Hayrides & Comedy & Pet Sounds: 20 Ways to Spend the Weekend in L.A.

October is in full swing and that means it’s time for haunted gatherings, a massive comedy festival, Brian Wilson, and our very own Food Event.

As if stumbling on a Salvador Dalí exhibition in a Woodland Hills strip mall isn’t surrel enough, October is in full swing and that means it’s time for ghost stories, pumpkin patches, fake cobwebs, the Coachella of comedy festivals, a chat with Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan, and more.

HEAR: Brian Wilson Plays Pet Sounds 
Wouldn’t it be nice to hear the legendary Pet Sounds album performed in its entirety by the man who created it? You can find out on Sunday night when former Beach Boy Brian Wilson does just that. The surprise performance was only announced on Thursday but it should be a good one since Wilson did a trial-run in New YorkMore information (October 20; Greek Theatre)

RIDE: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Hop on a hay-filled wagon and ride through a nightmarish landscape that exploits your fears and terrors. Back for its fourth year, the trail is longer and the attraction now includes a 360-degree interactive experience, bringing the terror to all sides. Also, you will get wet. More information (October 4-31; Griffith Park)

LAUGH: Festival Supreme
Organized by Tenacious D bandmates Jack Black and Kyle Gass, this promises to be the Coachella of comedy. More than 20 acts will take the stage, including Zach Galifianakis, Adam Sandler, Sarah Silverman, and Princess, Maya Rudolph’s Prince cover band. More information (October 19; Santa Monica Pier)

EAT: Los Angeles Magazine’s The Food Event
This Sunday marks the return of our eighth annual Angeleno foodie bonanza. Toss on your brunchy best and romp around a Malibu ranch to check the expert seminars, live cooking demonstrations, and great eats provided by Allumette, Bestia, Cook’s County, Fig, Loteria, Sqirl, and the Hart and the Hunter, to name a few. More information (October 20; Saddlerock Ranch)

HEAR: The Writer’s Cut: Vince Gilligan
Cure your Breaking Bad hangover by joining the Library Foundation of Los Angeles to welcome Vince Gilligan for a talk about storytelling, inspiration, and the show that has made the writer world famous. More information (October 18; Central Library)

HEAR: Gary Numan
You may remember Gary Numan for the 1980s hit “Cars,” but this pioneer of electronic music has gone in a heavy industrial direction with his latest releases, perhaps inspired by his friendship with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. Numan, who’s now an L.A. resident, has a new record, Splinter, which came out on October 15. More information (October 18; Hollywood Forever Cemetery)

You must be at least 18 and sign a waiver to enter Blackout LA, which you’ll experience by yourself. It’s all about shock and humiliation. Unlike other haunted enterprises, where the performers don’t touch you, here they do—and they’re naked. A New York import that debuted in L.A. last year, it seems ideal for fans of the Saw and Hostel movies. More information (October 4-November 10; 940 S. Figueroa St.)

SEE: Nightmare Before Christmas
Its subject is a less frightening holiday. Still, Tim Burton’s with its tale of a pumpkinheaded Jack Skellington and his search for love, sets just the right seasonal mood. More information (October 15-November 3; El Capitan Theatre)

HEAR: Alton Brown
The Good Eats host brings his zany geek-chic to the stage for The Edible Inevitable Tour, a family-friendly variety show with live music, cooking demonstrations, and outlandish science facts. More information (October 19; Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts)

SEE: Peepshow Menagerie
Expect the Log Lady, the Elephant Man, and Eraserhead to bare almost all. For the latest edition of the long-running burlesque revue, David Lynch’s works get buxomed up by a crew that has sexified everything from Wagner to The Hunt for Red October. More information (October 18; Fais Do-Do)

EXPERIENCE: Alvarado Caverns & Mystery Theatre Machine Project has turned its storefront location into a spooky looking cave with a Victorian era theater space in the basement. Come by for a scare or one of the many performances in the basement. More information (October 11-November 24; Machine Project)

HEAR: Les Nubians
International recording artists and sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart aka Les Nubians started out as a capella singers and eventually develop a sound that fuses hip hop, neo soul, and “Afropean” music. They have been making plenty of stateside appearances in support of the soon-to-be-released Nu Revolution album. More information (October 15 – November 19; Luckman Fine Arts Complex)

SEE: One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct
Artist Lauren Bon, who planted a cornfield in Chinatown, embarks on an ambitious project for the aqueduct’s centenary: leading 100 mules along the 240 miles of pipeline connecting Owens Lake with our city. More information (October 15 – November 12; Los Angeles Aqueduct)

SEE: Bettlejuice + Poltergeist
Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice and Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist. Get your scare on in the comfort of your own car! More information (October 19; Electric Dusk Drive In)

HEAR: Disclosure
Better known as Disclosure, U.K. dance sensations Guy and Howard Lawrence put out their debut album Settle in June and it quickly garnered attention for its deep house sound—electronic music with melodic keys and soulful vocals. More information (October 18; Fonda Theatre)

EAT: Rising Tohoku Fair
Japan’s Tohoku region is not only the birthplace of the absurdly sweet Fuji apple, it is also home to a unique culinary style that includes everything from sweet confections to savory ramen. Mitsuwa Marketplace will be highlighting the area at the Rising Tohoku Fair, featuring Japanese-style apple pie, beef tongue bento, and tonkotsu shoyu ramen from the Sendai Takejiro noodle shop. More information (October 17-20; Mitsuwa Market)

HEAR: Patti LuPone
Broadway legend Patti LuPone brings Les Misérables, Evita, and Gypsy back to life at the Broad with a slew of classic croons alongside a conversation with radio host Seth Rudetsky. More information (October 19; Broad Stage)

EXPERIENCE: Invisible Cities
Wander whimsically throughout one of L.A.’s architectural gems, Union Station, amidst a stage of reality and live opera. Equipped with wireless headphones, you become both the director and audience of this innovative and experimental show. More information (October 19-November 8; Union Station)

SEE: Uncle Vanya
Chaos ensues when a brainy professor and his hot wife descend on a rural town. Chekhov’s 1897 tale of Russia’s growing pains gets an update by David Mamet, whose daughter Zosia costars with Stacy Keach. More information (October 17-20; James Bridges Theatre, UCLA)

PLUCK: Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival
If the pony rides and pumpkin patch aren’t your thing, the Insect Fair next door shows off 500,000 live and preserved bugs— including a few tarantulas, natch. More information (October 19-20; Cal Poly Pomona

EXPERIENCE: Halloween & Mourning Movie Night
Put on your scariest costume and pack a picnic basket. Heritage Square Museum invites you to join them for a fright-filled night of fun when they screen a classic scary movie from the vault. Heritage Square Museum. More information (October 19; Heritage Square Museum)