Halloween attractions and family-friendly festivals in LA for 2013

Haunted houses too scary? We've rounded up the best Halloween attractions and family-friendly festivals for this year's holiday.

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Halloween at Malibu Country Mart Courtesy Malibu Country Mart

Not all Halloween events are hell-bent on scaring you straight. We've stocked our list of festive favorites with the best Halloween attractions and family-friendly festivals. Watch the best performing arts centers and theaters stage spooky shows or explore the best things to do this fall—thrill-seekers should check out the best haunted houses, too. Whatever you're looking for, there's no shortage of worthwhile Halloween attractions in LA.


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Drama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre with Poe and Gorey

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The actors of the Guild of St. George present an evening of chilling drama, enacting some of the most haunting tales of Edgar Allen Poe and Edward Gorey, two masters of the macabre. Expect to see "The Pit and the Pendulum" (pictured above), "The Tell Tale Heart" (one of our favorites) and more. Arrive early for free cookies and hot cider, dress warmly and be prepared to walk—the vignettes take place across the sprawling Huntington Library grounds.

  1. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road, off Huntington Drive
  2. Until Fri Oct 17
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Halloween & Mourning Tours

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History buffs, make your way to the Heritage Square Museum this Halloween. On the first day of their annual two-day event, learn all about death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian era, including how even the intricate details on clothing played a role in showing the loss of a loved one. You'll also get the scoop on the Spiritualism movement, and can have your fortune told, if you dare. Then, take place in a funeral held inside one of the museum's historic homes. On the second, more family-friendly day, children can play period games, make 19th-century harvest crafts and listen to (only slightly) spooky ghost stories.

  1. Heritage Square Museum 3800 Homer St
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Oct 26
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Halloween Silent Film: The Phantom of the Opera

  • Price band: 3/4

Each year the Walt Disney Concert Hall adds a little bit of Frank Gehry to Halloween with a silent film screening accompanied by organist Clark Wilson for an extra eerie feel. This year's screening: The 1925 silent version of The Phantom of the Opera starring legendary character actor and makeup master Lon Chaney.

  1. Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S Grand Ave, between W 2nd & W 3rd Sts
  2. Until Thu Oct 31
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An American Werewolf in London screening

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Join Cinespia for a screening of John Landis' An American Werewold in London under the full moon—seriously, check the almanac—at Hollywood Forever. Heighten the film's signature mix of suspense and laughs with a fitting bottle of Newcastle’s Werewolf Blood Red Ale. Just don't go backpacking into any mysterious moors.

  1. Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery 6000 Santa Monica Blvd
  2. Sat Oct 19
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Haunted Midnights

  • Price band: 1/4

The Comedy Store pays tribute to the building's former tenant, Ciro's, a mid-century nightclub that hosted Hollywood's (now dearly departed) elite. Resident pianist Jeff Scott assumes the role of Skitzo, your guide to the comedy club's resident spirits and most haunted locales.

  1. Comedy Store 8433 Sunset Blvd
  2. Until Thu Oct 24
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The Craft screening

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Who says all Halloween movies have to be scary? Catch Cinespia's screening of the campy '90s flick The Craft at Hollywood Forever. A misfit Robin Tunney befriends a trio of would-be witches (Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk and Rachel True) at a Catholic in a story of good girls gone bad. The scariest part? It's already been nearly two decades since the film's release.

  1. Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery 6000 Santa Monica Blvd
  2. Until Sat Oct 26
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Fangoria's Annual Horror & Sci-Fi Live Auction

  • Free

Over 500 costumes and horror-themed props will be up for auction at this annual event. The preview starts at 9am, with live auction bidding beginning at 11am. Geek out over items from iconic horror and sci-fi franchises, films and TV shows including HalloweenFriday the 13thSaw and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, among others. Bid in person, over the phone or online in your undies.

  1. Premiere Props 128 Sierra St
  2. Until Sat Oct 26
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Lucha Vavoom Halloween

  • Price band: 3/4

Lucha VaVOOM brings its unique mix of “sexo y violencia” to the Mayan with exuberant spectacles throughout the year, includnig the annual Halloween bash that features a mini monster battle royale. See good vs. evil played out in a sinful circus of masked Mexican wrestling, burlesque stripteasing and comedic commentating—Fred Armisen and Patton Oswalt are among those who have lent their opinion to past matches. Fill up on tequila and tamales while you watch Aztec dancers and luchadores like Li'l Cholo and Crazy Chickens.

  1. Mayan 1038 S Hill St
  2. Wed Oct 29 - Thu Oct 30
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