While not always obvious, there is an unmistakable psychotropic connection between cannabis and the bizarre, creepy, and supernatural. Those who smoke and swallow often are certainly in regular chemical conversation with a deeply emotional plant that amplifies many of the same feelings and sensations that accompany an exciting supernatural experience, real or artificial. That's why so many stoners are horror fans too, and why the scary season is a time to revere the fogging of the line between this mortal plane and the next, where the air is filled with promises of psychic thrills, chills, and otherworldly visits .
In my experience, LA has always been a haunted city, and the Los Angeles area always comes alive with a gloriously eerie buzz as October rolls around. And there's always something to do, see, or experience while darkened in a powerful, edible high, sipping a handy pack of pre-rolls with your crew, or regularly vaping your favorite live resin cartridge or pod.
If you're a cannabis enthusiast planning a spooky LA adventure this season or any other time of year, consider the following year-round hangouts and annual events as potential stops on your way to the high Halloween hijinx.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a suitably morbid and beautiful LA landmark and the final resting place of show business legends from several Hollywood eras. While the gritty decor is a must see on its own, one of the best ways to experience Hollywood Forever is through one of Cinespia's repertoire screenings. Sit under the stars, snap a group photo at Cinespia's rotating photo booth, and watch a horror demonstration throughout October.
Address: 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038
The Haunted Hayride is a classic LA spook alley experience not to be missed if you're looking for something haunted that is appropriately baked. Climb aboard the Haunted Hayride and experience a thrilling, terrifying adventure that haunts the city with spooky stops.
Opening times and tickets for October 2021 can be found here.
Address: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Hollywood Horror Nights at Universal Studios, another unique Hollywood photo and haunted alley experience, offer an annual, changing range of locations that are inspired by classic entries in the Universal catalog. General admission tickets start at $ 69.
Book a night here in October 2021.
Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
The old, abandoned Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park is a year-round accessible place with a spooky atmosphere, with plenty of picnic and exploration space, littered with ruins of enclosures, abandoned cages, and great hiking trails. It's a great daytime activity for anyone planning a spooky LA adventure.
Address: 4801 Griffith Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Escape Halloween is an annual Halloween-themed electronic music festival that is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. With walk-in mazes, themed stages, art and various thrills, Insomniacs Escape Halloween is a big Halloween celebration.
Full-price passes start at $ 169.99, which you can book here.
Address: 689 SE St, San Bernardino, CA 92408
Now a popular public walking area, Cobb Estate was once owned by lumber tycoon Charles Cobb, who built a villa on the site in 1918. For the next several decades, wrote Charles Fleming for the Los Angeles Times, the Spanish-themed bushfire, public plan to turn the land into a cemetery and property of the Marx Brothers survived before eventually being converted into a public park.
For over 100 years it has been rumored that the ruins of Cobb Estate and the game-rich land that surrounds them are haunted. If you and your terror-prone pals prefer real haunts over fictional haunted streets, the Cobb Estate is the historic site for you.
Address: Altadena, CA 91001
Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum is one of Burbank's finest novelty and vintage memorabilia centers, and includes a delightful boutique horror and occult museum. This year they are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Sam Raimi's camp classic Evil Dead with props from the film, interactive horror elements, photo opportunities and an art show.
Entry to the museum is $ 15 at the door and starts at 12:30 PM, and the Evil Dead exhibit will be on for the rest of the year.
Address: 3204 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
For Hollywood horror fans and stoners alike, the New Beverly Theater offers a classic 35mm mix of laughter, chilling and thrills that shouldn't be missed. Throughout October you can see horror classics new and old at New Beverly, all in 35mm format with many prints from owner Quentin Tarantino's private film library. Most of the screenings are accompanied by vintage trailers and cartoons to get the scary mood going, and if you're lucky enough to get tickets before they sell out, you can enjoy a nightly marathon of rare and rarely shown horror films. Check out the New Beverly schedule to see if any of your favorites of the season play this year.
Address: 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Selected image courtesy Escape Halloween