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57 Awesome Things To Do This Pre-Halloween Weekend in L.A. [10-25-2019 to 10-27-2019]

October 24, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Grand Park Dia de los Mueertos / Photo Credit: Javier-Guillen for Grand Park

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. from Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27 features Late Night! Stanley Kubrick, Grand Park Downtown Dia de los Muertos celebrations, The Fall Brewery ArtWalk, Corgi Beach Day, Los Angeles Halloween Ball, 626 Golden Streets, and MUCH more.

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Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your weekend!


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Friday October 25th, 2019

1. Late Night! Stanley Kubrick at The Skirball celebrates their latest exhibition Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs, with an after-hours event featuring access to the galleries, a DJ, food trucks, and a cash bar. Kubrick’s The Shining will then be screen outdoors starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

2. The LA Opera and the Theatre at Ace Hotel present a screening of Psycho paired with a live orchestra performing the iconic score. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. South Coast Botanic Garden in the Southbay will screen The Nightmare Before Christmas this Friday. Guests can picnic, play lawn games and participate in the annual Great Pumpkin Hunt at dusk before the movie.

4. Carved comes at Descanso Gardens October 23-27 with a thousand professionally-carved pumpkins featuring themes like superheroes, famous movie monsters, and more. Guests can enjoy seasonal snacks, live carving demonstrations, and special surprises at the family-friendly event.

5. The Sivley family is back for their 48th year of hosting the award winning, Beware the Dark Realm a haunted house experience in the city of Santa Clarita. The haunt will run every Friday and Saturday thorough the end of the month. FREE

6. The Roadium Drive-In returns with a Halloween edition screening Beetlejuice in a classic 1950’s drive-in setting.

7. The WestEdge Design Fair is a massive event spanning four days (October 24-27) solely focused on good design. Featuring hundreds of exhibitors, attendees will be able to shop and learn from industry leaders and tastemakers. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Want to celebrate Halloween early? Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights has been spooking crowds for over 25 years, the park employs the industry’s best special effects to bring pop cultures most famous movies and shows to life. Mazes include Stranger Things, Walking Dead and the new Ghostbusters experience. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride will unify under one theme this year Midnight Falls a fictional town in 1985 filled with macabre characters. Check out the Roadkill Ranch on the outskirts of town; Trick or Treat in a ghoulish neighborhood; drop by the local mortuary, or engage in mini-escape games. Of course, the centerpiece remains the hayride, which will take guests straight to the hellish portal from which the town’s nightmares escape. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Disco Dining Club and the Grim Weather return with another lavish, elaborately themed dinner party time they’re summoning one of literature’s greatest hedonists: Dorian Gray. The Depraved Attic of Dorian Gray consists of a 5-course meal via Chef Laurent Quenioux; themed cocktails from Happy Hour Academy; caviar from East Boston Oysters; immersive performances; live music, dance numbers, and parting gift bags. The entire party will take place within Oscar Wilde’s gothic horror work, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Seatings are available October 24-26 at a private location in Hollywood.

11. FIGat7th will celebrate Day of the Dead with a day of festivities including ace painting, tequila tastings, live DJs and more from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. FREE

12. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in North Hollywood presents their annual Halloween iteration of Urban Death Tour of Terror. Guests will wind through a short maze before entering a darkened theater where series of disturbing vignettes will be presented one after another. The show runs October 4 to November 2, Fridays and Saturdays plus Halloween night. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Street Food Cinema’s Halloween-themed series at Downtown’s Million Dollar Theatre continues their month long residency with a screening of Shaun of the Dead, Beetlejuice and The Conjuring this weekend. Guests are allowed to bring food to the screening and backstage ghost tours for $12 is also available. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. Board the famed Battleship IOWA Museum for free outdoor movie screenings on the ship’s fantail under the night sky. The screenings are free and open to all ages. This Friday they will throw a Halloween bash with a screening of Frankenweenie. FREE

