Only the Coolest Halloween Events and None that Suck for October 31st

It’s Halloweeeeen! We couldn’t be more excited!!! So much fun stuff is happening tonight!

Disobey – Anton LaVey Exhibit

$50 GA, $100 VIP

Lethal Amounts presents an exhibit of Anton LaVey artifacts on loan from collectors all over the world at Black Rabbit Lounge and Rose Theater /Madame Siam’s., the Houston Brothers’ cocktail bar, restaurant and event space in Hollywood. The rare and never-before-seen photographs will even be for sale. Other items on display include “…original art by LaVey himself, original books, writings, personal items, [and] artifacts from the Black House…”

That’s not even the BEST PART! The BEST PART is that there will be a lecture from long-time collaborator and film director Kenneth Anger (for VIP ticket purchasers only, so go big), a Black Mass performed at midnight by former high priest of the Church of Satan, Steven Leyba, and Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson) will be DJ-ing! (What do you think, BauHaus? Lots of BauHaus?) The event falls on the 20th anniversary of Dr. LaVey’s passing and will be a retrospective honoring his legacy of challenging societal norms with theatrics and [flair].

Two Tens at The Viper Room

9pm $5 – $13

Local pop-punk duo The Two Tens will be playing their new Halloween single, “Looney Bin,” as well as “plus a creepy remix of “Mean Spirit!” Their collaborators include Bruce Duff and Paul Roessler, so you can’t go wrong. Also on the bill are Garage Pop duo Bruiser Queen, FEA, and a DJ set. To get on their $5 discount list, click GOING on the Facebook event page.

Dawn of the Dead Screening at The Hammer Museum

7:30pm FREE

It’s George Romero week, and right on the heels of him getting a star on the Walk of Fame,
the Hammer Museum screens George Romero’s classic film, Dawn of the Dead. This 1978 follow-up to Dawn of the Dead helped create the zombie movie as we know it. It’s my favorite of the series, because the location in a mall allows Romero to make social commentary on the consumer society, and we get to see zombies try to figure out escalators.

John Carpenter Performs at The Palladium

7pm  $55

It’s a long time since we have been to the Palladium, but it was always a nice play to see shows. If you weren’t aware of this fact, director John Carpenter often scores his own films. He is bringing his Anthology Tour to Hollywood, where he will perform soundtracks to his many films, and of course, the unforgettable score from “Halloween.”features the Halloween score—perfect for the season—as well as other soundtracks.

Clifton’s Halloween Ball

7pm or 10pm $65

The refurbished LA classic, Clifton’s Cafeteria, boasts four floors of cool themed bars, including a tiki bar in the basement. Come celebrate at their Halloween Costume Ball with bands like the Rayford Brotjhers. The Coconut Club is hosting a Tiki Halloween Bash led by Tiki Master Darren and Tiki Viki and featuring a special Pumpkin of the Paradise cocktail served in a real pumpkin. There will also be tray-passed hors d’vores. Costumes are encouraged, especially tropical chic. Buy your tickets today and enjoy exclusive access to Pacific Seas Bar on Halloween Night! The 7 PM ticket session ends at 9:30 PM.  You must set sail from Pacific Seas at 9:30, but you are invited to enjoy the other festivities happening at Clifton’s after 9:30. The 10 PM ticket session ends at Midnight. You may remain in Pacific seas afterwards until 2 AM closing, or enjoy the other festivities happening at Clifton’s.  Coconut Club specialty cocktails will be available at Pacific Seas until last call or they run out

The LA Philharmonic Performs The Phantom of the Opera

8pm $37 and up

The Walt Disney Concert hall is undoubtedly one of the best places to hear music in LA. The acoustics are amazing, and the hall is not too big, making it both intimate and comfortable. Our favorite orchestra, The LA Phil will screen the 1925 silent film, “Phantom of the Opera” and play the score live with Clark Wilson on organ.
For Halloween, the LA Phil screens The Phantom of the Opera (1925) at Walt Disney Concert Hall at 8 p.m. The silent film is accompanied by Clark Wilson on organ. If you arrive early, there is a pre-concert talk at 7pm

Cabaret de L’Enfer at The Edison

7pm $25

The Edison, which takes you underground into an old electrical plant, features a huge menu of interesting cocktails and fun bar snacks. Cabaret L’Enfer is a throwback to Halloweens past featuring “Attractions Diaboliques.” The evening will feature apparitions and gifted eccentrics, including live performers, stilt walkers, and tarot card readers. Costumes are required for the discounted $25 entry and preferably lean towards old-timey fashion. Reserve by calling (213) 613-o000.

The Rooftop Cinema Club

8pm $19 (GA) $29 (VIP love seats)

You have two options for al fresco rooftop movie viewing tonight. The Montalbán Theater rooftop will be screening Halloween, and Downtown’s LEVEL, “known for a steady supply of snacks and booze,” will be showing The Shining. Confy chairs are provided, as are cozy blankets on request. They also provide a set of wireless headphones, a far cry from those tinny drive-in speakers of our childhoods, well, my childhood.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

6pm – 10pm FREE

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention LA’s biggest and wildest Halloween party. This traditional event showcases some of the best costumes you will ever see. It’s definitely something you should do once in your life. The reason it’s not at the top of my list is that over the years it has morphed into more of a looky-loo event, with less costumes and more “tourists” checking out the “weirdos.” Uber and Lyft have solved the parking problem, but my final caveat is that it’s hard to find a bathroom. Be prepared to buy a drink and wait in a long line. Insider tip: The police station has a nice bathroom, and it’s also a good place to wait for your Uber or Lyft. Please don’t bring children or pets, and definitely wear a costume. Be ready to party with several hundred thousand people. We are talking Times Square and Mardi Gras-sized crowds. The outdoor Carnaval will stretch over one mile of Santa Monica Boulevard/Historic Route 66 between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard. There are no ferris wheels — it is not that kind of carnival. But there will be lots of entertainment and lots of bonhomie

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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