Halloween

Costumes Optional, Fun Mandatory on Halloween and Día de los Muertos

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You’ll find the autumnal holiday‘s ghoulish stamp all over our city’s art, film, comedy, music, and outdoor festivals. The timing this year means that Halloween seems to last forever, and with Día de los Muertos just around the corner, there are even more skeleton-filled celebrations—both festive and traditional—to be had. Last weekend was filled with festivities, but don’t pack away your costumes just yet; here’s where to celebrate actual Halloween and Día de los Muertos. Dive right in—there’s nothing to be afraid of.

Wednesday, October 30

Haus of Creep
Creep L.A.’s latest immersive horror wonderland, Haus of Creep, takes the pop-up museum fad and turns it into something evil. As you strive to snap that one—ahem—killer selfie, you’ll encounter installations with dark twists, disturbing shows, and demented performers who, in a break from the usual fright-fest rule, are totally allowed to touch you. There’s nothing in town quite like it. Through November 3. ROW DTLA, 777 South Alameda Street Building #2, Level 1

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Victory Lap Halloween Special
The once long-running, wondrous variety show Victory Lap is returning for one night only on Halloween eve to give you a magical (and maybe a spooky, but not too spooky) evening of stand-up, music, puppets, and more. Featured will be the brilliant comedic likes of Johnny Pemberton (Superstore), Robby Hoffman (JFL Montreal), Ithamar Enriquez (who performs an acclaimed live show without speaking a word), Pam Severns (one of this city’s favorite puppeteers), with hosts Dracula and the Mummy (Seth W. Owen and Stu Jenkins). The Virgil, 4519 Santa Monica Boulevard

Thursday, October 31

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and Organ Accompaniment
Dip into film history for Halloween this year with this silent take on the classic Victor Hugo story, anchored by a star turn from famed horror actor Lon Chaney as the disfigured Quasimodo. Clark Wilson will lay down an appropriately ominous musical accompaniment. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue

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Monster Hop III
This Halloween, monster mashes are out and monster hops are in. Monthly dance party Cretin Hop will transform for one night into a ghostly gig of rock-and-roll cover bands, creepy costumes, and dancing well past the witching hour to put you under a musical spell. Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive

A Nightmare on Elm Street + A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
This one-two punch of Freddy Krueger frights wisely passes over the underwhelming first sequel in favor of the franchise’s surprisingly good third entry, where the would-be teen victims take the fight to Freddy in his surreal nightmare-land to eye-popping results. Scare away the sleep with both slasher classics this Halloween. Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive

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The Growlers’s Beach Goth
The Growlers coined the term beach goth to go along with their signature dark psych-pop sound, and every year legions of sullen surfers come out to their Halloween Beach Goth show, where there are costumes, covers, and tons of cameos from famous musician friends. Past years have included sets from Julian Casablancas, Bleached, and Bushwick Bill. Through November 2. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Boulevard

Saturday, November 2

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HARD Day of the Dead 2019
After returning from a years-long hiatus last year with a lineup of DJs from the fest’s past, HARD’s hotly anticipated annual Halloween festival is back to normal, which means a gaggle of alternative, costumed, or otherwise slightly strange EDM acts, like superduo Dog Blood (Skrillex + Boys Noize), 1788-L, and Elohim. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 North Spring Street

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Día de los Muertos
The monarch butterfly pays honor not only to this endangered species but to Dreamers and Mexican immigrants at the 20th annual Día de los Muertos festival. The colossal daylong event held on the historic Hollywood Forever Cemetery grounds features hundreds of artist-created altars, live music and dance performances, arts and crafts vendors, food galore, and, of course, a costume contest. Put those YouTube makeup tutorials to the test and come painted and dressed as your best calaca/skeleton. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard