34 SPOOKY WAYS TO CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN

The time has come to get your freak on
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    Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
    It’s hell on wheels at the Griffith Park Old Zoo as participants brave a boogey-man’s abode, a spooky maze, and various haunted houses. (Thru Oct. 31)
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    Día de los Muertos Festival
    In addition to the customary folk art, this year’s festivities feature members of the Huichol tribe performing shamanistic rites. (Oct 24)
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    Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    The world’s foremost vampire stalks the streets of London in Charles Morey’s adaptation of the horror classic. (Oct 28 at the Valley Performing Arts Center)
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    Wicked Lit 2015
    Three supernatural stories take the stage at the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery: The Grove of Rashomon (mystical), The Ebony Frame (satanic), and The Fall of the House of Usher (timeless Edgar Allen Poe). (Thru Nov 14)
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    Fall Festivals at the Grove and the Americana at Brand
    These free events—one at the Grove in West Hollywood, one at The Americana at Brand in Glendale—will feature pumpkin decorating, Halloween crafts, face painting, trick or treating, live music, and more. (Both Oct 25)
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    John Fleck: Blacktop Highway
    Multiple characters and copious costume changes mark this one-man gothic tale from the prolific TV actor and performance artist. (Oct 22-25 at Redcat)
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    5th Annual EEK! At the Greek!
    Actor Armin Shimerman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) will narrate Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. (Oct 24)
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    Panic Mountain
    An “interactive overnight zombie apocalypse experience.”(Oct weekends in the San Bernardino Mountains)
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    Halloween at The Hollywood Roosevelt
    This annual party features a performance by rapper Travis Scott. VIP tickets are still available. (Oct 31)
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    Son of Frankenstein
    The 1939 classic features horror film icons Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, and Bela Lugosi. Sara Karloff and Bela Lugosi Jr. will be present at the theatre to discuss their fathers’ work. (Oct 29 at the Alex Theatre)
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    “Studio 448” 1970s Halloween Ball
    Live cover band Crystal Starr and the Bowties & DJ Phatrick will provide the soundtrack to this ’70s themed bash. (Oct 31 at Mrs. Fish)
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    Rosemary’s Baby
    This 1968 psychological horror film stars Mia Farrow as a young woman who’s carrying a very, er, special baby. (Oct 29 at the Electric Dusk Drive-in)
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    Escape: Psycho Circus
    More than 50 DJs will perform as part of this massive two-day long dance festival complete with lighting displays, mazes, and fireworks. (Oct 30-31 at NOS Event Center)
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    Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
    Enjoy live music and DJs, magic acts, and costumed ghouls who will try to scare the living daylights out of you. If you’re feeling brave, try out Dark Harbor’s newest maze, Lullaby. (Thru Nov 1 at the Queen Mary)
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    Bow & Truss Halloween’s Eve
    We’re all about Halloween-themed desserts, costume contests, and all night happy hours. (Oct 30 at Bow & Truss)
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    Halloween Monster Ball
    Costumes are mandatory at the first-annual Monster Ball, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Guests can bid on auction items including a private basketball clinic with Steve Nash, a Maui vacation, and more. (Oct 24 at El Segundo Automobile Driving Museum)
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    Manhattan House Halloween
    Created by executive chef Diana Stavaridis, the special menu includes offerings such as a Bloody Beet Salad and Grim Reaper Punch. Costumed patrons pay happy hour prices all night long. (Oct 31 at Manhattan House)
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    8th Annual Halloween Party for DTLA Kids
    Looking for something fun for your littlest goblins? This party—complete with face painting, puppet shows, and bouncy houses—should do the trick (or treat). (Oct 31 at Grand Hope Park at the FIDM)
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    The Hollow
    The Ichabodies are about to hit the floor. The Speakeasy Society is taking over Chloe’s Pub at Golden Road Brewery to present The Hollow, a dinner theatre experience based on Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and several of his other short stories. Tickets include a three-course meal and a pairing with a Golden Road beer. (Oct 26-29)
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    Creep LA
    New to L.A.’s haunted house scene, Creep LA’s brand of heebie jeebies involve both "traditional scare tactics" and "emotional interactions," which makes us feel like tears might be involved (on our part, at least). The company hopes the frights will linger with guests long after they’ve navigated a warehouse full of mazes, corridors, and dark rooms. Yikes. (Thru Oct 31at 718 E. Jackson St.)
