Home Haunts and Amazing Halloween Decorations in Los Angeles (2021)
If you want to get into the spirit of Halloween without being scared by Halloween theme park prices, there are lots of free ways to get into the spooky spirit. You can seek out a free Halloween event—and trick-or-treating is always free. But for a fun night of exploring the city and getting in the holiday mood, nothing beats checking out the skeletons our neighbors have dragged out of the closets. One of the perks of living in the film capital of the world is that the people who make movies bring that same love of spectacle and entertaining to their front yards. Some homes go all out with spooky, creepy, and cool Halloween decorations that you can drive or walk by, while others create private haunted houses that rival the spectacles at big theme parks.
So after visiting a pumpkin patch and losing yourself in a corn maze, immerse yourself in the season by visiting one of these free house haunts or wandering through one of these neighborhoods full of movie-ready Halloween decorations.
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Free Haunted Houses and Home Haunts
The Rotten Apple 907 — 907 N. California St., Burbank
October 22-24 & 29-31, 2021 from 7-10pm
The family who lives at #907 takes the holiday very seriously and has done for decades. Preparations for this private haunt begin months in advance, with a different theme every year to entertain their neighbors and lure other people's neighbors. For 2021 the theme is "Evil in the London Fog." Admission is free, but donations are collected for VBAS (Volunteers of Burbank Animal Shelter).
The Spooky Hollows Home Haunt — 16418 Gilmore St., Van Nuys
October 22-24 & 29-31, 2021 from dusk to 10pm
This home haunt has a decorated yard and some impressively scary (and punny) scares (though this haunt is family-friendly). The walk-through maze portion is taking a break in 2019, but the decorated lawn is still very worth a visit. Bring a can of food, and it will be donated to a local charity.
Something wicked this way comes... Photo courtesy of Haunted Happenings
The Haunted Dome — 11057 Oro Vista Ave., Sunland
October 30 & 31, 2021 from 6:30pm-9:30pm
This home haunt and maze were new to the scene in 2019, with live actors and special effects. Themes follow scary movies like Friday the 13th and The Exorcist, so best not to bring young kids under the age of 7 or 8. This year, to keep ghouls and goblins safe, only one group at a time will be allowed in the maze, and face coverings must be worn at all times.
Beware the Dark Realm — 28621 Sugar Pine Way, Santa Clarita
October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30, 2021, 7pm-10pm
This haunt may require a little more of a drive, but this family has been producing yard haunts for decades and does it up in style. The Dark Realm is based on a medieval castle, with flickering torches, stone walls, a torture chamber, three-dimensional ghosts, live scare actors, and a fire-breathing creature. Please note that children under ten are not encouraged to attend. While this is free, donations—which benefit the local nonprofit SCV Domestic Violence Center—are welcome. In fact, a $10 donation per person gets you front-of-the-line passes (available for purchase online). Masks are required, social distancing is enforced, and hand sanitizer is available.
Club Fear Twisted Manor — 23501 Clearidge Dr., Valencia
October 22, 23, 29, and 30, 2021 from 7pm-11pm
This Valencia family goes all out, preparing a haunted maze with special effects, performers, and more to a different theme every year. The haunt is free, but VIP passes are available with proceeds going to the VHS Baseball program.
It's alive! Or is it? Photo courtesy of Coffinwood Cemetery
Coffinwood Cemetery — 27159 Waterford Dr., Valencia
Every Friday & Saturday in October of 2021 from 7pm-10pm
This cemetery is sure to scare even the most hearty of Halloween goers. But if you have a little one who's not so sure about braving this haunt, the first day is a non-scare preview—meaning there are no "live" haunted creatures and guests are welcome to check out the decorations without worrying about ghouls jumping out.
The Pirate's Cave — 2548 E. Garfield Ave., Orange
October 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, 2021 from 6:30pm-10pm (closes at 9pm on Sunday)
This haunt in the OC features a long-forgotten Pirate's Cave. If you dare, take a stroll through the graveyard, dodge sea monsters, to see if you can find the pirate treasure. Donations are gratefully accepted, and new for 2021 is an Express Queue pass, where for $8, attendees get a one-time use front of the line pass for the newest attraction, Pirate's Cave: Curse of Calico Jack.
The shack is back! Photo courtesy of The Haunted Shack
The Haunted Shack — 5112 Maricopa St., Torrance
October 29-31, 2021
The shack is back! After taking 2020 off, the Haunted Shack returns in 2021 with a modified outdoor maze, which takes about 6-8 minutes. Doubtless the coolest spot in Torrance for trick-or-treating, the draw at this house is not the candy. The maze and special effects are planned for ages 6 and up—higher on the scare and surprise scale, lower on the gore scale. The haunt is free, but donations are taken for Susan G. Komen for the Cure via a collection box or Venmo.
