Halloween in LA offers up an overwhelming amount of events to choose from, and even more this year with it falling on a Friday. But if you’d rather immerse yourself somewhat more culturally, why not select from this compilation of events we think will inspire and provoke your spooky side. In chronological order, these are our Top 5 picks for this year’s Eve of Hallows.
1. Kick things off by kicking up your heels
KCRW’s 6th Annual Masquerade Costume Ball and Dance Party is this Saturday at 9pm. Enjoy the 5 different ballrooms and surrounding areas of The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel as they are filled with special musical guest performances, 12 KCRW DJs on the decks, burlesque dancers, aerialists, stilt walkers, ghost stories, food trucks, costume contest stages and much more! This event has sold out every year since its inception and this year is no exception, however there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.
$125 At the door
2. Ride the “Ecto” Metro
This Sunday Oct. 26 at 7pm, take a Ghost Hunters Of Urban Los Angeles (GHOULA) tour though the LA Metro’s Red Line 13 stops and explore some haunted history of Los Angeles along the way. In addition to Union Station and the North Hollywood Station, this FREE* guided tour will stop at a few other stations, where you will step off the train, rise to street-level, and hear about the ghosts and haunted sites visible from that spot before piling aboard to the next stop. This annual October tour includes among many others: spooky tales about a spirit solider, a vanishing padre, and a ghostly car. Led by GHOULA founder and Los Angeles ghost expert Richard Carradine.
*FREE with a Metro Day Pass ($7 + $1 TAP card). More Info
3. Wine + dine like a (dead or alive) star
While The Cat & Fiddle will sadly be closing their doors on December 15 this year, they are having a most appropriate “Hollywood Forever” Halloween event encouraging patrons to dress like their favorite celebrity: dead or alive. If a bygone era of Hollywood is your thing, then let this family run for 32 years business (and it’s fantastic building history dating back to 1929) sweep you off your feet starting at 8pm on Halloween proper. Bonus: if you can muster up the courage to ask staff for a ghost story, you might get a good one as the location is said to be haunted!
4. A Walt Disney Concert Hall-oween
On Oct. 31 at 8pm Nosferatu will screen at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Most appropriately, the live accompaniment will be Clark Wilson on the Concert Hall’s own monstrous organ. Nosferatu is the first vampire movie and arguably also the most chilling version not quite seen in cinema since. Costumes are welcome, but check the site for a few caveats!
5. Late night soiree at “The Living Museum”
Last but certainly not least, on Oct. 31 at 9pm, LACMA is encouraging it’s guests to dress as a work of art and mingle with masterpieces for the LACMA Costume Ball: The Living Museum.
The 11th annual evening will feature a bevy of live entertainment to dance the night away, eerie late night tours exposing dark secrets behind objects in LACMA’s collection, a costume contest judged by three of Hollywood’s most acclaimed costume designers, and food + drink available until 1am.
$60 LACMA Muse members | $80 LACMA members | $100 General Admission
Tickets: 323 857-6010 or reserve online.
Note: this event is designed for guests 21 and over.