Los Angeles is THE place to be for Halloween this year. With all of the different mazes, parties and other social gatherings taking place within the next few weeks, the fun (and fright!) never stops.
Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton
The program includes newly created suites from all 16 film collaborations of the legendary composer Danny Elfman and visionary director Tim Burton. Elfman, who was the singing voice of Jack Skellington in the 1993 classic, will perform his songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas. The concert will be accompanied with large screen film clips and Tim Burton’s artwork.
Thur., Oct. 31 | Nokia Theatre | Cost: $45 | nokiatheatrelalive.com
Downtown Dia De Los Muertos Concert
From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with a jam-packed musical event that will also feature piñatas, face painting, Mariachi bands and Ballet Folkorico. Also, make sure you explore all of the beautiful, sentimental altars that serve to celebrate and remember lost loved ones.
Sat., Nov. 1 | Grand Park | Cost: Free | grandparkla.org
Evil Dead 2 (1987)
Stephen King was such a huge fan of The Evil Dead (1981) that he convinced producer Dino De Laurentiis over dinner (who was producing King's Maximum Overdrive (1986) at the time) to have his production company DEG (De Laurentiis Entertainment Group) finance Evil Dead II (1987).
Fri., Oct. 31 | ArcLight Hollywood | Cost: $16
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Did you know that Mick Jagger wanted to play Dr. Frank N. Furter in the film version?
Fri., Oct. 31 | The Nuart | Cost: $11
Eli Roth’s Halloween All Night Marathon
The night will feature Cabin Fever (2002), Hostel (2005), Hostel: Part II (2007) plus Eli’s film choices and special surprises, hosted by Eli Roth.
Fri., Oct. 31 | New Beverly Cinema | Cost: N/A
ACME Hospitality Group has been scheming with all five of its DTLA bars to exorcise their drinking demons with uniquely themed parties. The Patrick Batemans and Freddy Kreugers will want to gather with like masterminds at Library Bar's Villains bash, whereas the undead can bond over similar interests and mutations at Sixth Street Tavern's Zombie Prom. Any way the creepy crawler slices it, each bar will dole out candy treats, throw in a few undisclosed tricks, offer a signature spiked punch for $4 and judge a costume contest around 11:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 31 | Library Bar | Cost: Free
West Hollywood Carnaval
The city of West Hollywood becomes California's seventh largest city for one night as hundreds of thousands of revelers turn out in outrageous costumes (or to watch those who are) at the world’s largest Halloween street festival. On Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega and Robertson.
Fri., Oct. 31 | Cost: Free
Dia De Los Muertos (Hollywood Forever)
The country's biggest Day of the Dead Celebration, the party starts with an elaborate procession followed by an all-day festival featuring music, dance, exhibits, crafts and food. You can also join various sacred ceremonial tributes and altar creations on the historic venue’s grounds!
Sat., Nov. 1 | Hollywood Forever | Cost: $20
HAUNTS, WALKS & MAZES
The Purge: Breakout
Inspired by the films, this is an interactive murder mystery and haunted house survival experience. You and a group of friends are placed in a room and have only 30 minutes to escape by solving a series of puzzles…or die. What’s special about The Purge: Breakout is that your group has a specific goal you must work toward. You won’t just be sitting back and waiting for things to happen – you’re going to be right in the middle of the terrifying action.
Select Days | Cost: $25
Similar to The Purge: Breakout, Delusion places you right in the middle of a horror story. The difference here, though, is that it’s all set as a theatre show and tells a much longer story. Additionally, you will become a character in the story, and you can take your character down many different paths with varying outcomes. But, be warned – Delusion is intended to be psychologically disturbing and is not for the feint of heart.
Select Days | Cost: N/A
Santa Monica Zombie Crawl
Join the undead for a chilling bar crawl with spooky food and drink specials all night at participating locations from the Pier to 5th Street. You'll moan and growl your way through the city and collide with other zombies at the official "Wok-ing" Dead after party at Wokcano. Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy will be on site to provide free zombie makeup at the starting location.
Fri., Oct. 31 | Cost: $15
Long Beach Zombie Walk
If you’re a fan of “The Walking Dead,” 28 Days Later or any of the countless other zombie phenomena, here is your chance to become a part of the horde. Every Halloween, masses of people covered in fake blood and brains gather in Long Beach to hunt down and infect whoever stands in their way. This year, the event is being turned into a three-day “invasion,” including movie screenings of classics like Shaun of the Dead, music performances and zombie wrestling.
Fri.-Sun., Oct. 24-26 | Cost: $15 for a one-day pass
This adventure takes you through Griffith Park on a wagon as unexpected menaces stalk you from all angles. The production values are top-notch, and the park is turned into a haunted house that doubles as a social gathering location. While waiting to go on the famous Hayride, or to enter one of the park’s mazes, you can grab some food and meet new people. Many people complain about parking difficulties and long lines, but the consensus appears to be that the event itself is worth the trouble.
Wed. (only on the 29th)-Sun. | Cost: $30
*Ryan Bouziane contributed to this story.