With so many great seasonal events happening, and not as many non-seasonal events, I thought Halloween deserved its own section in this column, so for the next few weeks you can look forward to a round-up of some of the best happenings around town (and a little beyond) under Halloween This Week. There is, however, still some variety to fill the gaps, like techno at ROW DTLA, a George Harrison/Eric Clapton discussion at the Grammy Museum, and Vegan Oktoberfest at LA Center Studios. So go forth, my friends, and have fun!
Arts & Culture
First up, Factory 93 presents Carl Cox at Skylight ROW DTLA, October 16 from 5-11 p.m. Join the British “champion of techno,” and a limited number of revelers, as he makes his long awaited return to Los Angeles, to “unce unce unce” the night away. Tickets are $60-$65 for general admission and $100 to be a VIP, which will get you expedited entry, a private bar, private viewing area, and private bathrooms (say no more). This is a 21-and-over event; proof of full COVID vaccination or negative test results within 72 hours will be required.
Then, on Monday, October 18, George Harrison fans, Eric Clapton fans, Beatles fans, and fans of great music that captured the zeitgeist of a new era, will come together at the Grammy Museum for All Things Must Pass Away: Harrison, Clapton, and Other Assorted Love Songs from 7-8:30 p.m. Renowned Beatles expert Kenneth Womack and music historian Jason Kruppa will discuss the complicated friendship between these two legendary musicians, and the impact it had on their lives, careers, and the “shifting face of rock music itself in the early 1970s.” Member check-in is at 6 p.m. (become a member here); Non-member check-in/ doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10; guests must be fully vaccinated.
And Craft Contemporary members can look forward to an exclusive Members Exhibition, Walkthrough and Happy Hour with the museum’s new Education Programs Manager, Billie Rae Vinson, on Wednesday, October 20 at 6 p.m. Come check out the Craft’s new fall exhibits, with the extra incentive of cocktails and conversation in the courtyard after the tour. What better reason to support the museum and become a member today. Memberships start at $50 and include free monthly workshops, invites to special events, shop discounts, and more.
Food & Fun
Prost! Vegan Oktoberfest is going down at LA Center Studios this Saturday, October 16, from 1-5 p.m., so dust off your lederhosen and sich erfreuen! VIP tickets are sold out, but general admission ($50) and non-alcoholic tickets ($20, but extremely limited) are still available. General admission will get you unlimited beer samples, 3 full 14 oz. pours from 20+ vendors, and a take-home Vegan Oktoberfest beer stein. You’ll also have plenty of German foods to choose from, with 16+ vegan vendors on site, German music and live entertainment, and the option to partake in costume and stein holding contests. (Please note this is a 21-and-over event and there is no parking at the venue)
Halloween This Week
Mr. Jack O’ Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch at The Original Farmers Market will be opening today, Friday, October 15, and will remain open through Halloween, with kid-friendly games and crafts available daily. And on Saturday & Sunday, pumpkin decorating kits with mini pumpkin included will be available for $5, with proceeds going to The Salvation Army’s COVID-19 relief fund, benefiting local families. Next on the calendar for the Market is its Fall Festival, happening Friday-Sunday, October 22-24. Enjoy a crisp (or warm, it’s LA) fall day with themed games, live music, kids crafts, photo opps, and more. Click here to view the event flyer.
And the Wilshire Rotary Pumpkin Patch, located on North Larchmont, will be adding to the festive joy with a free digital photo booth (courtesy of BAM Rentals) on Saturday, October 16 from 3-6 p.m. There will also be a beautiful fall backdrop to give your pics a little extra flair, so head over this Saturday and help support the Wilshire Rotary Club and all the good they do.
Next we come to an old LA favorite, the Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park, which is back this year, bigger and creepier than ever! The fictional town of Midnight Falls and its inhabitants are there to terrify you almost every day of the week, so get to gettin’ and buy your tickets today. The event is open now through Halloween; time-reserved tickets are required and range from $40-$110. Please note that the event may be inappropriate for kids 12 and under.
And this next one I just happened across in my tireless search for cool events, and so wish I wasn’t going out of town. House of Spirits: A Haunted Cocktail Soirée will be happening Friday-Sunday until the end of the month at the elegantly haunted York Manor in Highland Park. In this immersive cocktail experience, which combines the thrill of the supernatural and magic with themed cocktails, guests will be charmingly chilled as they interact with spirits, magicians, and a giant Ouija Board. Each season has new characters and new cocktails, of course, with this year’s story inspired by classic Russian and Scandinavian folktales. The cost for a standard ticket is $65, and $91 for a VIP. Showtimes are Fridays: 6 and 9 p.m. – Saturdays: 4, 6:45 and 9:30 p.m. – Sundays: 5:45 and 8:30 p.m. This 21-and-over event and guests are highly encouraged to dress up in period specific fashion, costume or elegant dress.
Also happening until the end of the month, the SoCal Haunt O’ Ween in Topanga Canyon (Woodland Hills) isn’t super close, but looks super swell, and is described as a family-friendly, thematic, immersive, Halloween adventure, with 150,000 sq. ft. to roam. The experience will include trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, face painting, performances and games, immersive themed tunnels, a 40ft carousel, 35,000 pumpkins on display, a Malibu Wines tasting garden, and a full service kitchen! Again, I’m bummed I didn’t jump on all of this Halloween action sooner, as I won’t be in town to enjoy it (sad face). Hours are 5-11 p.m. and the cost is $35 per person (kids under 2 are free), and $31.50 for peeps that come in groups of 8 or more. Click here to choose a date and time.
Finally, I couldn’t not include a scary screenings list, as they are one of the best aspects of the season: Blade on Saturday, October 16 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The Nightmare Before Christmas at the El Capitan Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17. Night of the Living Dead at The Roosevelt Theater on Sunday, October 17. American Cinematheque presents 4K restorations of horror classics Possession and Cure at Los Feliz Theater, Monday, October 18. Scream at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Tropicana Pool on Tuesday, October 19. And The New Beverly Cinema will be playing spooky movies all month long.
History & Community
Calling all constituents of California’s 28th congressional district…Congressman and ranking democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff will make an appearance in-store at Chevalier’s Books on Sunday, October 17 from 12-1 p.m. for a book signing and meet-and-greet. In his book, Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could, Schiff takes us through “the disastrous culmination of the Trump presidency and his personal account of January 6, 2021, and how the anti-democratic forces Trump unleashed continue to define his party, making the future of democracy in America more uncertain than ever.” Pre-order a signed copy of the book here, and don’t forget to RSVP.
Next for H&C, the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce and City Council District 4 are offering help for your business by hosting a Civic Resources Webinar on Monday, October 18 from 10-11 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. Su In Lee, CD4 Field Deputy and Small Business Liaison, will be providing information on available resources the City/County can offer to business owners and business organizations. Kindly RSVP by October 18 to [email protected]. Webinar links will be posted soon. If you have any questions, send an email to [email protected].
No meetings this week for the GWNC, but it will be back in session soon. As for the Mid City West Neighborhood Council, it’s got three meetings starting on Tuesday, October 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. with the Public Safety and Well-Being Committee (click here for details) and another on Wednesday, October 20 from 7-9 p.m. for the Transportation and Sustainability Committee (click here for details and meeting agenda). And, lastly, the MCWNC’s Outreach and Civic Engagement Committee will engage on Thursday, October 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (click here for details and meeting agenda).