Trick-or-Treat in LA’s Spookiest Neighborhoods

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Your go-to guide for trick-or-treating in Los Angeles—plus where to go see spooky-fun yard haunts and over-the-top decor

As Halloween creeps closer, you may be wondering where the best place to take your little monsters trick-or-treating near me may be. We’ve gathered up the most fang-tastic neighborhoods in town to score spooktacular chocolate treats that will have your boo crew howling at the moon. But with so many great spots around Los Angeles, it’s hard to know where to begin your adventure. Have no fear, we’ve broken them down by neighborhood—planning the big night out will be as easy as taking candy from a neighbor. Of course, Halloween isn’t for another couple of days—if you’re ready to get in the spooky spirit, head to one these hoods and check out their decked out Halloween yard haunts for some pre-Halloween fun


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The Best Places to Trick-or-Treat in Los Angeles

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Trick-or-Treating Near DTLA

1. Silverlake 

The popular Silver Lake Halloween street party takes place along Armstrong Ave. and the best part is, it’s closed to vehicle traffic so you can feel safe gathering goodies. If you prefer a less crowded stroll, head to North Coronado St. between Sunset Blvd. and Scott Ave. There are several houses that dial it up the Halloween theatrics, yard haunts and special effects. And the rest of the neighbors love to gussy up and greet the trick-or-treaters too. Note: Parking is snug in the hills, so park on Sunset and walk up. Where: Sunset and Coronado.

2. Angelino Heights

Trick-or-treating on tree-lined streets filled with historic Victorian homes? Uh, yes please! Residents really get into the fun while handing out impressive treats from their decked-out houses. It’s basically a parent’s photo op dream. You can also swing by the mansion used in the music video “Thriller” at 1345 Carroll Ave. And obviously, you have to do the zombie dance—we won’t judge. Where: Carroll Ave. and Douglas St.

Westside Trick-or-Treating

3. Santa Monica

Our fave spot for little goblins who tire quickly (read: complain) is Gillette’s Regents Square where you can spare tiny feet a long trek and still load up on candy and costume compliments. Another swell spot (and another celeb haunted locale) in Santa Monica is 16th St.—north of Montana between Alta on Georgina. It tends to get a bit spooky for tots, so maybe save this one for older kids. Where: Gillette’s Regents Square

4. Pacific Palisades

This Palisades neighborhood is overflowing with parents, kids, and beautifully decorated Halloween houses. Some residents even get into the “spirit” by handing out wine and hot toddies to parents. We have your attention now—do we? The narrow Alphabet Streets north of Sunset (also known as North Village) are the most trick-or-treat friendly blocks, with street names that go in alphabetical order—perfect for remembering where you started and how many streets it will take to get back. Where: Monument and Bashford St.

5. Brentwood Glen

This pocket neighborhood just west of the 405 Fwy is ideal for toddlers enjoying their first trick-or-treat experience. The neighborhood is filled with lovely family homes located very close to one another, most of which have fab decorations. There are also several kid-friendly ‘haunted’ houses and very few cars. Plus, you can hit up the nearby Brentwood Country Mart for dinner before or after. Where: The ‘Alphabet’ Sts. between Church and Beloit.

6. Beverly Hills

One look at the famous Spadena House, (the “Beverly Hills Witch House”) at 516 Walden Dr., and you’ll know you’ve come to the right place for Halloween. We highly recommend getting there 5-5:30 p.m. to beat the crowds. The flats of Beverly Hills make walking easy breezy and big homes mean bigger candy bars and even bigger smiles from your sugar-crazed brood. Where: Walden Dr.

Where to Trick-or-Treat in Mid City

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7. Hancock Park

This picturesque neighborhood is known for its over-the-top decorations and extraordinary candy hauls which is why it usually draws busloads of trick-or-treaters. These homes are seriously spookified from top to bottom, with homeowners treating Halloween like it’s an Olympic sport. You may even catch an occasional celeb handing out candy here as well. Where: North of Wilshire Blvd.

8. Melrose

This sidewalk-friendly neighborhood south of Third St. and west of Fairfax is bustling on Halloween with plenty of doorbell ringing, candy-giving and ooing and aahing over yard décor. Have a friend in the neighborhood? Hang at their house for some pre-party shenanigans, then head out in big groups to gather loot. And most importantly, don’t forget an extra Reese’s for your darling parents—seriously. Where: Sweetzer Ave. and Drexel Ave.

Where to go Trick-or-Treating in The Valley

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9. Sherwood Forest in Northridge

Not only can you take your little Robin Hood to a mythical sounding place to trick-or-treat, but this neighborhood usually goes all out with some unique features, including a front lawn haunted maze and a Hogwarts-esque castle, complete with gargoyles. Where: Near the Valley Performing Arts Center, south of Nordoff and west of Balboa.

10. Burbank

This quiet neighborhood is home to many Disney folks who take Halloween pretty darn seriously. The homeowners here tend to go all out with decorations worthy of a movie set, and a few even set up haunted houses and shows on their lawns. But most of all, the friendly folks and swell candy make for a wonderful Halloween. Where: Mariposa and Valleyheart.

11. Studio City 

This modest neighborhood, just west of Laurel Canyon is the go-to spot for families living in the surrounding hills. It’s like one big block party featuring homes decorated to the hilt with pumpkins galore, haunted scenes and witches’ brews. Residents say that more than 700 little candy gobbling goblins routinely make their way down these streets, so it’s a lively and fun atmosphere. Begin your pilgrimage on Mound View and fan out to the surrounding streets. While you’re at it, keep your eyes peeled for the likes of Will Ferrell, who has been spotted in previous years ringing doorbells with his kids. Where: Laurel Terrace and Mound View.

