Halloween is one of your favorite times of year! Los Angeles is known for our modern style and up-to-date trends. Last year, Halloween 2020 will be very different from Halloween 2021. Many states are lifting or adjusting their restrictions so as long as these holiday events abide by physical distancing rules. In Los Angeles we have fun, even if we have to make the fun ourselves! The secret to planning the perfect Halloween party is planning ahead! That’s why theLAShop is here to help you plan your Halloween early! Check out our hot tips, and inspiring ideas that’ll help you get started!
Open Halloween Attractions
FINALLY! Los Angeles is reopening for Halloween events in 2021! Whether you live in California or you’re just visiting for the holiday, there is always something to do! Though, for the most part, every business has the right to run their operation the way they see fit, more companies are opening their doors to those that have been cleared of any illness. Some of these attractions include:
Universal Studios Halloween
Universal Halloween Horror Nights is open for Halloween 2021! Every year the infamous Universal Studios opens up their exciting world of fantasy and horror to the public. From September 9th to October 31st this California landmark has transformed into a myriad of horrifying mazes as well as terrifying displayed based on popular movies and shows which as The Walking Dead and Stranger Things.
Griffith Park Haunted Hayride
Halloween isn’t Halloween without a haunted hayride! One of Southern California's biggest Halloween attractions has returned! Held in Griffith Park the haunted hayride remains one of California's scariest ride. Enjoy sideshows in the house of mirrors, free psychic readings, and a place to purchase haunted souvenirs.
Six Flags Magic Mountains Fright Fest
Six Flags only gets better for the holidays! Halloween, in particular, is a spectacular horror event with haunted themes and mysterious adventures! Fright Fest is filled with several mazes and scare zones throughout the park! Get there and get scared!
The LA Haunted Hayride is returning for 2020 with an all-new, innovative “Drive-Up Experience.”
Due to this unfortunate worldwide emergency, many Halloween attractions are either going virtual or becoming a drive-through experience. Now, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride has become a drive-up interactive experience. Drive-in to a creepy stretch of road featuring some of the sets and scenic environments you’ve come to love at the hayride, followed by a haunted show featuring an original multimedia story displayed on a 40 foot screen, as well as horrifying sets and live characters from Midnight Falls!
What To Wear For Halloween 2021
Since last year’s Halloween was a bust, we have to put in double the effort this year! No matter what your costume is, it can always be enhanced with a little bit of makeup…. Not just any makeup, consider THE AIRBRUSH. An air brush kit is the best way to achieve professional results with amature experience. Most airbrush kits come with stencils, or they can be purchased online. Take a look at thesemakeup costume designs.
Adult Halloween Costumes. If you’re going to an exclusive Halloween party then you understand how critical a Halloween costume is! This year, you have to win, regardless if there is a prize or not! Prepare your costume with your partner and remember to be clever with it.
Superheroes are classic Halloween costumes because they are brightly colored, form-fitting, and easily recognizable. Though technically not a couple, there have been tons of fanfic and speculation about the relationship between these two. Though it may be complicated there is no doubt that they love each other and make a great team.
Take physical distancing rules to the next level with these in the box Barbie and Ken costumes! Look your best, but stay safely behind a face screen and at a far enough distance from the crowd with this clever and cute couples Halloween costume.
Family Themed Costumes. Regardless if your family is large or small, you can find a theme that fits if you just have a little creativity! Consider Disney characters, superheroes, the Addams family, or Pokemon!
With respect to the new 2020 movie Scoob, many families are dressing up as the characters from the classic cartoon Scooby-Doo. Perfect for the family of five, feel free to have fun and dress as whoever you like, regardless of age. Scooby-Doo and friends are the classic Halloween theme because they are perfectly prepared to solve any mystery.
Superheroes make the perfect Halloween costumes! There are plenty of characters to choose from so everyone will be happy with their choice. Superhero costumes come in all sizes and shapes so you can feel free to be who you want to be.
The Addam’s family is a classic horror family. These dynamic characters are easily recognizable and their outfits are simple enough to make on your own. This happy family sticks out of the crowd and there is a role for everyone!
These hilarious characters represent the average, hard working American family. Each one of these lovable characters are memorable and are instantly recognizable.
Toy Story is the classic Disney movie about the secret life of toys. The characters range from a wise cracking cowboy doll to a grumpy Mr. Potato Head. This successful movie has 5 sequels and a myriad of characters and toys to choose from.
