16 Ways to Spend the Weekend in L.A.: Zombies, Giants, Sriracha, Haunted Houses and More!

Zombies, giants, sriracha, haunted houses and all sorts of scaretastic shindigs.

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It’s the last weekend before Halloween and that means it’s a weekend packed with costume balls, haunted houses, corn mazes, freaky films, and more scaretastic events. So technically that’s more than 16 events (lots more) but who’s counting when it’s this much fun? 

SHUFFLE: Long Beach Zombie Walk
Unite with fellow flesh-eaters at the Long Beach Zombie Walk, which opens with the Thriller Dance and ends with the screening of a zombie classic. More information (October 26; Long Beach)

EAT: Sriracha Festival
Do we need another reason to celebrate our beloved rooster sauce? No, but we’ll gladly take one. Nearly a dozen L.A. chefs gather under one roof to cook their hottest Sriracha-themed dishes. Live music, local craft beers, and cocktails help sweeten the deal. More information (October 27; Lot 613)

SEE: 8th Annual Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon
You’re welcome to wear your jammies when the Aero Theatre unearths the bloodiest flicks from its vaults. More information (October 26-27; Aero Theatre)

HEAR: They Might Be Giants
In the afternoon show, these superstars of children’s music will likely draw on their Grammy-nominated Here Comes Science and the Grammy-winning Here Come the 123s. In the evening, the band celebrates 30 years together crafting unique and outlandish pop with the release of their 16th studio album, Nanobots. More information (October 26; Royce Hall)

DANCE: KCRW’s Halloween Masquerade
If you’re looking to get your groove on, this is the Coachella of Halloween parties. Last year more than 3,000 elaborately costumed guests haunted the opulent Park Plaza Hotel as the radio station’s DJs spun in various nooks and crannies. This year revelers can also boogie to live sets by Har Mar Superstar, the Lions, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at an event that’s a wild mashup of old time carnival, Louis XVI-style gran bal masque, and full-on dance rager. More information (October 26; Park Plaza Hotel)

SEE: The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years
Among all the Instagram auteurs, these lens masters dominate the art form. Explore more than 500 images from around the globe. More information (October 26; Annenberg Space for Photography)

HEAR: Micro-Festival: A Day In The Desert
Micro-festivals are the new black. A Day In The Desert features three days of music in the scenic surroundings of Boulder Gardens. Check out live performances by among others Health, Survive, Mark McGuire. More information (October 25-27; Boulder Gardens)

EXPERIENCE: ¡Vivan los Muertos!
A daylong festival celebrates the Mexican tradition of El Día de los Muertos, otherwise known as the Day of the Dead. Explore family altars on display, watch performances by Aztec and folkloric dance groups, and shop for trinkets and treats. More information (October 26; The Autry)

RUN: Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon
For all those that believe they’re incapable of tapping into the forever-elusive “runner’s high” myth, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon is here to prove you wrong. You’ll reach euphoria, but who’s responsible: the endocannabinoids or the thrashing sound waves? More information (October 27; L.A. Live)

EAT: Sausage Fest
It really is a sausage party as chef Ray Garcia of FIG gather half a dozen of his pals—including chefs Kris Morningstar, Christian Page, and Bernhard Mairinger—for a cookout with tubed meat as the star. More information (October 27; FIG)

HEAR: Boy
Despite the name Boy is comprised of two girls (one Swiss, one German) who sing smart, optimistic pop in English. It’ll bring a smile to your face. More information (October 26; Fonda Theatre)

EXPERIENCE: Theatricum BOO-tanicum
Theatricum BOO-tanicum transforms the forested oasis of Topanga Canyon into a thespian underworld of ghost stories, haunted houses, live music, and sinful treats. More information (October 25; Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum)

SEE: SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque
After a 6-year hiatus, the saucy show is back with stripteases that lampoon Game of Thrones, Planet of the Apes, and Dr. Who. More information (October 26; House of Blues, West Hollywood)

EAT: L.A. Grub Crawl
Bon Appétit hosts two food crawls, one in the afternoon in Venice and another in downtown in the evening, featuring some of the magazine’s top local restaurants including Alma. More information (October 26; various)

EXPERIENCE: Day of the Dead
What better place to celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead than Olvera Street? After a procession and blessing, you can peruse the elaborately decorated altars while sipping cinnamon-tinged hot chocolate. More information (October 25-November 1; Olvera Street)

HEAR: Kanye West
The producer, performer, and musician who likes to compare himself to Jesus, hits town for two shows in support of his latest album, Yeezus. More information (October 26 & 28; Staples Center)

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