Halloween: How To Make The Most Out Of Spooky Season
by Samuel Rodriguez
Halloween is around the corner, which means that there are a lot of fun new activities to enjoy in Los Angeles for all of October.
The Halloween season brings scary fright fests at various amusement parks, scary mazes throughout the city, and festive pumpkin patches. Such events include Universal Studios Horror Nights, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbour, Knotts Scary Farm, and Six Flags Fright Fest.
These places are sure to include scary and twisted mazes, giving you chills but still offering a good time with friends and/or family. These amusement parks also keep their rides open in case you had enough scare for the night and need a different kind of rush. Students that have went to these events report a great time and would like to go again.
“I went with the homies and some girls from Joes [St. Josephs] and it was pretty chill. The mazes were actually kind of scary, and it takes a lot for me to get scared. Overall, it was super fun and I would recommend going,” said senior Andro Labastida about Universal’s Horror Nights.
Amusement parks’ special Halloween events offer a general admission price between $60-$100 depending on the day and park. Although it is a little pricey, the amusement parks offer lots to do and start early around 7 PM and end around 2 AM to provide enough time for you to experience everything.
Other Halloween special events include the Los Angeles “Haunted Hayride,” pumpkin patches, and “Boo at the LA Zoo.” These events offer safe family festivities while still giving a scare to each person. The LA Haunted Hayride is located at the old Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park and their attractions include their famous hayride which “transports you into the unknown” and 3 other mazes that you can go to. The general admission, which grants access to all attractions, is $40 a ticket.
Pumpkin patches are another desirable destination for families, friends, and couples. Pa’s Pumpkin Patch, located in Long Beach, offers a variety of rides, games, and pumpkins to choose from to take home, not to mention the petting zoo and pony ride along with fresh cooked food and a pumpkin wonderland. General prices for this pumpkin patch are $20 for 10 tickets, $50 for 30 tickets, or individual tickets for $2.50. Many people who came to this pumpkin patch report a good time with a family friendly atmosphere that is fun for all ages.
“I went with my friends last week and it was pretty fun. It was a great place for everyone to get together and just relax and chill. We bought a few tickets and went on a couple of rides, but the best part was probably the pumpkins and getting to fool around and take pictures with it. The patch is also aesthetically pleasing and looks really pretty,” said St. Joseph’s senior Olivia Maxwell.
The Boo at the LA Zoo is another popular spot during the Halloween season. Boo at the Zoo offers special shows, a spooky stroll filled with various games and activities, and allows you to get up close with some zoo animals. Ticket prices for this vary, but the most expensive is for adults at $21.
“I went with my family and had a good time. It’s actually super cheap and worth it. We got to see two shows and they were actually kind of cool. At first I didn’t think I would like it, because I was with my family and stuff but ended up having a really good time,” said St. John Bosco senior AJ Castillo.
This Halloween season offers many events and festivities that you can do with your friends and family. Be sure to keep your eyes out and check out the coolest events that are happening near you to make the most of the season.