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Things to do this week: Oct. 29 – Nov. 4

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Looking for things to do this Halloween weekend? We’ve got you covered. Looking to celebrate Dia de los Muertos? We’ve got that too. Looking for a chill night with food and music? Read on.

Minimal Effort: All Hallows’ Eve

Globe Theatre Los Angeles | 740 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014 | Oct. 29 | eventbrite.com

According to organizers, the Globe Theatre will “be transformed into an underground haven with multiple stages, each having their own unique aesthetic.” Featured acts include Lee Burridge, DJ Harvey, Red Axes, Atish, Rybo, Human Resources, More Than Friends, No Pants Party and Bingewatch. Tickets start at $63.20.

Halloween Haunting

Downtown Arcadia | First Avenue and Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91006 | Oct. 29 | downtownarcadia.org

Halloween Haunting is back with trick-or-treating in Downtown Arcadia businesses and trunk-or-treating in a business parking lot hosted by the local PTSAs.You could win a $50 gift certificate to one of the Downtown Arcadia businesses one-night stay at the new Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia, which includes $150 dining credit to Melange.

Haunted House at Palomares

Palomares Park | 499 E. Arrow Highway, Pomona, CA 91767 | Oct. 29-30 | pomonaca.gov

The City of Pomona is hosting the sixth annual Haunted House at Palomares for two days from 6-8:30 p.m. The event will also feature a costume contest at 7 p.m. for children 13 and younger, games and activities, and trunk-or-treating. The city advises that the haunted house may be too intense for children 10 and younger.

Family Harvest Festival

South El Monte City Hall Front Lawn | 1415 Santa Anita Ave., South El Monte, CA 91733 | Oct. 30 | cityofsouthelmonte.org

The City of South El Monte’s Family Harvest Festival will feature games, live entertainment, snow cones, popcorn, free food and trick-or-treating.

CineMalibu Presents “Coco”

Malibu Bluffs Park | 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265 | Oct. 30 | MalibuCity.org/CineMalibu

CineMalibu will begin showing “Coco” at sunset, 6:05 p.m., but you can start showing up at 5:30 p.m. and pick up something to eat from one of the food trucks present. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes and pack chairs and blankets.

The Madre Menagerie

Downtown Sierra Madre | Oct. 30 | cityofsierramadre.com

Downtown Sierra Madre businesses will be handing out candy from 3:30-5 p.m. and registration for the costume contest will happen in Kersting Court and at Memorial Park at the same time. The costume parade begins at 5 p.m. and the contest will be at 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Park. 

Long Beach Oktoberfest

Scottish Rite Event Center | 855 Elm Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813 | Oct. 29-31 | eventbrite.com

The Scottish Rite will be serving up authentic German beer and food while Festmeister Hans und Die Sauerkrauts will entertain with musical performances and games. Attendees are encouraged to wear lederhosen and dirndls. Tickets are $20.

Downey Dia de los Muertos Art Festival

Downey Theatre | 8435 Firestone Blvd., Downey, CA 90241 | Oct. 30 | downeytheatre.org

This free community celebration features art exhibits upstairs in the mezzanine of the Downey Theatre. In the lobby, Jorge Del Toro—a ceramicist, sculptor and painter—will be the featured artist. The festival will also feature live music, ballet folklorico, Aztec dancers, face painting a car altar from Veteranos Car Club SGV, a master class of making sugar skulls from Diego Marcial Rios, a beer and wine garden, and a closing concert from Mariachi Divas (ticket required for this event).

Cudahy Halloween Spooktacular

Cudahy Park | 5220 Santa Ana St., Cudahy, CA 90201 | Oct. 30 | instagram.com/cityofcudahyca

The City of Cudahy is hosting this pet-friendly event, featuring games and a costume contest with prizes, from 5-9 p.m.

Downey’s Free Annual Halloween Event

Downey Adult School | 12340 Woodruff Ave., Downey, CA 90241 | Oct. 31 | downeyca.org

The City of Downey is hosting this free pumpkin patch from 5-8:30 p.m. featuring carnival games, a photo booth, face painting, a costume contest and a showing of “Hocus Pocus” at 7 p.m.

Halloween Fest

Montebello Golf Course | 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA 90640 | Oct. 31 | cityofmontebello.com

Families are invited to this event filled with games, sweet treats, crafts, and a costume parade. You can also embark on a haunted train ride from 6-9 p.m. (though it is not recommended for children younger than 8). Registration is required for the train ride and can be done by calling (323) 887-4540.

Halloween Haunt 2021

Two South Gate parks | Oct. 31 | cityofsouthgate.org

The City of South Gate is hosting Halloween Haunt at South Gate Park (4900 Southern Ave., South Gate, CA 90280) and Hollydale Community Park (12221 Industrial Ave., South Gate, CA 90280) from 6-9 p.m. There will be free carnival games, costume contests and candy. The costume contest begins at 7 p.m.

Don Toliver with Bia

Hollywood Palladium | 6215 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 | Oct. 31 | hollywoodpalladium.com

Don Toliver, the multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and artist known for music that blends hip-hop, R&B, pop and a little bit of rock has collaborated with the likes of Eminem and Nas. Rapper Bia is best known for her hit single “Whole Lotta Money” which went viral on TikTok.

