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Halloween and Harvest Events

for Los Angeles, 2001

Costumes and Halloween fun go hand in hand. So, it is only appropriate to brings you news of where you may go to be haunted... or, to do your own haunting.  So, in that spirit... this section has been expanded to more than just places to wear costumes for this spooky holiday.

Whether you dress up or just want to go to watch costumed folks in Los Angles this Halloween, here's a selection to sooth the ghoul in you.  This is only a sample of the fun available though out the area.  Most listed here have web sites.  There's a lot more fun out there, but this list had to stop sometime.  Be sure to check out your local paper for more events around you or listen to your favorite radio station for club events. (Check Other Sources for hints on how to find more events.)  For those of you not in LA who've wandered here, I've got some web source fun at the end of the page.

This longgggggg list starts with the mundane... but you'll find, that like a haunted house, the further you prowl, the weirder it gets.  

bulletStartling Street Fairs
bulletSpooky Amusement Park makeovers
bulletScary Business - Haunted Houses 
bulletGhoulish Events - Contests to Dances to Theatre
bulletOther Sources for BOO news across the web
bulletMore Haunted Houses and goulie stuff
bulletHalloween Shopping
bulletJust Hanging Around the House

Startling Street Fairs

West Hollywood Halloween Carnival

This is the Halloween Costume Party to end all parties -- and that's saying a lot for Los Angeles.  Halloween night Santa Monica Blvd. is closed down in West Hollywood and turned over to the the wildness of imagination.  You'll see some of the most electrifying, strangest, daringest, gaudiest costumes to strut down a public street.  

There are numerous stages set up with bands and other events as well. There will be a parade.  The grand marshal is Margaret Cho.  There is a drag competition.    Most stores stay open late.  It's a great place to come and play... you never know who or what you will see.  There will be numerous stars just roaming the boulevard as well as total shocking silliness.  

bulletPreliminary costume contest is at Woody's on October 28th
bulletCategories: Best Individual Costume, Best Group Costume (2 to 6 People), & Most Creative.  Each of the winning groups will receive $150 prize from the city of West Hollywood. 
bullet 21 and over for the contest. 
bullet http://www.woodyslosangeles.com/
bulletHalloween night is NOT for the kiddies... nor for anyone easily offended.  Leave your inhabitations at home and party!  It's a no-holds-bared Mardi Gras fun night for adults.  Kids have their own West Hollywood carnival on Saturday, October 27.  (Check the website below for more info.)  
bulletInfo: 323-860-0701or http://www.weho.org/cf/calendar/. Halloween night 6PM to midnight (or until the bars close). West Hollywood on Santa Monica Blvd - from La Cienga Blvd. to Doheny Drive.  Check your local papers for street closure and parking arrangements. 
bulletCome in Costume if you can.  Costumes may be wild, but please remember, it is on a city street...

Hollywood Street Fair

OK, it's not quite true that the West Hollywood Street Fair is too big to contain all the costumes.  However, if you are looking for something much more kid-friendly but still a free spirited street fair, check out what Hollywood does.  There's a caravel atmosphere and many of the shops are set up for trick-or-treaters.  Some stores are open late and it's a great time to visit the bizarre midnight museums that dot the area.

bulletKids OK and encouraged in some shop... but use discretion in some of the museums.
bulletInfo:  Halloween night  after dark to about 10.  Some spots, midnight. The center of Hollywood -- Hollywood Blvd, around Highland - Cahuenga - Vine.  Check your local papers for actual street closure.  Parking is on lots just off Hollywood Blvd.
bulletCome in Costume if you can.

Myth, Magik and Macabre - Long Beach Street Fair

"Trick or Treat at a bizarre bazaar." Monsters will be out and about in Long Beach the Saturday before Halloween.  There will be magicians and story tellers mixing with the costumed throngs.  See African drumming and the dance group Dembrabah, an entourage of giant puppets and phantom hearses.  Works of Valerie Bechtol will be on display.  Dance the night away at the Howlin' Swing with the music of the Blue Pacific Band. 

bullet$1000 in costume prizes.  Pre-register at the web site by 5pm on site.
bulletKids welcome
bulletInfo: http://www.mythmagikmacabre.com/ or 562-436-4259.  Saturday October 27 only.  5pm until midnight.  East village Arts District, First Street between elm and Linden Avenues, Long Beach.
bulletCome in Costume if you can.