If you have a big family and you’re looking for options Pokemon is the way to go! There are literally hundreds of adorable Pokemon options to choose from along with interesting human characters.
Costumes You Can Do With Just Makeup.Costumes don't have to be expensive to be divine! You just have to be creative! Whether it’s clown makeup or makeup you can do with simple face paint, your costume can range from animal print to zombies! Consider using an airbrush to get detailed designs accomplished with a professional look.
The Day of the Dead
Similar to Halloween, the Day of the Dead starts on October 31st but lasts throughout November 2. The Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican holiday that honors and celebrates deceased loved ones. Customs include prayer, remembrance of friends and family members who have died, wearing skull masks and makeup, and enjoying festivities. This beautiful skull design is a great way to give a remember the dead, without looking too creepy.
Clowns have always been a legitimate fear for a lot of people for many years. This can be due to the popularity of evil clowns in pop culture such as Pennywise in Stephen King’s movies. Psychologists have explored the irrational fear of clowns and linked it to the clown’s makeup. When someone has that much of their face covered, it is difficult to tell who they are or how they feel. With a fake smile or frown painted on, it is difficult to gage someone’s emotions which makes it harder to trust them or predict what they’re gonna do. Evil clown looks can be simple, sexy, or for the scarier look add a little fake blood.
Just because you’re dead, doesn’t mean you still can’t look your best! Becoming a zombie is a really simple way to get into the Halloween spirit! You don’t need to run to Amazon for pounds of fake rotting flesh, just add a little glitter. The great part about being a zombie, is that you could have died in your best outfit! Feel free to cheat a little bit and consider busting out that old dress you’ve been waiting for an excuse to wear.
Do you have an all black outfit in your closet? We bet you do! Everyone looks great in black and gothic makeup brings out the mysterious beauty in everyone! Show everyone at the party just how magical you are with a smooth and straightforward look that proves you have a connection to the supernatural!
Pet Costumes. Is your furry best friend a part of the family? Then then should join in the fun! Pet costumes have to be cute, hilarious, but most importantly safe and comfortable for your pet! You may have to adjust your pets costume so they feel comfortable. The best costumes are made at home.
What to Cook for Halloween?
Halloween is all about the sugary treats but as adults we all know that can lead to a sour tummy. This year forget about absorbing tons of candy corn and decide on healthier, savory options. There are many deserts and food ideas for Halloween so long as you just be creative! Here are some ideas to help you get started!
Halloween Deep Fried Snacks. Have you ever tried deep fried candy corn chicken wings or an alien boiled egg? If not you need to explore the world of deep frying with a classic countertop deep fryer. Experiment with different types of foods! We suggest deep fried pizza, ice cream, and cheesecake! Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
Surprisingly Delicious Candy Corn Glazed Deep Fried Chicken Wings
We all know and love fried chicken- but have you ever had it with a candy corn glaze? Halloween is the perfect time to try something new and a little strange! However, you can’t really ever go wrong with wings? Try this spicy and sweet recipe below!
Vegetable or peanut oil, for frying
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon paprika
3 pounds chicken wings, split at the joints, tips removed
1 1/2 cups Frank's RedHot sauce (or 3/4 cup other hot sauce)
1 stick unsalted butter
2 tablespoons honey
¼ cup water
Heat your cooking oil to about 375 degrees
Place the flour and paprika in a small bowl and coat the thawed out chicken wings
Put chicken wings in the deep fryer for about 10-15 minutes
Drain on a paper towel
Mix the hot sauce with the butter and the honey and melt in a boiler or saucepan
Melt candy corn in a double boiler or saucepan
Combine candy corn with mixture
Coat wings in sauce
Sprinkle candy corn on top for decoration
Ever Have an Alien Egg?
That’s right, aliens have eggs too, and they have a light crunch! Deep fried soft boiled eggs are not only an interesting choice party but tasty snack you can have at any point. This treat is is not hard to make, and the rewards are outstanding.
9 large eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup semolina flour (pasta flour)***
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
Peanut oil or rice bran oil (for frying)
Dandelion greens (for garnish)
Soft boil 6 large eggs for about 6 minutes then gently crack and peel when ready
Combine the 3 remaining eggs with the buttermilk and a little srirach in a bowl
In a separate bowl add bowl flours together
In a third bowl add the panko bread crumbs
Roll the boiled in in the flour mixture, egg mixture, and finally panko mixture
Heat oil to about 375 degrees
Place the eggs in the oil basket no longer than 2 minutes
Drain on a paper towel
Retrieve eggs and serve with dandelion greens
Deep Fried Candy Corn Morsels
Oh yes, candy corn can be deep-fried as well! Deep frying candy corn is easy, fun, and only takes a few minutes to make!
