The Best LA Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating & Yard Haunts Galore

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Halloween is right around the corner and after last year’s COVID-related hiatus, you can bet that your little ghouls are going to want to go all out this season. We’ve got you covered with a comprehensive list of the best Los Angeles neighborhoods for trick-or-treating along with a compilation of spooktacular yard haunts that are worth visiting before big day is here.

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Where to Go Trick-or-Treating in Los Angeles

It’s all about the candy! Get ready to hit the pavement and prepare for some good old-fashioned trick or treating. With so many great spots around Los Angeles, it’s hard to know where to begin your adventure, so we’ve got them broken down by area. Planning the big night out will be as easy as taking candy from a neighbor.

Trick-or-Treating in DTLA

Silverlake: The 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 that loot. If you prefer a less crowded walk, head to North Coronado St. between Sunset Blvd. and Scott Ave. There are several houses that go all out with full Halloween theatrics, yard haunts and special effects. And the rest of the neighbors love to dress up and greet the trick or treaters. Note: parking is tight up in the hills, so park on Sunset and walk up. Where: Sunset and Coronado.

Angelino Heights: Trick or Treating on tree lined streets at historic Victorian homes? It doesn’t get spookier than that. Here you can also swing by the house used in the music video “Thriller.” You can get up close and personal with the 3,532 square foot mansion at 1345 Carroll Ave. All the houses are tricked out in their Halloween best and there are plenty of photo opps. Where: Carroll Ave. and Douglas St.

Trick-or-Treating on the Westside

Santa Monica: Our favorite spot for little ones who tire quickly is Gillette’s Regents Square in where you will save those little feet a lot of walking around and still get plenty of candy and plenty of chances to show off those costume. Another great spot (and another celeb haunted locale) in Santa Monica? 16th St. north of Montana between Alta on Georgina but it tends to get a little spooky for little ones. Where: Gillette’s Regents Square.

Pacific Palisades: This Palisades neighborhood is flooded with parents, kids, and beautifully decorated Halloween houses. Some residents get really into the “spirit” and give out wine and hot toddies. Yep, we’re looking out for you, as well as your kids. The narrow Alphabet Streets north of Sunset (also known as North Village) are some of the best, most trick-or-treater friendly streets, with street names that go in alphabetical order, good for remembering where you started and how many streets it will take to get back. Where: Monument and Bashford St.

Brentwood Glenn: This pocket neighborhood just West of the 405 freeway is ideal for toddlers enjoying their first trick-or-treat experience. The neighborhood is filled with family homes located very close to one another, most of which have great decorations. There are also several kid-friendly ‘haunted’ houses and very few cars. Where: The ‘Alphabet’ Sts. between Church and Beloit.

Beverly Hills: One look at the famous Spadena House, a.k.a. the “Beverly Hills Witch House” at 516 Walden Dr., and you’ll know you’re in the right place for Halloween. Get there at 5-5:30 p.m. to beat the crowds. The flats of Beverly Hills make for easy walking and big homes make for bigger candy bars, which delights little sugar fiends. Where: Walden Dr.

Trick-or-Treating in Mid City

Hancock Park: This neighborhood is known for its over-the-top decorations, and normally, the area draws busloads of trick-or-treaters. These homes are seriously spookified, creating a Halloween atmosphere like no other. Where: North of Wilshire Blvd.

Melrose: Head south of Third St. and west of Fairfax to this sidewalk-friendly neighborhood where plenty of doorbell ringing and candy-giving will be in full swing. Have a friend in the hood? Hang at their house for some pre-party fun and then head out in big groups to gather loot. Houses are brimming with pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, witches, and more. Where: Sweetzer Ave. and Drexel. Ave.

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Trick-or-Treating in The Valley

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

Burbank: This quiet neighborhood is home to some Disney folks who take Halloween seriously. Some of the homes go all out with decorations worthy of a movie set, and a few even set up haunted houses and shows on their lawns. The best of Halloween while being safe and fun. Where: Mariposa and Valleyheart.

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 with 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.

Toluca Lake: Toluca Lake is legendary for 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. We can't vouch for the story's authenticity, but we can tell you that Toluca Lake has seized on the idea that they do Halloween best and the neighborhood is closed to traffic, filled with decked out lawns and homes (loads of people in the industry live here and love to show off their amazing prop and set design skills), and yes, there’s plenty of candy! Where: Toluca Estates Dr. and Valley Spring Lane.

Sierra Madre: We love this spot for the small town vibe, where gorgeously decorated craftsman-style houses are all decorated and it’s not just about the treats. Bonus: Being in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains means that there are lots of trees around and kids actually may get to scuffle through crunchy, dry leaves as they make their way down the streets, giving a dose of nostalgia to East Coast and Mid-West parents. Where: Baldwin and Alegria.

