On Halloween, masses of the best-informed trick-or-treaters did not head to upscale Beverly Hills or Toluca Lake, where word went out on some TV and radio that you could get full-sized candy bars.
No, the smart crowd chose Angelino Heights, L.A.'s rare, circa-1880s neighborhood on a bluff above Echo Park Lake. The once-derelict neighborhood is now filled with dozens of carefully preserved, spooky Victorian mansions. It's the city's worst-kept secret on Halloween as residents go all-out to scare the growing throngs who stream to streets like Carroll Avenue and imagine they're in a century where Jack the Ripper or a cackling green witch rule.
There, Planaria Price and Murray Burns, who L.A. Weekly featured in its 2007 People issue, have helped lead a privately funded (largely), magical transformation of a once crime-ridden, tumbledown and forgotten corner of Los Angeles.