Sometimes even the biggest Halloween enthusiasts need a break from being chased by evil clowns or chainsaw-wielding zombies. That’s where the October Country, a pop-up lounge at the Edendale (2838 Rowena Ave.), comes in. Open nightly from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. through Halloween, the October Country offers craft cocktails with horror-inspired names such as the Laurie Strode, the Clarice Starling, and the Norman Bates.
The pop-up was designed by David Anderson as a way to bring a traditional autumnal Halloween atmosphere to Los Angeles. He says, “I feel like fall can kind of get lost in Southern California, where it doesn’t really exist. It’s hard to enjoy your pumpkin spice latte when it’s 100 degrees outside.” Since the Edendale’s history dates back to the early 20th century, Anderson decorated it with vintage photos of trick-or-treaters from that era, as well as skeletons, scarecrows, and spider webs.
Anderson sees the October Country is a place for horror lovers to gather and relax. He says, “The October Country is also a reference to the larger community of haunters and immersive theater producers in L.A. that do a lot of amazing work this time of year. I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of them, and we’re all kind of carving out an unconventional path, and I know how challenging that is.” The October Country will host several events in the next few weeks, including themed nights, a trivia competition, and the Edendale’s annual Halloween party and costume contest.