This year, “Go Little Tokyo” is presenting its 4th Annual “Haunted Little Tokyo,” starting today and continuing through Halloween. The event features both free and low-cost events, including virtual ghost tours and campfire stories, art, film, and a Halloween walking take-out event complete with appetizers and “spooky” spirits.
Virtual Ghost Tour of Little Tokyo Saturday, October 24 from 5 – 6:30 PM
I’m already registered for Little Tokyo Historical Society ghost reporter, Bill Watanabe’s tour through the 100 year-old neighborhood’s haunted past and present. You will be guided past historical buildings as you are regaled by ghostly stories and reports of paranormal activity from the eyewitnesses of these eerie events. Saturday, October 24 from 5 – 6:30 PM $10 register online.
Dancing Mary Screening Saturday, October 24 at 12 PM through Saturday, October 31 at 11:59 PM
Haunted Little Tokyo in conjunction with the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival will be presenting a limited screening of this film online. Our main character, Kenji, is on a team tasked with tearing down an old dance hall to make way for a gigantic shopping center. But any attempt to tear down the building is mysteriously sabotaged by a mysterious power. There are rumors the dance hall is cursed. The film will be available from Saturday, October 24 at 12 PM through Saturday, October 31 at 11:59 PM $2 minimum Pay-What-You-Can. Watch here.
BOO-SEUM Presented by Virtual MOCA Sunday, October 25 – Saturday, October 31, every day at 10 AM,
Every day this week at 10 AM, MOCA will present a selection of work from its collection focusing on the history of Halloween and how it developed from a Celtic pagan festival to an American secular holiday. Free. Follow museum selections at @MOCA on Instagram.
Virtual Campfire Stories: An evening of LA ghost stories and encounters with the other side Sunday, October 25 | 6 PM
Gather around the Virtual Campfire with East West Players and Rogue Artists for a storytelling collaboration featuring “ghostly, true and mythic stories.” The presentation includes interviews with Dawn Anderson, Natalie Mann, Thomas Morinaka, Jasmine Orpilla, Marilyn Tokuda, and Watanabe PLUS some ghostly puppet friends and performances from Rogue Artists Ensemble members Sarah K. Peters and Miles Taber.
The free event will be streaming LIVE on EWP and Rogue Facebook pages.
Do You Believe in Ghosts? Virtual Halloween Event hosted by Metro’s On the Move Riders Program Wednesday, October 28 | 10 AM
Don your Halloween costume and join the On the Move Riders Program on Zoom for a fun and ghostly adventure. Bill Watanabe from the Little Tokyo Historical Society will be joining the Zoom call to share actual ghost stories of spirits still roaming throughout the community, and you will be introduce you to Café Dulcé and its tasty fall treats. RSVP here.
Little Tokyo Cocktail Demo Friday, October 30 at 7 PM
We are big fans of Suntory Toki Whisky already. Beam Suntory is presenting a cocktail demo as part of the Nisei Week Virtual Series. Your ticket includes a cocktail kit featuring Suntory Toki Whisky. You can then follow along with the demonstration safe in your own home. Tickets are sold by the day and the location to pick up your cocktail kit.
Thursday, October 29 – Saturday, October 3 (cocktail kit pick-up)
Friday, October 30 at 7 PM, cocktail demo launches online $50, tune into Nisei Week Youtube Channel to follow along with the demo. More info and registration here.
Haunted Little Tokyo Scavenger Hunt Saturday, October 31 from 4 – 7 PM
Participants will pick up a map at Café Dulce in the Japanese Village Plaza. The map will guide them to outdoor locations around Little Tokyo where they will receive fun treats. Visit all locations, and you are eligible to spin for a special prize. Costumes encouraged!
Saturday, October 31 from 4 – 7 PM while supplies last. Free. Please note that while this event is family friendly, the scavenger hunt includes walking to seven different outdoor sites in Little Tokyo and sites will not offer restroom access for safety reasons.
Brew Ha Ha: A Walking Take-out Event Saturday, October 31 from 2 – 4 PM
Hollywood Buddhist Church gives you the opportunity to both celebrate Halloween and support Little Tokyo small businesses. Participating restaurants include Azay, Café Dulce, Fugetsu-Do, Kouraku, Sake Dojo, and TaNoTa Takoyaki. Participants are welcome to pick up their orders from each restaurant or opt to pick up the entire order at one location.
Saturday, October 31 from 2 – 4 PM. Tickets include food and beverages for two people for $100. register online here.
Face coverings are required when visiting Little Tokyo and all guests are encouraged to practice physical distancing.