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 www.CavernClubTheater.com.
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 www.spookyhouse.com.
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 www.sixflags.com.
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 www.weho.org.
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 www.itsmagic.com.
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 www.muchlove.org
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 www.elcidla.com.
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 www.LAPhil.com.
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, www.thegroveofanaheim.com
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 weho.org.
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 www.UCLALive.org. 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 www.LAPhil.com.