Become one of the Walking Dead
Ever wonder what it be like to transform into a werewolf or stumble into a restaurant with a grisly zombie gash on your face? The professional make-up artists at Cinema Secrets, in Toluca Lake will do their best to make you look messed up.
Halloween Town in Burbank features two stores. One exclusively for costumes (you can find anything from a simple mask to movie caliber costume) and the other featuring props, décor and animatronic beasties for sale.
Scare the S#*! out of Your Date
Griffith Park’s history has been marred by real life murders, mutilation, and even claims of alien abduction. Mix in an eerie abandoned zoo, reputed ghost sightings near Bee Rock and you have… the perfect setting for the L.A. Haunted Hay Ride.
Ever wondered what it would be like to survive a horror movie? Hollywood Horror Nights at Universal Studios, features mazes based on the movies “Evil Dead” and “Insidious” and a scare zone where you will be stalked by everyone’s greatest fear – evil clowns!
Knott’s Scary Farm offers a similar scare zones & mazes experience, minus the Hollywood flavor but with a wicked twist. Pay a premium and you can be “Trapped” in an interactive maze, in which you and no more than 5 cohorts must collaborate to solve puzzles and navigate wicked contraptions, to literally find your way out. And remember your safe word, because unlike other haunted attractions, the monsters are allowed to touch you.
Don’t need a safe word? Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare at the “Fearplex” in Pomona, features nightly metal concerts and monsters who will stalk you throughout the park. Test your nerve in 3 haunted houses. The best-worst of it? Don an executioner’s hood and traverse the Total Blackout maze sightless – exploding fireworks and electrically charged walls ensue.
Join Scary Movie Club
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is screening “An American Werewolf in London” on October 19th and “The Craft” on the 26th.
If you have a taste for Indy Horror, The L.A. Screamfest features a lineup of out of the mainstream horror movies each October. Got horrific story ideas of your own? Write them down and submit your manuscript into their horror themed screenwriting competition next year.
Can’t make it out to the movies? Pick up a good horror movie that you’ve never heard of. Our recommendation? “May” provides a fun mix of horror and comedy. Don’t trust us? Stephen King has touted “Entrance”, a creepy little film with scenes that may literally seen through the eyes of a psychotic stalker.
Be the evil queen of the ball (or her gimp).
Ms. Kitty’s Halloween Ball is described as, “An erotic, living, breathing haunted house of PANSEXUAL live performance, shows, dancers, mazes, interactive sets and dirty carnival style games”, on their Facebook event page. Enough said.
Prefer your Halloween party to be more chic? The W Hollywood is hosting their Haunted Hotel Party on the 26th. There is a Brazilian themed costume party featuring a live Brazilian band and dancers.
Taking over the Egyptian Theater, King Tut’s Tomb is self-hyped as the biggest and best Halloween costume and dance party in Los Angeles.
Never went to the prom? That’s okay, because you can make things right by going to the Zombie Prom at Busby’s. You don’t even have to rent a limo.
Are you a big spender with industry connections? If so, Kandy Halloween at the Playboy Mansion, features sexily costumed models and the musical styling of LMFAO. The only thing that stands between you and your Playboy Mansion dreams? $1,000+ and a VIP invite.
Do Something Cultured-ish
Wicked Lit features plays based on classic horror literature, staged at the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery. This year’s lineup includes “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Lurking Fear,” “The New Catacomb,” and “The Legend of Sleeping Hollow.”
Listen and learn about “Dia de los Muertos” themed music and traditions at the Pacific Symphony’s Halloween Masquerade. Musical selections from “Harry Potter” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” are also performed.
Stalk through the streets, but in a fun way.
The Halloween Pub Crawl allows you to walk and drink your way from bar to bar, in Hollywood – just like your hero Ricky Gervais did.
Have you spawned a little monster? Mickey’s Halloween Party, allows your kids to dress in costume and trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland or head to Sherman Oaks and experience Boney Island for free.
Are you in the mood for an intimate little shindig? Then avoid the streets of West Hollywood Monica on October 31st. The West Hollywood Halloween Carnival draws over 200,000 (and some reports say as may as 500,000) costumed partygoers to Santa Monica Blvd each year. It’s arguably the best Halloween street party anywhere.