Halloween Happenings

This year Halloween is an entire week of fun. Starting Friday night, there will be Halloween parties and events straight through the following Friday, when Dia de los Muertos will keep the party rolling.

Check out Halloween Haunts with Dukey Flyswatter. Other Beat-recommended events include Miracula Halloween, Dead Men’s Tales, Dearly Departed Tours, Horror B-sides, and the Paranoia Haunted Attraction.


The Art of Bleeding will be making an appearance this year at Dead Men’s Tales.

Wicked Lit takes theater out of the traditional environment, presenting creepy productions in creepy surroundings. The plays take place at the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena. This year’s production features Johann Ludwig Tieck’s vampire story Wake Not the Dead, F. Marion Crawford’s The Dead Smile,  M.R. James’ Count Magnus as well as surprise bits.  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. 7:30pm now through Nov 10. See full schedule here. No kids under 13. 2300 N. Marengo – Altadena, CA * DO NOT ENTER FROM FAIR OAKS * For tickets call 818-242-7910

Lucha VaVOOM presents an evening of AZTEC HORROR!!! Featuring the debut of dancer Julie Atlas Muz plus Your favorites Aztec Princess Karis, Sexy Mummy Moana Santana, and Egyptian Queen Leigh Acosta. In the ring will be Zombie Chickens, El Presidente, Ojode Mal, and an all minis match with LI’L GHOST CHICKEN – THE GREEN FUZZ – LI’L DEVIL – CHUPACABRITO. October 25 and 26.


Liquid Kitty, home of the Best Martini in LA will be throwing their annual Halloween party complete with Drink Specials: $3 Red Stripe, $5 Morgue-eritas $8 Pumpkin Martinis. “Face your fears but face them drunk!” Costume contest at midnight! DJ Reverend Dan of KXLU’s Music for Nimrods will be spinning 60’s 70’s & 80’s rock ‘n’ roll, punk, power pop, etc. Saturday, Oct 27th.

As the last guest checks out on Friday, Oct. 26th  Loew’s Santa Monica will prepare for the First Annual Live From Loews Rockin’ Halloween Beach Bash. The hotel—which will be vacant that night, will be hollowed out and readied for live music, food, and cocktails. Classic rock band Everyday Housewives. The Best Costume—evaluated by our panel of judges—will receive a two-night stay at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and dinner for two in Ocean & Vine. 6:30 to 10 p.m Friday, October 26 Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401 $99 includes valet parking at Ticketfly.com

Have you made the most stunning costume of your life? Then you must show it off at MUSE’s Annual Costume Ball. Be prepared to be surrounded by Dr. Strangeloves and droogies, as the theme this year are the films of Stanley Kubrick. My only complaint about the best costume show in LA in the past were their long lines at the open bars. Wednesday Oct31, 8pm. $75 Muse members; $100 general admission | Tickets include admission, two drink tickets, and parking | Tickets: 323 857-6010


Hollywood’s abandoned Sears Building has transformed into “a post-apocalyptic prison, complete with authentic scenes and bloody inmates” for Hell Break LA. Too gory for age 8 and under.  7 p.m. and 1 a.m. seven days a week, or make it a Halloween affair with extended hours that start at 2 p.m.

Old Town Haunt: This is the abandoned bank building haunt. “All-new frightening features abound in this ultra-scary walk-through attraction, located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena. Guests descend deep into the basement of one of the city’s creepiest historical buildings, site of a series of strange occurrences and home to a dark labyrinth of catacombs where all manner of ghouls and goblins still lurk, ready to pounce on unsuspecting patrons.” Goldstar


Saturday at 2pm Long Beach will host Zombie Walk, 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. Long Beach Promenade, corner of Third and Ocean, Long Beach; Sat., Oct. 27, 3 pm-9pm; free;

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.

Challenge yourself with scavenger hunts from the experts at Watson Adventures. Hunts for Halloween: The Haunted Hollywood Scavenger Hunt (Oct 26, 27, 28) and The Art of Darkness Scavenger Hunt (Oct 27) acquaint hunters with local ghosts and ghouls in the gallery

Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater will present the Halloween Hoop-de-Doo. A strange and mysterious lady takes over Bob’s Marionette theater. “Join an incredible cast of dozen of Halloween themed puppets, from the Purple People Eater and the Invisible Man to a gaggle of Roaring 20’s skeletons dancing the night away in Hernando’s Hideaway.” Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm Tuesday – Friday at 10:30 am. Reservations Required

Boo at the Zoo is a kid-centered Halloween event with “pumpkin carving, treats for kids, Chomp n’ Stomp, Creepy Creature Encounter, monsters, princesses, scarecrows and other characters for a not-so-scary weekend suitable for the entire family! The Zoo’s animals will stomp and chomp on pumpkin treats all weekend.” October 27 and 28 10am-4pm 

On Halloween, Downtown Burbank will be “swarming with little monsters in costume and oodles of poodles decked to the K-9s” from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 31st. There will be a Howl-oween Costume Parade at 6:00 p.m.,which is intriguing. While it is cruel and humiliating to dress up cats, dogs seem to enjoy it. Activities are free and open to the public. “Trick-or-treating at Downtown Burbank shops and restaurants begins at 4:00 p.m. and runs through 7:00 p.m.  Treaters are urged to bring their own Halloween bag and visit neighborhood stores for free candy. The focus of Halloween activity is on San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Angeleno Avenue.”

If this isn’t enough ghoulishness, don’t worry, our friends over at CreepyLA have a comprehensive listing of all things ghastly.

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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