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Halloween activities in the L.A. area

Costume balls, music, movies, kids' activities, etc.

October 27, 2011|By Jason Gelt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
  • Allis Markham (left) and David Iserson participate with other revelers in the 2009 West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood on Halloween night, October 31, 2009.
Allis Markham (left) and David Iserson participate with other revelers… (Gary Friedman / LAT )

Halloween is a tailor-made holiday for Los Angeles — a town that knows a thing or two about getting into costume and pretending to be somebody (or something) else. This year there is spooky fun all over the place on All Hallow's Eve; candy-and-pumpkin-filled family festivities for the tiniest tots, for instance, spook houses for the adventurous young and bass-thumping costume parties for the 21-and-older crowd. There's plenty of entertainment to go around for ghosts and goblins big and small. Here are 10 of the best for 2011.

Long Beach Zombie Walk IV Join a shambling, groaning army of zombies aiming to break the record for the largest zombie walk in the world — or at least eat a lot brains. A spooky day of live performances, zombie-themed food and drinks, zombie makeup stations and more, culminating in the walk. Downtown Long Beach Promenade, between 3rd and Ocean. Street fair begins 2 p.m. Saturday; Zombie Walk at 8 p.m. Free. zombiewalklb.com.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnival Massive crowds turn out each year for WeHo's spectacle, which shuts down a stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard with food booths, live entertainment and some of the most creative and barely-there costumes on the planet. West Hollywood, Santa Monica Boulevard from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard. 6-11 p.m. Monday. http://www.weho.org.

Masquerade: KCRW's Halloween Ball and Dance Party Now in its third year, the popular masquerade ball includes interactive experiences by Lucent Dossier's vaudeville circus troupe, macabre storytellers in the haunted bridal suite, five food trucks, 17 KCRW DJs manning the turntables, and live performances by Dengue Fever, Moby (DJ set), Mariachi El Bronx and Milagres. Park Plaza, 607 S. Park View Street. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. $85. http://www.kcrw.com.

Muse Costume Ball A night of masquerade fun to celebrate the closing of the Tim Burton exhibit, which stays open until midnight. Featuring performances by 25-piece experimental jazz orchestra Killsonic, Jeremiah Red and Sneaky Nietzsche. Prizes will be awarded to the best Tim Burton character costume, best movie monster, and most creative costume. LACMA, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., Park La Brea. 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $100. (323) 857-6010. http://www.lacma.org.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Hay-filled wagons haul intrepid guests through a fright-filled fantasy world in the woods. The 2011 experience looks deep into the minds of the Clifton twins, daughters of zookeeper Ferdinand Clifton who were rumored for years to suffer from violent nightmares so uncontrollable they were treated for sleep disorders. Griffith Park Old Zoo, 4730 Crystal Springs Ave., Griffith Park. 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Thursday, Sunday, Monday, 7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. $25. (310) 993-8289. losangeleshauntedhayride.com.

Halloween Horror Nights Ghostface Killer from "Scream 4" and his band of sadistic terrorists are on the loose at this annual shriek fest. Among the six new Scare Zones is a "La Llorona" experience (as imagined by Diego Luna), Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare," Eli Roth's "Hostel: Hunting Season," and "The Thing: Assimilation." Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, Sunday and Monday. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday. $62. (800) UNIVERSAL. http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com.

Knott's Scary Farm Haunt Berry turns to scary as fast as Dr. Jekyll does to Mr. Hyde. After the sun sets, enter Knott's Berry Farm at your own risk. You're not allowed to pass through the gates in costume, but plenty of creepy creatures will be crawling in every corner of Knott's Scary Farm. Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, Sunday and Monday. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday. $57. (714) 220-5200. haunt.knotts.com.

EEK! at The Greek The 60-piece Symphony in the Glen orchestra will perform a creepy collection of frightening favorites including "Night on Bald Mountain," "Danse Macabre" and music from the film "Psycho." Plus the world premiere of a composition by Arthur B. Rubinstein, accompanied by a reading of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Sunday. Adult, $20-$125; children, $7-$10. (323) 665-5857. http://www.nederlanderconcerts.com.

Mark Z. Danielewski The critically acclaimed, bestselling author unleashes a theatrical presentation of his limited edition, illustrated ghost story "The Fifty Year Sword." This year's performance will include 40-foot shadows by shadow-caster Christine Marie, sound design by John Zalewski, live music, and more — all conducted by the author. REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Monday. $20. (213) 237-2800. http://www.redcat.org.

See http://www.latimes.com/halloween for a long list of Halloween events!

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