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Top 5 Halloween Destinations in California

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

As October ushers in cool breezes and longer shadows, California morphs into a realm of spine-tingling adventures and ghostly encounters. With its diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage, the Golden State unveils a medley of haunted destinations ready to send shivers down your spine this Halloween season. From eerie theme parks to hair-raising car washes, here's an in-depth look at the top 5 Halloween destinations in California you won't want to miss.

Halloween Decorations yard

Knott's Scary Farm: Southern California's Premier Haunting Grounds

For nearly five decades, Knott's Scary Farm has stood as the epitome of Halloween terror in Southern California. Nestled within the grounds of the iconic Knott's Berry Farm, this event boasts an array of heart-pounding attractions and bone-chilling mazes. From the haunted streets of Ghost Town to the ghastly infestations of the Forsaken Lake, guests are plunged into a nightmarish world where every corner conceals a new fear.

The Tunnel of Terror: A Haunting Car Wash Experience Redefined

This year, the Tunnel of Terror returns with an all-new location, beckoning brave souls from Fontana to Lakewood for a frightful automotive adventure. As you inch your way through this spine-tingling car wash, ghouls materialize from the shadows, taunting and tormenting with malevolent glee. Though perhaps not for the faint of heart or the littlest ones, this fast-paced, jump-scare extravaganza guarantees both indelible memories and a gleaming vehicle.

Haunted Hayride: A Decade of Frightful Family Fun in Griffith Park

For over ten years, the Haunted Hayride has been a beloved Halloween tradition in Los Angeles. Set against the eerie backdrop of Griffith Park, this attraction offers guests a classic wagon hayride through the chilling expanse. Beyond the ride, visitors can wander the spectral streets of Midnight Falls, indulging in trick-or-treating, daredevil scare zones, and morbid mortuary tours. To cap it off, Monte Revolta and His Band of the Living Dead take center stage, delivering nightly spine-tingling shows.

Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights: A Nightmarish Extravaganza

Universal Studios Hollywood resurrects its celebrated Halloween Horror Nights, spanning select nights from September 8 to October 31. The event unfolds with a sinister array of over half a dozen haunted mazes, each inspired by iconic franchises such as Stranger Things and The Last of Us. The once-innocent tram tour is transformed into The Terror Tram, where lurking actors pounce from the shadows, ensuring that every moment is a pulse-pounding thrill.

Long Beach Performing Arts Center

As the sun dips below the horizon, casting its golden hues across the shores of Long Beach, a mesmerizing spectacle begins to unfold at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. This Halloween season, a spellbinding transformation is underway, all thanks to the artistry and dedication of our team at St. Nick's Christmas Lighting and Decor. Our expertise in holiday decor knows no bounds, and now, we're thrilled to unveil our latest creation: an awe-inspiring Giant Lighted Pumpkin Jack O'Lantern Walkthrough Display.

Giant Pumpkin Jack-O-Lantern Walkthrough


In 2023, California offers a veritable smorgasbord of spine-tingling destinations that promise to leave you breathless and yearning for more. From the ghoulish delights of Knott's Scary Farm to the hair-raising Tunnel of Terror, there's an experience tailored for every thrill-seeker. And while you're in Long Beach, don't miss the awe-inspiring Giant Lighted Pumpkin Jack O'Lantern Walkthrough Display, a masterpiece brought to life by the skilled hands of our team at St. Nick's Christmas Lighting and Decor. Renowned for our enchanting holiday displays, we infuse the same magic into Halloween, ensuring that your spooky season is nothing short of unforgettable. Embrace the fear and make this Halloween a story for the ages!


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