School is finally back in session and fall is just around the corner! Although I will miss summer dearly, fall in Los Angeles is seriously the best time of year. I know we don’t get to experience the whole “changing of the seasons” bit, but during this time of year, we have the best weather ever. If you live here then you already know, but if you plan on visiting anytime soon I’d suggest coming during the months of September-November. Not only is the weather nearly always in the upper 70s but the crowds of summer have all gone. Plus, there a ton of fun fall activities. So today I am going to be sharing a few of my favorite things to do in LA during the fall.
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE FALL TIME ACTIVITIES IN LOS ANGELES
I know, I know, Disneyland isn’t technically in LA but close enough.
Fall is my absolute favorite time to visit the “Happiest Place on Earth.” While I looove the fall decor and the various ride changes ( i.e. ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ takes over the Haunted Mansion, the nighttime firework show is hosted by the Disney Villains, and Space Mountain is converted into Ghost Galaxy) there is another big reason why I love this time of year. NO LONG LINES! Yes, you read that right. With the summer crowds long gone and of course school, Disneyland is nearly empty during the week in Fall. So with fewer crowds, fun fall decor/activities, as well as GORGEOUS weather, how could you not want to visit Disneyland during autumn??
Movies and Concerts at the Cemetary
Not sure if this is only an LA thing, but watching movies/concerts at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary has quickly become “the thing to do” around here. Hosted by Cinespia, film and movie events run through the summer and into late fall. But when would it be better to see your favorite horror or cult classics than during Halloween season?? Plus, you can bring a picnic basket filled with your favorite snacks and even a bottle of wine (or two)! Scary movies, booze, and a cemetery. Can’t get much more in the spirit of all Hallows Eve than that!
Dearly Departed Tour
This has been on my “to do list” for quite a while. I know it seems a bit macabre, but remember, it’s Halloween!
So if you aren’t familiar with the Dearly Departed Tours then let me enlighten you a bit. Based in Hollywood, the Dearly Departed is a bus tour that delves into the dark and tragic side of Hollywood Land. Whether you want to see the last haunts of celebrities who have since passed or explore the locations of Los Angeles most infamous murders and crime scenes, the Dearly Departed Tours can help you revisit the tragical history of the city of angels.
Okay, let’s lighten the mood, but just for a bit. Pumpkin Patches! Yes, here in LA we might be able to visit a farm and pick our pumpkin straight off the vine, but that doesn’t mean our pumpkin patches aren’t fun. The past couple of years I have taken the girls to Pa’s Pumpkin Patch in Long Beach and we always have a blast! Not only are there pumpkins in every size, shape, and color but they have tons of activities and little carnival rides for the kids! It’s a great way for the kids to celebrate fall, wear their costume for more than one night, and for us to take some super cute pictures. If you don’t happen to be near the long beach area, just google “best or fun pumpkin patches in (your area)” and I’m sure you’ll find some cool ones.
Back to the scary stuff, Horror Nights! Literally, the best part of having so many amusement parks around LA is the horror nights they hold during the Halloween season. I’ve been to almost all of them and they are so much fun, especially if you go with a big group of friends. Whether you check out Knott’s Scary Farm, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, or Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights (the best in my opinion) it’s a fun and thrilling way to get into the Halloween spirit. Oh, and don’t forget about the Haunted Hayrides at Griffith Park.
Last but certainly not least, my favorite thing about fall is all the scary movies that come out in theaters. While the slew of spooky movies has only started to trickle out, this year seems to be pretty promising. First off, the remake of IT is already out and I can’t wait to see! Also, maybe more so of a thriller than a horror film, Mother! seems like it’s going to be good. Can’t wait to see what other movies make their way out this fall.
If you’re not so much of a movie theaters person and would rather not pay $40 for a movie, popcorn, and soda (I’m right there with you!), you could always sit at home and watch some the classics! So here is a list of some of my favorite Horror/Halloween inspired films:
- Nightmare Before Christmas
- Sleepy Hollow
- The Exorcist
- The Others
- Insidious 1 & 2
- Edward Scissorhands
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original)
- Hocus Pocus
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
- The Shining
Oh, and I can’t forget my favorite fall time TV shows: American Horror Story and The Walking Dead!
So what are your favorite fall time activities? I’m curious to know! Leave your answers in the comments below.
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