Dia de Los Muertos - Day of the Dead - Olvera Street

The Day of the Dead celebrations date back to the time of the Aztecs.  It is a time of remembrance and socialization.  Olvera Street will have two parades, lots of things for kids and their families, celebrities and wonderful food.

Check out their web site for a detailed explanation of the history and culture behind this celebration.

bulletKids welcome
bulletInfo: http://www.olvera-street.com/ or 213-628-1274.  Saturday November 2.  10am until 9pm.  Olvera Street and Broadway, Peublo de Los Angeles, downtown LA.

Local City Street Fairs and Halloween parties

Well, I'm not going to try and catch these.  Check your local paper.  

Most of these are kid oriented.  If the pattern from the last couple of year holds on, a number will be on the Saturday afternoon before Halloween.  Others will start at 4PM on Halloween for the kiddies.

Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival

Wana have a fun time down on the farm???  Or just hung a pumpkin?  This is the place.  All October they are set up with a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides, sunflower forest, old fashion food  and more.  On the weekends the Country Farm Store has all kinds of home made crafts and goodies and musicians performing.  There are farm demonstrations though the month and they are set up for schools

bulletInfo: http://www.faulknerfarm.com/. Free parking and admission, though rides and petting zoo have a small separate fee. 10am - 5:30 daily, October 1 - 31. Take I-5 or 101 to Highway 126, Briggs Roads off ramp, north 1/4 mile.  


 Spooky Amusement Park makeovers

Dates open vary.  See the sites for the actual days.  It's often Friday night through Sunday in October as well as Halloween. The big ones are open most of October.  However, check an individual attraction's own web site.  Because of intensity of the haunting, there are child age recommendations for most of these events.  Some events have separate children's events.

Knott's Berry Farm Halloween Haunt

Here's the most elaborate scare event with over 1,000 monsters.  Knott's Berry Farm turns into the "Scariest Place on Earth" after dark.  Many mazes and shows including Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.  This year they're expanding even further with dinner packages and VIP  tours.  They're also having a hearse night.

bulletNow running most nights though November 3rd.  Not recommended for children under 13.  For the little ones, check out Camp Spooky that runs on the weekend days as part as normal admission to the park.
bulletInfo: http://www.halloweenhaunt.com or call 877-858-7234 for more information. Open almost daily all October though November 3rd.  Prices : $40, preview $27, day-of-event $30, coupons at Burger King.  They do sell out some nights, so plan ahead.  (Admission separate from day passes.)  Ticketmaster also.
bulletSorry, no costumes on attendees.

Queen Mary's Ship Wreck

Wana party on a real haunted ship???  The Queen Mary changes into a horrifying party boat just to celebrate Halloween.  It has 7 mazes this year, live bands and DJs.  Open weekends all October.

bulletNot recommended for children under 13.
bulletInfo: http://www.queenmaryshipwreck.com or call 562-435-3511.  Open Friday/Saturday/Sunday  in October as well as Halloween week.  $25 regular, preview $13.  They do sell out some nights.  Ticketmaster also.
bulletSorry, no costumes on attendees.

Fright Fest at Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain remakes the mountain for the month of October.  They have 4 mazes of horror and the bizarre.  By popular demand, they've reversed the Colossus roller coaster for a real fright.

bulletMazes not recommended for the young kids.  Some mazes have actual age restrictions.  However, they also have Bugs Bunny World: "Twick or Tweat".
bulletInfo:  www.sixflags.com/parks/magicmountain or 661-255-4100.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October as well as Halloween night.  Included with regular admission. 
bulletSorry, no costumes on attendees.

Haunted Mansion Holiday - Disneyland

Also billed as When Holidays Collide.  Disneyland has remade over their famous Haunted Mansion in the style of "Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas".  The somber New Orleans styled house has been redecorated as Jack Skellington and the other residents of his world descending for some delightful twists on the mix of Christmas and Halloween.

bulletInfo: www.Disneyland.com.  Runs from October 5th though January 6th only.  Included with regular admission.
bulletSorry, no costumes on attendees.

