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Halloween and Harvest Events

for Los Angeles, 2002

This is just archive info, current info is here!

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  
bulletto Theatre and Movies
bulletOther Sources for BOO news across the web
bulletMore Haunted Houses and goulie stuff
bulletHalloween Shopping
bulletJust Hanging Around the House

Startling Street Fairs

The city's have not updated their events calendars for this Halloween,  yet... Here's the offerings for 2001.  Expect the same for 2002.

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 ????.  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.  

bulletWest Hollywood on Halloween 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: 323-289-2525 or http://www.weho.org/cf/calendar/ or http://www.visitwesthollywood.com/411/ . 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 Halloween Street Fair   (late update)

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 on Hollywood Blvd..  There's a caravel atmosphere and many of the shops are set up for trick-or-treaters.  Some stores will be open late for tirck-or-treating  It's a great time to visit the bizarre midnight museums that dot the area.

This year for the first time they are trying to structure the carnival into a controlled space with admission fees for adults with children getting in free.  There will be carnival rides and food vendors.

bulletInfo:  Halloween night  after dark to about 10.  Some spots, midnight. The center of Hollywood -- Hollywood Blvd.  Main stage near Highland extending all the way over to Vine where the food vendors will be. Check your local papers for actual street closure.  Parking is on lots just off Hollywood Blvd.
bullet$10 for adults, children under 12 are free
bulletKids  encouraged. Kids costume parade, 
bulletNo silly string this year.
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.

Descanso Garden's Pumpkin  Festival

"Descanso Gardens offers families and friends the opportunity to enjoy fall's blooming beauty along with seasonal celebrations."   Children's costume contest on both days, Pumpkin Carving, "The Fascinating World of Bats" are among the highlights.

bulletKids welcome. set up for the whole family.
bulletInfo: http://www.descanso.com/Pumpkin.cfm or (818) 949-4200.  Saturday October 26th and Sunday, October 27th.
bulletCheck out their detailed calendar of events.

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. 
bulletCheck out their detailed calendar for music schedule and demonstration times  of everything from woodcarvers to black smiths to quilting

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

Two days of fun.  Four stages of live entertainment and contests.  Contests include pumpkin pie eating and seed spitting.  They also have a costume contest on Saturday with cash prizes.  Also have pony rides, historical demonstrations, petting zoo and reptile show, beer garden, pumpkin bowling, art and crafts booths and more.

bulletInfo: http://www.pumpkin-festival.com/ or 818-225-2227.  October 19 and 20, 2002.  $9 for adjusts, senior/youth $7, children $5.  Additional discounts for police/military, children in costume on Saturday, etc.  Parking $5
bulletParamount Ranch, Kanan Road and 101 Freeway


 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.

bulletRuns most  nights in October though November 2rd. (Oct, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, Nov. 1, 2)   Not recommended for children under 13.  For the little ones, check out Camp Spooky 
bulletInfo: http://www.halloweenhaunt.com or call 877-858-7234 for more information. 
bulletPrices : $25-35 w/ coupons at Burger King.  Prices vary by what weekend and when purchased.  They do sell out some nights, so plan ahead.  (Admission separate from day passes.)  Ticketmaster also.
bulletSorry, no costumes on attendees.

Knott's Berry Farm Camp Spooky

Daytime alternative to the scary Halloween Haunt.  Celebrating Halloween cheer with trick-or-treating, mazes and shows.  

bulletRuns days: September 21-22, 28-29, October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 2002
bulletIncluded in normal day admission to the park

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, 3 levels of dance parties with  DJs as well as a live band in their Boiler Room.  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. ( Oct 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 31, Nov. 1, 2)  
bullet$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. (Oct 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 31) 
bulletIncluded 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 4th though January 5th only.  Included with regular admission.
bulletSorry, no costumes on attendees. Kid friendly

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 (Oct 26) 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 the 3-D "Psychotic Circus".  Famous large undertaking setup for Halloween each year in the San Fernando Valley.  One of the biggest undertaking in Los Angeles every Halloween.

bulletRegular attraction recommended for 10 and over.  Rated: very scarry. 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 children $8.50 to $18.50 or vip minimum wait tickets $25.   (Are planning on having on-line ticket ordering this year.)
bulletTopanga 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. 6260 Topanga Canyon Blvd.)
bulletPreview: Sept 20, 21, 27, 28.  Regular: Oct 4th, weekends though Nov 2.  Open nightly Oct 23 - Nov 2.  Friday, Saturday, Halloween:  Dark until midnight.  Sunday and weekdays: Dark until 10.

