From festivals and costume contests to trick-or-treating across town, there were plenty of festivities Los Angeles County residents participated in on the spookiest night of the year — Halloween.

At the southeast corner of Walden Drive and Carmelia Avenue, for example, about 5,000 visitors were expected to visit “The Witch’s House” in Beverly Hills, according to homeowner Michael Libow. Also known as the Spadena House, the home was built in 1921 for a silent film movie studio, Willat Studios, in Culver City.

“I’m always thrilled to know that my house brings a smile to the face of each visitor young and old,” Libow told City News Service.

Halloween events in West Hollywood included the “Mary’s Hocus Pocus Bash” drag show and costume contest at Hamburger Mary’s and a costume contest at Micky’s WeHo gay bar for a prize of $500 to finish off their Halloween weekend events.

  • The first-ever Shaqtoberfest at the Queen Mary in Long Beach...

    The first-ever Shaqtoberfest at the Queen Mary in Long Beach includes a live DJ on Sunday, October 2, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The first-ever Shaqtoberfest at the Queen Mary in Long Beach...

    The first-ever Shaqtoberfest at the Queen Mary in Long Beach on Sunday, October 2, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The first-ever Shaqtoberfest at the Queen Mary in Long Beach...

    The first-ever Shaqtoberfest at the Queen Mary in Long Beach on Sunday, October 2, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • A fire dancer performs during the first-ever Shaqtoberfest at the...

    A fire dancer performs during the first-ever Shaqtoberfest at the Queen Mary in Long Beach on Sunday, October 2, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • A scary pirate inside the Pirates Cove maze at the...

    A scary pirate inside the Pirates Cove maze at the first-ever Shaqtoberfest at the Queen Mary in Long Beach on Sunday, October 2, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • A scary clown inside the Midway Madness maze at the...

    A scary clown inside the Midway Madness maze at the first-ever Shaqtoberfest at the Queen Mary in Long Beach on Sunday, October 2, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • A man wanders around on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at...

    A man wanders around on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • A young girl draws in the arts & crafts booth...

    A young girl draws in the arts & crafts booth on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Children attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022,...

    Children attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Children attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022,...

    Children attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • A child wanders around on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at...

    A child wanders around on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • A child wanders around on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at...

    A child wanders around on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • 2-year-old Yoon Ethan brews up Halloween fun on Monday, Oct....

    2-year-old Yoon Ethan brews up Halloween fun on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Youngsters participate in a costume contest on Monday, Oct. 31,...

    Youngsters participate in a costume contest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Youngsters participate in a costume contest on Monday, Oct. 31,...

    Youngsters participate in a costume contest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • 4-year-old Alanni Gutierrez, center, dressed as Sally from “Nightmare Before...

    4-year-old Alanni Gutierrez, center, dressed as Sally from “Nightmare Before Christmas, came in first in one of the costume contests on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • 3-year-old Ellie Osuna engages in some witchcraft fun on Monday,...

    3-year-old Ellie Osuna engages in some witchcraft fun on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Melody Osuna of Long Beach and her daughter Ellie, 4,...

    Melody Osuna of Long Beach and her daughter Ellie, 4, hunt for candy on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022,...

    Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Youngsters participate in a costume contest on Monday, Oct. 31,...

    Youngsters participate in a costume contest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022,...

    Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022,...

    Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022,...

    Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022,...

    Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families go trick or treating at several candy stations on...

    Families go trick or treating at several candy stations on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022,...

    Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families go trick or treating at several candy stations on...

    Families go trick or treating at several candy stations on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families go trick or treating at several candy stations on...

    Families go trick or treating at several candy stations on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022,...

    Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022,...

    Families attend the annual Halloweenfest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families go trick or treating at several candy stations on...

    Families go trick or treating at several candy stations on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families go trick or treating at several candy stations on...

    Families go trick or treating at several candy stations on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Families go trick or treating at several candy stations on...

    Families go trick or treating at several candy stations on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Baby, a Cane Corso mastiff, participates in a canine costume...