2 cups all-purpose baking mix
1 large egg
1/2 to 3/4 cups buttermilk
3/4 cup candy corn, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup cornflakes cereal
Combine baking mix with the egg and butter miilk
Mix in candy corn and cornflakes
Heat oil to 350 degrees
Cook about 6 spoonful's of the dough into for about a minute each
Drain on a paper towel
Hidden eye Mozzarella Balls
Mozzarella balls are tempting especially when they have a monster’s eye in them! Hide an olive in the center of your mozzarella ball for a sneaky surprise. Check out this spicy recipe and try and new way to eat mozzarella.
1 8- ounce package cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3-4 Hot Sauce
10-15 small black olives
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs
In a large bowl combine the cream cheese and the mozzarella
Scoop with ice cream scooper
Stick the olive into the center of the cheese ball and using a spoon, fill the hole with hot sauce
Mold into a ball and drizzle with hot sauce
Heat cooking oil to 350 degrees
Place beaten eggs, flour, and panko bread crumbs in 3 separate bowls
Place the cheese ball in the flour, then the egg, then the panko bread crumbs
Cook the cheese balls for about 2 minutes in heated frying oil
Drain on paper towel and serve with blood marinara sauce
Ghostly Fried Chicken
There are many ways to fry chicken! Thinly slices breaded chicken breast can be shaped into any creepy crawler you can think of! Get creative with your cuts, or use a Gingerbread man slicer to help you form your ghost shapes.
8 pieces thinly sliced chicken breast
2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided
3 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons ground white pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground mustard
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup buttermilk
2 large egg whites
2 quarts peanut or vegetable oil, for deep frying
Using a GingerBread Man Cutter or knife shape fully thawed chicken breasts into ghost shape.
Mix paprika, white pepper, garlic powder, ginger, celery salt, black pepper, mustard, thyme, basil, and oregan together in a bowl
Heat cooking oil to 340 degrees
Completely coat the chicken breast in seasoning
Put the flour and corn starch, egg and buttermilk and two separate bowls. Add the bread crumbs in a third bowl
Coat chicken in flour mix, then egg mixture, then bread crumb mixture
Deep fry chicken breast until golden brown and fully cooked
Halloween Adult Drinks. Halloween is the time to celebrate, and remember the fun doesn’t stop when you’re an adult! There are a myriad of adult beverages you can enjoy, especially if you have an ice machine! Think about making icy candy corn drinks or vampire red strawberry based daiquiris? We have the solution for you.
Candy Corn Fantasy
3 dashes of orange bitters
1 orange slice
.5 oz Monin Candy Corn Syrup
6 ounces of Cake Vodka
Crush bitters, orange, and syrup in an old fashion glass. Combine shaved ice on to of the mixture and garnish with 4-5 of cotton candy.
3/4 cup of white rum
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
2 strawberries, muddled
Muddle the strawberries first, then add lemon juice, and the simple syrup. Combine all the ingredients together with shaved ice, pour in a tall glass, and garnish with a strawberry.
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce black raspberry liqueur
2 ounces cranberry juice (more or less)
Optional: fresh mint garnish
Mix all ingredients together in a shaker with shaved ice. Strain into a tall glass and enjoy with your Halloween buddy.
1 Jigger apple brandy or
1 tsp grenadine
2 jiggers Blackberry Shimmery Liqueur
Add a scoop of shaved ice and shake for a few seconds. Drain into a glass and top with more blackberry liqueur. Pour in 1 tsp of grenadine syrup. Finish with a crushed ice topping.
2 oz Dark Rum
orange wedge, optional
Add shaved ice to a large collins glass. Stir in cherry. Fill the glass with soda to the top.
8 mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
1-ounce lemon juice
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 ounces of tequila juice
Mix the mint, lemon juice, and brown sugar in a cocktail shaker. Place in glass and top with shaved ice. Give the cocktail a good strong shake. Garnish with mint.
We have a lot to be thankful for this year. In 2021, it is more important than ever to spend time with the ones we love. Connect with your family and friends virtually this year.
Many statewide restrictions are put in place to keep us healthy and protected. Though this change may take some time to adapt to, it does not mean that we still can’t enjoy our current lives. Spend this time safely with your immediate families, and appreciate the time you have together.
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