Spooktacular Online And IRL Events Happening This Weekend: Oct. 30

Brett Loudermilk’s Halloween Special includes guests Elvira and Puddles Pity Party. (Courtesy of the artist)

Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on schools, stores, businesses and events. With in-person concerts, talks, comedy shows, food festivals and other gatherings cancelled, we have turned our events column into a “nonevents” column. It will remain this way as long as social distancing and stay-at-home orders are in effect.

During this difficult time, please consider contributing to your local arts organizations or to individual artists and performers.

Halloween isn’t quite the same this year but you’ll still find plenty to do, whether outdoors or at home. Catch The Brett Loudermilk Halloween Special. Attend an online burlesque show by and for witches. Take a virtual tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum. Attend Joe Bob’s Haunted Drive-In for a night of Halloween shenanigans. Other happenings include a talk with Dolores Huerta, cooking lessons with Guelaguetza and the Echo Theatre’s storytelling night.

Friday, Oct. 30; 7 p.m. PDT

The Brett Loudermilk Halloween Special
Watch an absurd, livestreamed, Halloween-themed comedy show with sword -wallower Loudermilk, who’s joined by Gilbert Gottfried as Dracula, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Puddles Pity Party. There’s also an early show on Thursday (Oct. 29) at 5 p.m. PDT.

Friday, Oct. 30; 7:30 p.m. PDT

1055 W. 6th St., Westlake
Ava Duvernay presents a drive-in screening of her 2014 voting rights drama, Selma. The L.A. Vote mobile voting center will be available to provide moviegoers with safe, early access to in-person voting as well as ballot drop-offs on site. Tickets do not guarantee entry. Parking is first-come, first-served. Gates open around 6:30 p.m.
COST: FREE with advanced registration; MORE INFO

Friday – Saturday, Oct. 30-31

It Comes At Night
Upstairs at the Ace Hotel
929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Celebrate All Hallows Eve under the full moon with bites and elixirs from El Silencio mezcal. There’s a raffle and you could win an overnight stay at the hotel. Costumes encouraged, masks required.
COST: Table reservations required + $10 per person entry fee; MORE INFO

Friday, Oct. 30; 5 p.m. – Sunday, Nov. 1 PDT

The Bronx and Mariachi El Bronx
The L.A. punk rockers and their mariachi alter egos team up to form one supergroup for a Halloween Dead Stream. Watch reimagined tracks from both acts performed by the bands for a night of “powerhouse punk, melancholy mariachi and hallucinogenic horror.” The one-hour concert will run continuously through Sunday.

Friday, Oct. 30; 6 p.m. PDT

A Brightmare Halloween Spooktacular – Live Screaming on DIEnasty TypeFRIGHTER
Mickey and Robin Bright (Dannah Phirman and Seth Morris) have decided to consciously uncouple but before they do, they’ll check in with their friends for Halloween. Enjoy a night with comics, musicians and scary stories. Guests include Jason Mantzoukas, Lilan Bowden, Jon Daly, Phil LaMarr and Stephnie Weir. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit School on Wheels.
COST: $5 – $10; MORE INFO

Friday, Oct. 30; 7 p.m. PDT

Bold Faced Secret
Watch the Echo Theater Company’s monthly storytelling series featuring an hour of personal stories with the theme, “In their shoes.” Hear about misunderstandings, second chances, unexpected friendships or changed minds and hearts. RSVP for the Zoom link.


Friday, Oct. 30; 7 and 9 p.m.

Elvira’s Haunted Hills
Los Angeles LGBT Center and Shout! Factory TV present Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, who hosts two free virtual screenings of her 2001 comedy horror film. Funds raised during the screenings will benefit the Center’s vital programs and services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first screening includes a virtual costume contest. To enter the contest, participants must submit their photos at lalgbtcenter.org/costume.

Friday, Oct. 30; 5 p.m.

Global Cuisine Cooking Lessons: Guelaguetza
In honor of Día de los Muertos, the Fowler Museum presents an online cooking workshop featuring Bricia Lopez who will teach viewers how to make one of the dishes served at her family’s Oaxacan restaurant. She’ll focus on estofado de pollo (chicken in mole estofado), which is also featured in her 2019 cookbook, Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico. Ingredients list will be sent upon RSVP. Come with supplies prepared and ready to cook!

