The Halloween season in Los Angeles is packed full of tons of quirky, fun activities to keep Halloween enthusiasts busy. Last year, we covered the major attractions that LA residents look forward to each October like Knott’s Scary Farm, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, and Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. Aside from the big budget haunts, there is a plethora of lesser known, less expensive events bursting with Halloween spirit that you can experience in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley this Halloween season.
Although these events are free, most of them accept donations, have items for sale, or have additional features available for a low price. We highly encourage you to donate what you can to these dedicated and exceptionally creative Halloween lovers.
Below is a list of some of the low cost attractions and activities we’re looking forward to this October.
Backwoods Maze (Burbank, CA)
Each year, this home in a quiet neighborhood in Burbank transforms into a dungeon of the macabre. Wait times are short, you can’t beat the price (It’s Free!), and the production quality of this maze rivals major theme parks in the area.
1912 N Pepper Street, Burbank CA 91505
Dates: October 21-23 & 28-31, 7pm
Price: Free, Donations Accepted
Boney Island (Sherman Oaks, CA)
Former producer of The Simpsons, Rick Polizzi, takes your average yard haunt to the next level each October with Boney Island. Fun for all ages, this annual display with animated skeletons and spectacular lighting is an event the whole family can enjoy.
4602 Morse Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Dates: October 22-31, Sun-Thur 6pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-10pm
Price: Free, Donations Accepted. Tree House Tours $10
Rotten Apple 907 (Burbank, CA)
A yearly favorite in the community, this home haunt delivers with exceptional designs. Over the years the non-profit attraction has grown in popularity, so arrive early to beat the lines.
907 N California Street, Burbank, CA 91505
Dates: October 22-23, 29-31, 7pm-10pm
Price: Free, Charitable Donations Requested
Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum (Burbank, CA)
We’ve always enjoyed venturing into the Bearded Lady Vintage & Oddities shop in Burbank when we visit other local spots like Dark Delicacies and Halloweentown. The store is filled with vintage gems and peculiar oddities to get your imagination running. Just a few blocks down, they’ve opened another location, Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum. Half gift shop and half art gallery and exhibit, this spot always has unique and rare pieces to feast your eyes on and satisfy your craving for the eccentric. Throughout the year, their exhibit changes themes, and this month showcases ‘Ghosts & Witches’. There’s also an excellent display of vintage Halloween memorabilia to enjoy!
3204 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
Dates: Year Round, Sun-Mon 12pm-7pm, Tue-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-8pm
Price: Free to explore, $5 to enter the Museum portion of the shop
Spooky Hollows (Van Nuys, CA)
This elaborate property walkthrough with live actors, props, and decorations features a swamp theme for guests to explore.
16418 Gilmore St, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Dates: October 28-31, Times TBD
Price: Free, Donations Accepted
Van Oaks Cemetery (Sherman Oaks, CA)
This intimate yard display is appropriate for all ages and is inspired by Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction. This family-friendly yard haunt places its emphasis on the spooks and not the gore.
5822 Norwich Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
Dates: October 16-31, Sundown until 10:30pm
Price: Free. Unsure if donations are accepted, but it’s always good to give back to these Halloween passion projects when possible.
There are many more Halloween festivities to explore in Southern California this Halloween. Share the events you’re most excited for with us below!
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