Halloweenie

Belasco Theater | 1050 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90015 | Oct. 29 | halloweenie.com

Benefitting Project Angel Food, which prepares and delivers medically tailored meals to Angelinos with HIV/AIDS and other life threatening diseases, Halloweenie is billed as “the largest, loudest and sexiest annual gay Halloween fundraiser in Los Angeles.” Now in its 15th year, this year’s event will feature two dance floors, photo experiences, drinks, food and performances.

Halloween Picolandia

Pico Rivera Sports Arena | 11003 Sports Arena Drive, Pico Rivera, CA 90601  | Oct. 29 | ticketon.com

Pico Rivera Sports Arena is celebrating Halloween with five bandas, five norteño groups,  five tamborazos and a costume contest. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $49.99.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” Live-To-Film Concert Experience

Banc of California Stadium | 3939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90037 |  Oct. 29 & 31 | bancofcaliforniastadium.com

Featuring Danny Elfman singing the parts of Jack Skellington, Billie Eilish as Sally, Ken Page as Oogie Boogie and “Weird Al” Yankovic as Lock, this live-to-film concert experience will be at Banc of California Stadium for two nights only. The Halloween night event will include trick-or-treating and a pre-show costume contest.

City of Inglewood Halloween Spooktacular

Grevillea Art Park | 100 E. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301 | Oct. 29-30 | eventbrite.com

The City of Inglewood is hosting this free drive-thru Halloween experience. There is no age requirement but the city warns some spots can be a little frightening. You must RSVP and select a day and time to visit.

Madhouse

Monrovia | 223 W. El Sur St., Monrovia, CA 91016 | Oct. 29-31 | instagram.com/haunt223/

Now in its eighth year and with almost 2,000 square feet, this free Halloween haunted maze is open for three days between 6-10 p.m. Check out their Instagram page to see how it all comes together.

Dia Y Noche De Los Muertos

Hollywood Forever | 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038 | Oct. 30 | ladayofthedead.com

The 22nd annual Dia de los Muertos festival at Hollywood Forever will have separate daytime and nighttime events. The daytime event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature a children’s plaza, altars, art exhibitions (LA-based contemporary artist Arturo Mallmann is one artist whose work will be on display), Aztec and folklorico dancers, cultural performances, and vendors selling food and arts & crafts. General admission for the daytime event is $40. The nighttime event, which runs from 5 p.m. to midnight, will feature altars, art exhibitions, musical artists, Aztec and traditional dances, cultural performances, and vendors selling food and arts & crafts. General admission for the nighttime event is $50.

Wepa Hosted by Robbie Osa

The Silverlake Lounge | 2906 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026  | Oct. 30 | dice.fm

This Halloween edition of Wepa, an eclectic drag show, will bring a night of glam and haunts with two competitors from Netflix’s “The Boulet Brothers Dragula,” Foxie Adjula and Abhora, joining the regular cast. The Lounge’s Halloween Otter Pop Dance Party will follow the show. Tickets are $5.65. 

Long Beach Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos

Downtown Long Beach | Pine Avenue between 4th and 6th streets | Oct. 30 | longbeach.gov

Long Beach’s Dia de los Muertos celebration is a free event that features  live musical performances from Poncho Sanchez and his Latin jazz band, a Jenni Rivera tribute band, Mariachi Angelitas and Como La Flor’s tribute to Selena. There will also be a showing of Disney’s “Coco,” Aztec dancers, face painting, trick-or-treating and a costume contest among other festivities. The celebration begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

Disco Dining Club: More Human Than Human

Bradbury Building | 304 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90013 | Oct. 30 | discodiningclub.com

NeueHouse and Disco Dining Club are putting on this immersive dining experience on Oct. 30 starting at 8 p.m. at the iconic Bradbury Building.This experience will be a Halloween tech noir feast featuring a four-court, night market meal by Chef Luke Reyes, alongside paired theatrical cocktails and wine.Silent Servant and Denise Love Hewett will provide music for the night.

Haunt Massive

Avalon Hollywood | 1735 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028 | Oct. 31 | eventbrite.com

The Avalon nightclub is being transformed into a “themed, haunted world” featuring five themed areas featuring house and techno, electro, dubstep and riddim, trance, and open format. There are eight full bars. The event is free before 10 p.m. with an online RSVP.

Nerd Knights’ Halloween Night

Dave & Buster’s | 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007 | Oct. 31  | eventbrite.com

Nerdbot Media Company is taking over Dave & Buster’s in the Arcadia Westfield Mall for a party featuring karaoke, a free unlimited game card for non-ticketed games with the purchase of your tickets, a costume contest, a viewing of “Ninja Turtles: Found Footage with Cast and Crew,” a private sky lounge on the rooftop with a DJ, a private bar. Tickets are $12.