The Walt Disney Family Museum holds a virtual ‘Happy Haunts Tour: The Disney Villains and Haunted Mansion.’ (Courtesy of The Walt Disney Family Museum)

Friday, Oct. 30; 5:30 p.m.

Happy Haunts Tour: The Disney Villains and Haunted Mansion
The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco offers a virtual tour of the museum’s main galleries, highlighting the production of The Skeleton Dance (1929), film villains from Walt Disney’s animation career and the opening of the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland Park.
COST: $10 – $12; MORE INFO

Shana Leilani and Pleasant Gehman co-produce Belle, Book & Candle, an LA-based burlesque show run by and for witches. (Courtesy of Belle, Book & Candle)

Friday, Oct. 30; 8 p.m. PDT

Belle, Book & Candle: Blue Moon
The Silver Lake-based burlesque show — run by and for witches — holds a virtual show in honor of Halloween. Watch the dark glam of burlesque dancers, sinister fairy tales and retro-goth fantasies. The online show includes a real witchcraft ritual for Samhain, the witches’ New Year.

Friday, Oct. 30; 7 p.m.

Dan Guerrero Happy Hour with guest Dolores Huerta
En Casa con LA Plaza presents a conversation between witty Dan Guerro and social justice icon Dolores Huerta. At 90, she continues her work as a labor leader, community organizer and civil rights activist. Watch on Zoom or Facebook.
COST: FREE, but registration required for Zoom; MORE INFO

Friday, Oct. 30 – Saturday, Oct. 31

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Famous Players Orchestra is a nonprofit ensemble that records music played by movie theater orchestras during the silent film era. Attend a virtual version of their annual Halloween fundraiser with a screening of Phantom, starring Lon Cheney. Scott Lasky will accompany the film, which screens several times throughout the weekend, on pipe organ.
COST: By donation; MORE INFO

Saturday, Oct. 31

Family Day: Make in L.A. on Halloween
Two Made in L.A. 2020 artists — Ann Greene Kelly (You, Inside Out) and Umar Rashid (Monsters Masquerade Ball) — have created Halloween-themed kids’ art projects that families can do together. Check the Hammer’s website to see what supplies you need for DIY Family Day.

GAVLAK Gallery opens the group show ‘Nasty Women.’ ( Karen Carson, ‘Power Mad,’ 2011)

Saturday, Oct. 31 – Saturday, Dec. 12

Nasty Women
GAVLAK Gallery
1700 S. Santa Fe Ave #440, downtown L.A.
This group exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment’s ratification, guaranteeing women the right to vote. View works by Candida Alvarez, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Delia Brown, Karen Carson, Gisela Colón, Jenny Holzer, Ebony Patterson and Trulee Hall.

Saturday, Oct. 31; 8 p.m. PDT

Joe Bob’s Haunted Drive-In
The Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena
Horror host Joe Bob Briggs invites guests to a haunt/drive-in movie experience where you’ll find yourself in the middle of a zombie attack as you try to watch movies on the big screen. The zombies will interact with the crowd and each other for a night of scary fun. The 100-minute event is not meant for young children or the faint of heart.
COST: $99 – $115 per car; MORE INFO

Pasadena Playhouse Live presents the online ‘Bob Baker’s Hallowe’en SpOoKtAcUlAr. (Courtesy of Bob Baker Marionette Theater)

Saturday, Oct. 31; 10:30 – 11 a.m.

Bob Baker’s Hallowe’en SpOoKtAcUlAr
Pasadena Playhouse presents a family-friendly Halloween show that was filmed in front of a live audience. The musical variety puppet spectacular stars characters such as Purple People Eater, Dracula, the Invisible Man and a bunch of their closest puppet pals.

Creepy Kingdom’s two months of pre-Halloween festivities culminates in an epic livestream party on Saturday night. (Courtesy of Creepy Kingdom)

Saturday, Oct. 31; 8 p.m. PDT

Creepy Kingdom’s Halloween NIGHT @ Home
The purveyors of creepy podcasts, films, events and stories have been celebrating Halloween for the past two months, building up to the ultimate Halloween night livestream party. Hosted across Creepy Kingdom’s socials (YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitch), friends from around the world will check in to share show they’re celebrating the holiday. Guests include Harvey Guillén of What We Do In The Shadows, VAMP and the original “Losers Club” cast from the 1990 It miniseries. The festivities are also raising funds for The Actors Fund and The Trevor Project.

