The 2017 Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever
For our 18th Annual Dia de los Muertos, we tip our feather and flower adorned hat to the Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada.  Over 100 years ago, Posada gave us many of the foundational images of Dia de los Muertos that are still venerated today and which have become treasured images of Mexican culture and identity.  J.G. Posada reminds us that art is power – political and social speech – mass produced by the printing presses and now social media. Posada’s La Catrina asks us to embrace the beauty and grace inherent in facing our own death and the inevitable loss of those we love.  By facing loss with love, and art, we find transcendence. $10; Saturday, Noon-Midnight

Halloween Party and Costume Contest with Peace Frog and DJ Sean Q
Surfside Venice has created a diverse selection of menu items to entice beachside guests from California comfort food, to a delicious mix of LA-Korean inspired dishes, sustainable seafood and vegan and vegetarian options. Locals enjoy nightly live entertainment from local emerging artists to touring acts along with craft cocktails. Free; Saturday, 7 pm-2 am; Surfside Venice 23 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Zombie Crawl

The fifth annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl will bring out the undead on Halloween night for a chilling bar crawl in the heart of the city. Starting on the Santa Monica Pier at 6 p.m., crawlers will moan and growl their way through the city for spooky drink and food specials all night with the official pub crawl wristband. FREE zombie make up applications will be offered to the first 100 guests! $12, $15 day-of crawl; Saturday, Oct. 28, 6pm-close; Santa Monica, CA

Clifton’s Republic‘s The Neverlands
This immersive haunted forest experience features live and dead entertainment as well as frightening furry things and terrifying tree dwellers. For one night only, freaks and fantasies will ignite Monarch with tantalizing energies from worlds near and far as part of Downtown Los Angeles’ most unique Halloween experiences. You will be enchanted, and terrified, throughout Clifton’s four floors of treasures and adventures as they choose their own portal to a land of shadows and scares.Those not faint of heart will imbibe on rare concoctions of alchemy and mayhem such as the Lost Camper—a limited-run, fiery cocktail featuring Apricot and Chinese 5 Spice Blackstrap Rum, Lime, Ginger Beer, Mint, and Rosemary, set aflame with a dusting of Cinnamon—whereas those seeking sustenance while dancing to the devil’s charm will enjoy aghostly serving of succulent sweets and sinister savories. Until midnight, Executive Chef Andrew Pastore will serve special food items including but not limited to the following: Crimson Toast with Blood Fest Berries; Roasted Butternut and Acorn Squash Soup with Horror Business Beet Glaze and Crispy Sage; Pumpkin Ravioli with Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Meatballs; Night of The Living Dead Rib Roast with Astro Zombies Parsnip Puree; 20 Eye Cupcakes; Ghouls Night Out Grand Cupcakes; Green Hell Jell-O; and Last Caress Sugar Cookies. $20, Saturday, 8 am-3 am; 648 S. Broadway
Los Angeles CA 90014; 213.627.1673

You’re invited to raise a glass and join the coven as Orange County’s eSports Arena will be transformed into HEX, the most twisted, sinister, Halloween gala outside of Salem. This unique costume party will feature entertainment, interactive mischief, and devilish delights all wrapped into a wiccan décor which will leave you with nightmarish visions. Enjoy tunes from Jason Jass, the DJ who has been captivating audiences at the Mad T Party since 2012, the popular “Alice in Wonderland” nighttime offering at Disney California Adventure. In addition, a special performance from Monte Revolta and his Band of the Living Dead will have everyone running to the dance floor. HEX is proud to bring Michael Jackson choreographer, Eddie Garcia, along with the Affenix Dance Center (featuring Brendan J Brasier) as they perform a high-​energy, infectious flash mob to the classic hit, Thriller. If you dare, venture through the gypsy encampment and visit one of the oracles to uncover your final fate. Drink the night away with your own concocted mystical potions, brewed to bubble and boil before your very eyes at our themed bars – The Poison Post, Serums and Spirits, The Tipsy Crow, and Lynx Elixir’s Mixing Den. $45; Friday & Saturday, 8 pm-2 am; 120 W 5th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Labyrinth + Masquerade Ball
Join in a dreamy night of fantasy, magic and a masquerade ball in one of the most opulent movie palaces in the world! The dark musical fable features the superstar who fell to earth David Bowie in his enchanting role as the glam rock fairy-tale dandy, Jareth the Goblin King, supported by a cast of bewitching monsters from visionary Jim Henson. An unearthly evening full of illusions and delights, with Labyrinth on the big screen. Magic shows, live music, full bars, photo booth and surprises aplenty to explore in the hauntingly historic Los Angeles Theatre.Freixenet Cava will be on-site to toast this Halloween event with some complimentary bubbly for our guests. Costume is required for entry! Happy Halloween! $35-$85; Saturday, doors: 7 pm, Movie: 9 pm; 615 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

