Little Tokyo Unleashes a Full Month of Ghoulish Events for Haunted Little Tokyo

Photo courtesy of Sunshine Pictures LLC/ Haunted Little Tokyo.

Dare to join Little Tokyo in the heart of Downtown LA as the neighborhood transforms into the third annual Haunted Little Tokyo that will unravel throughout the month of October.

Beginning with opening night of the Haunted Little Tokyo Film Festival on Friday, September 27th … Critters and creatures of all ages are welcome to experience the festivities including a family friendly pumpkin patch, ghostly walking tours, free scary movie screenings and interactive ghoulish games all culminating with Downtown Los Angeles’ largest annual haunted Halloween block party, trick-or-treating and costume contest.

Go Little Tokyo presented by the Little Tokyo Community Council invites all thrill seekers to explore the fun as the community brews up eerie activities, unforgettable family-friendly entertainment and spooky events throughout the Halloween season.

On location with John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness will be shown at the church where it was filmed with special guest, Dennis Dun.  As the kickoff event to the Haunted Little Tokyo Film Festival, experience Union Center for the Arts like never before as it returns to the “Saint Godards” church where Carpenter filmed his 1987 classic. Enjoy themed cocktails, a Q & A session with actors, a tour of the filming location with Horror’s Hallowed Grounds’ Sean Clark, and a chance to recreate some of the most iconic scenes from the film in photo ops created by East West Player’s scenic professionals! Friday, September 27, 6:30 – 10 PM. $20 – $25

Haunted Little Tokyo Film Festival will brew some sweet treats along with classic Japanese hair-raising horror cinemas at various outdoor screening locations. All screenings are free, RSVP encouraged as space is available on a first-come first-serve basis.

  • Friday, October 4, 7 – 10 PM: Hausu at Union Center for the Arts
  • Friday, October 11, 6 – 9 PM: Okko’s Inn at Japanese Village Plaza
  • Thursday, October 17, 8 – 10 PM: CrimsonKimono (1959) at Japanese American National Museum

Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch thrills Halloween enthusiasts every year! The outdoor Pumpkin Palooza marketplace is grown by local Asian Pacific Islander farmers at the Japanese Village Plaza. Purchase and decorate one-of-a-kind jack-o’-lanterns with neighbors, friends, and volunteer artists using pumpkins provided by Tanaka Farms.

Hear the stories of the resident Little Tokyo ghosts told by those who have seen the undead walk the halls at night on the Haunted Ghosts of Little Tokyo Walking Tour led by the Little Tokyo Historical Society. Re-discover the neighborhood in an all-new way with this haunted tour around the neighborhood and through haunted historical buildings.

Trick-or-Treat in Little Tokyo returns this year as traditional trick-or-treating for costumed ghosts and ghouls of all ages as they receive terrifying treats from local businesses in the Japanese Village Plaza. Treats generously donated by Meiji and Hi-Chew. Kid-friendly activities organized by KidZGen.

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Haunted Night in Little Tokyo: The Block Party: Indulge in bone-chilling drinks and devilish desserts as the month long celebration wraps up with a frightfully fun block party and costume contest during Haunted Night in Little Tokyo: The Block Party on 2nd Street between Central and San Pedro Street. Enjoy bone-chilling spooky sips in the beer garden, live music and entertainment, a costume contest with prizes, game booths, local food and retail vendors, and exclusive discounts. Watch for coming details about 21+ after party starting at midnight, keeping the mischief making going until sunrise.

Pricing varies from FREE to $25.00 depending upon the activity. For pricing and to register for activities, please visit www.hauntedlittletokyo.com.

Go Little Tokyo is a community-led effort aimed at highlighting the unique cultural programs, community events, and dining and shopping experiences found in Little Tokyo. As one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant cultural hubs, there is an abundance of destinations and landmarks in and around this historic walkable neighborhood, and Go Little Tokyo will help you uncover them. Go Little Tokyo is a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) project developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from LA Metro. For more information, visit: golittletokyo.com.

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