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Halloween alerts

I’ve been busy editing my video of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights (which should be ready for viewing tomorrow), so there has been little time for posting today. Still, with the Halloween weekend practically upon us, I wanted to take this opportunity to alert visitors to some attractions they may want to check out.

I say “alert” rather than “recommend,” because these are events I have not experienced myself. The rational here is that, from year to year, we tend to return to our favorite haunts for Halloween, so we sometimes miss out on new and different things. What follows is a list of Halloween activities for those looking to get off the beaten path. They may not be new for this year, but they are new to us – places we haven’t been, mostly for logistical reasons (it’s impossible to get to everything, especially when so many of these are only open one or two nights a year).

  • Nightmare on Beacon Street. This haunted house and party┬áin San Pedro runs for three nights: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It sounds like a community-oriented event, put on by a local establishment. Cost is a $5 donation.
  • Rocky Horror Halloween Show. A screening of the long-running cult movie, plus a live show at the Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena at midnight on Saturday. Do the Time Warp again!
  • Enchanted Hallow’s Eve. Fun for the kids on Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Star Eco Station, the wildlife refuge.
  • Boo-tiful Burbank. Downtown Burbank hosts this event on Halloween Day for families with children who want to trick-or-treat before it gets too dark. 4:00 to 7:00pm.
  • Pirate Cave Haunt. This amateur yard haunt in Northridge is in its fourth year, offering mechanical effects and scares from dusk till 10 m on Halloween evening.
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with live organ accompaniment. The 1920 silent version of the famous tale, starring John Barrymore as the schiozphrenic scientist, will screen downtown at the Walt Disney concert hall at 8:00pm on Halloween night. The movie is very old-fashioned, but Barrymore’s performance still holds up, and seeing the film with live music is a treat you don’t want to miss. Besides, this is a great excuse for Halloween horror fans to visit the Disney Hall, a fascinating piece of architecture that should be seen an experienced by all Los Angeles residents.