    Baby, a Cane Corso mastiff, participates in a canine costume contest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at the annual Halloweenfest at Neff Park in La Mirada. (Photo by Howard Freshman, Contributing Photographer)

  • Rita Jayne Smith, 5, enjoys a slide at the 15th...

    Rita Jayne Smith, 5, enjoys a slide at the 15th annual DTLA Halloween Festival for Kids at Grand Hope Park in Los Angeles on Monday, October 31, 2022. The event is hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Parents and children make their way into the 15th annual...

    Parents and children make their way into the 15th annual DTLA Halloween Festival for Kids at Grand Hope Park in Los Angeles on Monday, October 31, 2022. The event is hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Families head to the 15th annual DTLA Halloween Festival for...

    Families head to the 15th annual DTLA Halloween Festival for Kids at Grand Hope Park in Los Angeles on Monday, October 31, 2022. The event is hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Barry Milholla helps his two-year-old daughter Lavender trick-or-treat at the...

    Barry Milholla helps his two-year-old daughter Lavender trick-or-treat at the 15th annual DTLA Halloween Festival for Kids at Grand Hope Park in Los Angeles on Monday, October 31, 2022. The event is hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • A child visits with characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas...

    A child visits with characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas at the 15th annual DTLA Halloween Festival for Kids at Grand Hope Park in Los Angeles on Monday, October 31, 2022. The event is hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Families head to the 15th annual DTLA Halloween Festival for...

    Families head to the 15th annual DTLA Halloween Festival for Kids at Grand Hope Park in Los Angeles on Monday, October 31, 2022. The event is hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Barry Milholla helps his two-year-old daughter Lavender trick-or-treat at the...

    Barry Milholla helps his two-year-old daughter Lavender trick-or-treat at the 15th annual DTLA Halloween Festival for Kids at Grand Hope Park in Los Angeles on Monday, October 31, 2022. The event is hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Festivals all over Los Angeles County also had something for both kids and adults to celebrate.

The 15th annual Downtown Los Angeles Halloween Festival for Kids included trick-or-treating, bounce houses, magic shows and more at Grand Hope Park. Haunt O’Ween, at the site of the former Westfield Promenade shopping mall, was home to a 200,000-square-foot interactive Halloween festival, with nine expansive thematic environments, including trick-or-treating, potion making, bounce houses, games, rides and performances.

La Mirada’s annual Halloweenfest was another family-friendly event that featured a haunted maze, costume contest, carnival-like games, crafts and a trick-or-treat area. Families also decorated pumpkins.

Long Beach and the South Bay area also joined in on the frightening fun.

There was a first-time event in Long Beach promoted by Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal — appropriately called Shaqtoberfest. That event began earlier in this month and concluded on Monday night, Oct. 31, with rides, games, food, trick-or-treating during the day and an adult experience after dark alongside the Queen Mary.

Trick-or-Treat on Second Street in Belmont Shore, a long-standing tradition for businesses in Long Beach, featured designated jack-o-lantern signs and homes in the area giving out sweet treats. This year there was also a professional photo booth set up at Chase Bank to capture participants’ costumes.

The Art Theatre in Long Beach had a screening and live score of the 1922 German silent horror film, “Nosferatu.”

“We are incredibly excited for the Jack C. Dubowsky Ensemble to return – live and in person – to the beautiful historic Art Theatre, where he debuted his original score for Nosferatu for Halloween in 2018,” Kerstin Kansteiner, the Art Theatre’s board secretary, said in an email. “While everyone recognizes Murnau’s ‘Nosferatu’ as a timeless masterpiece, we had no idea the film would be so eerily prophetic.

“‘Nosferatu’ has been a sell-out in the past and we consider the performance one of our strongest community events the Art Theatre offers,” Kansteiner added. “Live music, vintage film repertoire, local musicians and lots of returning fans of the JCD Ensemble.”

The Riviera Village Halloween Trick-or-Treat, in Redondo Beach, also returned this year as it has become a South Bay tradition, attracting thousands of kids each year.

City News Services contributed to this report.

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