Trick-or-Treating in Pasadena

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 Yard Haunts in Los Angeles

If you’re not ready to hit the sidewalk for trick or treating just yet, try visiting some spooky lawn haunts instead. These homes go all-out for the Halloween season and they are just as good from inside the car as they are close up. Warning: If you’ve got little ones, some of these yard haunts might be a little too scary (think: evil clowns and oversized grim reapers), so be sure to check them out online first.

Yard Haunts in The Valley

Clybourn Manor, Burbank: Clybourn Manor continues with their pirate theme, a tribute to Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean, except a little darker and a tad bit scarier. Fun fact: the house itself was previously owned by Roy Disney, Walt's brother, and his wife.) Expect skeleton pirates, a look into Davey Jones’ locker and much more.  

Where: 4336 N. Clybourn Ave. Burbank
When: Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31, 7 – 10 p.m.
Online: instagram.com/clybournmanor

Cursed Creek, Burbank: If you'd rather see an all-out performance than spooky scenery, head to this walk-through haunted attraction staffed by volunteers of BCR: A Place to Grow, a local Community Center that serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You’ll be led from stage to stage through a series of live performances. Double, double toil and trouble! This year’s theme is witchcraft. Donations suggested all proceeds go back to the center.

Where: 230 Amherst Dr. Burbank
When: Oct. 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Onlinefacebook.com/bcraplacetoscare

Circus of Nightmares, Burbank: As the name makes clear, this haunt is not for the faint of heart. Strap on your seatbelts to check out this scary display teeming with crazed clowns and other circus spookiness. Organizers promise to provide "extra scares" on weekend nights, so be forewarned.

Where: 113 S Brighton St. Burbank
When: Oct. 20-31 Sunset to 10 p.m.
Onlineinstagram.com/circus_of_nightmares

Beware the Dark Realm, Santa Clarita: This popular Halloween home haunt is known for offering theme park quality mazes with extra-creepy decor. It’s a walk-through maze, that promises big scares—with live actors popping in and out of the sets, animatronic monsters, lifelike facades and dark, eerie corners. Face masks will be required, and six feet social distancing will be enforced. Donations are encouraged and will be donated to Family Promise, a local nonprofit.

Note: This display is definitely too scary for little ones. Got older kids? Check out this Youtube video of the display to preview it before you go.

Where: 28621 Sugar Pine Wy. Santa Clarita 
When: Fri. and Sat. Oct. 15-31
Onlinebewarethedarkrealm.com

The Haunt at Hellizondo, Canoga Park: Get ready for some spooktacular tricks and treats at the Haunt of Hellizondo, now located in Canoga Park. The year’s event will include a walk through and yard display. Expect movie quality props and some mild scares.

Where: 21024 Arminta St. Canoga Park
When: Oct. 29-31, 7 to 9 p.m.
Onlineinstagram.com/hellizondohaunt

Rotten Apple 907 Haunt, Burbank: This private home Halloween attraction started as a child's birthday party and has grown to become a destination that has attracted thousands of visitors for the past 30 years. This year's yard display will be “Evil in the London Fog.” Sound delightfully spooky to us! Donations are requested to support the Volunteers of Burbank Animal Shelter. Masks are required. 

Where: 907 N. California St. Burbank
When: Oct. 22-24, Oct. 29-31, 7 – 10 p.m.
Online: facebook.com/rottenapple907

Yard Haunts in the Southbay

Silver Shadows Cemetery, Rolling Hills: This house haunt has been running for the past 25 years. The walk through experience will take you through a creepy cemetery scene complete with ghosts, skeletons and more. Visitors will be advised to keep social distanced and wear masks while they weave their way through this family-friendly yard display. The experience is designed to be suitable for all ages, with fog, color and light effects but nothing too scary.

Where: 24 Silver Saddle Lane, Rolling Hills
When: Now through Oct. 31
Online: https://www.facebook.com/Silver-Shadows-Cemetery

The Haunted Shack, Torrance: Organizers behind this South Bay Halloween home display promise a Halloween maze unlike any other. We’re talking big sets, scare actors, and much more. This year’s theme is “Fall from Grace,” which follows the story of a young girl and her very creepy doll. Donations are encouraged and will go to the Cancer Support Community, Redondo Beach

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

Yard Haunts in the Westside

Beverly Hills Witch House: Even if fewer 90210-ers decorate their homes this year, Beverly Hills will always be home to the famous 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.

Where: 516 Walden Dr. Beverly Hills

Venice Canals: Historically, this four-block area goes all out for Halloween with pumpkins and twinkle lights strung along the canals and even some of the boats sport ghoulish displays. The narrow walkways may make social distancing difficult, so if you want to explore the area, we recommend going during the week when it's likely to be less crowded.

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. 

—Christina Montoya Fiedler

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