15. Merchants on Olvera Street will celebrate Dia de los Muertos for nine days starting this Thursday October 25 through November 2. The festival will include altars on display, children’s workshops, face painting, and live entertainment. FREE

16. BlueCollar Working Dog will host a Howloween Pawty featuring snacks and refreshments for humans, goody bags, raffle prizes, a doggy costume contest, a pack walk around Echo Park Lake with a pack of costumed dogs and a piñata filled with dog treats. FREE

17. Head to The Satellite for a full night dedicated to Fleetwood Mac and ABBA hits.

18. Alpine Village Oktoberfest returns this Friday with traditional Bavarian fun like Oom Pah Pah party bands, German fare, and delicious cold German beers. Oktoberfest runs Fridays through Sundays October 4 – 27.

19. The Mixing Room at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE will transform their outdoor patio into an Oktoberfest Biergarten every Friday night this month. Sam Adams and Angel City will be pouring brews and Bavarian eats like Currywurst Sausage, Chicken Wiener Schnitzel, large soft pretzels and Smoked Beer Bratwurst are on the Biergarten menu. There will be plenty of Oom-pah music and festive decorations to make you feel like your in Munich. Festivities start at 5 p.m. no reservations required and all are welcome to supply their own lederhosen. The Oktoberfest Biergarten is open every Friday and on select Saturdays (October 19 and October 26.) Prost!

20. Stop by the historic San Gabriel Mission District on Friday for their Fall Fun Festival featuring a costume contest, food trucks, games, trick or treating, free family photos and more.

21. Artist Maximillian’s popular horror-themed pop-up I Like Scary Movies returns for Halloween season September 20 through November 17. The detailed and beautiful series of installations is a love letter from the artist to iconic horror films like The Lost Boys, Beetlejuice, and The Shining. Runs Wednesday through Sundays. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Saturday October 26th, 2019

22. Grand Park’s Dia de los Muertos celebration spans nine days (October 26 to November 3) with 35 ofrendes (alters), themed artwork from LORE Media and Arts displayed around the park and several special events on select days. This Saturday, Grand Park’s seventh annual Noche de Ofrenda welcomes Angelenos to an evening of honoring the dead with a communal circle, a blessing led by members of indigenous communities, dancers and a musical performance by CAVA. The event will also feature the unveiling of a grand community altar designed by Ofelia Esparza. Angelenos are welcome to contribute offerings to the community altar. FREE

23. The Fall Brewery ArtWalk is billed as the “world’s largest art complex”, happening over the weekend of October 26-27 the public can view art displays, paintings, performances, ceramics, interior, fashion, multi-media works and more from over 100 participating resident artists. FREE

24. Come to Heritage Square Museum on October 26-27 for evening True Crime Stories and Ghost Tours. Experience the backstory of some of Los Angeles’ most notorious crimes and witness how detectives of the past solved mysteries in an era before DNA testing and high-tech forensics. On Saturday the museum will also host evening explorations of the families who once lived in the houses at Heritage Square complete with ghost stories.

25. Head to Downtown L.A.’s Union Station this weekend (October 26-27) for Boonion Station featuring a wide variety of seasonal family friendly activities. FREE

26. The 19th annual Los Angeles Halloween Ball, sponsored by Fangoria Magazine and Midsummer Scream is a fully immersive Halloween experience featuring three levels of DJs, dance floors, stage performances, interactive scare areas, a horror puppet theatre, and dancers all at the Globe Theatre.

27. Museum of Latin American Art throws a Mariachi Night in their Sculptural Garden where there’s dancing, food for purchase, a cash bar, complimentary tequila tasting by Iconic Brands, and access to the museums exhibitions.