Saturday, Oct. 31; 5 p.m.

Idle Hour’s Halloween Movie Night
Idle Hour
4824 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood
Watch Hocus Pocus (5 p.m.), Psycho (7 p.m.) and Halloween (9 p.m.) on the bar’s patio as you sip spooky Halloween-themed drinks and eat endless bowls of popcorn. Reservations available on Resy.

Sunday, Nov. 1; 3 p.m.

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival presents a new virtual show hosted by James and Lissa Reynolds. Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye performs an excerpt of The Fannie Lou Hamer Story. The play follows the Mississippi voting rights advocate who fought for civil rights in the ’60s. Aimbaye performs musical numbers and answers questions about voting issues. Part 2 of the series happens on Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. It features works performed by four women who speak about adversity and empowerment.
COST: $20 for both shows; MORE INFO

The owners of the American Horror Story Murder House open it for a three-day, 24-hour live event. (Courtesy Dr Ernst von Schwarz and Angela Oakenfold)

Through Sunday, Nov. 1

American Horror Story Murder House
Drop into the first-ever livestream event from the notorious historical Los Angeles home made famous by the Ryan Murphy television show. Homeowners Dr. Ernst von Schwarz and his wife, Angela Oakenfold, open the doors (starting at dusk on Thursday) to their purportedly haunted house. They’ve set up 15 cameras throughout the 10,000 square-foot building and brought in special guests who’ll discuss everything exorcism, near-death experiences and how to protect yourself from demonic entities.

Sunday, Nov. 1; 5 p.m.

Maura Brewer & Paul Pescador: State of the Union
Mandy Harris Williams moderates a Zoom debate that takes place the day after Halloween and two days before the scariest day of the year, Election Day. Artists Pescador and Brewer face off on topics that include victim complexes, tautological loops and escape fantasies. They’ll use the 1996 film Scream as a way to frame victim and killer archetypes in contemporary politics.

Sunday, Nov. 1; 5:30 p.m.

Dismembering the Alamo: Secret Screening Watch Party 3
The Alamo holds an online viewing party for a classic horror film… but it won’t be revealed until showtime. Check out the pre-show and surprises.

Combine gaming and dining with Vampire.Pizza. (Courtesy of Vampire.Pizza)

Dine & Drink Deals

Who doesn’t miss going out to eat or stopping by a bar for a drink? Here are a few options from restaurants and bars as we work our way back toward normal.

  • Vampire.Pizza is an immersive dining and delivery experience that combines stories, gaming and pizza. Each kit comes with pizza, salad and dessert as well as an invitation to enter Vampire Belle’s secret world. Unlock the story by solving puzzles and completing challenges. A party of two costs $32.99 per person while a party of four costs $27.99 per person. For those outside of the delivery zone, orders can be picked up curbside at Ghost Pizza Kitchen (7751 1/2 Melrose Ave).
  • The Mermaid in Little Tokyo holds a Fangtastic Feast & Libations ticketed Halloween Party on Oct. 31. There are two seatings, one at 9:30 p.m. and another at 11 p.m. Get gussied up for the costume contest. The winner’s bill will be covered by the bar (up to $150, excluding tip). Reservations are based on parties of two or four and tax + tip are included with the ticket price ($96 or $180). Make reservations via EventBrite.
  • Mykonos-inspired Greek restaurant Theía in the Beverly Grove neighborhood has Halloween treats and specialty cocktails through Sunday, Nov. 1. DJs spin tunes throughout the weekend.
  • On Halloween, Openaire at the LINE LA sells kits so you can make its signature Midnight Margaritas. The package costs $99 and includes ingredients for eight servings. Buy through the Tock app; available for pickup only.
  • La Brea Bakery Café offers Halloween-themed cookies every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 31. The cookies, decorated as pumpkins and ghosts, are available at La Brea’s flagship location on S. La Brea Avenue for $3.50 each.

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