Special-effects makeup and horror con Son of Monsterpalooza sold out the Marriott Burbank Convention Center for a weekend's worth of makeup, memorabilia and general scary shit fandom. Besides the industry's best monster makeup artists and their stunning transformations, the Sept. 15-17 weekend was replete with celebs from the world of horror, grom The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun and The Craft's Fairuza Balk to Gremlins director Joe Dante and Booger himself, Curtis Armstrong. There was also an art gallery and vendors selling all sorts of spooky stuff. It was a fittingly gruesome way to kick off the Halloween season.
All photographs by Hannah Verbeuren
Freddy, Jason and Leatherface all make their return to Halloween Horror Nights alongside their demented doll friend, Chucky, who hosts this year's Titans of Terror Tram through the Universal Studios backlot. There are more gruesome and heart-pounding mazes than ever before, including Saw, Insidious, Ash vs. Evil Dead, American Horror Story: Roanoke and "The Horrors of Blumhouse" featuring The Purge, Sinister and the upcoming Happy Death Day. However, perhaps the most inspired choice for a maze in the history of Halloween Horror Nights makes its debut this year. Based on Stanley Kubrick's psychological haunted-hotel film The Shining, guests make their way through the isolated Overlook Hotel as caretaker Jack Torrance and all of the hotel's previous inhabitants come out to play.
All photos by Jared Cowan.
Halloween Horror Nights runs through Nov. 4. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended, as event nights sell out. Tickets can be purchased here.
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Scare L.A., the area's first Halloween fan convention, celebrated its fifth year by moving to the L.A. Convention Center's spacious digs. After a day of monster makeup demos, VR experiences and celebrity meet-and-greets (the Crypt Keeper and American Horror Story's Naomi Grossman among them), the Spookeasy afterparty was held in the long-abandoned Clifton's Secret Shadowbox lounge. Interactive performers made the party a real tricky treat for all who made it through its haunted doors.
All photos by Star Foreman.
The dark spirits that linger on the Queen Mary arose early this year to welcome guests aboard the majestic ocean liner's first Sinister Circus Costume Ball. Halloween enthusiasts brought their A-game to the boat's top deck while mingling with some of the newest characters of the Queen Mary's popular October attraction, Dark Harbor.
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The minds behind the Stay Classy Bar have taken their popular Beetle House restaurant on the road and opened an L.A. location. Originally planning to only stay for 80 days as a pop-up, Beetle House has sold out its entire run before even opening its doors. But the website is taking names for a waiting list, and the pop-up Tim Burton–themed (but not affiliated) restaurant will likely extend its run.
However, if you must go and can't get a reservation, don't worry. The bar portion is open for all and serves crazy cocktails designed by Gia Farrell with names like the Beetlejuice, the Big Fish Bowl (for two people) and the Coco Skellington.
Inside the prix-fixe restaurant, waitresses dressed in L.A.'s own Laura Byrnes serve Cheshire Beef and Edward Burger Hands while acts from Freakshow Deluxe keep the place spooky, with a special stage show and roaming acts throughout the bar area.
Zach Neil of New Gold Empire, one of the founders (and creator of the menu) of Beetle House NYC and Beetle House LA, says that they plan theme nights — an Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) sighting might be in the future — as well as an expansion of their menu.
They made a list, they checked it twice — a list for the pub crawl and fun and games, of course. The revelers of L.A. SantaCon, who dressed as Santa, as poinsettia plants, as naughty elves — and then there was that posse of protesting clowns — followed @lasanta on Twitter to Barney's Beanery in Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, a park to play some Santa games, then to the Gold Line to start the pub crawl. Later in the evening, the Santas made a quick stop before hitting up downtown Culver City and requesting some Santasy lap dances at Fantasy Island and Plan B (sorry, no photos allowed) before finishing the *burp* night at Grilliant, Janga and Pieology. Next year Santa will show up in another part of Los Angeles — watch the Twitter handle for information after Thanksgiving 2017.