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Spooky Halloween Lights at the Santa Monica Pier

Published on October 18, 2022

The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit orange, red, with Halloween emojis, sugar skulls, and jack-o-lanterns from Friday, October 28 to Wednesday, November 2 in recognition of Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos.

Halloween is an annual celebration observed in many countries on 31 October as a time to remembering loved ones who have passed as well as the end of the harvest season. Similarly, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday widely celebrated in Los Angeles on November 1st and involves family and friends gathering to remember friends and family members who have died.

This year, Pacific Park celebrates the Halloween season with fun and spooky patterns and designs on the Pacific Wheel including bats, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Friday, October 28 to Wednesday, November 2. The Ferris wheel lights can be seen from dusk until 11:35 PM each evening. Enjoy watching the light program online at

Special Lighting of the Pacific Wheel for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

Friday, October 28 to Wednesday, November 2
dusk (around 5 PM) to midnight

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

See the lights from home at

Pacific Park regularly programs the Ferris wheel to display seasonal programing and themed light designs for holidays and special occasions. The Pacific Wheel’s state-of-the-art lighting package was installed in 2016 and can display over 1.6 million different colors and animate patterns and icons in 24 frames per second. The energy efficient LEDs on the face of the Ferris wheel are powered by solar arrays inside Pacific Park. The light programs are curated and designed by Pacific Park staff. Each design is manually animated; some designs can take hours of programming. The aim is to provide fun, high-energy, and sometimes whimsical designs to entertain guests on the Santa Monica Pier and surrounding beaches.

Feature image courtesy of @pacpark