12. Toluca Lake

Toluca Lake is the stuff of legends when it comes to trick-or-treating. Rumor is Bob Hope used to personally give out full-sized bars at his home located in the tiny neighborhood just off the 134 Fwy. We can’t vouch for the story’s authenticity, but Toluca Lake has jumped on the idea that they do Halloween better than anyone else. It’s hard to argue with that once you realize the neighborhood is closed to traffic, filled with tricked out homes (loads of industry folk live here and love to show off their prop and set design skills), and there’s plenty of candy. Where: Toluca Estates Dr. and Valley Spring Lane.

13. Sierra Madre

We love this spot for its small-town vibe and gorgeous craftsman-style homes that always understand the assignment when it comes to elaborate Halloween décor. Also, being in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains means lots of trees and a chance for kids to scuffle through crunchy leaves as they make their way down the streets—providing a much-needed dose of nostalgia to East Coast and Mid-West parents. Where: Baldwin and Alegria.

Where to Trick-or-Treat in Pasadena

14. Old Pasadena

While the happenings in Old Pasadena can’t be beat with all the shops handing out candy, costume contests and more, for good old-fashioned trick-or-treating head to either of these two neighborhoods. Families are out in full force pulling little ones in wagons while older tykes charge safely from house to house filling their bags. Where: Monterey Rd. between Windsor Pl.; Diamond Ave; Marengo Ave. and Fair Oaks.

Visit-Worthy Halloween Haunts in Los Angeles

If you’re looking for a little appetizer before the main course on Halloween, may we interest you in a deliciously sinister yard haunt? These homes and locales are tricked out to the nines when it comes to spooktacular decor and homemade haunted house fun. Whether you drive by or stroll through them, they’re worth the trip. Make sure to check them out online ahead of time to gage the scare level of each location—some are fab for all ages, while some have freaky clowns…and we’ll just leave it at that.

1. Circus of Nightmares in Burbank

One word—clowns. Like lots of them. And man, do they have issues. This year’s Circus of Nightmares presents “LUCID” and it’s not for the faint of heart. Strap on your seatbelts to check out this scary display teeming with wickedly creepy clowns and other circus spookiness. Organizers promise to provide “extra frights” on weekend nights, so you’ve been warned. (Cue maniacal laugh.)

Where: 113 S Brighton St., Burbank
When: Oct. 19-31 with live shows on 21, 22, 28, 29 and Halloween, Sunset-10 p.m.
Onlineinstagram.com/circus_of_nightmares

2. Bones Gulch in Castaic

Three amateur, but well-known home haunt creators (Beware the Dark Realm, Restless Souls Manor and The Farm Haunt) have joined forces this year to create a Halloween ghost town that honestly rivals most professional attractions. Bones Gulch at the Jack Bones Equestrian Center promises a heart-pounding scare zone and arguably the best haunted maze in town. Since the nighttime event is geared toward older kids who can handle jump scares, the venue is also offering a free, family-friendly event on Oct. 30 that’s all fun, zero scares. Tickets are available through the website and proceeds raise money for the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. Museum.

Where: Jack Bones Equestrian Center, 26983 Tapia Canyon Rd., Castaic
When:  Oct. 1, 8, 15. 22, 29 and 30, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Onlinebonesgulch.com

3. Rotten Apple 907 Haunt in Burbank

This private home Halloween attraction started as a child’s birthday party and has grown to become a destination that has drawn in thousands of visitors for the past 30 years. Last year’s event saw over 4,000 people walk through the haunted house doors! This year’s attraction is titled, “SSSSS!” and it sssssounds delightfully spooky to us. Admission is free, but donations are requested to support the Volunteers of Burbank Animal Shelter.

Where: 907 N. California St., Burbank
When: Oct. 22, 23, 29, 30, 31, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Online: rottenapple907.com

3. The Haunted Shack in Torrance

Organizers behind this South Bay Halloween home display promise an impressive Halloween maze unlike any other. We’re talking big sets, scare actors, special effects, and much more. This year’s theme is “Flashback.” Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and will go to the Cancer Support Community, Redondo Beach

Note: The homeowners recommend this attraction for kiddos aged 6 and up.

Where: 5112 Maricopa St., Torrance
When: Oct. 28, 29, 31, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Onlinethehauntedshack.com

4. Beverly Hills Witch House

If Real Housewitches of Beverly Hills was a thing, there’s only one place the gals would park their blinged out broomsticks—the Spadena House, a.k.a. the “Beverly Hills Witch’s House.” The fabled Tudor-style house was built in 1920 as a set for silent films, including Hansel and Gretel. With its steepled brown rooftops, exposed stone and ramshackle shutters, it doesn’t need decorations; it’s Halloween-ready year-round.

Where: 516 Walden Dr., Beverly Hills

4. Yard Haunts in the Venice Canals

This four-block area goes all out for Halloween with pumpkins and twinkle lights strung along the canals and even some of boats sporting ghoulish displays. The narrow walkways tend to get crowded come Halloween, so you may want to check it out during the week when there’s less people.

How to get to the Venice Canals: Park in the parking lot at the end of Venice Blvd. and walk south on the boardwalk to 25th Ave. From there, you’ll see a sign and a walkway for the canals that will lead you into the area. 

5. Halloween Haunts in Santa Monica

At 16th St. and Georgina, this family has been cranking out the spooky scary spectacular for years. Check out this year’s incarnation…if you dare! 

 

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