A Fright-tastic Halloween Roundup

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Whether your idea of a spooky good time includes taking your children trick-or-treating somewhere new, catching a horror flick, listening to dark poetry, taking a haunted hayride, or dressing up and dancing into the night, we’ve got your perfect Halloween covered. Here are our top holiday events from the Guide, plus a few extras designed to make your All Hallow’s Eve extra sweet

Hard Haunted Mansion
The Hard Haunted Mansion returns with more than 20 DJs, including Fatboy Slim, Rusko, and 2ManDJs. If you’re the dress-up-and-dance type, this one’s for you. 
Event dates: October 28 – 29
Event time: 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Event location: Shrine Expo Hall
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Zombie Walk
The meat hits the pavement when 20,000 ghouls pack downtown Long Beach. The goal: to beat the Guinness World Records’ reigning zombie gathering (4,093 folks) and to ensure no other town comes close to taking the laurels from Long Beach. Johnny Vatos Boingo Dance Party, a band featuring some former Oingo Boingos, will serenade the grateful dead.
Event date: October 29
Event time: 2 p.m.
Event location: Long Beach
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Halloween at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium celebrates the haunted holiday by transforming its space into a pirate-filled “underwater world of chills.” In addition to a special Mermaid’s Lair attraction, the aquarium will set up a Voodoo Village and a Sea Scare Glow Party Zone featuring treat-or-treat stations, dance and costume contests, fortune and story tellers, and more.
Event date: October 29
Event time: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Event location: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
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KCRW’s Masquerade
KCRW pulls out all the stops for their annual adults-only ball. That means multiple rooms with big-name DJs (Moby!) and revelers who take dressing up in costume seriously. We’ll see you in the Gold Room—that’s where Henry Rollins will spin his favorite funk and disco classics.
Event date: October 29
Event time: 9 p.m.
Event location: Park Plaza
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Costume Haunt
This is the Halloween event for vintage-shopping fans. Beauty and lifestyle expert Kym Douglas (The Ellen DeGeneres Show) hosts a fashion show of costumes reminiscent of decades past (think ‘20s flapper dresses and ‘60s mod) followed by designer Sue Wong’s trunk show. The Grilled Cheese Truck and Coolhaus will be there, too.
Event date: October 29
Event time: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Event location: Unique Vintage
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The Muse Costume Ball
LACMA’s annual masquerade party is known for going all out—and selling out. We expect no less of this year’s event, which is dubbed a Dead Man’s Ball and will feature performances by the 25-piece experimental jazz orchestra Killsonic and DJ Jeremiah Red plus sets created by Labyrinth of Jareth. If you haven’t already, go to the museum early to see the Tim Burton exhibit before it closes on November 1.
Event date: October 29
Event time: 8:30 p.m.
Event location: LACMA
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Halloween and Mourning Tours
Along with participating in a mock (we hope!) funeral in a historic Santa Monica home, guests who partake of Heritage Square Museum’s Halloween and Mourning Tours on Saturday will learn about Victorian-era mourning rituals and the Spiritualism movement. The program is more family friendly on Sunday, when kids can enjoy period games, a craft station, spooky stories, and a pumpkin patch.
Event dates: October 29 – 30
Event time: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Event location: Heritage Square Museum
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
One way to make this German expressionist horror silent even more chilling? Watch it with an atmospheric soundtrack performed by organ virtuoso Clark Wilson.
Event date: October 30
Event time: 7:30 p.m.
Event location: Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Fangoria’s Annual Horror Movie Prop and Costume Live Auction
With all the storied props and costumes that have come up for auction recently, you could stock movie museums around the world. Such treasures as Dorothy’s ruby slippers and Marilyn’s white dress from The Seven Year Itch fetched record prices globally, and now, just in time for Halloween, comes a different breed of memorabilia auction. At Premiere’s prop warehouse in El Segundo, Fangoria magazine and Premiere Props will team up to offer Freddy Kruger’s sweater from A Nightmare on Elm Street and a “large, dirty cross” from The Exorcist. Viscera and limbs from the Saw movies will also be on the block—see if you’ve got the guts to check them out.
Event date: October 30 
Event Time: 11 a.m.
Event Location: Premiere Props
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Mostly Dead Poets
Poets Brendan Constantine and Laurel Ann Bogen will be on hand at the Ruskin Art Club to read “creepy poems,” including Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” “October Knob and Broom,” “Also Frankenstein,” and “Postcard Written Under Halloween Flashlight.” Guests will be able to enjoy refreshments, too—if they’re not scared too stiff to drink.
Event date: October 30  
Event time: 2 p.m. 
Event location: Ruskin Art Club
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Mali-BOO Country Mart
Trick-or-treating along PCH isn’t such a great idea. Getting the kids to dress up the family pet for a kid and pet costume contest at the Malibu Country Mart is better, especially since everyone who participates will receive a cupcake from Malibu Kitchen. For those who need more sugar than that, various stores will be filling bags with Halloween candy, too.
Event date: October 30
Event time: 2 p.m.
Event location: Malibu Country Mart 

Mark Z. Danielewski’s The Fifty Year Sword
For one night only, the author of The House of Leaves, one of our very favorite books set in L.A., will conduct a theatrical production of his illustrated ghost story The Fifty Year Sword complete with 40-foot shadows by shadowcaster Christine Marie, live music, and sound design by John Zalewski.
Event date: October 31
Event time: 8:30 p.m.
Event location: REDCAT
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Halloween Horror Nights
Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, and Eli Roth are getting their freak on as inspirations for Universal Studios’ annual frightfest. There’ll be mazes devoted to Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses film, Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare stagecraft, and Roth’s Hostel torture-porn flicks.
Event dates: Now through October 31
Event location: Universal Studios
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Day of the Dead Altars & Ephemera
The Folk Tree’s 28th annual event celebrates the Mexican traditions of Día de los Muertos. Traditional altars, works by local Mexican folk artists, and installations examining modern concepts about death will be on view.
Event dates: Now through November 5
Event time: Mon. – Wed., 11 – 6. Thu. – Sat., 10 – 6. Sun., 12 – 5.
Event location: The Folk Tree
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Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
The Queen Mary has been sitting in Long Beach Harbor far longer than she sailed the seas as a glamorous ocean liner, but her art deco curves are still as enchanting as they were in the big band era. Below deck, the engine rooms and service halls are ominously barren—perfect for this holiday haunt. The three shipboard mazes are complemented by a dockside set featuring 160 monsters and 20-foot-tall flames. If you’re too scared to drive home afterward, you can check into one of the guest rooms, whose historic appointments might seem more eerie than cheery on a night like this.
Event dates: Now through October 31
Event Time: 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Event Location: Queen Mary
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Los Angeles Haunted Hayride            
Based on the contents of journals left behind by the nightmare-plagued twin daughters of Griffith Park zookeeper Ferdinand Clifton, this 25-minute experience is more than a hayride; it’s a frightfest. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Los Angeles Parks Foundation.
Event dates: Now through October 31
Event time: Thu. and Sun., 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 7 p.m.– midnight; Halloween, 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Event location: Old Zoo at Griffith Park
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Wicked Lit
Horror stories by Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Mark Twain are performed live as guests tour the mausoleum and cemetery, which are located in Altadena.
Event dates: Now through November 6
Event time: 8 p.m.
Event location: Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery
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