Besides scary Halloween haunted houses, the Fall season offers an opportunity for usually high-minded institutions like museums, art galleries, and historical societies to get in on the spooky fun. We have already noted several examples: the We’re Wolves exhibit at The Hive Gallery; Living the Scream at the Loft; Nights of the Jack at King Gillette Ranch; and the Art Deco Society‘s tour at Hollywood Forever Cemetery; now here is a round up of similar events.
Update: The Icons of Darkness Exhibition, which was cancelled last year after providing previews to the press, has moved to a new location, where it will finally debut on September 27. Read more here.
SugarMynt Gallery South Pasadena is presenting a new version of its annual Haunted Haddonfield Halloween exhibition, titled Trick ‘R Treat in Haddonfield. Along with works inspired by John Carpenter’s Halloween and its progeny, art connoisseurs can enjoy displays based on the 2007 written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Godzilla: King of the Monsters) Currently on view, the event is open to the public during regular gallery hours, which run from noon to 6pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and from noon to 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The address is 810 Meridian Avenue. Tickets are $20 at the door. Get more info at sugarmynt.com.
Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles will offer Oh, What a Beautiful Mourning…Cults in Los Angeles on October 23 and 24. Their first Oh, What a Beautiful Mourning (presented instead of its usual Halloween and Mourning Tours) was offered as outdoor event during the 2020 pandemic. Few details have been revealed about this year’s version, such as weather guests will be allowed to explore the interiors of the museum’s Victorian mansions. Heritage Square will offer at least two other events in October: Freeform’s Halloween Road 2021 on October 1-5 and Cemetery Lane Trick-r-Treat Experience on October 27-31. Tickets prices have yet to be announced. Check for updates at heritagesquare.org.
The Historical Society of Long Beach presents its 25th annual Historical Cemetery Tour on Saturday, October 30 from 9am to 3pm. The event includes tours of the contiguous Sunnyside and Municipal Cemeteries, along with live performances by actors embodying the ghosts of those interred on the grounds. Tours last about three hours, and it’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen. Prices for advance tickets start at $20 for historical society members; non-members get in for $25, with discounts for children. Tickets will also be on sale the day of the event till noon. The address is 1095 E. Willow Avenue, Long Beach 90806. Learn more here: hslb.org/historical-cemetery-tour.
Other museum and gallery events remain in limbo or on hiatus. The annual Monsters, Mummies & Mayhem event is planned for the last week of October in the Hollywood Museum’s Dungeon of Doom – pending approval from the city, which is currently requiring the venue to minimize guest capacity.
Paramount Studios’ has cancelled all its tours through 2022, including their nighttime Paramount After Dark Tour. And the Workman-Temple Homestead Museum has yet to schedule its annual Halloween event, the Sorrowful Soirée (formerly Beyond the Grave Tours).