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An Angeleno's Guide To An Alcohol-Free Halloween

Niki Hashemi |
October 30, 2014 | 12:42 p.m. PDT

Web Producer

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Halloween is filled with crazy costumes and pumpkin-flavored cocktails. But if you are looking for an alcohol-free Halloween, here are some events to keep you in ol' hallows spirit (without needing some spirits). The only question is, are you in the mood for a night full of tricks, or an evening full of treats?


Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride

If you are looking for some scares on Halloween night, look no further than the iconic Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride. With new additions and scarier mazes, you and your friends will surely be shivering.

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

If you are in the mood for bone-shuddering scares and mazes filled with zombies, clowns and plenty of blood, then this is the event for you. Be prepared for masked men with chainsaws and half-dead demons whispering in your ears. This night is sure to leave even the toughest folks a little shaken up.

Alone: An Existential Haunting

Feel like going through a haunted house… alone? This 30 minute walk-through does not have any blood, clowns, or zombies; rather, it tests your own fear, loneliness and self-preservation. This event is for 21+ and is definitely not for the faint of heart.


Dia De Los Muertos

If you're feeling particularly festive and still have Halloween fever on November 1, attend the Los Angeles Day of the Dead festival. You will not only be exposed to candied skulls and flowery headbands, you will be immersed into an entirely new culture with traditions that dates back centuries. Be sure to attend with an empty stomach and be prepared to appreciate the art and music for Dia De Los Muertos.

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

This event located in La Canada Flintridge is a pleasant surprise for those of you looking for a sweet way to spend your Halloween. It contains more than 5,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns created by professional artists, and sculptures placed artistically in a quarter of a mile scenic trail. Be prepared for little ghouls and goblins running around in their Halloween costumes and don’t forget to visit the gift shop filled with all the pumpkin-flavored everythings you could imagine.

LACMA Costume Ball: The Living Museum

If you have ever wondered what a museum looks like on Halloween, look no further. LACMA presents a night filled with art-inspired costumes, dancing and eerie late-night tours. You can even attend the Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s exhibit and immerse yourself in international cinema.

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