Nights Of The Jack

King Gillette Ranch | 26800 Mulholland Highway Calabasas, CA 91302 | Through Oct. 31 | nightsofthejack.com

Vast grounds of intricately hand-carved and illuminated jack o’lanterns welcome visitors to Nights of the Jack, an immersive Halloween experience. Event organizers promise a live pumpkin carver, gift shop, top LA food trucks, a “spookeasy bar” offering seasonal drinks and “Instagrammable” moments. The grounds open at 6 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. Tickets are timed and start at $34.99 (prices depend on the day). Children under 2 can enter for free.

Spooky Car Cruise-In

The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum | 610 Lairport St., El Segundo, CA 90245 | Oct. 31 | automobiledrivingmuseum.org

The Spooky trunk-or-treat cruise-in is open to all vintage, classic, custom cars and hearses. Families are invited to this event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see the museum’s vast collection of cars, see folklorico dancers, play games, eat and compete in a costume contest. Entry is free but the museum appreciates donations.

Haunt Of Halloween

Kaleidoscope Mall | 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 | Through Oct. 31 | hauntofhalloween.com

Haunt of Halloween promises a good in “truly macabre fashion.” Every ticket includes: Haunted Maze Attraction, Face Your Fears Sensory Attraction, Up Close Horror Pop Up, Souvenir Photo Op, S.C.H.A.R. Reptile Exhibit, Scary Shows and Halloween Acts. Admission tickets are sold with a scheduled maze entrance during 30 minute time slots, each hour. Single night tickets are $20 to $25 per adult. Parking is free.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Griffith Park | 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | Through Oct. 31 | losangeleshauntedhayride.com

The town square of “Midnight Falls” serves as the epicenter of this year’s scary festivities, featuring cast members interacting with guests.The premise of the hayride is that a witch has summoned creatures that have hidden themselves throughout the attraction. Tickets start at $29.99.

Carved

Descanso Gardens | 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 | Oct. 11-31 | descansogardens.org

Carved, a family-friendly event featuring hundreds of carved pumpkins lining a one-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove, opens at DescansoGardens Monday, Oct. 11. Additionally, expect to see oversized sculptures made of natural materials, a hay maze, themed food and drinks. Timed tickets are $25–28 each for members and $32–35 each for non-members.

House Of Spirits

The York Manor | 4908 York Blvd., Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA 90042  | Weekends through Oct. 31 | houseofspiritssoiree.com

The premise of House of Spirits is based on the history of Rasputin’s dealings with the Russian royal family. Guests, who are encouraged to dress in period fashion, will “mingle with spirits, witness secret ceremonies, commune with the dearly departed on a giant Ouija Board, enjoy themed cocktails, magic, music and more” during this haunted soirée, according to event organizers.Tickets start at $55.

It’s Alive! Frankenstein Intimate Immersive Experience

Mountain View Mausoleum | 2300 N. Marengo Ave., Altadena, CA 91001 | Weekends through Oct. 31 | eventbrite.com

This immersive experience is set in Mary Shelley’s world. “Prepare to be separated from the people you came with and have a unique experience as you meet the poets and radicals of Mary’s inner circle,” say event organizers. “Help to create Frankenstein’s monster; encounter performers one-on-one; traverse the world of a mausoleum and an abandoned chapel.” The show does deal with grief and loss and features scenes of death, suicide and self-dismemberment. Tickets range from $55 to $60.

Halloween At Kidspace

Kidspace | 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103 | Through Oct. 31 | kidspacemuseum.org

Children are encouraged to wear costumes when visiting and strut the orange catwalk. Kidspace will have free pumpkin decorating, silly story times, and up-close visits with spiders every day. Advance online reservations are required. General admission is $14.95 for adults and children, $12.95 for seniors and free for infants under the age of 1.

From The Garden With Flores Artscape

Bob Lucas Library | 2659 Lincoln Ave., Altadena, CA 91001 | Nov. 2 | altadenalibrary.org

Learn how to use drought-tolerant and native plants to help the ecosystem in California from a master gardener from Flores Artscape from 11 a.m. to noon.

Karaoke & Taco Tuesday at Derwolf

Der Wolf | 72 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103 | Nov. 2 | eventbrite.com

Every Tuesday night starting at 5 p.m. Der Wolf has $2 street-style tacos (carnitas, asada and chicken) and karaoke on the main floor. You can also find an underground bar with a DJ.

Brown Sugar Experience

The Continental Club | 116 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 | Nov. 3 | eventbrite.com

This midweek R&B party features LA’s DJ Damage and DJ Alysen James spinning old school hits. RSVP for free entry before 11 p.m.

Dinner With Salsa & Bachata Dance Lessons

The Mixx | 443 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101 | Nov. 3 | eventbrite.com

Just in time for that midweek slump, The Mixx has brought back salsa and bachata dance lessons by Crystal Duran from 8-9 p.m. Stick around after that and dance the night away to salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia, and cha cha cha tunes from DJ Alex Love. Make sure not to miss the Conga Karaoke.

Vroman’s Presents an Evening With Father Gregory Boyle

All Saints Episcopal Church | 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101 | Nov. 4 | eventbrite.com

Father Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries,the largest and most successful gang-intervention program in the world, and will be discussing his new book, “The Whole Language” in Pasadena. General admission is $8. General admission plus the book is $33.

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