Three Day Rule’s 4th Annual Halloween Party
Join Three Day Rule at Viceroy Santa Monica, AKA The Haunted Hotel. Enjoy amazing costumes, two dance floors, two DJs, costume contest with legit prizes like in-home massages and trips to Vegas. Saturday, 8 pm-2 am; Viceroy, Santa Monica,1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Angel City Brewery Presents Howl-O-Ween: Pooch-tacular Party for Pups and Pint Lovers
Halloween has gone to the dogs! You are invited to bring their fur-covered bestie to Angel City Brewery for Howl-O-Ween. Two-legged and four-legged creatures alike will receive treats for tricks while enjoying grub, games, getups and K-9 themed goodies. Don’t have a pup? Come on down to taste Angel City’s newest beers Number of the Yeast and Zero Flocs Given. Inside the dog-friendly brewery, owners can sip and savor Angel City Brewery’s dark and light duo, Number of the Yeast and Zero Flocs Given. Experience the dark side with a pint of Number of the Yeast, a devilishly bitter ale fermented at 66.6ºF to hit 6.66% ABV and 66.6 IBU. This full-bodied beer features decadent chocolate notes with a unique aroma of roasted malt and sweet citrus fruit. Craving something on the juicy side? Enjoy a pint of Zero Flocs Given! Beneath the haze of this unfiltered New England-style IPA is a bright, vivid beer with satisfying notes of fruit and orange. Guests will enjoy a dog-themed Beer Bazaar, a canine costume contest, and silly puppy photos from Charlie Nunn Photography. Didn’t outfit Fido? Dress your pet in the best with bowties from Bogie Bows. Shop treats and toys from Healthy Spot, learn to stay from Tully’s Training and learn about Rover’s home away from home with Bone Sweet Bone. Still searching for your own furry friend? Stop by Best Friends LA’s information tent to learn more about pet adoption. Saturday, 12-4 pm; 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

BaleenKitchen’s Baloween Party
Bring your Mateys for a Pirate-Themed Halloween Costume Party on Saturday October 28th beginning at 9 PM. Come early and enjoy drink specials, live entertainment and prizes for the best costume and best pirate!  No cover charge before 9:00 PM.  $15 cover with no costume and $5 cover with costume.  Come for dinner and stay for the party with no cover. 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA  90277; 310.372.1202

Halloween at Laurel Tavern Hermosa Beach
Just steps from the sand, Laurel Tavern Hermosa Beach will be hosting Halloween Celebrations all weekend long. Known for its extensive spirit selection and handcrafted cocktails, the tavern will have festive specialty drinks, pumpkin beer and a costume contest (with prizes) you won’t want to miss. Friday, Saturday & Tuesday; 1220 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Postmates is Delivering Halloween Costumes On-Demand
With Halloween just around the corner, you many need a last minute costume. Instead of putting on a mix of random clothing and calling it an “80’s costume”, Postmates is here for you. You can choose from a variety of costumes like this year’s most popular costume, the Dancing Hot Dog or classics like a unicorn, cat, or witch. Just pay for the cost of the costume and they’ll deliver it for free. To order, just open the Postmates iOS or Android app and tap on the Halloween store, choose the costume and it will be on its way. Friday-Sunday

Ever Bar’s Drag Queen Story Hour
“The Library” room at Ever Bar welcomes Drag Queen Story Hour, a fun, free and fabulous event during which Los Angeles’ most glittering, magical drag queens read progressive children’s’ lit to kids of all ages! Free; Friday, 5-6 pm; 1800 Argyle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

“Maliboooo” Country Mart Celebrates Halloween
The Mart will be decked out in festive Halloween décor including pumpkins and hay bales to create a spooky Halloween atmosphere. Children and adults are invited to partake in making ghost-inspired painted rocks, Halloween paintings and join in with creative writing at Art4People’s craft table. A Halloween costume contest will be held for both pets and children starting at 2 p.m. near the Jester fountain. The lucky winners with the best costume of both categories will each receive a $100 gift certificate. During the event, children can fill their goodie bags with candy, tattoos, stickers all things Halloween. Sunday, noon – 2 pm; 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA, 90265

Contemporary Crafts Market
It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping! Find hand-crafted furnishings, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, textiles, blown glass and more at this seasonal market that celebrates local, fine craft. $8; Friday & Saturday, 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm; Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green St, Pasadena, CA

Benjamin Salons: Blowout Fundraiser for Puerto Rico
Look good while doing good at Benjamin Salons. Blowouts will be $35 and all proceeds go directly to San Juan’s Albizua University’s Go Fund Me campaign. Sunday, 10:30 am-6 pm; West Hollywood: 8910 Melrose Ave; Arts District: 300 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA; Call for appointments, 424.249.3296.

