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Halloween Weekend’s Best Events in Los Angeles

Halloween may fall on a school night this year, but that’s not stopping the Halloween and Halloween-adjacent events from happening all month long. Here are just a few selections from this weekend’s roster of events, including Psycho with a live score at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, a Twin Peaks dance party, a Halloween block party in Eagle Rock that doubles as a dog and cat adoption event, and so many more. Enjoy!

 

Psycho Live
Friday through Wednesday
The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The L.A. Opera Orchestra accompanies Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller about a motel attendant with mommy issues.
COST: Tickets start at $29.

Gravity and Other Myths: Backbone
Friday & Saturday
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage — 1310 11th St., Santa Monica
The Australian company blurs the boundaries between contemporary circus and acrobatics. Their show Backbone makes its L.A. premiere this weekend for three performances in Santa Monica. (This is not The Broad in downtown L.A.)
COST: Tickets start at $59;

Nightmare at the Brewery
Friday through Sunday
Common Space Brewery — 3411 W. El Segundo Blvd., Hawthorne
The brewery releases its latest beer and throws a Halloween party. Tour a “haunted brewery,” participate in a costume contest, throw some axes (because alcohol and axes are a good mix), play games and win prizes. Nosh on tacos throughout the weekend courtesy of LB Tacos and Tacos La Bomba. The festivities are family-friendly but if you must be at least 12 years old and wear close-toed shoes to throw axes.
COST: FREE admission

Late Night! Stanley Kubrick
Friday, 6-10pm
Skirball Cultural Center — 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
The after-hours celebration of the new exhibition Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs features an outdoor screening of The Shining at 7:30 p.m.. The party also features a DJ, food trucks and a cash bar.
COST: $5 general admission, FREE for Skirball members

Artcrimes
Friday & Saturday
Burgundy Room — 1621 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
Perfectly themed for the season, this art show features gruesome installations by Scott Hove (the creator of Cakeland), new paintings by tattoo artist Henry Lewis and performances curated by Vanessa Burgundy. The moody, dark space is only open in the evening and tickets are required.
COST: $15

San Gabriel Fall Fun Festival
Friday, 5-1opm
Mission District — 320 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel
Little ghosts, ghouls and goblins are invited to a fall spooktacular fair. The night includes a costume contest, food trucks, free family photos, and trick or treating.
COST: FREE

Other family-friendly Halloween/fall festivals this weekend include:

Fire Walk with Me: A Twin Peaks Halloween Party
Friday & Saturday, 9pm-2am
Echoplex — 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park
Costumes are highly encouraged when you enter the black lodge for this themed party. Expect live performances and DJ sets from Angela Seo (Xiu Xiu), among others. There will be photobooths, art installations and a Miss Twin Peaks costume contest (all genders). This event is 21+.
COST: $12

Grand Park Día de los Muertos
Saturday, October 26 through Sunday, November 3rd
Grand Park — 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The DTLA park joins forces with Self Help Graphics & Art and Lore Media & Arts to host free Day of the Dead festivities that run trough Nov. 3. In addition to 35 altar displays, expect plenty of performances and events. On Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m., a traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony will be held. Expect a night of contemplative reflection that lets you connect to indigenous practices. At the event, artist Ofelia Esparza will unveil a community altar. Enjoy performances by CAVA, Nina Diaz, Danza Divina de Los Angeles and Tierra Blanca Dance Company.
COST: FREE admission

Additional Día de los Muertos events this weekend include:

True Crime Stories of Los Angeles & Ghost Tours
Saturday & Sunday
Heritage Square Museum — 3800 Homer St., Montecito Heights
The museum hosts two creepy, immersive experiences this weekend. The True Crime event (noon – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) examines a Victorian love triangle, a murder, a historic riot and other crimes in early L.A. Watch characters amble through the old houses, performing reenactments and trying to solve cases. After the sun goes down, stick around for a small group “ghost tour” with spooky tales about the families who used to live in these houses and the tragedies of the area. The ghost tours are only on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
COST: $10 – $20 (True Crime); $45 (Ghost Tour)

Boo-nion Station
Saturday & Sunday
Union Station — 800 N. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
The free, two-day, family-friendly Halloween party takes place from 12 to 6 p.m. each day. The train station’s South Patio transforms into a mystical Halloween Village with performances, Halloween crafts, face painting, tarantula tattoos and puppet shows. There’s a Treats-on-Track Trail with lots of sweets at 1, 3 and 5 p.m., a dance party on the half hour and costume contests at 2 and 7 p.m.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

The Other Reindeer Scarolers at Greystone Mansion
Sunday
Greystone Mansion — 905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills
Listen to classic Halloween songs performed by The Other Reindeer Scarolers at the historic mansion. Dressed as Victorian zombies, the ensemble sings Halloween and Christmas Carol “scarodies” in four-part harmony. Sweet Nothings Cake Shop provides the dessert buffet. Costumes are welcome but no masks or full face coverings. Guests can tour the first floor of the mansion.
COST: $55 – $65

 

Take Me to the River LIVE!
Sunday, 7pm
Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University — 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
Celebrate the music of New Orleans with sets by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville and Walter “Wolfman” Washington, plus Mardi Gras Native Americans with “Big Chief” Monk Boudreaux of The Golden Eagles and “Big Chief” Romeo of the 9th Ward Hunters.
COST: $10 – $27.50

Big Lebowski Halloween Brunch
Sunday, 12 to 4
Preux & Proper — 840 S. Spring St., downtown L.A.
Party like The Dude at a brunch with themed drinks and dishes like burgers, andouille nachos and po’boys. Costumes are encouraged. In fact, any dude, dudette or duderino who comes in costume gets a free white Russian frozen daiquiri, so slip on your comfiest robe.
COST: free admission, food costs vary

Haunted Little Tokyo: The Block Party
Saturday & Sunday, 5pm-12am
Little Tokyo — downtown L.A.
The party closes down 2nd Street between Central and San Pedro for a night of food, live music, entertainment and a haunted beer garden (for those 21+). Trick-or-treating runs from 5 to 8 p.m., the block party runs from 6 p.m. to midnight, and there’s a 21+ after party from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Noy Pitz Bar and Grill.
COST: FREE admission to block party and trick-or-treating; other activities extra

 

The Raven / The Old Dark House
Sunday, October 27
7 – 10pm
Alex Theatre — 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
The Alex Film Society’s annual Halloween screening is a double feature of Boris Karloff films, both directed by James Whale: The Dark Old House (1932) and The Raven (1935). Host Illeana Douglas is joine by special guests Bela Lugosi Jr. and Sara Karloff. Douglas tapes her podcast, The Film Scene (with co-host Jeff Graham), live during the on-stage segment.
COST: $17

West Hollywood Carnaval
Thursday, October 31
Various Locations
And, of course, last but not least, the annual West Hollywood Carnaval on Halloween proper. If you aren’t partied out from the month of festivities, you won’t want to miss this year’s annual bash. With official parties at the Mondrian, The Standard, The Grafton on Sunset, and many more, there’s a little something for everyone this year.

Have fun!

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