Only the Coolest Events for Halloween Weekend and None That Suck

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Every year The LA Beat gets so excited about Halloween! In this spirit, we offer a hand-selected list of events, and have weeded out the douchey ones. Events for Monday and Tuesday coming soon.


Lucha VaVOOM Halloween Madness! 8pm $25 – $75

What could be better than Mexican wrestling? Or burlesque? How about both! Lucha VaVOOM has made a name for themselves with this genius mash-up. Billed as “The Smell Of Fear! In ODORAMA,” their show includes free souvenir scratch-n-sniff cards. Friday, October 27, Lucha VaVOOM will be happening at Riverside Municipal Auditorium. Doors open at 7:00pm and show starts at 8:15pm. LA shows are 21+ and the Riverside show is 18+. Costumes are encouraged. For tickets and more info, check out their website.

Tickets are available online at or at these outlets:
Wacko, 4633 Hollywood Blvd – (323) 663-0122
BRAT, 1938 14th St, Santa Monica – (310)

Midnight Movie: Young Frankenstein at the Vista 11:59 PM to Oct 28 at 2:30 AM

Enjoy this cult classic in style on 35mm projected onto The Vista’s 50-foor screen with Dolby JBL “Sound Tickets available individually or get the Halloween Horror 4-pack (always the best deal). When again are you going to see these great horror movies on the big screen in a great movie theater!?!” Facebook Events Page

Down the Hatch Halloween Bash

Here is something for you South Bay locals. Punk Bands One Square Mile and Neckbreaker will be playing at The Standing Room on Hermosa Ave. One Square mile is made up of OG punks from bands like Saccharine Trust. “..followed up with a dose of tastee punk rock covers from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s freshly sliced by Down The Hatch.” The Standing room has killer burgers and will probably shake up some specialty cocktails.


Roky Erickson at the Roxy 9pm $30

There’s no better time than Halloween to hang out with Roky Erickson. Songs of vampires, sharp-toothed beasts, werewolves, zombies and bloody hammers are sure to be on the menu, as well as choice numbers from the 13th Floor Elevators catalog, the first music ever described as “psychedelic”. He’s still a powerful singer, he has a knack for selecting good backup bands, and anyone who’s ever loved garage rock should see him at least once in their lifetime. Opening band is the Death Valley Girls. Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm. Get your tickets here,

KCRW’s Masquerade Ball  9pm – 2am

There is no location more fitting for a masquerade ball than the deco MaCarthur, with its gorgeous staircase and three stories of ballrooms. The rooms will be filled with live bands, KCRW DJs, “performance artists, Lucha VaVoom and “other-worldly creatures.” Food trucks parked outside include Border Grill, Peaches BBQ, Mandoline Grill, The Berlin Truck, Yeastie Boys, and LA Donut. General admission. No Ins & Outs (Then how are you going to get to the food trucks?) 21+

Historical Cemetery Tour  9am – 3pm $1 – $20

Performers in period costume will bring to life both noted and everyday people who are laid to rest in the Sunnyside Cemetery. They will not literally bring them to life. It is not a zombie event. This 2-hour “living history” tour is family-friendly and all ages are welcome. Kids’ tickets are almost free. There is some parking inside the cemetery, overflow parking is behind the cemetery at Willow Springs Park (enter from Orange Ave.), and there is also open street parking in the surrounding neighborhood. Comfortable shoes and a sweater or light coat are recommended. There are new gourmet food vendors this year. 1095 E Willow St, Long Beach, California 90806. Get your tickets here.

Street Food Cinema The Silence of the Lambs at Poinsettia Rec Park 8pm $6 – $21

A movie that was so scary that ushers had to escort many audience members to their cars because they were so terrified. Enjoy Hannibal Lecter, Clarice Starling and Buffalo Bill from your cozy picnic spot, even if you do have to hide under the blanket. Food trucks include FOODComet BBQ, Cousins Maine Lobster, Chanchos Tacos, Thai-Mex Cocina, and Marcel Waffles. Go for a lobster roll at Cousins. You won’t be sorry. There will be a costume contest and music by Foxtrax. Doors at 5:30. Band 6:30 movie 8:00.

Street Food Cinema Beetlejuice at Glendale Central Park  8pm $6 – $21

A classic — no big scares, just lots of fun with great special effects. Costume contest and music by The Ghoul Kids. Food trucks include Batterfish, Meat the Greek, Mess Hall Canteen, Not Your Mama’s Kitchen, and Spitz. Doors at 5:30. Band 6:30 movie 8:00.

Haunted History Spooky Jazz Age Halloween 4pm FREE

Tte Los Encinos Docent Association. invites you to”put on your roaring 20s picnic duds or vintage-style costume,” and get ready to dance to live jazz-age music from Dutch Newman’s Musical Melodians. Plus special activities for both kids and grown-ups, including a costume parade, face painting and pumpkin carving. After dark, enjoy a showing of classic spooky cartoons and the 1925 Phantom of the Opera. Bring a picnic basket or purchase pizza from California Pizza Kitchen on-site. Donations are appreciated but not mandatory.


Tales From the Crypt: Theater of Mystery 8pm

Check out the new show at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater called Tales from the Crypt Theater of Mystery. Enjoy Captured Aural Phantasy Theater’s multimedia performances of classic horror comics as well as the usual puppet show. Live music and macabre magic are just a few of the acts that will get you into the holiday spirit. The show on Sunday, the 29th will transform the theater into an homage to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.Peter Reneday, the voice of the Haunted Mansion. The reading of the ride’s script will also include unused, early drafts of the storyline.

Mourning Tours at Heritage Village 12 noon – 4pm

Visit the cool old Victorian buildings including mansions, a barn and a church to “learn all about death and etiquette during the Victorian era, the movement of spiritualism and how other cultures celebrate and remember their loved ones.” This family-friendly tour invites children to make 19th century crafts, listen to spooky stories and choose a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Bonus: The site is known for being haunted. Museum entry is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $8 for children 6-12 and free for children under 6. Tickets here.


Boo at the Zoo 10am – 4pm $21 (Adult ticket)

This weekend at the L.A. Zoo, you can participate in Spooky Crafts, special animal feedings, a Halloween puppet show, and wander through the brand new “Nocturnal Adventure Maze.” Check out snakes, tarantulas and scorpions up close and personal. There will also be roaming characters and trick-or-treating. Activities are free with paid zoo admission.

Disney Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS 4D Various $11 – $23

This showing of Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D including smog, sprinklers, and a ripoff of the tingler has become an annual tradition at El Capitan. Park across Hollywood Blvd. at the Hollywood and Highland Center.

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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