Oct 282016
 

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Los Angeles is a great place to celebrate Halloween and with so many things to do it can get hard to choose. Here are some suggestions:

Friday (10/28/16)

It’s sold out on Saturday and Sunday but there are tickets available tonight to see Danny Elfman perform as Jack Skellington, Catherine O’Hara as Sally, Ken Page as Oogie Boogie, and Paul Reubens as Lock while a live orchestra plays in sync with the film for Halloween at the Hollywood Bowl: “Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas”

L.A. Girlfriend along with Nicky Blitz and Disco Shrine are playing The Goth Ball at Resident where costumes are encouraged

LACMA is screening Pan’s Labyrinth in conjunction with their exhibit Guillermo del Toro: at Home with Monsters

Saturday

The Santa Monica Zombie Crawl starts at 6pm and has food and drink specials all night as well as an after party ($12 for the wristband)

Villains Tavern in the Arts District is having a free Halloween bash with Rumprollers Organ Trio and a traditional NOLA jazz band

The Boulet Brothers 16th Annual Halloween Ball is at The Globe Theater which will be turned into a night club/haunted mansion. The party includes three floors of DJs, “interactive horror areas”, carnival games, performances and more, with Clive Barker and Drag Race star Violet Chachki in attendance for a meet and greet  ($30)

Cinefamily is showing Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie

Sunday

Cinefamily has two showings of the 1959 Vincent Price film The Tingler with their seats wired to simulate the effect used at the original film’s screening which had seats equipped with buzzer shocks for certain key moments in the film

cARTel Collaborative Arts LA is hosting SpiritSpirit: a cocktail and ghost story pairing at Think Tank Gallery with performances, music, a DJ, craft cocktails, “Summon the Spirits” immersive game, and one prize each for the best dressed- theme and non-theme ($15) . You can also combine it with Think Tank’s escape room and get $5 off with code SPIRITX2

All weekend and Halloween

The theme for this year’s free Haunted House presented by Rotten Apple 907 in Burbank is The Not So Enchanted Forest. Although it is free to go, donations are requested- this year’s charity is VBAS (Volunteers of Burbank Animal Shelter)

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park has a “Secret Society” theme this year and for the first time ever passengers will leave the safety of the hay wagon for a section of the trip. There is also a haunted suburb to go trick or treating in, a haunted maze, and more.

Think Tank Gallery is hosting Trap House-a combination art show/ escape room running all day and night. The sci fi/ horror themed art show is free. The escape room is a ticketed half hour experience with a human trafficking and organ harvesting theme.

If you missed The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Hollywood Bowl you could see it in 4D at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

Halloween (Monday)

The biggest event in the city has to be the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval– a massive free street party (500,000 people!) on Santa Monica Blvd.  with multiple music stages and a chance to see some of the most creative costumes around.  Palihouse nearby has tickets for their rooftop party ($20) and there are also additional parties at several places in the area. Definitely don’t drive there though- it gets pretty hectic!

Organ virtuoso Clark Wilson is improvising a soundtrack for a screening of the classic silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

LA Opera’s incoming Artist in Residence, Matthew Aucoin will create and conduct a new score for chamber orchestra for the film Nosferatu at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

LACMA is showing The Bride of Frankenstein with extended access to the Guillermo de Toro (5-8pm) included in the ticket price ($15-20)

 

 

Oct 242015
 

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Halloween is a big deal in Los Angeles with tons of fun things to do. Here are a few suggestions-

Haunted Attractions

Running until Halloween is the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park. It has five attractions this year including a maze, the House of Shadows, and a Trick or Treat “experience” ($30 for the hayride or $43 for all attractions)

Dark Harbor on the Queen Mary provides haunted horror with monsters and mazes on the boat until Nov. 1st ($20 for “happy haunting hour” or $24 and up depending on extras)

A unique take on being scared is The Alone Experience. After signing a waiver that says you can get wet, be touched, painted on- you are immersed in a 45 minute walk through (and at times crawl through) alone. This review will give you more of an idea of what the experience is like. Running through Nov.1st. ($50)

If women’s issues frighten you there is KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House based on the Christian hell house.  An un-dead Valerie Solanas splits you into groups and gives an introduction to what you are in for followed by a feminist zombie folk sing-a-long in the courtyard. Afterwards a crazed women’s studies major leads you on a tour through various rooms filled with “gender-queer apparitions, ball-busting butches, and never-married, happy-as-hell spinsters” among many other frights.  Get there by 8:30pm to guarantee entrance. It runs from Oct.23-25, and Oct. 28-30 (free)

The amusement parks also have Halloween themes –Knott’s Scary Farm, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and Six Flags Fright Fest will all work hard to scare you.

Horror Movies

Electric Dusk Drive-In is showing Rosemary’s Baby on Oct. 24th ($9 for astroturf, $13 for your car)

Starting Tuesday (10/27) on the roof of the Montalban Theater in Hollywood Rooftop Film Club is showing movies with a horror theme including The Thing, Nightmare on Elm Street, Psycho, Friday the 13th and on Halloween, Beetlejuice ($17)

The Wiltern is showing An American Werewolf in London, The Cabin in the Woods, The Descent and Demons for their pre-Halloween bash, Wiltern Night of Horror. There will also be a costume contest and dance party. ($30)

Oct.30th the New Beverly Cinema has a horror triple feature- Curse of the Demon (1957), Carnival of Souls (1962), and Night of the Living Dead (1968) all for $8

On Halloween (10/31)

West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval is a huge free event with a large part of Santa Monica Blvd closed to traffic for costumed chaos. This year’s theme is the Rocky Horror Picture Show. There are also six stages of live music and entertainment if the bars and people watching are not enough.