Universal Studio's Halloween Family Fun

Universal Studio's is not doing a separate Halloween event this year, but they're still remaking their rides and adding lots of twists and scares to the  experience of their studio tour.

bulletNo separate admission. OK for the entire family.

Other Parks and Attractions

Every single amusement  park in Southern California seems to have some kind of Halloween or Autumn celebration going.  Many have children's costume contests.  There are addition events from "the Scarium of the Pacific" to Universal's CityWalk Halloween Carnival to Legoland's "Brick-or-Treat Celebration."

Check out <Other Sources for Boo News> for search engines.


Scary Business - Haunted Houses

Spooky House Haunted Theme Park

Join ghosts and spooks in a 25 room haunted Victorian Mansion and the Devil's Gulch Ghost Town.  Newly added is "Nightmares in 3-D".  Large undertaking setup for Halloween each year in the San Fernando Valley..

bulletRegular attraction recommended for 10 and over.  Young children are accommodated at the matinee, Spooky House Adventure, on Saturday and Sunday noon to 4.
bulletInfo: http://spookyhouse.com or call 818-888-8570.    Admission is $8.50 to $18.50.   Open dark until midnight.  Topanga Canyon Blvd. and Victory Blvd. in Woodland Hills. (This is in the San Fernando Valley.  (Actually, on Topanga across the street from Tower Records, in Woodland Hills, CA..)

The Haunted Zone

3-D fright in Alhambra (and a coupon for a free game of laser tag).  

bulletThis 2 level haunted house has multiple fright levels so it's OK for the kids at well.  
bulletInfo: www.HauntedZone.com or call 877-haunt-me.  $8 or $2 for children under 5.  Friday , October  26,  Saturday October 27 and Halloween.  231 E. Main Street, Alhambra.

Hallowed Haunting Grounds

This is a  wonderful home based haunting based on mystery not shock. The Studio City house transforms into a grave yard with Hollywood magic effects. Quite a number of eerie special effects.  OK for all ages.  

Check out their detailed web site for a tour of their grounds.  Lots of links.

bulletInfo: http://www.hauntinggrounds.org/hhg.htm.  Monday October 29 - Halloween, 7PM to Midnight. FREE.  7 until at least 10.  4343 Babcock Avenue, Studio City in the San Fernando Valley.  (One block west of Whitsett Avenue, just south of Moorpark Street)

Grimmstone Cemetery

14 years of haunting the San Fernando Valley.


Infohttp://members.aol.com/gargoylguy/Grimmstone.html. Sunday October 28th, sundown to 11PM, Tuesday October 30, sundown to 10PM, Halloween night, sundown to 11:30PM.  Free.  6706 Blewett Ave in Van Nuys. (South of Vanowen St., just west of the 405.)

Throughout California

Haunt World has a very detailed list <here>

bulletNote: some viewer may have trouble with this page, just say <no> to debug.
bulletWhen clicking on other links, you can bypass frames by doing a right click and then <open in new window>
bulletSome info is out of date, so check with the house before going. This year many more houses do have web pages.

Throughout the country...

Go to Haunted House search engines...

Castle Blood

And just to not leave out the east coast entirely... I had to mention Castle Blood.  So, they're on the other side of the country... don't let that stop you.  People come from all over to see them.  If you want to see fantastically haunted costumes, check out the web site at www.CastleBlood.com.  

They have won national awards for their costuming... or and you can order costumes for them... for next year.


Ghoulish Events - Contests to Dances to Theatre

Van Tassel Harvest Ball

Consider joining the citizens of Sleepy Hollow for their Harvest.  Be transported back in time to the 16th century for an evening of period dance and heart-stopping story telling.

bulletThis is a costume only event for adults.  There will be prizes for the best dressed lady and gentleman and for the best Jack-o-lantern.   
bulletInfo: 805-527-8711(Sharon or Hank).  On Saturday, October 20th. 5PM-11PM. $35. Includes dinner and dancing.  Recommend tickets in advance.  San Gabriel Valley, Alter Mount Sierra Masonic Lodge, 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.
bulletCostumes are required and must be from 1700 to 1799.