10th Street Spooky Walk — 942 10th Street, Santa Monica
October 22-23 & 29-31, 2021 6pm-9:30pm
This neighborly haunt has been entertaining local families for nearly 20 years, with a spooky path through a haunted garden maze and plenty to look at for Halloween enthusiasts of all ages. Timid visitors are welcome by daylight, but the walk is definitely spookier on Friday and Saturday nights.
Fillmore Graves Jack-o-Lantern Farm — 14318 Emelita St., Sherman Oaks
Dates have not been announced yet for 2021, though it usually pops up in the middle of October.
This yard haunt has an eerie abandoned cemetery feel with old shacks and tombstones. And, of course, lots of jack-o-lanterns. Because this is a home haunt, and isn't on any haunt lists, you do run the risk of it being a quiet evening. But there's almost always something spectacular to see here.
Haunted Groundz — 13243 Mission Tierra Way, Granada Hills
Dates have not been announced yet for 2021.
These guys take their spooking and special effects seriously, making for a home haunt worth a drive from any neighborhood. Expect animatronics, top-notch design, and plenty of surprises.
The Murder House has spooky ghosts haunting the grounds. Photo by Aurora P.
Murder House Productions — 2240 Ranch View Pl., Thousand Oaks
Details have not been announced yet for 2021.
This professional haunt holds auditions for its spooky ghosts. For Murder House Productions superfans, there is even event "merch" for sale on the Facebook page.
Forbidden Woods Cemetery — 11238 Califa St., North Hollywood
This haunt is taking a break in 2021.
Nothing like building the anticipation of fear by calling your yard haunt the "Forbidden Woods." Forbidden definitely motivates one to explore further. This foggy yard is haunted and follows a path through Halloween ghosts and spooky creatures to a fully decorated garage where more screams await.
The House at Haunted Hill — 4400 Saltillo St., Woodland Hills
This house is taking a break in 2021. Though the website says: "If you find yourselves being summoned to pass by during Dark and Bewitching Hours this October, our Spirits just may find it impossible to remain, fully, out of sight…"
This Valley classic has been scaring the socks off the neighbors since 2000. The private haunt models itself on the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Follow the spooky tale of a Hollywood starlet who mysteriously disappears, amid a cast of scary characters, haunting music, and creepy special effects. The city obligingly shuts down the street to traffic on haunt nights.
Boot Hill Halloween Yard Haunt — 16 Goldenrod, Irvine
This Haunt is closed in 2021, but believes that the spirits will rise again in 2022.
Celebrating 20 years of Halloween haunts, this residence transforms into an old church and cemetery. Donations are accepted and go to Children's Hospital of Orange County. Parking is extremely limited.
The Wexler House in Toluca Lake goes all out every year! Photo by Daniel Deitch
Streets with Amazing Halloween Decorations
Toluca Lake — South of Riverside Drive and north of the golf course
As the turrets of Hogwarts silhouette against the evening sky, Toluca Lake is a fantastic place to stroll and take in the amazing decorations. The neighborhood that is South of Riverside, and between the lake and Ledge Ave. is a great place to stroll and take in the sights. The old Bob Hope estate on Moorpark was Halloween central for decades (parents who grew up locally tell stories of getting full-sized candy from the Hopes), and now that street is a perfect place to begin your sightseeing adventure.
Burbank — California Street, N. Clybourn Ave., and N. Valley Street are all good starting points
Burbank just might be Halloween central in Los Angeles. With so many studios located here, this has long been the home of the people who make the magic happen behind the cameras. And during the Halloween season, they tend to bring that magic home and set it up on their lawns. Cruise around in your car, and when you see a great neighborhood, park and explore on foot.
Hancock Park — June Street & Rossmore Ave. between 6th Street & Melrose Ave.
While all the stately houses here have amazing and eye-popping Halloween decorations, some of the best streets happen to be June Street and Rossmore Ave. Rossmore, between 6th and Beverly Blvd., is also a great street for trick-or-treating.
The Witch's House was built in the 1920's as a movie set and needs no decorations. Photo by Ricardo Herrera
Beverly Hills — The Witch’s House (Spadena House) on Walden Drive and Carmelita Avenue
It’s not that this house is decorated for Halloween--the house itself is kind of a Halloween decoration! The house was built in the 1920s as a movie set, for films that include Hansel and Gretel. So this truly was built to look like a dilapidated Witch House. It’s Halloween and Los Angeles history rolled into one, and it’s a great place to see something naturally spooky.
The Holiday House is a treat for little kids with loads of atmosphere, but no scares. Photo courtesy of the Holiday House
Mar Vista — The Holiday House on McLaughlin Ave. & Charnock Road
This house goes all out with inflatables, decorations, and even music playing.
Torrance — Seaside Ranchos Neighborhood
While this neighborhood is known for the elaborately decorated homes at Christmastime, don't sleep on the haunted Halloween decorations. Basically, this is a spot where the people adore their decor. And we are just thrilled to appreciate their labors.
Originally published September 20, 2011