Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. @ Santa Monica Farmer's Market
The Scene: It'll never match the absurdity and calamity of daring to shop the day after Thanksgiving, but it takes a lot of courage and arm strength to patronize this annual pumpkin patch. That's because, for only $5, you can make off with as many ghoulish gourds as you can possibly carry over a specially designed, 25-foot-long course.
Why You Should Go: Besides the bargains, watching people scramble and stumble for the most pumpkins is more than enough to satisfy our primal spectator instincts.
The Santa Monica Farmer's Market is located at Arizona Ave. and Second St., in Santa Monica. For more information, visit www.farmersmarket.santa-monica.org.
LUCHA VAVOOM'S HALLOWEEN 13
Oct. 25-26, 7 p.m. @ Mayan Theatre
The Scene: Masked Mexican wrestlers scuffle, lovely ladies undress and comedians deliver jokes at this bawdy mix of burlesque and brawn. Beloved luchadores include the Chupacabra, Chilango, Cassandro and the Human Tornado. Buxom beauty Michelle L'amour, of “America's Got Talent” fame, returns to the stage and comedians Jeffrey Ross, Dana Gould and Blaine Capatch entertaining between the acts.
Why You Should Go: This year features the first ever All Mini Battle Royale. Let the battle begin.
The Mayan Theatre is located at 1038 S. Hill St., in downtown Los Angeles. Admission is $25-$50; $30 at the door. 21 and over only. Tickets are available at www.ticketweb.com. For more information visit www.luchavavoom.com .
34TH ANNUAL KNOTT'S SCARY FARM HALLOWEEN HAUNT
Oct. 26-31, 7 p.m. -1 a.m. or 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday
The Scene: It's the one from which all other Halloween theme park events were spawned. Every October, 25 make-up artists transform over 1,000 additional employees specially hired to play the part of menacing monsters and frightening freaks during the Haunt's 24-night run. Coinciding with the opening of The Grudge 2 , they've recreated the cursed Tokyo abode and filled it with as many tortured spirits they could find.
A Word of Advice: Don't show up in your very own rendition of Freddy Krueger or Jason. Leave it to the professionals; no guest costumes allowed.
Knott's Berry Farm is located on Beach Blvd., in Buena Park. Admission ranges from $44-49. Tickets are available by phone at (714) 220-5000 or online at www.knotts.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN FRIGHT FEST
Oct. 27-31, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Scene: If the rides aren't enough to keep your heart pumping, this certainly will. Specially constructed haunted mazes include a haunted mansion and a 6,500 square foot maze aptly named “Brutal Planet” for its horrific, otherworldly atmosphere.
A procession of the living dead kicks things off at night. After dark, the monstrous Colossus travels backwards. Other coasters, including Tatsu and Viper, take you for a ride in the pitch dark.
Why You Should Go: With all the rumors about Six Flags being sold or closed soon, now's your chance to experience it all before it's permanently laid to rest.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is located at 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., in Valencia. Fright Fest attractions are included with park admission of $59.99 for adults. For more information, call (661) 255-4111 or visit www.sixflags.com.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
Oct. 27-28 and 31, 7 p.m. to Closing
The Scene: Hollywood types are notorious for being a little eccentric, but the unnamed “Director” of this event takes the cake. Working under the premise that a “mysterious and demented horror genre auteur” has been let loose on the lot, Universal hopes to give whole new meaning to the phrase “Director's Cut.”
For the first time in the studio's 93-year history, you can actually get off the studio tour tram and roam the sets, all specially decorated with zombies, killer clowns and decaying corpses. Haunted mazes, a house of horrors and a “Chucky Insultorium” are included in the script.
Why You Should Go: The thought of checking into the Bates Motel conjures terrifying thoughts of checking out.
Universal Studios Hollywood is located at 100 Universal City Plaza, in Universal City. Admission ranges from $34 to $39. Tickets are available at www.halloweenhorrornights.com . For more information, visit www.univer s alstudioshollywoo d .co m .
QUEEN MARY'S SHIPWRECK
Oct. 27-31, 7 p.m. -Midnight (later on some nights)
The Scene: As if it wasn't unsettling enough to know the Queen Mary is actually haunted – unexplained sounds, voices, apparitions and other phenomena have been reported throughout the vessel's 70 years – the crew has decided, for the 12th year in a row, to make it even more terrifying. Four hundred monsters lurk within seven mazes, hidden deep within the bowels of the ship. Live bands perform in the all-new Purgatory Park and the X-Hall houses a three-level dance party.A Word of Advice: It's perfectly acceptable to get jittery or seasick when you're sailing the open waters, but when you're on a ship that's been docked for 30 years, it's much harder to explain.
The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway, in Long Beach. Costumes and cameras not permitted. Tickets are $30 and available at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.queenmaryshipwreck.com.
DAVE NAVARRO'S HALLOWEEN LINGERIE AND COSTUME BALL
Oct. 28, 10 p.m. @ The Highlands Hollywood
The Scene: There could be no better host on the most sinful of nights, than rock's darkest bad boy, Dave Navarro. Virtually all of the female guest DJs for the evening are Playmates or bikini models, including Playboy Magazine's 50th Anniversary cover girl, Colleen Shannon (aka “The World's Sexiest DJ”). Adult star Teanna Kai and ClubJennaGirl Jesse Capelli will also be making special appearances.
