Arts and Entertainment Editor
It’s officially spooky season and there are several haunting events lurking around the corner, waiting for you to pop up! Ranging from scary films, music events, costume parties, and pumpkin patches; several functions will take place during October throughout Los Angeles County. Whether you want to take your family, best friend, boo, or you want to fly solo, there is an event for every outing with your choice of company.
- Want to support artists and over 40 vendors while strutting in your coolest costume to support the community? Drop by the Montebello Artwalk on October 22, which is free to the public! From 4-9 p.m., you can enjoy music, wicked art, and enter a costume contest. Munch on some food, candy, and boba while stopping at trick or treat stations and tables showcasing handmade products: pins with your favorite characters and designs, original crafts, stickers, candles, oils, and more. Stay updated for more announcements by following their Instagram: @keeping_theculture_alive.
- This 21+ event is for the movie-lovers! Street Food Cinema presents Slasher Cinema: two sessions of two different 80s and 90s film screenings at the Million Dollar Theater in Downtown LA. During the first session on October 22, A Nightmare on Elm Street will screen twice. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the early screening and the film will start at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 8:30 pm for the second screening and the film will start at 9:30 p.m. Food from the Grand Central Market next door is permitted inside, but all alcohol must be bought from the bar. General admission tickets range from $32 to $37, depending on how early you get them and whether you buy them online or at the door. Tickets for the reserved section range from $42 to $47. On October 29, the iconic 90s film Scream will screen twice during the second session. The first and second screenings of the film will be at the same time as the first session and doors will open at the same time, too. Tickets will be the same price as well. Both sessions offer access to a full cash bar, a haunted walkthrough, games, music, and more during both nights! Feel free to dress up in your creepiest 80s or 90s costume with your friends for a chance of winning a prize!
- A classic way for Angelenos to spend a cool night in October is to take a trip to the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. Located in Griffith Park, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is open throughout October where you can buy tickets starting at $29.99. The earliest entry time among the twelve time slots available is at 7:45 p.m. while the latest is at 9:45 p.m. Depending on what ticket you buy, you can enjoy a haunted house tour from the Midnight Mortuary hosts, the Slaughterhouse, twisting mazes, a music performance, the hayride, and walking around the sinister town of Midnight Falls. This event does not allow people to enter with costumes or facepaint. While it is an event where you could get spooked, this event might be too frightening for children.
- Searching for something more family-friendly? Get in your minivan with your family and take a drive to Woodland Hills and experience Haunt O’ Ween this year. This 200,000 sq ft Halloween playground offers rides, food and treats, photo ops, bouncy houses, games, face painting, and performances perfect for all ages. Open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., you have time to trick or treat and walk through Halloween lit-up tunnels surrounded by 35,000 pumpkins. Take a ride on the merry-go-round or explore Funnybones Ranch, Hidden Hollows, Ghoul Town, Beyond the Grave Rave, Moonlight Magic, Pumpkin Tunnel, Town of Hauntoween, and the Fangtastic Fair. You are encouraged to stay as long as you like and do it all!
- Boogey your way onto the dancefloor on October 28 at Yoi Toki: A Future Funk Halloween Party! The first 50 guests are free with RSVP and tickets are $15 plus a $3.41 fee online on Eventbrite. Taking place in 1720, a music venue in Downtown Los Angeles, doors will open at 9 p.m. for those 18 years and older. Stemming from the 2010s genre, Vaporwave, Future Funk fuses the sounds, aesthetics, and culture of “Funk and Disco combined with Japanese City Pop influences…90s anime and 80s consumer culture…” to generate the fresh and funky visuals, music, and scene. Good times!
- Future Funk isn’t exactly your taste in music? Have no fear! You can’t go wrong with a live performance of the LA Opera Orchestra composed and conducted by Michael Shapiro. The 1931 film, Frankenstein, will screen in The Theater at Ace Hotel— a theater with elegant and gothic architecture serving as the ideal location for a Halloween event and screening of a classic horror film. While Frankenstein rolls on the big screen, the orchestra will perform the soundtrack the film was missing initially. Choose between the dates October 28 and October 29 and buy tickets starting at $29 on the 28th and $39 on the 29th. This is the perfect visual sonic experience to enhance your Halloween weekend!
Tip: Make sure to read more information and the guidelines on their websites for every event you attend to avoid unpleasant surprises!
If you want to skip the lines and crowds, or you want to stay within your vicinity, have a Halloween movie marathon in the comfort of your room, host a Halloween house party with your friends, or take a stroll through your neighborhood to trick or treat while you admire the decorated houses. Regardless of how you show your spirit, have a safe and fun time during these remaining weeks in October through these Halloween-themed attractions and spooky activities!
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