Antelope Valley Scare

bulletInfo: http://www.avscare.com/ .  Various prices, General is $7, Extreme scare days $10, Children's show $3, coupons on line, group rates, pre-order with pay-pal.  Oct 11-13, 17-21, 24-27, 29-Nov 2.    Next to Fun Land.
bulletChildren's show Oct 26, includes balloon bounce and trick-or-treating
bulletRegular show, not recommended for children under 12.  
bulletExtreme show Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 10 PM to midnight, 16 and over only, ID required . Dance band included
bulletThey have a fairly complex web site that includes lots of haunt discussion.

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 different than the standard fright house.  OK for all ages.  

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

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

Grimmstone Cemetery

15 years of haunting the San Fernando Valley.


Infohttp://members.aol.com/gargoylguy/Grimmstone.html. Thursday October 31th, sundown to midnight, Also Sat-Sunday, Nov. 2-3, 2002.  Free.  6706 Blewett Ave in Van Nuys. (South of Vanowen St., just west of the 405.)


Good for all ages.  Not meant to be a "scare".  Instead, it "shows you the spookyness that Halloween has to offer."

Haunted Hollywood Ghost Walk

bulletA tour of Hollywood's spooky side
bulletInfo: http://www.ghps.org/hh1.html . Start October 26, 2002, also on Halloween.
bulletNo children under 12.   Adults $15, Seniors and Military $12.  Reservations recommended.

Altadena's Haunted Jail

bullet"A 1948 Working jail, complete with a ghoulish cast of prisoners. Four different zones will take our inmates through different jail scenarios."
bulletInfo: http://www.altadenasheriffs.org/ . Thursday, October 31, 2002, 3-9 pm, 626-798-1131
bullet780 East Altadena Drive.  off on Lake, at  the Sheriff's station
bulletChildren over 6, $1 donation.

Haunted Hike

bullet"The Dreaded Curse of Echo Canyon".  15 minuet presentation by docents at the Stone Canyon nature Center in Burbank.
bulletInfohttp://www.burbank.com/nature.shtml  or 818/238-5440.  Get extract times and additional events from the web site
bulletHaunted Hike: Fri Oct 18, Sat 19, 7-9:30
bulletFull moon hike: Mon Oct 21
bulletKids event: Sun Oct 20
bulletThings that go bump in the night: Sat. Oct 26
bullet1499 Wildwood Canyon Rd, Burbank.  $3 adults.  Kids over 6 only.  Babysitting available. 

"Real" Haunted House Tours

bulletInfo: http://icghosts.homestead.com/icghostshomepage.html 
bulletSunday October 13th or Sunday October 27, Saturday Nov. 9th or Saturday Nov. 16, 2002.  Reservations required.  Usually fills up 3 weeks in advance. 
bulletAdults $75, Students $55.


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

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 26.

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

Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade & Canine Costume Contest

As the title says, this is a doggie costume contest!!!  Bring your pet and howl with the pampered pooches in  the Belmount Shores area.  Sunday, October 27

bulletInfo: http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html .  contest starts at  2pm but the" Yappy Hour" and "Bobbing for Weenies" begins at 1:30 p.m
bullet$5 or more charitable donation per dog goes to local animal charities 
bulletLivingston Park.  Ocean Boulevard and 2nd Street, Long Beach

Book Signing by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury will be signing copies of "Ray Bradbury: An Illustrated Life" on Saturday, Oct 26.  (OK, so not specifically Halloween... but he is a master of suspense and the chill.

bulletInfo: 818-545-0121, Noon to 2 pm
bulletAt Mystery and Imagination book store, 238 N. Brand Blvd, Glendale 

