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Fun things to do this week: Oct. 28 – Nov. 3

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Ghost, ghouls, and goblins will be out in full force this weekend for all the Halloween fun. If you still have no plans, read on for carnivals, concerts and crawls.  

Oct. 28

Danny Elfman

Hollywood Bowl | 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068 | Oct. 28-29 | hollywoodbowl.com

Iconic music composer Danny Elfman — the man behind the music of such films like “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and “Corpse Bride” — performs at the Bowl in “From Boingo to ‘Batman’ to ‘Big Mess’ to Beyond!”

Mama G’s Horror Camp: A Musical Massacre

The Bourbon Room Hollywood | 6356 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90028 | Oct. 28-31 | bourbonroomhollywood.com

”Mama G” Joan Grande hosts this 90-minute “murderous musical comedy” that will have you laughing and singing along to hits from over the decades. 

Fall Fun Festival

Mission Playhouse Plaza | 320 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776 | Oct. 28 | sangabrielcity.com

Dress up your little ghouls and goblins for some trunk-or-treating, games, a “haunted zone,” and costume contest. 

A little Darth Vader at San Gabriel’s Fall Fun Festival. | Photo courtesy of City of San Gabriel

Witch!

Mountain View Mausoleum | 2300 N. Marengo Ave., Altadena, CA 91001 | Oct. 28–31 | eventbrite.com

Witch! Witch! You’re a witch! In this immersive experience inspired by the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612, you might get separated from the people you arrived with as you meet witches and inquisitors around the haunted mansions and abandoned chapel. Goody Putnam might even accuse you of witchcraft. 

Día de los Muertos

Villa Park | 363 E. Villa St., Pasadena, CA 91101 | Oct. 28 | cityofpasadena.net

Hosted by the Pasadena Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, the celebration will feature performances; arts and crafts; food available for purchase; and “ofrendas,” altars honoring the lives of the deceased.

Night Of Terror

6355 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90601 | Oct. 28-31 | eventbrite.com

For you brave souls looking for a scary maze to navigate, this one’s for you.

Hocus-Focus Film Festival

Alex Theatre | 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203 | Oct. 28-30 | thealexpictureshow.com 

In support of local, rising filmmakers, the festival will pair each celebrated feature — including Donnie Darko, Hellboy, The Sixth Sense, The Shining, Beetlejuice, The Omen and A Nightmare on Elm Street — with a short horror film selected by the series curators Bud Coffey, Tina Salmassi and Miles Williams from submissions by student filmmakers from the greater Los Angeles area.

Hocus-Focus Film Festival poster. | Courtesy of The Alex Theatre

Halloween Haunting

Downtown Arcadia | First Avenue, from Huntington to California, Arcadia, CA 91007 | Oct. 28 | eventbrite.com

Trick-or-treat and trunk-or-treat, meet Perdy the peacock, and play games hosted by the City of Arcadia. 

Oct. 29

Día Y Noche De Los Muertos

Hollywood Forever | 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038 | Oct. 29 | hollywoodforever.com

Whether you decide to visit during the day or night, you’ll still be able to enjoy altars, dancers, musicians, art exhibitions, culinary vendors and more.

Halloween Carnival

Finkbiner Park Softball Fields | 160 N. Wabash Ave., Glendora, California 91741 | Oct. 29 | cityofglendora.org

This year’s Halloween carnival will have games, carnival rides, bounce houses, food, a costume contest and more. Pre-register and save $5.

Giggles & Screams Block Party

La Pintoresca Park | 45 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104 | Oct. 29 | 3-8 p.m. | cityofpasadena.net

If you prefer screams, roam through the haunted house or ride the trackless train of fright. If you prefer giggles, prowl through trunk or treat stations, carnival games and dance to music from the DJ. There will also be costume contests for you and your dog, food, prizes and a play zone. 

Festival Of Frights

Downtown West Covina | South Glendora Avenue, West Covina, CA 91790 | Oct. 29 | westcovina.org

Festival of Frights schedule of events. | Graphic courtesy of City of West Covina

The City of West Covina is hosting this event featuring a haunted maze, Día de los Muertos market, a costume contest, and various vendors.

