What to Do Halloween Weekend 2014 in LA

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WEST HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN COSTUME CARNIVAL

October 31 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Santa Monica Boulevard Between La Cienega and Doheny  FREE (323) 848-6503

This is the biggie. If you have never done West Hollywood for Halloween you owe it to yourself to go. The costumes are always original and hilarious. There will be food and entertainment, and the action is in the street just like Mardi Gras. In recent years some people have complained that there are too many looky-loos who don’t wear costumes. It is specifically an “adult” event, so children and pets are not recommended.

MUSE COSTUME BALL AT LACMA

October 31 $80 LACMA members | $100 general admission

The MUSE party is an amazing spectacle with creative costumes hand made by talented artists. It is truly stunning. And yes, it is truly pricy. This year the theme is “The Living Museum.” They recommend that you dress as a work of art if you want to compete in the costume contest. I will warn you, there are so many amazing costumes, you probably don’t stand a chance. But that won’t stop you from enjoying the night, wandering the galleries after-hours, and dancing the night away. Entertainment includes Thug Entrancer and Oneohtrix Point Never’s.. Still not had enough? Join local producers SFV Acid and Napolian for an after-party in the galleries. “Take an eerie late-night tour and learn some of the dark secrets behind objects in LACMA’s collection or guide yourself through the twisted halls of Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s and Art of the Samurai (not yet open to the public)!”

Cash bar and food for sale. 21+

SANTA MONICA ZOMBIE CRAWL

October 31 7p.m. – 2am From the pier to 5th Street $15

Check-in is from 6:30-9 p.m. at Rusty’s on the Pier. Free zombie makeup will be provided from Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy for those who need it. All zombies are requested to please behave like zombies, short of eating brains. Zombies can enjoy spooky drink and food specials all night at participating locations with the official pub crawl wristband.  The wristband also includes access to the Official Zombie After Party. Participating locations include Rusty’s Surf Ranch,  Big Dean’s Ocean Front Cafe, Ye Olde King’s Head and Del Frisco’s Grille.

Wokcano Santa Monica, 1415 5th Street, Santa Monica, 90401 $20 without wristband

The crawl will terminate at the “WOK-ing Dead 2 Halloween Party, the largest Halloween party on the Westside, at Wokcano Santa Monica” for costume contests, dance-offs and other zombie fun. Party starts at 8pm. For those without wristbands entry is $20 at the door.

ACME CRAWLOWEEN IN DOWNTOWN LA

Oct 31, 7pm-1:30am Downtown LA FREE

This crawl encompasses the Library Bar, Sixth Street Tavern, Beelman’s Pub, Spring St. Bar, and King Eddy Saloon. ACME hospitality group is planning its first Crawloween. Each bar will throw a party with a different theme. The Library Bar will host a Villain’s Bash while Sixth Street Tavern is holding a Zombie Prom. Each bar will offer a signature spiked punch for $4, and judge a costume contest around 11:30pm. All locations are within a few square downtown blocks of each other.

Beelman’s Pub (Sideshow)
600 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

King Eddy Saloon (Warriors. Yes, the cult film)
131 E 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Library Bar (Villain’s Bash)
630 West 6th St., Suite 116-A, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Sixth Sreet Tavern (Zombie Prom)
630 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Spring St. Bar (Day of the Dead)
626 S Spring St Suite B, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Haunted Attractions

HAUNTED HAYRIDE

7pm – 12am Griffith Park (The old zoo) by the merry-g-round $30

Well this website wins for the most distracting sound effects. Let’s hope the ride is as creepy. This year they have added two new scare zones — House of the Horsemen and Seven Sins Sideshow. No kids under 8 years old, no smoking, no refunds if you chicken out. Do not touch the wild animals or the actors. Don’t even touch the trees. You will get soaking wet. They rate it as a “high scare.”

ALONE  [AN EXISTENTIAL HAUNTING]

Time slots available on the hour from 7pm – 10pm Downtown LA $45

Alone is a 30 minute psychological journey into your nightmares that you must embark upon alone. Instead of blood and gore, Alone explores loneliness, fear and survival. Just you. Alone. In the dark. It is shrouded in mystery, but press sources report an underground labyrinth that is stinky, dark and dirty. It was created by a filmmaker and a CIA graduate so you know it’s going to be trippy. Location given after ticket purchase. 18+ must have valid ID. Cell phones, cameras or other recording devices will not be permitted inside the event. You will be wet and dirty and people will touch you. You must be in good physical condition. No flip-flops or high heels. There is a lounge for recovery. With beer.

AIR SOFT ZOMBIE HUNT AND HORROR MAZE

October 31, and Nov. 1, 2014. Ticket prices start at $29                                                         9030 Somerset Blvd. Bellflower, CA 90706 (562) 920-0718

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DARK HARBOR AT THE QUEEN MARY

7pm-1am Long Beach $24 Age 13+

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KNOTTS SCARY FARM

7pm – 2am Buena Park $39 online $20 Parking

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Performances

WELCOME TO OUR NIGHTMARE

October 31 HM157 3110 North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031 (Lincoln Heights)    Show starts at 9PM Sharp. $15 Entry Fee

HM 157 is an old Victorian mansion that hosts art exhibits and live music. A night packed with entertainment including Knomi, featuring Ursula Knudsen channeling Klaus Nomi with an all-star band, Prince Poppycock, Thee Earwigs (early Alice Cooper tribute featuring Don Bolles), Bloody Death Skull,  magic, burlesque, comedy, parlor tricks, vaudeville and more. Plus a Midnight Dance Party Extraordinaire with DJ Howie Pyro and Build Your Own Gourmet Pizzas by Ray Cirino and Sparky the Dragon. COSTUMES ARE MANDATORY !!!