Arabia Exotica 2002: The Wild Heart Speaks

bulletThis is listed as a "Bellydance DreamStories a Go-Go! Dance Fusion Show" that mixes "the colorful, exotic worlds of Fantasy Bellydance, Techno-Trance, Fire Dance,
Hip-Hop, Go-Go dance and Martial Arts".  Lots of amazing costumes
bulletSunday, October 27th, 2002, doors open at 7, show starts at 8, dance party at 10
bulletInfo:: http://www.leelabellydance.com/arabiaexotica.html . Reservations a MUST: (818) 558-0801
bulletGitana Nightclub: 260 E. Magnolia, Burbank
bulletTickets: $15  (21 & over)
bulletWear fantasy costumes, optional

Living History at Los Encinos State Historical Park

Here's a chance to escape to the 19th century for the afternoon.  Not a Haloween event, but great costumes.  "From noon to 3 PM, we will have a program of historical music and living history, featuring the music of Los Californios and the Dogtown Filharmonik with vocals by Sheila Murphy-Nelson. Guests are invited to dance on the lawn to the music of 19th Century California.  The program will also include children's activities and storytelling."  Then, from 3 PM to 5 PM, the public is invited to a forum where the existing plans for the rebuilding of the park's historical education program will be discussed.

bulletSaturday , October 12th, 2002,starting at noon
bulletInfo: http://www.lahacal.org/losencinos.html , free for all
bulletLos Encinos is located a half a block east of the intersection of Ventura Blvd and Balboa Blvd.
bullet19th century costume optional

The Gasfitter's Ball

Be transported back in time to the 16th century for an evening of period dinner and dance in the time of Sherlock Holmes.  This year's theme is "Holmes and Watson fraternize with the lower classes!"

bulletThis is a costume only event for adults.    
bulletInfo: 818-893-1501 (Jerry).  Saturday, November 2nd.  San Gabriel Valley, South Pasadena Woman's Club
bulletCostumes of the era requested

Arcadia Fandango

A fund raiser for the new Arcadia Historical Museum. Features live music from Los Californios and a wooden dance floor. The program will be a combination of demonstration dances and public participation. Program runs from 11 AM to 4 PM with three dance sets of approximately 45 minutes. 

bulletInfo: Sunday, November 3rd. Admission $10. San Gabriel Valley,  380 West Huntington Dr., Arcadia. 
bulletDirections: 210 Freeway, Baldwin Ave exit, south. Turn Left onto Huntington Dr. It is at the fork of Campus & Huntington.

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

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 guided tours depart every 15 minutes on Saturday, October 26th, 2001  1PM - 3PM.


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.


Stay for Dia De Los Muertos.

Dia De Los Muertos

"This tradition is enriched with beauty, caring and humor with which the Mexicans celebrate their rites or communion between the living and the dead. They believe that each year on the "Day of the Dead", the souls of their departed loved ones return to share a feast with the living. Since it is a reunion there is nothing somber or macabre about this event."


Info:  (877) 844-3837. http://www.ladayofthedead.com & http://www.forevernetwork.com/latestnews/ 


Saturday October 26, 3-10:30, Free, food available in park


Theatrical presentations, processions, singers, etc


6000 Santa Monica Boulevard (same as the Hollywood Forever walking tour)


Contests for altar building


They do not encourage the public to come in costumes but typical Mexican dress-up, face painting as a skull is OK

Monster Massive

Major dance festival at the LA Sports Arena and surrounding area.   Billed as one of the biggest electronic music events in the country. "This year's event will feature five functioning, technologically advanced Multimedia stages and rigging installations."  Check the website for the full list of performers and stages.

Info: http://monstermassive.com/2002/html/event.html or 323-9605155.  Tickets at Ticket master and other locations.


Saturday, Oct 26,  5:30PM to 4AM, $35 presale, $45 at even, $75 VIP.  3939 S. Figueroa St. in Downtown LA.


"Costumes are recommended but no costumes with spikes, chains, or any other decoration that can be harmful will be allowed in the venue."  Costume contest.


Theatre and Movies

(We're looking at theatres with Halloween productions,  list will be update as we find them.)

Dracula, a Musical Nightmare

Hey, when does a title say it all.  Grand journey into a wonderfully entertaining, if twisted,  version of the classic.  Great night's entertainment. "Thrills!  Chills!  Songs!  Beautiful girls! "

bulletInfo: http://www.sacredfools.org/ . (310) 281-8337.  Thurs to Sat nights, Sept 26 - Nov 2, 2002. 8 PM, tickets can be purchased on line.  Reservations recommended, especially close to Halloween. 

