In addition to all the big league haunted houses–Halloween Horror Nights, Dark Harbor, Blackout LA–haunting up your own home and opening it to the public has become a staple of Halloween fun. Line up for best DIY backyard scares all over the city.
- Oct. 19-20, 24-31
Boney Island is a skeleton themed amusement park where the realm of magic is exposed to visitors. 4602 Morse Ave., Sherman Oaks. More information
- Oct. 25 –
ROTTEN APPLE 907
They do a different theme each year, but it’s always elaborate and spooky. In the past, they’ve done a revolving tunnel inspired by the Wizard of Oz tornado and underground tunnels. This year, the theme is “The Haunted Wilsley Manor.” 907 N. California St., Burbank. More information
- Oct. 26 & 31, 7-10 p.m.
THE HAUNTED DIARY
The theme at this private haunted house is “Dark Carnival” and the organizers promise a terrifying haunted maze for grown ups and interactive Halloween fun for kids in front of the house. 603 N. Las Palmas Ave. More information
- Oct. 29 –
THE HAUNT WITH NO NAME
Here’s a family that has been transforming their private yard into a haunted landscape — and inviting visitors to check it out — every year since 1991. 19351 Hatteras Street, Tarzana. More information
- Oct. 30 –
HOUSE AT HAUNTED HILL
Don’t try to enter the house. You watch from the street as the hillside comes to life for an elaborate, 10-minute show that takes place a few times each hour. There’s narration, spooky music and sound effects. The scariest thing may be finding parking. The street is closed to vehicles, so it’s a good idea to carpool and hike in. 4400 Saltillo St., Woodland Hills. More information
- Oct. 31
THE FOREST OF MIRRORS
Come in costume to this backyard haunt billed as “the world’s strangest yard.” As the name implies, there are plenty of mirrors (creating the effect of a graveyard that never ends), but there are also skulls, ancient tombstones, ominous sounds, strange beings and more. 6124 Lederer Ave., Woodland Hills. More information
- Oct. 31 & Nov. 2, 7-11 p.m.
HOUSE OF RESTLESS SPIRITS
House of Restless Spirits was once inhabited by a sailor who tragically lost his family. He went out to sea, never to be seen again. Now his restless spirit roams this private haunted house in Santa Monica. 1008 Euclid St., Santa Monica. More information