Hooray for Ghouly-wood
In what promises to be the season's most spook-tastic collision of art, science, history, culture and flat-out flim-flam, Halloween at the Barn ranks as an irresistibly oddball affair. Presented by the offbeat triad of Creepy L.A. , Hidden Los Angeles and Hollywood Heritage, even the venue itself — venerable cinematic epicenter the Lasky-DeMille Barn (where C.B. lensed Tinseltown's first-ever full-length feature, The Squaw Man, back in 1913) — is laden with lurid atmosphere: A just-concluded paranormal investigation will reveal, for the first time, whether the 117-year-old structure is itself haunted. This evening's hijinks, a combination of ectoplasmically fixated speakers, screenings of ghost-themed vintage shorts, displays of prestidigitation, a Hollywood Horror-themed photo booth, plus a selection of appropriately stomach-churning refreshments, is sure to deliver a bevy of thoroughly disturbing chills and thrills. Enhanced further by the participation of an eerie roster of spectral cognoscenti — Magic Castle Mandrake and Haunted Hollywood author Tom Ogden, Cabinet of Curiosities curatrix Sarah Troop, Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles prexy Robert Carradine — one may expect a disturbing earful of local lore, from discussions of Musso & Frank's Headless Woman to the myriad silver-screen banshees (Carole Lombard, Marilyn Monroe) reputed to yet reside at the Roosevelt Hotel. Heck, DeMille himself may make a personal appearance! The Lasky-DeMille Barn Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 N. Highland Ave. (across from the Hollywood Bowl); Fri., Oct. 19, 7 & 9 p.m.; $15 in advance, $25 at door. (323) 874-2276, hauntedbarn.eventbrite.com.

Fri., Oct. 19, 7 & 9 p.m., 2012

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