Pico Rivera Halloween Spooktacular

Smith Park | 6016 Rosemead Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660 | Oct. 29 | pico-rivera.org

Hosted by the city of Pico Rivera, the Halloween Spooktacular will feature several free activities like the trick-or-treat village, photo stops, games, prizes, and crafts. Food vendors, carnival games and jumpers will require small fees. 

Scarium Of The Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific | 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 | Oct. 29-30 | aquariumofpacific.org

This Halloween-themed weekend at the aquarium features costume and coloring contests, a vampire magician, underwater pumpkin carving, creepy critters, and more.

Seymour Shark is ready for Scarium of the Pacific. | Photo courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific

Haunted Little Tokyo

Check-in at Brunswig Square | 360 E. Second St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Oct. 29 | littletokyola.org/haunted 

Infuse a little mystery into your Halloween weekend with this block party held in a secret location (to be revealed after you check in). The event will feature drinks, food, a costume contest and DJs. 

Boo Ha Ha Haunted Oktoberfest

OC Fairgrounds | 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Oct. 29 | theboohaha.com 

This haunted Oktoberfest will feature three hours of unlimited tastings, live performances from Berlin and The Mismiths, and a midnight after party.

Long Beach Zombie Crawl

The Harbor | 130 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813 | Oct. 29 | longbeachzombiecrawl.com 

Pick up your zombie survival kit and get ready to crawl from pub to bar to nightclub in downtown Long Beach. Your kit will include a map of all participating businesses with listed entry and drink specials, drink vouchers for discounts, free welcome shots at select locations, and free entry to several after parties. 

Downey Día De Los Muertos Art Festival

8435 Firestone Blvd., Downey, CA 90241 | Oct. 29 | ddlm.downeytheatre.org

Downey Dia De Los Muertos Art Festival. | Photo courtesy of City of Downey

As part of the celebration, learn about Latinas in publishing, visit the community altar, listen to a performance from Mariachi Herencia de Mexico with special guest Lupita Infante, enjoy traditional folklorico dances, meander through the art gallery, get your face painted, grab a bite, or catch many other performances and displays all around. 

‘2:22 – A Ghost Story’

Ahmanson Theatre | 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Oct. 29-Dec. 4 | centertheatregroup.org

Starring Constance Wu, Anna Camp, Adam Rothenberg, and Finn Wittrock, this award-winning supernatural thriller mixes mystery, comedy and a little horror.

(Left to right) Constance Wu, Anna Camp, Adam Rothenberg, and Finn Wittrock to star in the U.S. premiere of “2:22 – A Ghost Story” at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre October 29 through December 4, 2022.

Eat See Hear: ‘The Shining’

Autry Museum of the American West | 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | Oct. 29 | eatseehear.com

Things are getting really spooky at this screening of the cult classic horror film, “The Shining.” Scheduled food trucks include Border Grill Truck, Wicked Kitchen, All Flavor No Grease, Cool Haus, and Rice Balls of Fire. Singer-songwriter Alexa Villa will perform. 

South Pasadena Arts Crawl

1121 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030 | Oct. 29 | facebook.com/ArtsCrawlSouthPasadena 

Get ahead of that holiday shopping and check out over 45 vintage, handmade, and antique vendors at South Pas Flea. There will also be food, art and beer.

National Theatre Live: ‘Frankenstein’

Boston Court Pasadena | 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106 | Oct. 29-30 | bostoncourtpasadena.org

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Monster in this 2011 production captured live on stage. Tickets are $20

Oct. 30

Alhambra Pumpkin Run & Halloween Fest

Downtown Alhambra | Oct. 30 | downtownalhambra.com

Sign up for the ninth annual Alhambra Pumpkin run, proceeds will benefit the Alhambra Educational Foundation, and then enjoy the festivities! There will be trick or treating, a costume contest, live music, beer and cocktails, a petting zoo, face painting, a pumpkin patch, and more.

