Halloween Fun for Boys and Ghouls
Boo at the Zoo The L. A. Zoo celebrates Halloween with a pumpkin patch and a special focus on the zoo’s “most mysterious, feared and freaky animals”. Additionally, every Saturday and Sunday in October will feature pumpkin carving demonstrations, and spooky arts and crafts. Free with paid Zoo admission or GLAZA membership. L. A. Zoo, Thu. October 1st to Sat. October 31st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5337 Zoo Dr. Information: (323) 644-4200, lazoo.org/boo.
Los Angeles Live Steamers Halloween Ghost Town A 1/8 scale model train passes through 30 elaborate Halloween themed displays. It’s frightful fun for the whole family. Tickets are $20. Travel Town, Fri. Sat, and Sun. from Fri. October 13th to Sun. October 29th and Mon. October 30th and Tues. October 31st. 5202 Zoo Dr. Information: lals.org.
KCRW Masquerade Ball KCRW’s annual costume ball takes over Westlake’s historic MacArthur. The station’s roster of DJs will spin party jams in three different rooms; and will be joined by buzzy musicians like Moon Boots and Matthew Dear. Tickets start at $125. The MacArthur, Sat. October 28th, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 607 South Park View Street. Information: kcrw.com/masquerade.
Goblin Italian prog-rockers Goblin are best known for their horror movie soundtracks. Their collaborations with director Dario Argento on the chilling soundtracks to films like Suspiria and Profondo Rosso changed the way we cinematic terror was scored. They come to town just after Halloween to give the people one last shot of the sinister. Tickets start at $23.50. The Regent Theater, Thurs. November 2nd, 8 p.m. 448 S. Main St. Information: spacelandpresents.com/events/regent-theater-dlta
DO YOU LIKE SCARY MOVIES?
Shriekfest L. A.’s oldest horror and sci-fi film fest celebrates 17 years with a slate of independent genre films. The festival features a mix of shorts and feature films, including some world premier screenings. Full festival passes are $120. Raleigh Studios, Thu. October 5th to Sun. October 8th. 5300 Melrose Ave. Information: shriekfest.com
Night Of The Living Dead Cinespia presents a newly restored print of George Romero’s genre-defining 1968 zombie movie. Truly the best way to celebrate Halloween is by watching a zombie movie in a cemetery! Tickets are $16. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Tues. October 31st, gates at 5:15 p.m., film start at 7 p.m. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Information: cinespia.org
The Phantom Of The Opera For those who want to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve in a fancy way, the Los Angeles Phil will proudly continue its Halloween tradition of a classic silent film with live organ accompaniment by organist Clark Wilson. This year’s film features Lon Chaney Jr. in his most iconic role as the Phantom of the Opera takes over the concert hall. Tickets start at $32. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Tues. October 31st , 7:30 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave. Information: laphil.com
MORE MONSTROUS FUN
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride For its ninth year, the Haunted Hayride puts guests face to facepaint with creepy clowns. The event will also feature a twisted trick or treat area that’s not for kids, a pitch black maze in a demonic house and the Purgatory village featuring a scary-go-round. Tickets start at $30. Griffith Park Old L. A. Zoo, Fri. September 29th to Tues. October 31st. 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Information: losangeleshauntedhayride.com.
Dia De Los Muertos Hollywood Forever’s 18th annual family friendly Day of the Dead festival will feature music, art, food and a traditional procession with Aztec blessings. Highlights of the event will include over a hundred altars created by community members honoring their ancestors and four stages of music. This year the event pays tribute to J. G. Posada, who created the famed La Catrina associated with modern Day of the Dead celebrations. Colombian rockers Arteciopelados headline the event. Tickets are $20. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Sat. October 28th, noon to midnight. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Information: ladayofthedead.com
The Last Podcast on the Left’s Samhain Gala The Last Podcast On The Left is Webby Award winning comedic exploration of all things terrifying, whether it be real serial killers, cryptozoological creatures or creepypastas (internet folklore). Halloween is the podcast’s favorite time of the year and the perfect time for a live show. Tickets start at $40. The El Rey, Sat. October 28th, 9 p.m. 5515 Wilshire Blvd. Information: theelrey.com