by Nira Lichten
Spicey Salamander Stew, anyone? What about Rat-atouille or Roasted Rodent? The menu of Topangaâ€™s latest pop-up dining venue on Red Rock Road, the RoadKill Tavern offers fresh daily specials. Offer good only through October 31.
Recommended October Activity: Walk through neighborhoods as Halloween displays appear. Trick or treating before October 31 is not recommended.
With more events being confirmed weekly, Halloween 2021 is a thrilling, chilling go! Halloweenies everywhere are gazing into crystal balls and searching the internet for confirmation that scare-tacular events are actually happening this year. The answer is yes. While some festivities have been canceled, there will be enough terror and mayhem to keep everyone screaming throughout October. Check out these freakish festivities, and jump on tickets fast. Events are expecting to sell out. Now thatâ€™s scary!
Knottâ€™s Scary Farm will run on select nights from September 16 through October 31. Universal Studiosâ€™ Halloween Horror Nights started on September 9 and will run through October 31. Six Flagsâ€™ Fright Fest is happening on select dates from September 11 through October 31.
On a different note but still a Los Angeles biggie, the LA Phil presents Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for its silent cinema with Clark Wilson. He is regarded as a â€śmaster of silent film and showman of the first order,â€ť for his organ accompaniments of silent films, will be performing a haunting score. The one-time performance is on October 31. For tickets: laphil.com/events/performances. Due to construction, check for parking.
Get Your Tickets Early
If youâ€™re hoping for something a bit outside the usual pumpkin patch, look no further. Though more event announcements are expected to trickle in over the next few weeks, space limitations to accommodate for pandemic restrictions are limiting the number of tickets for most events. If something sends goosebumps up your spine, claim your space early.
Hollywood Forever Cemetary. Whatâ€™s better than a horror flick to ignite the Halloween vibe? Watching it in a cemetery, of course. Cinespia has announced their lineup-ready for Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You can party among the dearly departed every Saturday night in October. Gates open at 5:15 p.m. Bring a picnic or sink your fangs into something from their concession, grill, and bar while the DJ provides pre-flick music. A photobooth is available for a free, social media-ready pic, and then let the onscreen slicing and dicing begin. For schedule and more information, go to cinespia.org. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable. Get yours at eventbrite.com/o/cinespia; (710) 499-4644.
Secret Movie Club. If joining the revenants in the cemetery isnâ€™t your cup of hemlock, Secret Movie Club, screening movies in downtown Los Angeles, has their October schedule posted at secretmovieclub.com/calendar?view=calendar&month=10-2021.
If youâ€™re into the art film scene, itâ€™s hard to imagine that you wonâ€™t find a must-see in their lineup. From Fassbinderâ€™s Satanâ€™s Brew to Kim Jee-woonâ€™s I saw the Devil, Secret Movie Club is ready to stoke your nightmares.
Electric Dusk Drive-In. Prefer to be terrorized in the safety of your own car? Electric Dusk Drive-in will make that happen in the old Sears parking lot in Glendale. They offer a range of movies, including family-friendly films like Disneyâ€™s Cruella (October 1), Casper (October 10), and Goosebumps (October 15).
At the time of this writing, their schedule through mid-October is up. You can find it at electricduskdrivein.com, and tickets are available at https://bit.ly/3ji5FkZ. They offer a very limited snack table and porta-potties. Youâ€™re welcome to bring your own food (no alcohol or smoking is allowed even in cars) or visit the many restaurants within walking distance of the parking lot. It is suggested you buy tickets early, as their events regularly sell out.
Photos provided by Nights of the Jack King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas presents its fourth year of â€śNights of the Jack, An Immersive Halloween Experience.â€ť
Zombie Joeâ€™s. Though every Halloweenie loves a good horror flick, the season isnâ€™t complete without some real-time undead terror. Zombie Joe assures that his band of baddies is ready to shock, scare, and generally freak you out. The incredible Zombie Joeâ€™s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood is back in full nightmarish glory with â€śUrban Death Tour of Terror.â€ť Part maze, part theatre, this event promises to reveal your â€śdeepest fears in a dark and twisting haunted maze and badass theatre attraction,â€ť according to the head zombie. Adult showings are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays throughout October, plus Sunday, October 31, and Monday, November 1. The zombies are offering a family-friendly version (suitable for children eight years and older) every Saturday at 7 p.m. Information and tickets are available at zombiejoes.com.
Nights of the Jack. In the mood for a gentler event? Consider â€śNights of the Jack, An Immersive Halloween Experience,â€ť returning for its fourth year to King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. Open from October 1 through October 31 from 6-10 p.m., you will have plenty of time to explore the immersive walking trail which spans two-thirds of a mile. The larger-than-life installations contain thousands of carved, illuminated pumpkins. You can also treat yourself to hot cider or a cocktail while sinking your claws into a seasonal snack at the Spookeasy bar. If youâ€™re looking for something more substantial, LAâ€™s finest food trucks will be waiting to serve you. Donâ€™t forget to bring your cameras so you can take advantage of countless photo opportunities sure to make you the envy of social media. Information and tickets are available at https://nightsofthejack.com.
A Faery Hunt Show and Fairy Halloween Party. Another family-friendly event is â€śA Faery Hunt Showâ€ť and â€śFairy Halloween Partyâ€ť at the Tarzana Community and Culture Center. The magic happens on Saturday, October 23rd from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. â€śA Faery Huntâ€ť shows are interactive, immersive performances designed to â€śinspire creativity and fun.â€ť Most children attend in costume; adults are welcome to wear theirs as well. Donâ€™t have an appropriate costume? Wings, wands, and wizard hats will all be available for purchase. Expect dancing, music, games, storytelling, and a magical time for the whole family. For more information: (818) 324-6802; or firstname.lastname@example.org. For tickets, go to https://stores.afaeryhunt.com/store-catalog/www.afaeryhunt.com.
Photo provided by Zombie Joeâ€™s Underground Theatre Group Zombie Joeâ€™s Haunted Theater Attraction, â€śUrban Death Tour of Terror,â€ť frightening in experimental and unexpected ways.
Haunt Oâ€™Ween LA 2021. Still have dates to fill in your otherworldly organizer? Haunt Oâ€™Ween LA runs from October 1 through October 31. This family-friendly, immersive experience offers trick-or-treating, a pick-and-carve pumpkin patch, games, face painting, food, wine tasting, and endless photo ops. Donâ€™t forget to explore the Halloween-themed tunnels and take a ride on the 40-foot carousel. This Haunt is happening at the Westfield Mall at 6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard and is open from 5 to 11 p.m. Information and tickets are available at https://socalhauntoween.com.
Halloweenies everywhere are still recovering from the tragic death of Halloween 2020, and recent COVID statistics had more than a few witches and warlocks shaking in their upturned-toed boots. But as boo-licious event confirmations continue to trickle in, itâ€™s time to fire up your broomsticks and carve a pumpkin or two.
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NOTE: Check event websites for updated COVID protocols. Some events require proof of vaccination as well as masks.
Photo by Kait Leonard At Electric Dusk Drive-In find family-friendly evenings of not-so-scary movies for kids among the full lineup that includes films for those who like to be terrorized but in the safety of their own car.
Photos by Christi Anna Photography On one day only, October 23, another family-friendly event is â€śA Faery Hunt Showâ€ť (Above left) and â€śFairy Halloween Partyâ€ť (Above right) at the Tarzana Community and Culture Center.