by Buster Keaton, whose godfather was none other than Harry Houdini, The Forest of Mirrors mixes magic and landscaping to create an illusion like no other. It features over 50 giant mirrors hidden with foliage and angled so you can’t see your reflection. People who have never seen it are quite taken by the experience. Parking is difficult. Prepare to walk. 6124 Lederer Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 :

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios

For a more intense Halloween experience, Universal Studios Hollywood presents “Halloween Horror Nights,” the most intense and terrifying “live” horror event ever staged within a theme park environment October 30-31 (event is not recommended for children under the age of 13). More information and tickets are available

House at Haunted Hill in Woodland Hills

House at Haunted Hill in Woodland Hills

House at Haunted Hill in Woodland Hills Photo: Magic Lantern Creations

Magic Lantern Creations, Inc. presents their haunting of the San Fernando Valley with a high-tech home haunt with fully scripted story and original score. Created by Hollywood professionals, it’s been featured on HGTV . Located in a dark neighborhood with no sidewalks and limited parking. Carpool or be prepared to walk.  Hi-tech outdoor display. Through October 31 Opens at 7 pm. 4400 Saltillo, Woodland Hills

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