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10 Best Things To Do In LA In October

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Halloween in Los Angeles

October, for most people here, means Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos. As you would expect there are a ton of those events happening this month in Los Angeles. However not everybody wants to do a Halloween themed event, and certainly not every event, so I’ve included a range of events in this list of the best things to do in LA in October.

1. BOO AT THE LA ZOO (ALL MONTH)

“This Halloween, let’s hear you howl with delight!” And with that let it begin! What better place to get in touch with our inner, animal side than at LA Zoo? There are spooky strolls, mystery mazes and wild, weird and wonderful tours (just like ours then :-). Great for the little ones too because they’ll learn some stuff too!

2. DTLA MURDER MYSTERY GHOST TOUR (EVERY SATURDAY)

Our tour could very easily be titled “Crime and Cocktails”. We go on a noir exploration of the dark underbelly of the city of Angels and try and answer the big questions. Why do these horrible crimes happen? What can we learn of human nature from them? And exactly which spirits go into a Black Dahlia cocktail? 

We’re also organising a Halloween Sunset Strip Tour (which includes a cocktail – just to help you get in the mood) and a Dia de los Muertos Special Family tour for the Halloween weekend. See you then!

DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost Tour

3. BEVERLY HILLS ART SHOW (OCTOBER 15-16)

You’ve probably heard of Beverly Hills, there have been quite a few TV shows that have taken its name. Here’s an idea: instead of joining the throngs of tourists on Rodeo Drive visit this free art show (which has been going for nearly fifty years) and snap up some art as a memento of your trip – it’s more original than buying a plastic Oscar at one of the tourist traps on Hollywood Boulevard!

4. SEAFOOD FESTIVAL IN AID OF ENVIRONMENT (OCTOBER 15, 2022)

Who wants to go to a seafood festival in Santa Monica? Duh! Who doesn’t? It just seems so right. Take a beautiful city by the sea in Southern California, add delicious seafood prepared by the best restaurants in the neighborhood and live music, then garnish with profits going to a great cause (Heal the Bay is an environmental non-profit dedicated to making the coastal waters of Los Angeles healthy and clean) and voila! Tastes delicious.

5. (HALLOWEEN) ROOFTOP MOVIES (ALL MONTH)

Rooftop movies are like rooftop pools in Los Angeles, you see them in some unlikely places – as well as some likely ones too, like on the roof of this theatre. The Montalbán in Hollywood is a great location for movie screenings and even in October, if you put on a warm jacket and bring a blanket, the weather’s more than forgiving enough. This month the films being screened include Bram Stoker’s DraculaNightmare on Elm Street 3 and Beetlejuice.

6. SEE THE HALLOWEEN LIGHTS (ALL MONTH)

Americans have always loved Halloween and now Dia de los Muertos is popular too. A lot of people dress up their front windows and yards with lights, skeletons, graves and all the other elements of the season. Some of the houses on the Venice Canals seem to move out, so that they can decorate their whole house. Altadena is another good area for touring for that reason, as well as for trick-or-treating. Grand Park normally has an area dedicated to ofrendas too.

7. TASTE OF SOUL (OCTOBER 15)

This is a fantastic free annual event (founded in 2005) that’s based on Crenshaw Boulevard, in West Los Angeles. Around 350,000 people attend, so it’s pretty big and it celebrates all things “soulful”, including food, music and live entertainment. Definitely one of the best things to do in LA in October. Enjoy!

8. CICLAVIA (OCTOBER 9)

CicLAvia is without doubt one of the best things to happen to Los Angeles in the last decade. When whole neighborhoods, which had been lost to pedestrians and cyclists and taken over by cars, are periodically reclaimed by banning said cars, it’s amazing what can happen. People walking, cycling and having fun – suddenly Los Angeles feels like a very different place and we can realize that actually LA wasn’t actually designed around the car.

9. FRANKENSTEIN, WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA (OCTOBER 28-29)

LA Opera are screening the 1931 Boris Karloff classic at the theatre at Ace Hotel, in downtown. It’s the perfect time to see the movie on the big screen, in the gorgeous United Artists theatre. Live music is so beautiful to listen to as well.

10. OKTOBERFEST (ALL MONTH)

The other thing October is famous for – the annual Bavarian beer event. Oktoberfest has spread all over the world and of course we have our own editions here in Los Angeles. Quite a few venues are organising Oktoberfest events this year, including Ovation Hollywood and Angel City Brewery. See a list here.

best things to do in LA in October
CicLAvia in downtown LA

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– By Damien Blackshaw (Twitter)

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