Gatsby Night

Consider in evening in the world of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Great Gatsby" -- the wild and decedent world of the idle rich in the Roaring '20s.  Live music of the period for your dancing pleasure.  Pay-as-you-go bar for alcohol and soft drinks.  Snacks provided.

bulletThis is a costume preferred, black-tie event for adults.  Check out their web site for information about learning the dances, what to wear and the entertainment schedule.
bulletInfo: www.lahacal.org/gatsby/ or 818-342-3482.  On Saturday, October 27th. Ball: 7:30 - 11:30; dance class: 3-5PM. $30-$35.  Recommend tickets in advance.  San Gabriel Valley. Scottish Rite Temple, 150 N. Madison, Pasadena.  (Hall is half a block south of the corner of Walnut & Madison.)
bulletCostume of the 1920's is encouraged.  Black tie, if possible.  While you do not have to have a costume, check out their web information for the dress code.

There are more costume dance events scheduled.  Check www.lahacal.org for many more ideas.

Halloween Swing Fling & Costume Ball

What about the weekend on Catalina Island with dancing?  Costume ball featuring swing band & dancing! 

bulletInfo: 1-888-330-5252 http://www.visitcatalina.org/calendar2001.htm#oct or www.jazztrax.com.  Saturday, October 27th. Catalina Island. Avalon Casino Ballroom.
bulletCostume suggested.

Underwater Jacques-O-Lantern Carving Contest

Yup, seriously.  Carve a pumpkin  under water!  Catalina Island has all kinds of Halloween events planned.  This one is of special note.  Saturday, October 27.

bulletCheck their web site for kid's October events during the day.
bulletInfo: info@visitcatalina.org or 310-510-7649.  All Catalina Island October events: http://www.scico.com/twoharbors/calendar.html
bullet Costume... er... scuba wear required

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tour - Art Deco Society

Grab your walking shoes and be prepared for 'a marble-ous tour of post-mortem stargazing' as tour guilds from the Art Deco Society re-tell Hollywood's history -- movie moguls, stars, early pioneers and entrepreneurs.

Reservations are required, though tours depart every 15 minutes on Saturday, October 27th, 2001  10-12 noon.


Info:  http://www.adsla.org/events.htm  or 323-659-3326.  Cost: $13 for non ADSLA members.  6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, between Gower and Van Ness at the fountain inside the main gate.

POEssessed - Staring Edgar Allan Poe IV

Join the great-great-great-grand nephew of the original Edgar Allan Poe for the West Coast premiere for a "uniquely entertaining and eerily interesting evening of theatre with surprises, thrills, and, of course, goose bumps."

bulletPlays Sunday nights from October 21 though December 9, 2001.  7:30.  Special show on Halloween.
bullet Info: http://www.fremontcentretheatre.com/ or 626-441-5977.  Tickets $15.  Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Avenue in South Pasadena. 

Little Shop of Horrors - Live

Catch the real musical in all it's dark and tacky glory. A vampire plant on Skid Row makes a great Halloween treat... but will the survivor be you or the plant?  Remember the thrill of "Suddenly Seymour" or "Be a Dentist"?  Great fun in Hollywood.

bulletPlays Thursday though Saturday, September 21 - November 18, 2001.  Th-Sa: 8PM, Sunday 2:30.
bulletinfo: http://www.actorsco-op.org/ or 323-462-8460.  Actors Co-op at the Crossley Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St., Hollywood.

 Fright Lights - Laser Light show

Prowl the stars at the Griffith Park Observatory.  They are running a special Fright Light show though the month of October.  Extra shows have been added for Halloween week.  Check the schedule for times.

bulletInfo: http://www.laserium.com or 323-664-1191.  Check web site for days and times the show is running.


