Go-Go Monster Party

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Knott’s Berry Farm probably had the first big Halloween haunts back in the 1970s and those teenage zombies are still hopping out of dark corners. Universal Studios, the Queen Mary and even family-friendly Disneyland have gotten into the act. But this weekend’s Ben Von Strawn Monster Party at the Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College is the only one I know of that invokes the short-lived, but gladly reanimated era of the go-go monster beach party as seen in Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. This Frankenstein collage of Ed Roth, Roger Corman and George Barris looks super cool and boss and gear and even has a hayride! See you there!

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Nichols joined Los Angeles magazine in 2000. He writes the Ask Chris column and brings a historical perspective to the magazine with pieces on lost neon, vintage road trips, and stylish Angelenos living in the past. He has been involved in historic preservation for 25 years working to save the iconic mid-century modern architecture of Los Angeles. His book The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister won the Independent Publishers award in 2008.Got a burning question about life in L.A.? Chris Nichols has an answer. Want an urban myth debunked? Need to settle a wager? E-mail your questions to [email protected]