Street Food Cinema is showing Shaun of the Dead at Exposition Park

The Aero Theater in Santa Monica is showing The Shining

Cinespia is showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Hollywood Forever Cemetery ($25)

El Capitan is showing The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D (it’s pretty magical when it snows in the theater) through Nov 1

One of the more expensive options is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live with Danny Elfman at the Hollywood Bowl. Elfman is playing with the orchestra as the film is shown and the Bowl will be decorated like Halloween Town (as of this writing cheapest tickets available were $80)

The Center for the Arts Eagle Rock is having a Haunted House in a former library with local high school students doing the scaring ($10)

The Well is hosting a Halloween party at the Figueroa Hotel with a long list of musical performers on 3 stages ($40)

The Ace Hotel Downtown is having a Black & White Ball for Halloween with DJs Daniel T, Peanut Butter Wolf, And Vitto and Druzzi. Tarot readings, aura photography and more. Black and white attire required. ($25)

Oct 302014
 

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Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/30-11/2) for Halloween and Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)-

Thursday

Lucha VaVoom: Night of the Vampire– Mexican masked wrestling and burlesque with a Halloween theme- http://luchavavoom.com/

Thursday and Friday

It’s the last two days of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park which also includes a haunted house, maze and sideshow- http://www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com/#

The Mondrian Hotel is hosting Strange and Unusual: An Interactive Experience for the Recently Deceased- a Beetlejuice themed party complete with recreated sets from the film- https://nightout.com/events/strange-and-unusual-halloween-party-thursday-mondrian-la-los-angeles-2014/tickets#.VFKy3-dfnU4

Friday (Halloween)

The biggest event of the night is the West Hollywood Annual Halloween Carnival– over 500,000 people are expected to attend- http://www.weho.org/Home/Components/News/News/2832/23

At Crawloween, an event sponsored by ACME Hospitality group, all five of their downtown bars Library Bar, Sixth Street Tavern, Beelman’s Pub, Spring St. Bar and King Eddy Saloon are having differently themed parties, candy and $4 cocktails (including one called the Skullsplitter, a hangover predictor if ever there was one)- https://t.e2ma.net/message/xsqtq/d13p8b

Cinefamily is hosting a “Childhood Haunts” Halloween party with scary video compilations, a midnight ghost story, drinks, dancing and more- http://www.cinefamily.org/films/spectrefest-2014/#childhood-haunts-halloween-party

LACMA Costume Ball: The Living Museum where people dress as works of art and enjoy DJs, food and drink, late night gallery walks and live horror installations- http://www.lacma.org/event/costume-ball

Friday and Saturday

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton is at the Nokia Theater- http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com/events/detail/danny-elfmans-music-from-the-films-of-tim-burton-3

Saturday

Día de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery is Los Angeles’ biggest Day of the Dead event and has altars, face painting, food and live entertainment including La Santa Cecilia- http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Grand Park is having a Dia de Los Muertos party as well with music, altars, and dancers- http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/downtown-dia-de-los-muertos-concert/

Thursday through Sunday

Dark Harbor on the Queen Mary in Long Beach has mazes, monsters, rides, live entertainment and of course food and drink- http://www.queenmary.com/events/dark-harbor/

Olvera Street has numerous Día de los Muertos events- http://www.olvera-street.com/Calendar/Day-of-the-Dead-Event/day-of-the-dead-event.html

The Purge:Breakout requires you and your group to solve puzzles and clues to escape or be purged- http://purgebreakout.ticketleap.com/purgehalloween/

Alone: An Existential Haunting is not the usual haunted house experience- it describes itself as a “site-specific, immersive and artistic exploration of fear, loneliness and self preservation” which you must go through, you guessed it- alone- http://www.thealoneexperience.com/about/

Also-through November 8th at the Mountainview Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, Unbound Productions presents Wicked Lit- classic horror literature is transformed into an immersive theater experience  – http://unboundproductions.org/wicked-lit/

Dec 122013
 

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Options for the holiday classic- The Nutcracker include:

December 12-15th:

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December 15th:

Oct 312013
 

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Things to do in Los Angeles for Halloween-

Or maybe just some food and drink-

http://www.lamag.com/lafood/digestblog/2013/10/29/halloween-2013-tricks-vs-treats

Oct 262013
 

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The Shining is playing @ LA State Historic Park tonight (10/26).

If you love The Shining, it is also worth watching Room 237, now on Netflix. It is filled with interesting theories on the potential meaning of the images used in the film.  Different interviewees suggest it could be about the Holocaust or Native American genocide or even Kubrick’s confession to taking part in the faking of the moon landing.  It’s a fascinating new look into an already captivating movie.

Oct 242013
 

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Things to do for Halloween in Los Angeles this weekend-

  • Looking for something more hardcore- there’s The Alone Experience-they suggest wearing clothes that can get wet and dirty- http://thealoneexperience.com/