Have Yourself a Spooktacular Halloween!
With Halloween creeping near, the one thing everyone’s asking is, “What are you planning to do?” Residents of The Pearl have nothing to fear–from fiendish festivals to ghoulish ghost tours, LA abounds in scary diversions guaranteed to make the spirits rise!
If you’re stumped for costume ideas, why not try your hand at creative face painting. Party City carries a great selection of make up kits including Deluxe Zombie, Skull Make Up, Day of the Dead, Monster Make Up and Freaky Face. Ready to go full on? Hollywood Toys & Costumes has catered to movie studios, tourists and locals for over 50 years, offering an extensive inventory of costumes, masks, jewelry, make up, and novelties.
So now that you’re all tricked out, it’s time for a treat!
5515 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90038
Until November 3
Not all the stories born at Paramount Pictures made it to the silver screen. The darker stories remain, and continue to haunt the lot by moonlight. Maybe it’s Hollywood Forever cemetery next door. Or maybe it’s the passion to succeed in Hollywood that keeps the spirited personalities around, even after death. The After Dark Tour will reveal how the scandals of yesteryear still live amongst us. It all starts at dusk with a champagne toast. In the silence of the night, you’ll descend into the mysteries behind the iconic gates via cavernous sound stages and the darkest corners of Paramount’s infamous backlot. Guided by flashlight, you’ll creep through the legendary Hollywood Forever Cemetery to learn the tales of Hollywood’s most dearly departed and the secrets that followed them to the grave. After this mysterious adventure you’ll certainly think twice before wishing for a “Hollywood ending.” More info and buy tickets here.
The Groundlings Theatre & School
7307 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Oct 26 & 27 Shows at 8PM and 10PM
These Halloween-themed sketches will bring the treat to the trick-or-treat season! This all-new sketch comedy show features strobe lights, gratuitous blood, tasteful gore, creepy clowns, unconscionable wig usage, and an appropriate amount of severed body parts. May cause itchy spine, tingly fingers, and Delapsus Resurgam (fear of comedy). The non-profit Groundlings improvisation and sketch comedy theatre has been entertaining LA audiences for over 40 years. A “Groundling” is one of the 30 company members who write and perform in the theatre’s shows and teach classes at the Groundlings School, regarded as the foremost comedy training ground in Hollywood and the springboard for countless careers. Famous alumni include Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Lisa Kudrow, Jon Lovitz, Laraine Newman, Maya Rudolph, and Kathy Griffin. Buy tickets here.
6031 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
The World Famous Museum of Death was founded in June, 1995 when JD Healy and Cathee Shultz decided to fill the void in death education and made death their life’s work. With locations in Hollywood and New Orleans, the Museum of Death houses the world’s largest collection of serial killer artwork, antique funeral ephemera, mortician and coroners instruments, Manson Family memorabilia, pet death taxidermy, crime scene photographs, and more. The Museum of Death experience is a self guided tour lasting approximately 45 minutes to an hour. However, for intrepid souls with the stomach for it, there is no time limit, as there are hundreds of items to see. The museum shop carries a colorful collection of tees, hoodies, tarot cards, buttons, bandanas and other swag, which coud give you a jump start on your holiday shopping.
ALERT: There is no age limit, but the museum strongly recommends Mature Audiences, due to some truly scary displays.
October 31, 2018
6:00 – 10:30PM
Santa Monica Boulevard between North Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard
Go there if you dare! The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is one of the largest and most unique Halloween gatherings around. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Bring your costume ” A-game” but be forewarned, the competition is fierce! Attendees are encouraged to post a picture with #visitweho to Instagram, which might be reposted or shared on their Live Stream. For your listening pleasure, enjoy multiple music stages along the boulevard blasting live sets and DJ tracks. You can get your grub on at the many food trucks parked along the street, or drop into any Santa Monica Boulevard restaurants still serving. If you take a rideshare service, don’t expect to get dropped off right at Santa Monica Boulevard—set your destination pin a few blocks away from the festival and walk.
ALERT: No backpacks, camera bags or totes allowed. Please carry items in clear plastic bags. (Or just carry an ID and credit card with you.)