Haunted Little Tokyo launched last night with an outdoor screening of the bizarre film Hausu (1977) in front of the Union Center for the Arts. (The former church is known to horror movie fans as the location for John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness.) Around the corner to the south, Tanaka Farms was selling pumpkins, some beautifully painted, at a “pumpkin patch” in the middle of the Japan Village Plaza, where many local establishments were decorated for Halloween.
Haunted Little Tokyo continues tonight with a family-friendly screening of Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) in the Japan Village Plaza at 8pm. Other screenings and activities take place on weekends through October 28, which will feature a block party with costume contest, pub crawls, and a haunted walking tour. Halloween-themed drink specials are available nightly in participating bars and restaurants. Check the official schedule here.
One Other Note: There are myriad dining options in Little Tokyo (including a somewhat anomalous Johnny Rockets), but wait-times can be long on weekends. We took a chance on a less crowded place, My Ramen Bar on 1st Street, and the food was fabulous. Standing in line to eat elsewhere is insane when quick seating and excellent food are available here.