Bamboo Club Spooktacular Movie Nights: ‘Halloween’

The Bamboo Club | 3522 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90802 | Oct. 30 | bambooclublb.com

Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky movies, a buttery popcorn machine, haunted tiki cocktail specials and a full-service dinner menu of Hawaiian and Asian-inspired eats. Movies start at 7:30 p.m. in its outdoor tent.

The Bamboo Club. | Courtesy photo

Oct. 31

Halloween In Playhouse Village

Playhouse Village | Pasadena | Oct. 31 | playhousevillage.org

Head to Playhouse Village for some free activities, games, and lots of candy. 

Huntington Park Halloween 2022

Keller Park | 6550 Miles Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255 | Oct. 31 | hpca.gov 

Take your Halloween to a newer heights with a haunted maze and train ride, pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, music, a corn maze and more. 

Treat Trail, Pics And Flicks

One Colorado Courtyard | 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103 | Oct. 31 | onecolorado.com

Throw on a costume and head over to participating stores and restaurants in One Colorado handing out treats for kids. Once the candy bag is brimming, pose for a family portrait inHalloween-themed photo areas, snapped by photographers. There will be a screening of “Ghostbusters” at 7 p.m. in the courtyard. 

Nov. 1

Día de los Muertos Paint ‘N Sip

Basin 141 Social Bar & Kitchen | 402 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016 | Nov. 1 | eventbrite.com

Enjoy two drinks and appetizers while you learn to paint a Día de los Muertos themed canvas. Lupita Infante, granddaughter of Mexican icon Pedro Infante, will be the special guest.

Hasta La Muerte

Lancaster Performing Arts Center | 750 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93534 | Nov. 1 | lpac.org

Las Cafeteras present this celebration featuring zapateado, dance, song, altars and flowers.

Nov. 2

Lola Boutée Presents TRiPTease Burlesque

TRIP Santa Monica | 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405 l Nov. 2 l eventbrite.com

Lower your inhibitions and see what’s hot at LA’s longest running weekly burlesque and variety show. Every Wednesday features a fresh new lineup of talent hosted by the original dame herself, Lola Boutée.

Lola Bouteés’ TRIPtease dancer. | Photo by Jason Miller / Hey SoCal

Fowler Out Loud: Mariachi De Uclatlán

The Fowler Museum at UCLA | 308 Charles E Young Drive N., Los Angeles, CA 90024 | Nov. 2 | eventbrite.com

Listen to Mariachi de Uclatlán, led by Grammy-winning musical director Jesús “Chuy” Guzmán, under the stars

Emo Pop-Punk Myspace Party

6541 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 | Nov. 2-3 | eventbrite.com

The Club Vengeance Emo Pop-Punk Myspace party brings you the music you love. 

Nov. 3

Israel Philharmonic

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall | 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Nov. 3 | scfta.org

The Israel Philharmonic is back in Orange County for the first time in 14 years. The concert will include Symphony No. 1 “Classical,” Romeo and Juliet Suite and Symphony No. 5. 

La Cumbia De Los Muertos Latin Dance Fiesta

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

DJs Sloepoke and Scarlett Casanova will spin rock pop en Español to get you dancing. Check the drink and food specials and the muerte margarita. 

Lovett Or Leave It: Live Or Else

Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth | 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057 | Nov. 3 | eventbrite.com 

Dive into the day’s headlines and laugh along with Jon Lovett. 

Ongoing

Cemetery Lane

Heritage Square Museum | 3515 Pasadena St., Los Angeles, California 90031 | Through Oct. 30 | cemeterylane.com 

Trick-or-treat from 13 spots in this spooky, and reportedly haunted, neighborhood of Victorian manors. 

Trick Or Treat Village

Various LA County Parks | Through Oct. 30 | parks.lacounty.gov

On select days, different LA County Parks will host events featuring free activities and trick or treating for kids. 

House Of Spirits

Casa Vertigo | 1828 Oak St., Los Angeles, CA 90015 | Through Oct. 31 | houseofspiritssoiree.com

This haunted cocktail soiree features macabre magic, tarot readings, strange roaming specters, secret games and craft cocktails paired with French chocolate truffles. 

