(LA Trend) — Halloween is going to look a little different this year. Los Angeles County issued strict guidelines on holiday activities and says trick-or-treating is “not recommended.” This designation is one step back from an earlier press release which said trick-or-treating was “not permitted.” Even though kids won’t be going door-to-door this year, there are still plenty of Halloween-themed events to enjoy.
Pick your own pumpkins or order pickup
Choose from a variety of ghoulish grounds, ornamental squash, and corn at Mr. Jack O Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch in Hollywood. When picking pumpkins, the experts suggest looking for a sturdy gourd with even coloring that makes a hollow sound when tapped. Carry your pick from the bottom rather than by the stem to avoid pumpkin pitfalls. Grab a pumpkin painting or decorating kit while you’re at the patch. You can also order online, get delivery, or choose curbside pickup.
Drive through Freeform’s Halloween House
From October 2-5, the Heritage Square Museum in Northeast L.A. transforms into a free event combining the best of Halloween favorites like “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Hocus Pocus”, and “Ghostbusters.” This car-only drive-through offers a spooky celebration and promises no jump scares. The best part is that this limited-time engagement is free of charge. Just register for tickets online.
Take a look at historical mourning practices in Victorian times
Once again, the Heritage Museum will be your destination for Halloween fun. The socially-distanced outdoor mourning fair will include exclusive experiences like Victorian Spiritualism, Divination, an Antique Horse Drawn Funeral Hearse, and much more. The fair pops up on October 24 and 25; get your tickets here.
Bring your appetite to Bite L.A.
Take in an interactive food crawl from the safety of your car as you drive around the perimeter of Legg Lake in Whittier Narrows. Spooky, masked creatures will serve bites directly to your window and entertain you with ghost stories, a virtual campfire, and other Halloween fun. Don’t forget to dress up your car for a car costume contest as you cruise around the lake. Each ticket includes eight bites which can be made vegan or gluten-free.
Los Angeles’ Haunted Hayride Returns
This iconic Halloween experience is back for its 12th year. Hop in your car and cruise down All Hallows Lane where you’ll find a 40-foot screen, scenic environments from previous hayrides, and much more. Monte Revolta and his Minions of the Living Dead will host the interactive drive-through experience, which may be too scary for children 12 and under. To accommodate the drive-through format, the Haunted Hayride: Live Drive Up Experience has moved from Griffith Park to Bonelli Park in San Dimas, and will run from September 25 to November 1.
Enjoy these spooky events and don’t forget to check your favorite local businesses for Halloween-themed dining experiences, socially-distanced costume contests, and even more fall-themed fun.