Little Tokyo Unleashes a Full Month of Ghoulish Events, Los Angeles

Little Tokyo Unleashes a Full Month of Ghoulish Events for Haunted Little Tokyo
Dare to be part of the frightful festivities in Downtown Los Angeles beginning September 27 and culminating with a haunted block party, trick-or-treating and costume contest on October 26
Photo courtesy of Sunshine Pictures LLC/ Haunted Little Tokyo.
Dare to join Little Tokyo in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles as the neighborhood transforms into the 3rd Annual Haunted Little Tokyo unraveling on select nights throughout the month of October beginning with the opening night of the Haunted Little Tokyo Film Festival on Friday, September 27. Critters of all ages are welcome to experience the festivities including a family-friendly pumpkin patch, ghostly walking tours, free scary movie screenings, interactive ghoulish games and all culminating with Downtown Los Angeles’ largest annual haunted Halloween block party, trick-or-treating and costume contest on Saturday, October 26. 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.


    • Haunted Little Tokyo Film Festival – Brew up some sweet treats and enjoy the Haunted Little Tokyo Film Festival with family-friendly films and 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 (free)
      • Friday, October 11, 6 – 9 PM: Okko’s Inn at Japanese Village Plaza (free)
      • Thursday, October 17, 8 – 10 PM: Crimson Kimono (1959) at Japanese American National Museum (free)
  • Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch – Halloween enthusiasts of all ages are invited to the Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch, an outdoor marketplace 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.
    Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 20 from 12 – 6 PM 
  • Haunted Ghosts of Little Tokyo Walking Tour – 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 (LTHS). Re-discover the neighborhood in an all-new way with this haunted tour around the neighborhood and through haunted historical buildings.
    Saturday, October 19, from 5 – 6:30 PM beginning at East West Players Theater Courtyard at Union Center for the Arts. $20 admission. 
  • Trick-or-Treat in Little Tokyo – Trick-or-Treat in Little Tokyo is a return to traditional trick-or-treating for costumed critters of all ages to 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.
    Saturday, October 26, from 5 – 8 PM. Free. 
  • 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 & San Pedro Street. Enjoy bone-chilling spooky sips in the beer garden, live music and entertainment, a costume contest with prizes, family-friendly game booths, local food and retail vendors, exclusive discounts, and more.  Details coming soon about 21+ after party starting from midnight after the block party. The grown and mischievous can keep the party going until sunrise.
    Saturday, October 26, from 6 PM – 12 AM at 2nd Street in between Central Ave. and San Pedro St. Free admission. 21+ after party starting from 11 PM.

Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles

Free – $25 depending on the activity. For pricing and to register for activities, please visit


Halloween is approaching and you know what that means. It’s time to get scared. Whether it’s through a haunted house, movie, or book this season we go towards horror for the thrill. Read horror, however, has a different audience reaction from watched horror. Horror films usually rely on the jump scare but that kind of reaction does not come easily from reading books and poems. So how do you scare your reader? The answer is simple: give them nightmares.

I’m sure you’ve read a book before that scared you so much that you weren’t able to sleep at night or you became paranoid. We know that is possible to write a story that enlists this kind of reaction and I’m here to tell you how to execute it in your writing.

There are two ways to scare your reader:
1. Creep Them Out
2. Get Too Close To Home

To creep out your reader you must think of what is creepy. For some it may be spiders and for others it may be clowns. Since the creepiness depends on the person, writing a story where your protagonist is trapped in a coffin full of spiders might be more creepy for others. However, a level of creepiness that is equal to every reader is ambiguity. Using fear of the unknown in your writing will ensure a creepy vibe to your story. You can accomplish this I multiple ways such as by having the identity of your antagonist unknown, missing faces from your characters, etc. Writing towards the creepiness factor will help your story produce the nightmares you need to scare your readers.

Getting your story close to home means that the horrors in your writing are believable and draws on reality so that it’s not a stretch for your reader to connect your story to their real life. You want your readers to believe that what happened to your protagonist can happen to them. You can do this by drawing on personalized fears that you or another have experienced. That is horror that is inspired by true events are the most scary to audiences, because it is all real with no fantasy. Getting your story too close to home means that your horror can happen to anyone and not just the fictional. Making your readers realize this will scare them with nightmares of their own life.

Now that you know a few methods to scare your readers, begin writing so this Halloween you can be the one scaring others through your words.