 NIGHT OF THE VAMPIRE

October 29th & 30th 8pm The Mayan 1038 South Hill, DTLA $40.00 – $75.00

Lucha VaVOOM, where Mexican masked wrestling and burlesque reign, presents a night of music, wrestling, burlesque and comedy.  Acts include Black Sabbitch, Kitten DeVille, Zombie Chickens,

DIAMANTE AZUL vs MAGNO!!

PLUS: MINIS! PIÑATITA & the little evil eye OJITO del MAL!

October 29th: Bobcat Goldwaith & Dana Gould! October 30th: Jeff Davis 21+

Theater

Re-animator

8:00 PM Trepany House at The Steve Allen Theater 4773 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027 $25

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URBAN DEATH TOUR AT ZOMBIE JOE UNDERGROUND

Oct 31 & Nov 1  8:30pm/9:15pm/10pm/10:45pm/11:30pm ZJU Theatre 4850 Lankershim North Hollywood 91601 $12 (818) 202-4120

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THE CALL OF CTHULHU

Friday and Saturday 8pm Sunday 3pm Lex Theatre 6760 Lexington Avenue, Hollywood $20

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Parties

LIQUID KITTY

Saturday, Nov 1st 8pm – 2am  11780 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064 FREE

HALLOWEEN/DAY OF THE DEAD BASH It’s Liquid Kitty’s 19th Annual Halloween/Day of The Dead Bash! Experience mind numbing intoxicants!  Drink Specials: $4 Heineken $6 Morgue-eritas $8 Pumpkin Martinis. Face your fears but face them drunk. Costume contest at midnight! Featuring DJ Reverend Dan host of KXLU FM’s Music For Nimrods spinning scary 60’s, 70’s, 80’s rock ‘n roll & punk, power pop, etc.

FAITH & FLOWER

October 31st 10pm-2am 705 W. 9th Street Los Angeles, CA 90015 FREE

If you are in the mood for art deco elegance, DJ Mixmason will be spinning while you enjoy award-winning cocktails from Mike Lay and special late night bar bites from Michael Hung. We recommend the English Milk Punch and the Roxie & Cameo cocktail. Depending on the bar bites menu, try the Deviled Jidori Eggs with kimchee and the Duck Tacos. There will be a social media costume contest! Take a selfie and tag @faithandflower. The winner will receive $150 gift certificate for Faith & Flower.

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 LA BELLE ET LA  BETE HALLOWEEN BALL

October 31 6pm – 2am Acabar 1510 N. Stanley Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046 323 876 1400

Unleash the Beauty and the Beast at Acabar with DJ Wiseacre and a variety of sexy, surreal performances. Free for guests with a dinner reservation, $25 before 10pm, $30 after 10pm. Dinner with a reservation 6pm – 10pm. Dance Party 10pm – 2am. The global menu developed by Chef Octavio Becerra and executed by Chef Kevin Luzande features local, farm-fresh and organic ingredients. They offer a large selection of oysters, breads, and small and large plates. Here at The Beat we are obsessed with their fried buns stuffed with braised lamb, Sriracha aioli, pear chutney and cotija cheese. You owe it to yourself to try them even if you don’t normally like lamb. The Bar Program was created by Julian Cox and Joshua Goldman, so you know the cocktails are going to be spectacular.

SEX & CHAOS OPENING RECEPTION

October 31, 7pm The Stockroom FREE

The Punk Museum presents a ten day “POP-UP” showcase/store. featuring punk Art, Music and Collectibles. Artists include: Anthony Ausgang, Fabulous Fab, Matthew Land , Jose Castillo, Tequila Mockingbird, Greg Jacobs, Annette Weatherman, The Captain Fancher, Atila Sikora, Plastic Jesus,, John Gilhooley, Bane, Peter Wedel, Tequila Mockingbird, Ahhd Art, Jimmy Danke, the San Francisco Punk Rock Museum and a cast of thousands. Clothing by Maggie Barry. Live performances by Appollinaire, Costume contest and Scaryoke with prizes. You must RSVP on Facebook. If you are not on Facebook, find a friend who is. FYI The Stockroom is a fetish store.

Hollywood Forever Halloween at The Cat & Fiddle

October 31 8pm Cat N’ Fiddle Pub & Restaurant 6530 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028  (323) 468-3800 $10

This event is not at the cemetery.  It has nothing to do with the cemetery. Come support the The Cat & Fiddle or have one last hurrah before they close in December. Dress as your favorite celebrity (alive and/or dead) and enjoy a spooky scary night of food and drink specials, Scareoke, a themed Photobooth, and a lot of tricks & treats. There is a limited amount of tickets so get them while they last! Only guests with tickets are guaranteed entry.

Family Friendly Events and Day of the Dead Events coming up!

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Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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