This is Halloween This is Halloween

This year Halloween is a long weekend chock full of choices. It is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. Starting Friday night, there will be Halloween parties and events straight through until Monday night, when Dia de los Muertos will keep the party rolling.

Don’t worry, our friends over at CreepyLA have a comprehensive listing of all things ghastly this weekend. Amongst the big events, we are particularly fascinated by Griffith Park’s Haunted Hayride, not being used to hayrides in Los Angeles. Hell, farms are scary enough to us city mice, what with the pitchforks and threshers and cornfields. The Haunted hayride consists of a hayride and a maze, with a sideshow of characters to keep you entertained. I didn’t know scary clowns lived in the wooods. No kids under 10. Another exciting attraction is Alice Cooper’s haunted maze at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights..

The Art of Bleeding will be presenting a musical, melodramatic and exciting car crash event tonight, Sat, and Sunday nights at the Steve Allen Theater.

Wicked Lit takes traditional theater out of the traditional environment, presenting creepy productions in creepy surroundings. This season they are presenting two different productions. Production A includes Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, H. P. Lovecraft’s The Unnamable, and Charles Dickens’ The Chimes. Production B presents Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Body Snatcher, M.R. James’ Casting the Runes and Mark Twain’s A Ghost Story. The plays take place at the Mountain View Mausoleum
and Cemetery in Altadena,  Patrons will walk the grounds of the Mausoleum up hills and through corridors, so comfortable shoes are recommended, and not every location will be wheelchair-accessable. No kids under 13.

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Tonight at 8pm the West Adams at the old Union Theatre the Panorama of Horrors Spook Show presented by Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will invade the Old Union Theatre in West Adams. Aural Phantasy presents “radio program-style performances of vintage comic book stories and other pop culture gems, along with live sound fx, music and projected art. The evening also includes short acts, the seance, sultry singing, prizes, and live music” byt surf band the Noble gases. Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 W. 24th St.; Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m.; $10. (213) 746-2166

Saturday at 2pm Long Beach will attempt to break the record for the most zombies in one place. Zombie Walk is a block party with music, events and makeup artists who are on hand to transform you into a zombie. Then the zombies will walk throughout the city. And here’s the best part: The LBC is trying to break the record for most zombies in one place. Seriously. Make sure to leave by 7pm unless you have to do the Thriller dance.  Long Beach Promenade, corner of Third and Ocean, Long Beach; Sat., Oct. 29, 2 p.m.; free; In conjunction with the event, Shaun of the Dead will be shown tonight at 8pm, and Army of darkness will be shown Saturday at  the historical Press Telegram building, located at 604 Pine Avenue. Lunch trucks will also be at the “drive-in”.

Kick out the Jams

Free show tonight at Taix Starts AT 9:30 with                                        
Black Widows, The Swords of fatima, and Lightnin Woodcock and the bad Muthafuckers

Monday, Oct 31, Danzig at the Gibson Amphitheater.! There will be 3 different sets- Danzig & Doyle performing The Misfits, Samhain (with original members), and a Danzig set. Tickets available at Live Nation.

The Damned will be playing at the House of Blues Hollywood Sunday Oct 30 and at the House of Blues Anaheim Oct 31. I have spent many a Halloween rocking out to the Damned and it is the quintissential punk rock experience. Openers are manic Hispanic. $28.50 General Admission.

Family Friendly

If you like your fun of a milder variety, you can always count on El Capitan to show Nightmare Before Christmas, this year in 4-D (with smog, sprinklers, and a ripoff of the tingler) through November 3rd.

Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater will present the Halloween Hoop-de-Doo. A strange and mysterious lady takes over Bob’s marionette theater. Tickets are still available for Sunday. get ’em while they’re hot! $15.

On Monday, Downtown Burbank’s Howl-Oween Celebration for Kids and Canines will take place between 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. We are most intrigued by the Doggie Costume Parade on the AMC Walkway at 6pm. While it is cruel and humiliating to dress up cats, dogs seem to enjoy it. Owners are asked to please register on-site by 5:30 P.M. on October 31 and all dogs must be on leashes. Downtown Burbank’s Halloween celebration is free and open to the public. Howl-Oween will take place on San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Angeleno Avenue.

No Go?

In the past, one of the places we have felt the most community spirit and the least tude has been at the Original Farmer’s Market. There is nothing listed on their website, but if nothing is happening at least you can pick up a po’boy and a pint of Bob’s.

This year LACMA’s MUSE party is already sold out, no doubt due to the Tim Burton exhibit and theme. One can always find a way in, but my only complaint about the best costume show in LA are ther long lines at the bars, so who wants to go when it’s going to be packed?

Dia de Los Muertos

Check out Lori Nyx’s all-inclusive guide


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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