What should you do to celebrate Halloween? From erotic ballet blurring the lines of heaven and hell, to a free haunted house in the backyard of a Burbank home, there are plenty of spine-tingling options for you to enjoy. Here is the Los Angeles Blade Halloween breakdown:
West Hollywood Halloween Carnival • Santa Monica Blvd • Free • Oct. 31
Santa Monica blvd. between N Doheny and La Cienega will be closed and taken over by goblins, sexy nurses and some of the most creative costumes you will see anywhere. It’s a big party, be prepared for a large crowd. The party goes from 6-10:30 p.m.
Halloween Horror Nights • Universal Studios Hollywood • $$$$ • Through Nov. 3
A scary, intense event that takes you into the “immersive worlds of living, breathing icons from the most twisted imaginations in film and television,” according to its website. Take a date to use as a human shield as you walk terrified through eight horrifying mazes based on film and television, including Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” “Poltergeist,” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” There are five new scream-invoking scare zones and an all-new Jabbawockeez live show.
After Dark Tour • Paramount Pictures Studios • $$$ • Through Nov. 3
The two-and-a-half hour tour promises to expose the dark, twisted stories that haunt the studio by moonlight and to reveal how Old Hollywood scandals still live today. The walking-intensive tour starts with a toast of complimentary champagne to honor the coming darkness, and includes a creep through the darkest corners of the infamous backlot and Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Horror Made Here • Warner Bros. Studio Tour • $$$ • Through Oct. 28
A Halloween Party and creepy carnival on the iconic studio’s backlot where evil clowns, demon nuns, super villains and the devil himself will come to life. The park features five hair-raising dark mazes based on “The Conjuring,” “It,” The Joker and others.
The 10th Los Angeles Haunted Hayride • The Old Zoo in Griffith Park • $$ • Through Oct. 31
Enter through the gates of Purgatory, where vicious clowns wait in the haunted woods, ready to unleash their bags of tricks. A sinister hayride featuring a terrifying cast of characters seems almost safe enough until you experience other attractions such as the Trick or Treat interactive neighborhood, House of Shadows dark maze, a psychic and an old-world haunted village.
Creep: A Wake • The Row DTLA • $$$ • Through Nov. 4
A 75-minute environmental theatre experience where guests feel like they’re inside a horror movie. The avant-garde production explores what makes a creep, while allowing the audience to feel as if they are creeping into a dark and twisted world, as they explore 60,000-square feet of unsettling psychological imagery and sounds.
KCRW’s Masquerade • Los Angeles Theatre • $$$ • Oct. 27-28
KCRW favorites Santigold, White Denim, Cherry Glazerr, DaM-Funk, Wajatta, Shannon Shaw and the Flaming Lips’s drumming duo, Brothers Griiin, will perform in the haunted rooms of the Los Angeles Theatre. The night also features KCRW DJs, Lucent Dossier, a costume contest and food trucks.
Danny Elfman: The Nightmare Before Christmas • Hollywood Bowl • $$ • Oct. 26-27
Los Angeles’ reigning Pumpkin King, Danny Elfman, will return to the Hollywood Bowl performing his role of Jack Skellington singing live to film for a very special screening of Disney’s timeless holiday classic. The immersive experience will include live scenery projections, live orchestra and spectacular guests, like original cast members Catherine O’Hara and Ken Page.
Lucha Vavoom: Circo de Vampiros • Mayan Theatre • $$ • Oct. 24-25
An action-packed scream-a-thon extravaganza that is the perfect combo of authentic masked Mexican wrestling, comedy and high-octane performances. Featuring a long-list of performers including Cavernario, Flamita, Extreme Tiger, Magno, Karis, Neon Music, Veronica Yune and special performance by Bionic Viktoria Modesta.
LA Opera Presents Vampyr • Theatre at Ace Hotel • $$ • Oct. 27-28
The LA Opera’s annual Halloween mash-up of opera and cinema returns to the spectacular gothic caverns of The Theatre at the Ace Hotel with filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer’s surreal 1932 masterwork, with score by composer Joby Talbot and conducted by Matthew Aucoin.
The Backwoods Maze • A random house in Burbank • Free • Weekends through Oct. 31
This is a free maze that will scare the hell out of you. With a five-star rating on Yelp, guests are thrilled by the terrifying characters and attention to detail, as well as the fact that some guy dreamed of a haunted house in his backyard and created it for the community to enjoy.
Burlesque & Inferno • DTLA • $$ • Through Oct. 31
American Contemporary Ballet presents “Burlesque & Inferno,” a thrilling, chilling Halloween double feature. The world premiere of “Burlesque,” a blend of eroticism and dance, is paired with ACB’s haunting “Inferno,” an immersive ballet that will blur the lines between heaven and hell.
Shapeshifter Circus: The Carnival Underneath * The Concord • $ • Through Nov. 3
A rock ‘n roll circus where guests are taken to an underworld dimension where monsters dwell and evil magic brings forth chaos into the world. Live rock band YNMDI-with members formerly of The Shakers-will play the show, accompanied by sorceresses, aerialists, creatures on stilts and clowns sure to traumatize.
Halloweenie • Belasco Theatre • $$$ • Oct. 26
Join all your favorite ghouls n’ goblins in a tribute to American Horrors with a night of dancing and drinking at the yearly event that benefits GMCLA’s youth outreach programs. The party welcomes all types and will be littered with glittered half-naked men.
Bordello Halloween Night • Doheny Room • $ • Oct. 31
An exclusively whorefying ticketed experience by Paul Nicholls and Justin David with DJs Noir D Costas and Ryan Kenney. This is one option if you want to enjoy Halloween in West Hollywood without being out on the crowded street like a plebeian.
Chad Hudson Events’ 10th Annual Halloween Carnival Party • Palihouse • $ • Oct. 31
If you want to be out in West Hollywood during Carnival but want to enjoy the festivities from a protected perch on the rooftop of the Palihouse, this is your event.
Six Flags Fright Fest • Valencia • $$$ • Through Oct. 28
Be prepared to be scared as zombies and ghouls take over the park. With mazes, scare zones and all kinds of creatures lurking in dark corners, the petrifying rollercoasters won’t be the only thing making your blood run cold.
A Club Called Rhonda: Drag Me to Hell w/2ManyDJs • Los Globos • $ • Oct. 27 and 31
The pansexual pleasure cult is set-up in Silver Lake to anchor the eastside with omnisexual amalgamation, hot dance beats and a fusion of fashion flavors. It’s always Halloween at A Club Called Rhonda parties, but this is the real one. The Halloween edition runs until 3 a.m.