Shore Hotel Celebrates Dodgers Return to World Series with 29% Off
Twenty-nine years after the Dodgers’ last World Series appearance, Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, CA is celebrating the team’s return to the championship series by inviting you to hit a home run at Shore with 29% off on Sunday. The Home Run Package also includes hot dogs, popcorn and beer from hotel’s pantry offerings. $350+ (two-night minimum); 1515 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401; Reservations for the Home Run Package are required and can be made by calling (310) 656-4541 or booking here 

Tailgating in the Sky: Nest at WP24
You can fuel up before the Lakers v. Raptors game at this unique, one-time only tailgating experience 24 floors above DTLA. This sky-high pop up will feature several eatery stations include bites like Szechuan Smoked Suckling Pig, Chinese Steamed Buns and Mochi Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches. Beer and cocktails will also be on-hand. $50; Friday, 5-8 pm; The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 213.743.8824

Dog Haus West Covina Celebrates Three Year Anniversary
Dog Haus is turning three years old! To celebrate, the restaurant will be offering $3 Haus dogs, sausages and burgers, and $3 draft beers all day. Select from any of the Haus Dog, sausage and burger creations, with a veggie option available as well, and an expansive tap list of beers to choose from. Sunday, 11 am-10 pm; Dog Haus West Covina, 2678 E Garvey Ave S, West Covina, CA 91791; 626.331.4287

Grand Central Market’s 100th Anniversary
The DTLA food halls celebrates 100 years with a day full of activities and attractions. Festivities kick off with a 13,000 balloon installation by LA artist Jihan Zencirli (Geronimo Balloons), alongside a 100-layer, one story tall birthday cake. During the evening, market vendors serve up specials inspired by the hall’s history and the number 100. Other entertainment includes music performances, a photo booth, costume contest and more. Friday; 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

Taste Talks Los Angeles
This innovative food festival that takes place across the country and is happening in Los Angeles this weekend. The weekend will feature exclusive talks, demonstrations and a cookout at Mack Sennett Studios in L.A.’s Echo Park from such gastronomic leaders as: Curtis Stone of Gwen and Maude, Jonathan Yao of Kato, Claudette Zepata-Wilkins of El Jardin, Gabe Orta of Broken Shaker, Michael Fiorelli of Love & Salt, and many more! $49+; Saturday & Sunday

Patina Restaurant Group Opens Center 360
Center 360 opens within the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Orange County’s cultural epicenter, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Serving breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, as well as lunch and dinner during performance hours, Center 360 has a playful menu with global influences using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. On weekdays, early risers can enjoy dishes like the Sriracha Melt with cage-free soft scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and Sriracha mayo on a toasted brioche bun; Favacado Toast with avocado mash, fava beans, watermelon radish, lemon, and shaved bonito flakes; a daily rotating chef’s selection of sweet and savory pastries; and healthful offerings such as a Granola Cup with housemade super grain granola, Greek yogurt, fresh berries, and wild flower honey. A full coffee and espresso bar, using freshly-roasted Intelligentsia beans, is open all day. Weekday lunch and weekend matinees includes a variety of salads, like Sesame-Togarashi Crusted Ahi Tuna with baby lettuce, shredded cabbage, carrots, red bell pepper, grilled scallions, pickled ginger, crispy wontons, and soy ginger vinaigrette; soups, such as Chile con Carne with grass-fed beef, sea salt crema, and cave aged cheddar; as well as sandwiches like The Cuban with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, and mustard on a toasted soft roll. For dessert or a mid-day treat, Coolhaus Awesome Ice Cream Sandwiches are available. During performance hours, dinner offers an array of fresh salads, soups, and sandwiches, as well as playful entrées, such as OC Street Tacos with pork al pastor, roasted pineapple, cilantro, onion, salsa, and corn tortillas; Chickpea Falafel with pickled pink turnips, marinated cabbage, tahini sauce, and grilled flat bread; and Guinness-battered Fish + Chips served with tartar sauce and malt vinegar. Sidle up to the bar during the afternoons and evenings for seasonally-inspired specialty and classic cocktails like the Winter 75 with Absolut Elyx Vodka, lemon, lavender syrup, and sparkling wine and a French Margarita with blanco tequila, Yellow Chartreuse, lime, and agave. Rounding out the cocktail menu are international and domestic red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines by the glass, as well as a selection of craft beers on draft or by the bottle from local breweries like Bootlegger’s and Barley Forge, alongside other domestic and global options.

By Whitney

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