Haunt O’ Ween

6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 91367 | Through Oct. 31 | feverup.com

Trick-or-treat, make a few potions, challenge your friends to a dance-off, or check out the bounce houses, games, rides and performances in this 200,000-square-foot immersive space.

The Pumpkin Factory

Westminster Mall | 1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA 92683 |Through Oct. 31 | thepumpkinfactory.com

Pick out your family-farm-grown pumpkin at this patch featuring rides, slides, petting zoos, games, food and more.

Prancer’s Farm Fall Festival

Prancer’s Farm | 18540 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060 | Through Oct. 31 | prancersfarm.com

Explore this 30-acre farm filled with 10-acres of pumpkin picking, wagon rides, barrel train rides, horse rides, face painting, music, and don’t miss out on the sunflower and corn expeditions. 

Boo At The L.A. Zoo

LA Zoo | 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | Through Oct. 31 | lazoo.org

The LA Zoo gets a spooky makeover featuring extra surprises on the weekends like “Spooktacular Science” shows, animal pumpkin feedings, photo ops, education stations and trick-or-treating on the last two weekends of the month.

Carved

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

Hundreds of carved pumpkins line the Camellia Forest in this family-friendly event featuring activities, the hay maze, pumpkin house, and holiday-themed food and drinks. 

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

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

The Witch of the Woods has cast a spell over Griffith Park summoning spirits to come out and play at LA’s beloved Halloween event featuring new attractions and shows this year.

Día De Los Muertos

Olvera Street | 845 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Through Nov. 2 | olveraevents.com

Olvera Street has planned nightly programming including danzas, novenarios, entertainments, and face painting to commemorate Día de los Muertos. Community altars will be on display in the plaza.

‘Escapegoat’

Boston Court Pasadena | 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106 | Through Nov. 6 | bostoncourtpasadena.org

Turtle and and goat stuffed animals. | Photo courtesy of Boston Court Pasadena

See the development workshop of this humorous and moving eco-parable about humans, and goats, meddling in the Galápagos to the detriment of tortoises. 

‘Radio Golf”

A Noise Within | 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 | Through Nov. 13 | anoisewithin.org

Christian Telesmar, Matt Orduña, and Alex Morris in “Radio Golf”. | Photo by Craig Schwartz/A Noise Within

“Radio Golf” is the final play in Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle” decade-by-decade exploration of the Black experience in 20th century America. Harmond Wilks, Pittsburgh’s first Black mayoral candidate, finds himself on the verge of the business breakthrough of a lifetime. The arrival of an unexpected visitor with surprising news forces Harmond to choose between his personal aspirations and his integrity. With humor and courage, Radio Golf challenges the steep price progress can exact upon the soul.

“(Re)Inventing The Americas: Repeat. Erase, Construct”

The Getty | 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049 | Through Jan. 8 | getty.edu 

Challenging European interpretations and often racist versions of history, “(Re)Inventing the Americas: Repeat. Erase, Construct” analyzes the creation of the mythologies that arose during the conquest and exploration of the Americas and reveals the influence that those myths and visions have had on defining the two continents. The exhibition will feature a collaboration with Denilson Baniwa, a contemporary artist from the Brazilian Amazon region who will generate different artistic interventions throughout the show.

“Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898–1971”

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures | 6067 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 | Through April 9 | regenerationblackcinema.org

Stars and Icons, “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971,” Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. | Photo by Joshua White, JW Pictures/ ©Academy Museum Foundation

The exhibition explores the achievements and challenges of Black filmmakers in the US in both independent production and the studio system—in front of the camera and behind it—from cinema’s infancy in the 1890s to the early 1970s. A survey of the films and filmmakers explored in the exhibition will be shown until Sept. 29 and will feature more than 20 screenings. The Regeneration Summit, Feb. 3–5, 2023, will be a two-day celebration of Black cinema featuring artists, scholars, and filmmakers participating in conversations, workshops, and activations throughout the museum.

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