Many theatres have special screens planned for Halloween and the weekend before.  Pick up a paper or hit www.MovieFone.com or <Other Sources> and check out the theatres.  Tasty treats include...

bullet"Blood: The Last Vampire" at the Egyptian Theatre on Sunday October 28, 323-466-3456.
bulletTod Browing's "Freaks" at the Silent Movie Theatre on October 25, 27, 28. 323-655-2520.
bullet"Night of the Living Dead" at the Warner Grand Theatre on Saturday October 27. 310-548-7372.  <-- grunge costuming, before the music scene discovered it!
bullet"Nightmare Before Christmas" at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.  At least 5 showing a day, but get tickets for the popular times.
bulletHey... enough... dig for your own... or just catch a modern horror movie with costumes: "From Hell".

Costumes????  Up to you... but it's a great time to wear the 'blacks' and powder your face, at least.  Just watch out for those with the naturally sharp teeth.


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More Haunted Houses and goulie stuff?

Check out these haunted search engines for activities around the country.  They have haunted houses, chat, costume tips and more...

bulletHaunt World
bullet - http://www.hauntworld.com/
bulletHaunted America
bullet www.HauntedAmerica.com 

Use search engines for events around Los Angeles. Note: no search engines have everything, so dig for info.

bulletCheck out LA Insider.com .  Search by Key Word and narrow down you choice by area or category.  They've got a good club listing.
bulletCheck out DigitalCity.com.  Search by Key Word and narrow down you choice by area or category.  They have a special Halloween section with events broken down by category, including a kid friendly section.  They also list some costume shops and supply places.
bulletLos Angeles Almanac list a lot of family friendly activities for October  including street fairs, harvest festivals and museum days.
bulletThe Los Angeles Times' CalendarLive.com has a long list of children's happenings and costume contests - most on the Saturday and Sunday before Halloween.  Check out the 'Family and Festivals' section.

Halloween Shopping

Some of da Cat's favorites for Halloween stuff

bulletCinema Secrets
bulletWonderful make-up and special effects from the Studio City store.  While most of the year they cater to the film industry, they go all out during this season to bring high class make-up effects to the masses. 
bullet If you want profession makeup done for a special party, make an appointment well in advance.
bulletTheir web store has a sampling of their offerings: www.CinemaSecrets.com - makeup, Woochie (professional quality latex appliances) and costumes. 
bulletHighest quality collection of in-the-bag costumes I've seen.  
bulletWell worth the couple extra bucks... Their web site pictures don't do these justice.
bulletWilshire Wigs
bulletThis great wig store is actually in North Hollywood.
bulletNice web store - http://www.wilshirewigs.com/ 
bulletCheck out the "Costume Wigs" and "Bargain Wigs" categories for Halloween hair.
bulletThey carry everything from serious wigs to Halloween insanity day-glow to theatrical. 
bulletLove their prices.  Special pricing for schools and group purchase.
bulletThe Halloween Club
bulletThis is a year round giant store for everything Halloween located in North Orange County.  
bulletTruly amazing amount of costumes and props... everything from inexpensive to trust-fund baby's party level.
bulletShop early, if possible. Open very late this time of year.  This place can be a total zoo in October, but if you want selection, this is the place.
bulletI don't believe they have a web page so if you need info: 800-4 SPOOKY. 
bulletLocated  at 13310 East Firestone #A, in Santa Fe Springs.  (You can see it from the 5 freeway.  Exit at Carmenita.)
bulletAlterYears, for the Costumer
bulletBuilding your own costume?  Want something beyond the patterns you can find in the fabric stores?
bulletThis store in San Gabriel specializes in historical patterns (and books).
bulletAlso carry a number of hard to find costume accessories including hoop skirts, gloves, corsets and boning.
bulletTheir web site ( www.AlterYears.com ) has a few examples of their patterns, but they have many more in store.
bullet8960 E. Huntington Dr., San Gabriel, 626-614-9400 (Located behind the North Woods Inn in Clearman's Village - Huntington Drive and Rosemead Blvd.)

Just Hanging around the House...

OK, so sometimes you're not up to running out and around in costume... check out your TV for all kinds of monster festivals.  Let them wear the costumes and makeup!  You'll have your feet up and a bowl of candy in your arms. 

Get started with some web games and schedules:  (You're on your own for the rest!)

bullet AMC's Monster Fest - many movies and many games: www.AMCTV.com including a Halloween version of 'You don't know Jack'.
bulletTurner Classic Movies is also all prep for fang night: www.TurnerClassicMovies.com.


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