Vampyr and Halloween After-Party

Vampyr at the Ace Hotel

The LA Opera and the Theatre at Ace Hotel once again join forces for a spooky mash-up of opera and film. The Ace’s gothic auditorium is the perfect venue for this screening of the 1932 surrealist horror flick Vampyr. And this event gives you the opportunity to see the film with a live accompaniment from a chamber orchestra and singers. Stick around after the performance for the LA Opera’s costume party. If you don’t have any kiddos to trick or treat with, and you don’t want to be cooped up at home, check this out. Witness the classic horror and let the gripping musical score enthrall you.

The Vampyr

“I wanted to create a waking dream on screen and show that horror is not to be found in the things around us but in our own subconscious,” said Danish film-maker Carl Theodor Dreyer, whose loose adaptation of two stories from Sheridan Le Fanu (Carmilla and The Room in the Dragon Volant) was initially conceived as a silent movie. Sound was added during production, but the film’s trance-like images stand on their own. They create a visual poem in which the action seems to take place on the cusp of dreams and reality. The Guardian Newspaper described he film as such and also listed it as a top 10 horror film of all time. Vampyr is probably not like most horror movies that you’ve seen, but the experience of it is chilling in ways that It, Freddy, or Jason may not be.


Tickets for this special show shown at the wonderful Ace Hotel Theatre can be found right here.

LA Opera and The Theatre at Ace Hotel invite attendees to a Halloween party with music and cash bar. Included with ticket to the Vampyr performance. Talk about bang for your buck! Your Halloween, should you desire to brave the act of going out on a Wednesday night, will surely be a good time.

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Lucha Vavoom Halloween

Lucha Vavoom: Circo de Vampiros

What is Lucha Vavoom you may ask? Well, it is excessive to say the least. Prepare for a bit of sensory overload. It’s a combination of burlesque dancing, Mexican luchadore wresting, comedy and acrobatics. And this is the special Halloween version of the event too! The tale of good versus evil unfolds before your eyes as you witness high-flying stunts. Don’t forget to pack some extra garlic and maybe a stake or two as you witness the vampire wrestlers fly around the ring.

This Halloween extravaganza will be held on Oct 24-25. So, basically the week before you take the little ones out for some ghoulish fun, the adults can have some fun of their own. Lucha Vavoom let’s you experience a carnival of sin and debauchery. Tickets for the event can be found right here.

This entire experience promises to be a change of pace to those of you used to casual Halloween work parties or an occasional get-together. Unless those parties have high-octane car stunts, acrobatics, pumping music, and other bits of craziness. And if your parties are typically like that, well then I’ll be expecting an invite to one of those in the future.

Cut loose and have some Halloween fun without the kiddos for once. Enjoy your Lucha Vavoom Halloween!

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Halloween at KCRW’s Masquerade Ball

It’s the finale of our month-long journey through the thrilling month of October. From fun outdoor horror-movie watching venues to haunted hayrides, we’ve covered our bases. However, now it’s time to finish things off with a bang, I’m talking about a masquerade. And not just any shindig, I’m talking about KCRW’s Masquerade Ball. Moreover, this event brings together the excitement that comes from watching grown-ass individuals wearing an assortment of costumes, with all the other traditional party goodies. This event is strictly for the 21 or older crowd so you’ll be wanting to keep all your little ghouls and ghosts at home for this one.

Party patrons will be traveling to the MacArthur, so a great venue will be accompanying the festivities. Prepare to wander around the venue’s variety of Halloween-themed rooms. You will get to see rooms showcasing circus troops, ghost stories, and DJ’s spinning hot beats. Meanwhile, food trucks will be nearby ready to cater to your late night frightful food cravings. This event basically has everything you need to have a good time. KCRW’s Masquerade Ball is quickly becoming a Halloween tradition. It’s definitely on my list for potential party venues for this Halloween. In fact, it’s worth a quick visit at a minimum and worth incorporating into your Halloween itinerary.

Check out more details about the event right here and enjoy a frightfully fun time!

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Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Gather your friends and family (probably not the little ones) for this frightfully fun experience! One of LA’s best known Halloween traditions, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, is back. You’ll be adventuring towards Griffith Park in the Old Zoon. Ticket purchases will give you access to multiple areas of the park. Including, the Purgatory zone, Trick or Treat zone, the House of Shadows, and of course the Hayride itself. Do you enjoy the thrill of the fright as professional scare-actors chase and jump out at you? As you wander around hordes of zombies, vampires, ghosts, and other undead creatures will stalk you throughout the night. And if you’re like me, frights equals some hunger. Fittingly, the park has a Grubshack that is ready to serve all our hunger needs.

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride may have a variety of different scare-zones to contend with but most likely, you’re interested about the hayride itself.  Nevertheless, filled with killer demonic clowns (poor Ronald McDonald) and additional creatures, the hayride itself is worth the price of admission. And in a twist from what you would normally expect from a hayride, part of the ride finds you embarking on foot and exploring a creepy corn maze.

Check out more details about the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride right here

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Halloween Weekend 2016



Check out el Dia de los Muertos during your Halloween weekend


The classic cinematic creation: Nosferatu

This Halloween weekend promises to be a bit different from the typical. Oct 31st falls on a Monday this year, so while you will most likely not be going to any wild and crazy Halloween parties on the day, this weekend will still have some great fun. In fact, I have two great events to talk to you about. The classic Hollywood Forever cemetery will be holding one of California’s largest Dia de los Muertos celebrations. They cover the grounds with festive decorations and there are plenty of musical performances and authentic crafts. Not to mention, they encourage everyone to dress up in authentic traditional garb. I guess you can consider it practice for your Halloween costume on Monday. And if you have plans for some Halloween parties at night, consider it a good seasonal change of pace for the day / early evening.

It’s important to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in a culturally authentic experience. The event runs from Sat. October 29th from 12pm to 12am. And the event will run you about $20 for general admission, but children (8 years and younger) and seniors get in free before 4pm. I’d say it’s a great deal to get some authentic Mexican cuisine, check out some unique crafts, and listen to some appropriate festival music.

Second, the other event I want to mention also occurs on Saturday, but on Monday as well. Before there was Dracula on the big screen, there was Nosferatu. An iconic film of the silent era, Nosferatu is returning  with a live performance of its musical score. A brand new score has been created for a chamber orchestra to perform at this event! Experience the dark atmosphere, and the general creepiness level of the performance. It certainly seems to be Halloween appropriate. Not to mention, this event is taking place at the Ace Hotel in Downtown. What a gorgeous and perfect venue for the event. There will also be a pre show happy hour on Halloween. Check it out!

Here are links to the two websites so you can purchase tickets. Have a happy Halloween weekend and holiday!

Dia de los Muertos


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