28. Head down to Huntington Dog Beach to celebrate all things corgi during the fall edition of Corgi Beach Day. 1200+ corgis will be in attendance enjoying corgi activities and contests. You do not need to own a corgi to attend and all dogs are welcomed to come. FREE

29. 626 Golden Streets takes place in the San Gabriel Valley where the public are all invited to roam cleared streets where a full day of activities and fun awaits. The route this year will connect the South El Monte Civic Center, the annual Dia de los Muertos festival on Main Street and the Children’s Day Parade in El Monte, plus the ActiveSGV’s home at the Jeff Seymour Center. FREE

30. Zona Rosa Caffe’s 25th Annual Dia de los Muertos celebration put on in partnership with the Pasadena Playhouse, and The Playhouse District Association will offer a plethora of activities and offerings including sugar skull tastings, music, dance, performances, a silent disco and more. FREE

31. Theatricum BOO-tanicum will transform the Will Greer Theatricum Botanicum into a Halloween extravaganza hosting ghost stories, along with game booths, and festive food and libations.

32. West Hollywood’s E.P. & L.P. will throw a ticketed carnival-themed Halloween party on the L.P. Rooftop this Saturday with ghoulish offerings including a premium hosted open bar and passed appetizers.

33. Steep LA in Chinatown presents “Battle of the Plants”, a friendly tea battle focused on Oolong. Three brands will brew their Oolong and guests will partake in a tea ceremony to taste each brew.

34. Visit Claremont Village for the Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire and explore 400 booths selling arts, crafts, and more, the event allows you to walk the streets to enjoy plenty of activities and shopping. FREE

35. Head to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens for Boo at the Zoo on any Saturday or Sunday during the month of October for a large assortment of seasonal activities for the whole family.

36. There’s a Tonga Hut takeover happening at General Lee‘s Bamboo Room pop-up at the Mandarin Plaza in Chinatown this Saturday from 6-10 p.m. Guest bartender Marie King of the legendary Tonga Hut (LA’s oldest tiki bar!) will be serving up special tiki creations. The when the clock strikes 10 p.m. General Lee’s will roll out their very own special tiki menu. The party extends to neighbors Lately Restaurant and Steep LA with both serving food and Steep LA offering special tiki inspired tea cocktails.

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37. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor features with six terrifying mazes, including the brand new Rogue, in which the crew either is (or isn’t?) working to save the capsized vessel you’re trapped aboard. Nightly entertainment, rides, roaming monsters, and themed lounges round out Dark Harbor’s offerings. Happening September 26 through November 2. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

38. Come fundraise to help homeless animals during Strut Your Mutt LA a walk around Exposition Park, finishing at a family friendly festival with food trucks, an activity zone for pets, a beer garden and other fun activities.

39. Creep L.A. presents the fifth installment of HAUS OF CREEP an immersive 75-minute experience that takes guests in a bizarre world where reality and performance art blur in a very dark way. HAUS OF CREEP will run from September 13 through November 3 on all weekends with some weeknights available.

40. Pumpkin Nights feature thousands of carved pumpkins across several pumpkin-themed lands accompanied with special holiday activities. Happening October 10 through November 3.

41. Head to the third annual Carnal Carnival and get yourself into a dark world of mischief, wild delights and horrifying fears. The carnival will also feature a special live performance by Wiz Khalifa.

42. Knott’s Scary Farm is back with their signature haunted attractions, mazes and thousands of monsters ready to scare the living day light out of you and your crew. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

43. The Haunted 2: Welcome Foolish Mortals is an art exhibit inspired by places like the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Marvel at creepy animatronic works alongside paintings, sculptures, and jewelry. Happening at The Hive Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles the exhibit will run October 6 through November 3 and is free to view. FREE

44. Nights of the Jack, a half mile trail completely filled with thousands of pop culture inspired hand-carved illuminated Jack O’Lanterns returns to King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas October 3 through November 3 for a spooktacular family friendly event.

Sunday October 27th, 2019

45. Preux & Proper’s 2nd Annual Big Lebowski Brunch is a Halloween celebration dedicated to The Dude. Beginning at noon stop by for a White Russian Frozen Daiquiri and gourmet The Big Lebowski themed plates such as “Those are good burgers, Walter,” an In-N-Out style 2X2 made with Strauss organic grass-fed beef patties on buttered brioche and more.

