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5 Things to Do in Los Angeles That Will Remind You It’s Actually Fall

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Unlike cities in Northern California or the East Coast, where the leaves change color and fall to the ground, the season of fall can be hard to physically find and enjoy when you live in Los Angeles. However, there is no need to fear because we have compiled a list of yummy, scary and fun festivities that will remind you that one, it is October, and two, although it neither looks nor feels like the stereotypical autumn here in Los Angeles, you can still enjoy the season in a unique way.

1. Hollywood Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood

Hollywood Horror Nights is one of the top scare destinations for L.A. residents in the month of October and every year it becomes bigger and better. With horrifying themed mazes based on movies like The Shining and Saw and scare zones with scenarios from your worst nightmares, a trip to Hollywood Horror Nights belongs on everyone’s L.A. bucket list. If you’re interested in hearing a first-person perspective on the park, our very own contributor, Mackie, recently published an article on her experience at Hollywood Horror Nights.


2. Halloween Nights at Disneyland

From Halloween costumed characters to spooky souvenirs, Halloween Nights at Disneyland is the perfect escape from reality. Be sure to grab your very own pair of orange and black Mickey Ears and enjoy the Halloween-themed additions to popular rides like Space Mountain and the Haunted Mansion.


3. Knott’s Scary Farm

If you’re interested in making the journey to Buena Park, Knott’s Scary Farm is the perfect spot to remind you that we are indeed in the midst of October. From themed mazes like “Dark Ride,” which features this Halloween’s hottest scare, creepy clowns, to scare zones like “Ghost Town Streets,” Knott’s Scary Farm is not for the faint of heart!


4. A visit to Salt & Straw, Sidecar Doughnuts, or Sprinkles

In a foodie’s eyes, the months of October, November and December bring forth a lot of yummy holiday-themed treats and this Halloween, a trip to one of these three Los Angeles establishments will not disappoint. At Sprinkles, their monthly cupcake flavors include Caramel Apple, Black Velvet, and Pumpkin. From “Creepy Crawly Critters,” which features dark chocolate covered crickets, to “The Great Candycopia,” which is a salty butterscotch ice cream base jam-packed with whoppers, heath bars, snickers, each October flavor at Salt & Straw represents a different side of your childhood dreams or nightmares (depending on if you were more into eating bugs or candy as a child). At Sidecar Doughnuts, you can pick up either an apple pie or pumpkin flavored doughnut!


5. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

Located in Culver City, this pumpkin patch is conveniently located close to UCLA and will fix your seasonal pumpkin craving! Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch features a petting zoo, food trucks on the weekend and is well-known by L.A. locals and celebrities. Dress up with your friends and celebrate fall with a fun and festive photo shoot!

Photos courtesy of Pexel and Instagram

Megan is UCLA's Co-Campus Correspondent. She is a 4th year English major and Education Studies minor at UCLA. When she's not at a coffee shop reading, she loves going to the beach and trying different cuisines at new restaurants.
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