Recommended For You

Scary, Scary Nights

FRIDAY, October 28

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water: The Queen Mary becomes “the Most Terrifying Place on Earth” for

Shipwreck 2005

, with seven haunted mazes. Aren’t you just dying to slink down the Corridors of Carnage and the Deck of the Doomed? Plus a three-level Dance Party in the Exhibit Hall. Note: not recommended for children under 12; cameras and costumes not permitted.

South end of the 710 fwy., Long Beach; special Haunted Evenings Fri.-Mon., Oct. 28-31, 7 p.m.-mid.; $16. (562) 435-3511.

Selena Luna, Ann Magnuson and Diamondback Annie offer a screamin’ good time at Robbie D’s Telekinesis 5 Halloween Show, with musical accompaniment by Mr. Roddy Bottom and three new haunting flicks by Steve Hall and Cathy Wilkins. Even if they bomb, it won’t be a total loss; since it’s at Casita del Campo, you can always drown out the music out with a few margaritas and some tasty enchiladas. Cavern Club Celebrity Theater, Casita del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake; Fri.-Sat., Oct. 28-29, 9 p.m.; $10 reserved, $12 door (cash only). (323) 662-4255 or

Ooh! Bloodshed Medical Center, staffed by zombies? “Death by Mega-Plex,” the world’s first 5-D movie experience? A “Monster Midway”? It’s all there, and more, at the Spooky House Haunted Theme Park, setting up shop this year at an abandoned and presumably haunted-for-real Northridge mega-plex. With 100 professional actors, special-effects technicians and makeup artists donating their services, this might be the best of the season’s haunted house thrills ’n’ chills. 19401 Parthenia St., Northridge; Fri.-Sat., Oct. 28-29, 7 p.m.-mid.; Sun.-Mon., Oct. 30-31, 7-10 p.m.; $15 one attraction, $20 all four attractions; $10 Club 13 nightclub. (818) 888-8570 or

Six scary mazes, spooky shows, Xtreme rides in the dark and a Procession of the Living Dead are all part of Magic Mountain’s Scream Park Fright Fest. And for all you roller-coaster phobics, try your own personally designed hell: a backwards ride on Colossus. 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia; Fri.-Mon., Oct. 28-31, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; free with park admission. (661) 255-4111 or

Here’s one gal who doesn’t need a costume: She’s a character all on her own. Zelda Rubinstein, the 4’3” actress who looks like a pumpkin and sounds like Daffy Duck, made herself famous as Tangina, the teensy-weensy clairvoyant of Poltergeist and Poltergeist II. She performs onstage at the Gardenia restaurant. 7066 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., Oct. 28-29, 9 p.m.; call for top-secret cover charge; two-drink minimum. (323) 467-7444.

SATURDAY, October 29
Heel! Drag yourself down to the Annual West Hollywood Drag Race and Pageant, where queens in two-inch (minimum!) heels participate in drag races and vie for titles like Best Pumps and Best Hair — part of the buildup to Monday’s fabulous West Hollywood Carnaval. San Vincente and Santa Monica blvds., W. Hlywd.; Sat., Oct. 29, 5 p.m.; free. (323) 848-6431 or

Grand illusions: It’s all a lot of hocus pocus when international stars of magic razzle and dazzle at Milt Larsen and Terry Hill’s It’s Magic! Performers include Les Arnold and Dazzle, Erix Logan, Rich Bloch, Tina Lenert, Shimshi and the Mums, and special guest Criss Angel, star of A&E’s Criss Angel’s Mindfreak and winner of this year’s coveted Magician of the Year from the Academy of Magical Arts. Ricardo Montalban Theater, 1615 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; Sat., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 30, 3 p.m.; $35 & $40. (323) 404-4075, (213) 480-3232 or

 What has bangs and boogies?
See Makeup Masquerade Ball
in Dance Clubs.