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    18th Annual Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival
    This month-long event at the Moorpark farm features everything from pumpkin picking to corn mazes to tractor rides. Each weekend is themed, and not all events occur on all weekends, so check the schedule of activities before planning a trip. (Thru Oct 31)
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    Fright Fest
    Actors dressed as zombies, monsters, and other ghouls will be hot on your trail (gulp) as you wander through eight haunted mazes and other horrifying attractions. (Thru Nov 1)
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    Horror Made Here
    For those who enjoy watching terror unfold on the big screen rather than participating in it themselves, consider a visit to Warner Bros. Studios’ Horror Made Here. The Halloweeny exhibition—a first for the studio—will put props and costumes from iconic films like Nightmare on Elm Street, The Exorcist, and Annabelle. (Thru Nov 1)
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    The Art of Mounting
    Take a page out of The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and spend a night at The Natural History Museum (yes, literally sleep there) on Halloween. The taxidermy-themed evening includes a discussion about the art of stuffing, a gallery scavenger hunt, live music, craft beer and wine served from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, and snacks when the clock strikes 12 a.m. (Oct 31)
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    Knott’s Scary Farm
    At Knott’s Scary Farm, you don’t have to ride the rollercoasters to scream. From scare zones like Carnevil and Ghost Town Streets to a Tooth Fairy-themed maze, the theme park is sure to provide ample freakouts. The Scary Farm isn’t recommended for children under 13, but kiddos will enjoy Knott’s Spooky Farm. (Thru Oct 31)
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    Cinespia at Hollywood Forever
    Savor the season (and L.A.'s year-round good weather) with Cinespia’s outdoor cinema at Hollywood Forever. Catch Dawn of the Dead (1978) on October 23, Donnie Darko on October 24, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween.
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    Halloween Horror Nights
    Beware the zombies of The Walking Dead—nothing slakes their hunger like the brains of tourists. The annual amusement park takeover includes six mazes, several scare zones, and a “Terror Tram” themed after The Purge. (Thru Nov 7)
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    Street Food Cinema
    Every Saturday this month, Street Food Cinema plays a horror flick on an outdoor screen, then ups the ante by adding music and food trucks. Catch A Nightmare on Elm Street at Will Rogers State Park on October 24 or Shaun of the Dead at Exposition Park on Halloween night.
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    Evil Twin Studios: Ward 13
    This 15-minute walk-through attraction in Pasadena is asylum-themed, which is scary in and of itself. Tack on a few insane doctors, and you may want to bring a Xanax. (Oct 31 at 1020 El Centro St.)
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    Boney Island
    One of the most impressive DIY haunted houses in Los Angeles, this haunt takes place in the front yard of former Simpsons producer Rick Polizzi. The skeleton-themed wonderland even exposes visitors to the realm of magic, with all sorts of other surprises that are suitable for kids. (Oct 21-31 at 4602 Morse Ave.)
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    Stan Lee’s Comikaze
    The comic, anime, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror expo includes interactive activities, attractions, exclusives, contests, celeb appearances, and a trick or treat extravaganza. (Oct 30-Nov 1 at the L.A. Convention Center)
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    Long Beach Zombie Walk
    Zombies unite at this three-day long “invasion of un-dead music, film and horror.” Michael Jackson fans can refine their dance skills at the Thriller workshop. (Oct 23-25 at the Rainbow Lagoon)
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    Scarium of the Pacific
    This family-friendly festival includes creepy critter photo opportunities, spooky storytelling, and underwater pumpkin carving. (Oct 24-25 at the Aquarium of the Pacific)
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    Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half-Marathon & 5K
    Join zombies, skeletons, superheroes and other characters for a half-marathon or 5K race around Los Angeles. (Oct 25)