The Sacred Fools Theater, 660 North Heliotrope, Hollywood, CA 90004, 2 blocks East of the Normandie/Melrose exit on the 101, 1/3 block South of Melrose


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Time warp for charity!  "District Councilmember Nick Pacheco and Doctor Frank-N-Furter welcome the community to do the "Time Warp" at the Eagle Theater in fabulous Eagle Rock on Saturday, October 26 at 5:30 pm with a lingerie costume contest hosted by Alexis Arquette followed by a screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. ...  Proceeds of the event will benefit the Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness (GLAD)."

bulletInfo: http://www.gladinc.org/pr/rockyshow.html or 323-665-5488
bullet$31, includes complimentary cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres.
bulletThe Eagle Theater, 4884 Eagle Rock Blvd (south of Colorado Blvd)
bulletShow starts at 5:30.  

Edgar Allen Poe, Once Upon a Midnight

John Astin as Edgar Allen Poe at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse.  The play integrates recitations of various writings including the Raven in it's complete form.

bulletInfo: 310-372-4477, Thurs Oct. 16 - Sun Oct 19 only.  Tickets $40-$45. Thur-Sat 8pm, Sunday 2 and 7 pm..
bulletThe Hermosa Beach Playhouse, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach


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...

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

Watch the 1993 classic movie  at the El Capitan Theatre along with two of his earlier films, "Frankenwennie" and "Vincent".  See classic props and sets from the movie

bulletOpens October 25ths with a special panel of  the filmmakers starting at 7PM.
bulletInfo: http://cms.disney.go.com/disneypictures/el_capitan/ or 1-800-DISNEY,  October 25-31.  Six shows a day.
bulletTickets Adult: $10, Kids & Seniors $6.50, group $6, special VIP inkling no-wait & "best seat" promise.  El Capitan Theatre, 6830 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood.

The Silent Movie Theatre

Celebrate October with the originals of Horror Movies.  The Silent Movie Theatre is the last fully operational silent movie theatre in the US.  Join then for the classics, with live musical accompaniment.  

bullet Nosferatu: October 4,5,6 
bulletSpooky weekend: October 18-20
bulletThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: Oct 31- Nov 3
bulletInfo: http://www.silentmovietheatre.com  / program is subject to change - please call the box office at: (323) 655-2520 to confirm show times!
bullet611 North Fairfax Avenue, Hollywood, California 90036, (one-half block south of Melrose Avenue).

ScreamFest Horror Film and Screenplay Competition 

Looking for newer scary movies?  Come see the latest.  Also catch some of the classics with special guest lectures and autograph sessions.  The festival is Oct. 17-20.  Catch numerous LA premieres of the up and coming horror movies.

bulletA few highlights of the classics screening:
bullet"The Exorcist - the version you've never seen before".  William Friedkin is scheduled to attend with a  Q & A following the screening.  Oct 17.
bulletGeorge Romero autography signing, Oct 19
bulletInfo: http://screamfestla.com/  or 323-656-4SCREAM  for a complete schedule and more details about ticket requirements for the special features.
bullet$11.50 per ticket or $100 for the whole festival


bulletWill not have a lot  for this section until Halloween gets much closer, check back then.

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.


Other Sources for BOO news

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 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 have photo tours of haunted hotels and other fun stuff to get you in the mood.
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 BOO section for local events.

Halloween Shopping

Some of da Cat's favorites for Halloween stuff

bulletWestern Costume's Annual Halloween Rental
bulletThe Ultimate spot for costumes from the famous and infamous.  Western Costume is normally closed to the general public but opens their doors to rent to the general public for one month a year.  You pick up the costume for the month and return it after Halloween.  So, come as early in the month as you can for the best selection.  With their collection built from 90 years in film and television costuming, you can be anything you wish.  You may actually rent the costumes used in films and TV shows you have loved -- everything from "Happy Days" to "Cleopatra", any era from Caveman to Spaceman.
bulletInfo: 818-760-0900, Oct 1-11, 10am-6pm, Oct 12-31, 10am-7pm.  11041 Vanowen St., North Hollywood.  Just W of Vineland.  Enter from the rear.
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 ) is incomplete has only 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 propped 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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