46. The Los Angeles Astronomical Society is hosting a special Science Night at the Garvey Observatory in Monterey Park. The Planetary Society and the Columbia Memorial Space Center will collaborate with the LAAS to offer a fun evening of activities and displays for children that include face painting, a LEGO station, a Tesla coil, rocket launching, and more. There will even be a kids’ costume parade. FREE

47. Dia de los Muertos celebrations will take place at three Forest Lawn locations (Glendale, Cypress, and Covina Hills) this Sunday. Highlights include artisanal floral displays, community altars, folkloric dancers, Mariachi music performances, traditional cuisine, bilingual programs, face painting, arts & crafts, giveaways, and more. The event is free to attend and family-friendly. All events start at noon. FREE

48. There’s a Día de los Muertos Family Day happening at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes this Sunday. The family-oriented day will feature several workshops, ranging from gardening to arts, live performances paying homage to the dead and a special screening of Coco at sundown. FREE

49. The Breakfast Club Cruise-In returns to the Petersen Automotive Museum on Sunday for a morning stroll through rows of classic, custom, exotic cars, trucks, motorcycles, and much more on the third floor of the Petersen’s parking structure. In honor of Halloween this months cruise encourages folks to come in costume.

50. Santa Monica’s Ashland Hill will host a “Spooky Yappy Hour” this Sunday. Bring your dog in costume for an outdoor party with live music, cocktails, pet treats, pet activities, a costume contests and more.

51. Celebrate Day of the Dead at the 8th annual San Pedro Día de los Muertos Festival. Enjoy live music, food, culture and more. FREE

52. The Eagle Rock Bark Halloween Block Party and Kittie and Doggie Rescue Adoption comes to Eagle Rock City Hall on Sunday for the cutest Halloween-themed event, fun activities, free pet swag and more all for a furry cause. FREE

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53. Cinespia will screen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre this Sunday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

54. Celebrate Halloween weekend with your pup during Angel City Brewery’s Howl-O-Ween. Guests can enjoy an afternoon of dog and human costume contests and pet friendly activities. Admission is free.

55. Boomtown Brewery hosts a Halloween edition of their Family Festival this Sunday with a bounce house, games, coloring station, candy hunts, magicians, food vendors and craft brews for those 21 and up.

56. The Natural History Museums latest exhibit dives into the scientific inspiration behind some of Hollywoods most terrifying creatures. “Natural History of Horror” opens October 10, 2019 through April 19, 2020 and will include rare movie props, film footage, interactive activities paired with museum specimens.

57. Reign of Terror is one of the largest haunted houses you can attend, and it grows bigger every year. This year promises 115 rooms, encompassing nine different themes, each one connected to the last. Themes include Infected, Asylum, Miner’s Revenge, Fun House, the all-new Containment and more. There’s also a new experience called the Widow’s Den where one should “avoid being wrapped up.” We can only assume that means spiders. Special events include a Lights-On tour ($5), for those who would prefer to see the sets without all the scares, and a Lights-Out, for those who’d prefer to navigate the maze with a single glow stick per group.

Food Pick for the Week

Photo Credit: Sibling Rival

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

The Hoxton, a new DTLA hotel, is hosting an open house weekend October 26-27 where Angelenos can score dollar menu items from in-house restaurants Sibling Rival and Pilot. Modern diner Sibling Rival, located on the ground floor of The Hoxton, will offer drip coffee, an adorable Honey Bear Cocktail and a small soft-serve with toppings for a dollar each. While there, take the money you’ve saved and splurge on the Sunday Pancakes made of hazelnut, maple, praline and brown butter. The pancakes are an east coast transplant from sister restaurant Sunday in Brooklyn. Then up on the rooftop of the hotel you’ll find Pilot Bar & Pool where they’re shucking oysters also for a dollar each. Cheers!

All proceeds from the dollar dishes will support the Good Neighbor Fund, The Hoxton’s foundation supporting projects and nonprofits around Downtown Los Angeles.

The Hoxton, Downtown LA is located at 1060 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015


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