Why You Should Go: Hot bodies, hot music and one of the hottest clubs in Hollywood. Need we say more?
The Highlands is located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd., on the 4th & 5th floors, in Hollywood. Admission is $30 or $40 for VIP tickets. For tickets and more information, call (323) 461-9800 or visit www.thehighlandsla.com.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
Oct. 28, 4p.m. – 11p.m. @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
The Scene: According to Mexican tradition, the Day of the Dead is when the veil between the realms of the living and the dead is lifted, allowing both to share the day together once more. Beautifully adorned altars and intricate costumes both honor the dead and celebrate their lives in a happy, rather than somber way. Authentic Mexican cuisine, local artisans, theater performances and an evening concert round out the events.
A Word of Advice: If you've never experienced Dia de Los Muertos before, this one, now in its seventh year, is well worth the trip. Everyone is encouraged to decorate and dedicate their own altars, too. See the Web site for more details.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., in Los Angeles. Altar set-up takes place on Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ladayofthedead.com.
Oct. 28, 8 p.m.-4:30 a.m. @ L.A. Coliseum
The Scene: This event gives a whole new meaning to the song “Monster Mash.” An electronica dance festival for over 20,000 revelers. DJs like German wunderkind Paul van Dyk, Dutchman Armin Van Buuren, BBC Radio1's Judge Jules and industry favorite Markus Schulz will spin. An exclusive DJ set by New York art-pop duo Fischerspooner will also keep you in a trance.
Why You Should Go: Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year – not the most work- or school-friendly day of the week. Why not party yourself out the weekend before?
The Coliseum is located at 3911 S. Figueroa St., in Los Angeles . Tickets range from $35 to $50 and are available through ww w .monstermassive.com or any Ticketmaster location. For more information, visit www.monstermassive.com .
Oct. 28-29 @ Sam Boyd Stadium
The Scene: The Killers. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The Mars Volta. Jurassic 5. Fiona Apple. The Black Crowes. The Raconteurs. All in one place and ready to rock at this second annual, all-day music festival.
A separate nighttime concert series that runs from Oct. 27 to 31 includes performances by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Keller Williams and Widespread Panic at venues like the Hard Rock and the House of Blues.
Why you should go: The lineup of acts is enough to motivate any self-respecting music fan to drive, fly or possibly give up a kidney just to get there. Plus, there's never telling what will happen in Vegas, especially so close to Halloween.
Sam Boyd Stadium is located at 7000 E. Russell Rd., in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.vegoose.com.
FIFTH ANNUAL BOW WOW WEEN
Oct. 29, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. @ Barrington Dog Park
The Scene: Thousands have gathered year after year to cheer on proud pooch parents and their canine kiddies in the main event – a celebrity-judged canine costume contest. Last year's winners included a doggie duo of Ghostbusters and even Donald Trump – gravity-defying hair included.
This year's judges include actors Jason Biggs and Tori Spelling. A doggy masseuse and pet psychic are on hand to ease any pre-contest jitters, too.
A Word of Advice: While you can't take home any of the adorable entrants, you can take home one of the dogs up for adoption by various animal rescue groups.
Barrington Dog Park is located at 333 Barrington Ave., in Brentwood. Admission is free. Costume contest begins at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.muchlove.org.
WEST HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN CARNAVAL
Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-Midnight
The Scene: The big one. Geisha girls (and guys), Marie Antoinette look-a-likes and Egyptian Pharoahs were just a sampling of last year's participants in this, the largest outdoor Halloween event in the world.
Each year, over 400,000 come to see and be seen at this outrageous street fair. Three stages of live entertainment are perennial crowd pleasers. Vendors line the sidewalks as they hawk sausages and soda.
Why You Should Go: Everyone is welcome. Just be prepared to deal with large crowds and limited parking. In the words of one West Hollywood resident: “No disrespect to straight people, but Halloween is like Christmas for us.”
The Carnaval takes place on Santa Monica Blvd., between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Blvd. For more information, visit www.weho.org.
COFFIN CASE PRESENTS … HALLOWEEN NIGHT OF TERROR
Oct. 31, 7 p.m. @ Keyclub
The Scene: A freaky fashion show for the macabre. Local bands Bullets and Octane and Stolen Babies perform as Coffin Case models roll down the runway in the latest coffin couture.
A Word of Advice: Dress to impress; there's a costume contest, too.
Keyclub is located at 9039 Sunset Blvd., in West Hollywood. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, call (310) 274-5800 or visit www.keyclub.com.
HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD TOURS
Daily, 5 p.m. in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre
The Scene: It shouldn't surprise you that Tinsel Town has more than a few skeletons in its closet. Every night, this tour takes guests throughout Hollywood to visit some of its most haunted landmarks – movie theaters, hotels, crime scenes and more , including the Westwood Memorial Cemetery.
Why You Should Go: Tour guide Brian Sapir recalls: “ I saw a woman in the window at the Marion Davis house, but when she pushed out to look at us I noticed she had no flesh. I only saw her skull bones. No joke.”
Grauman's Chinese Theatre is located at 6925 Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood. For more information or to make reservations, call (818) 415-8269 or visit www.hauntedhollywoodtours.com.