SUNDAY, October 30

I see Pupperoni in your future . . . Take your dog to the pet psychic at the

Fourth Annual BowWowWeen

, and you may never hear the end of it. The big-ass benefit for Friends of Barrington Dog Park and Much Love Animal Rescue includes a pet fair, animal-agility demos, dog adoptions with “ruffugee” survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the highlight of the day: a celebrity-judged Halloween doggie-costume contest, hosted by

Animal Planet

’s Matt Gallant, with prizes for Funniest, Scariest, Best Owner and Doggie Duo, and a Best in Show grand prize of free dog food for a year. Bow WOW!

Barrington Dog Park, across the street from 333 S. Barrington Ave., Brentwood Village; Sun., Oct. 30, noon-4 p.m.; costume contest 2 p.m.; free, but $10 entry-fee donation for contest, $5 each additional category. (310) 867-5028 or (contest pre-registration).

From Bow Wow to Wau Wau: It’s your last chance to catch those New York City nightlife dahlins The Wau Wau Sisters in their “naughty, bawdy, deliciously defiant” off-Broadway show, a mix of vaudeville, circus acrobatics and burlesque that’s earned them the Best Cabaret Award at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Watch ’em light up, drink a cocktail, play their guitars and croon while hanging from a trapeze by their toes, and you’ll understand why. El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Sun., Oct. 30, 10 p.m.; $20. (323) 668-0318 or

MONDAY, October 31
I can’t think of a better date for Halloween than Max Schreck, the original Dracula, whose five-inch fingernails would make China’s old Empress Dowager expire from envy. Famed theater organist Clark Wilson provides live accompaniment to a newly restored print of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent chiller, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.; only $15 terrace seats left. (323) 850-2000 or

If Schreck isn’t your type, how about . . . Alice Cooper? The Master of Shock Rock isn’t so shocking anymore, but he can still draw a crowd, especially on the night he was born for. Can you survive his three-hour Halloween performance? Can he? Go ask Alice. The Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim; Mon., Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.; $48 & $55. (213) 365-3500, (714) 712-27000, or

And don’t forget West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval. C’mon, honey, American Idol host and People magazine eligible bachelor Ryan Seacrest will be crowned Queen of the Carnaval, a team of judges will be walking the boulevard looking for the best costumes, and there will be three stages of live music, including a dance-pop duo from Belgium. Santa Monica Blvd. between Doheny Dr. and La Cienega Blvd.; Mon., Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-midnight; free. More info at

TUESDAY, November 1
After all the Halloween hustle and bustle, there’s Dia de los Muertos. Olvera Street celebrates the annual ceremony honoring the dearly departed with a Day of the Dead Block Party that features events and rituals dating back to Aztec times, like colorful ofrendas — altars with flowers and food for the hungry spirits, dances, storytelling, and the popular finale, a beautiful candlelit procession. Olvera St., corner of Alvarado St. and Cesar Chavez Ave., dwntwn.; Tues.-Wed., Nov. 1-2, all day; free. (213) 628-1274.

WEDNESDAY, November 2
For those of you who remember the ’60s, wanna feel your age? Then go to the Alice’s Restaurant Massacree 40th Anniversary Tour. Yeah, that pot-bellied, white-haired old fart is really Arlo Guthrie, on a sentimental journey with the trad-rad folk group the Mammals. Among the songs they’ll perform: What else? “Alice’s Restaurant,” where you can get anything you want except your youth back. UCLA, Royce Hall, Wstwd.; Wed., Nov. 2, 8 p.m.; $30-$50. (310) 825-2101 or See Music Pick.

THURSDAY, November 3
Andrew Manze, the irrepressible violinist and director of the premier early-music ensemble The English Concert, can be counted on to add pepper to Purcell, bam to Bach, and verve to Vivaldi when he and his troupe perform works by those composers and others with cellist Alison McGillivray. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Thurs., Nov. 3, 8 p.m. $32-$82. (323) 850-2000 or


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >