Dig Weekend Guide – Halloween Edition

Welcome to the weekend. You can eat enormous amounts of candy around the office, travel the neighborhood door-to-door trick-or-treating, catch Snoopy and the Great Pumpkin on TV, or get out of the house and enjoy some fun Halloween events. From pumpkin patches and train rides, to spooky haunted houses, parties and parades galore. Trick or Treat?

Pumpkin Patches

Halloween Harvest Festival (Through Nov 1)
Check out the Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College right off the 101 in Woodland Hills. Leave your car at home and take the Orange line to the De soto Metro stop. Plus, your metro ticket gets you free admission! From Sept 25 – Nov 1 explore a corn maze, brave the haunted house, enjoy hay rides and more. If that sounds too kid friendly for you, the place takes on a special sinister quality after dark.

Lombardi Ranch (Through Oct 31)
Lombardi Ranch in Saugus kicks off pumpkin hunting season on Sunday Sept 27th, with live music, a pumpkin carving and Scarecrow contest, a bake sale and free train rides. And every weekend through Oct 31, enjoy live music and prime pumpkin hunting grounds.

Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch (Through Oct 31)
If you’re looking for some local pumpkin hunting, check out Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch in Beverly Hills. Kids anxiously anticipate the arrival of the patch, kicking off the fun of the Halloween season with Mr. Bones and the Halloween giants, the jumpin’ pumpkin, straw maze and facepainting. Offering the finest in fresh autumn decorations including long-stemmed pumpkins, cornstalks, indian corn, gourds, squash and straw bales.

Pumpkin Liner ( Through Oct 31)
A truly unique Halloween experience can be had at the Filmore & Western Railway Co. Starting Oct 3rd, take a train ride on the Pumpkin Liner for $18 (kids for $10). Start at the Filmore train station, ride out to a pumpkin patch, eat some tasty BBQ, traverse the haunted hay maze, and browse the arts and crafts booths.

Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch (Through Oct 31)
Beginning Oct 4th is the Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch. Search their acres of bright orange pumpkins for the perfect pumpkin. There is a giant sunflower forest for the kids, towering hay pyramids, hay rides, farm animals, pony rides, mini train rides, face painting, a country store, delicious food and great entertainment. Admission is $3.

Haunted Excursions

Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride
(Thu-Sat, 6:30pm-12am)
In the 1920’s, King Gillette was known for hosting the most prestigious parties in all of Los Angeles County on his sprawling 500 acre ranch. On the night of the last ball ever witnessed on the ranch, the inmates from a local asylum escaped and invaded the ball. Relive the experience at the Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride with a Children of the Corn-style hayride through the wooded grounds. King Gillette Ranch, 26800 W. Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas (310-542-9966). Admission is $20-$25. Get ur tickets here.

Old Town Pasadena Haunt
(Dates and times vary, through Nov 1)
At the Old Town Haunt descend into the basement of the historical Union Savings Bank Building where mysterious occurrences have taken place in the buildings’ deadly 107 year history. In fact, something lives down there in the dark….not some one, but some thing. The basement that was sealed shut for decades is being reopened for your investigation into the unknown, what will you do when the catacombs and darkness surround you! 20 N. Raymond Ave. at Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Through Nov 1. Admission is $13.50 or VIP $18.50 which includes a little or no wait policy.

Mangler’s Haunted Asylum
(Fri and Sat night, through Oct 31)
The All New Redesigned Mangler’s Haunted Asylum is our signature attraction and it will be moved to a scarier than ever location. Larger for 2009 with 25 rooms, this foreboding 2-story asylum features a ride in the Hellavator, claustrophobic secret passages, torture chambers, bodies in the kitchen, a taxidermy trophy room and undead zombies attacking from every direction! Call 866-290-0576 for tickets and location. Admission is $20 or $25 at the door.

Friday, Oct 30

West LA College Horror Film Festival
Culver City (Times vary)
West Los Angeles College is having its first free on campus horror film festival, Horror Fest at West, to promote awareness of campus resources in arts, cinema, and multimedia. Scary feature movie, student shorts, costume contest, giveaways, special guest Q & A and more! Taking place on October 30, the night before Halloween (also known as mischief night) in the Fine Arts Theater from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm. At the end of the event there will be a networking reception in the courtyard adjacent to the theater. Please note that while Horror Fest at West is free, on campus parking is $2.00.

Saturday, Oct 31

2nd Annual Downtown Halloween Party
Downtown Los Angeles (5-8pm)
This kid friendly event in Downtown LA is sponsored by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District, FIDM, and Ralphs. From 5-8pm enjoy the Halloween festivities at Grand Hope Park. Costumes are required for children and suggested for adults. There will be plenty of Halloween candy, craft booths, a bounce house, pre-carved pumpkin contest and more. And it’s all free.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
West Hollywood
It’s THE party of all Halloween Parties at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. Check out the web site for more info, street closures, parking info, etc. 250,000 people are expected to attend, so bring your patience, admission is free.

Hollywood Halloween Street Fair
Hollywood (Dawn-10pm)
A more family friendly version of the West Hollywood street fair without the parade. There is no official event in Hollywood, but from dawn to 10pm-ish 100,000 people show up anyway. Costumed kids can trick-or-treat from shop to shop on Hollywood Blvd.

Masquerade: A Halloween Costume Ball & Dance Party
Downtown Los Angeles (9pm)
KCRW hosts Masqerade: Halloween’s premiere costume ball and dance party. Featuring KCRW DJ’s and live performances by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Little Dragon and Sea Wolf at the Legendary Park Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are $75.

Silverlake Conservatory of Music “Hullabaloo”
Downtown Los Angeles (6pm)
Silverlake Conservatory of Music announces its fifth annual “Hullabaloo” fundraiser will be held on Halloween. The event, dubbed the “Halloweenabaloo,” will take place at LA’s historic Union Station. Doors open at 6 PM for a special “Kids Hour” of music, trick-or-treating and Halloween celebration. The full line up has yet to be announced but previous performers include Metallica, Patti Smith, Tracy Chapman, Red Hot Chili Peppers, members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and more. Costumes, masks, observation of “El día de los muertos” traditions plus food, family fun will make for a ghoulishly grand experience for those in attendance. Gourmet food trucks from Spring Street Smokehouse, Green Truck and others will on site adding a fine dining flourish to the event. Other highlights include a haunted house for children as well as face painting, a costume contest and continuous music. Guests will be able to bid on auction items in support of SCM that will have been provided by FleaBass, Channel Island Surfboards, Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, Fender, Daisy Rock, Gucci and many other key sponsors. Tickets are $150 and available at the SCM office by calling 323-665-3363.

Day of the Dead Cooking Demo
Culver City (12-2pm)
Join a celebration of the Day of the Dead in the Test Kitchen at Surfas. Meet food and art historian Maite Gomez-Rejón from ArtBites (http://www.artbites.net/) and learn about the traditions, history and foods of this fascinating celebration. Mainly celebrated in Mexico, the holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends who pray for and remember friends and relatives who have died. Food is an integral part of the Day of the Dead festival and Maite will show how to prepare dishes that are traditional for the festival. Oaxacan Black Mole with Corn Tortillas and Mexican Hot Chocolate. All made from scratch! This event is free.

Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration
Pasadena (12-7pm)
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Old Pasadena and One Colorado for a safe and fun Halloween. Join others for a frightfully good time with activities throughout Old Pasadena! Free store-to-store trick-or-treating (4-7pm). Pasadena’s scariest haunted house: the Old Town Haunt with child friendly tours (12-4pm). Free haunted photos among hundreds of pumpkins in the One Colorado Courtyard (4-7pm). Meet and greet with favorite Halloween costumed characters (4-7pm). For more information please visit www.oldpasadena.org.

Sunday, Nov 1

Dia De Los Muertos Festival
Downtown Los Angeles
Dia De Los Muertos is one of Mexico’s traditional holidays reuniting and honoring beloved ancestors, family and friends. Activities at the November 1st Olvera Street festival include piñatas, face painting, Mariachi and Ballet Folklorico. Enjoy colorful, ancient Mexican ceremony in remembrance of departed loved ones, beautifully decorated altars, entertainment and a procession. Don’t forget to stop in a Mr. Churro for some of the best churros in town!

Continuing:

palate food + wine Sunday Session and Supper
Glendale (12-5pm & 5-9pm)
This Sunday at palate food + wine try the featured “Single Dish” at Sunday Session for $12. Or do the full Sunday supper for $35 which includes an appetizer, a main course, and dessert. Wine flights available for $12.

Upcoming:

November 5 – At the Stars of Cabernet, taking place at the Peninsula Hotel and hosted by LearnAboutWine, enjoy fine cabs from wineries like Cakebread, Frog’s Leap, Paul Hobbs, Rudd, Fisher and more. A silent auction taking place will benefit TJ Martell Foundation and Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Food will be provided by The Peninsula Hotel. Buy your tickets before Oct. 1 for $75, otherwise its $79, or $100 at the door. Only $69 for LearnAboutWine members.

November 13-15 – The 5th Annual Tamale Festival makes a move from MacArthur Park to the Los Angeles State Historic Park. It’s gonna be bigger and better than ever with a Tamale Cook-off, Art & Crafts Booths, Best Commercial Tamale Contest & Best Homemade Tamale Contest (anyone can enter), Tamale Eating Contest, and a Tamale Making Demo. Bring your canned food items for the House of Ruth Food Pantrie and The River Food Pantrie.

November 14 – Since the beginning of summer, Evan Kleiman has been baking a pie a day. Join Evan at the KCRW Good Food Pie Bakeoff at the Westfield shopping center in Topanga Canyon. At the event from 2-4pm, home cooks and pastry chefs will compete at the first ever pie bake-off. Hosted by Good Food’s Evan Kleiman and judged by a panel of celebrity chefs (Top Chef’s Stefan Richter from LA Farm, Eric Greenspan from The Foundry, Mark Peel from Campanile and Russ Parsons, LA Times Food Editor). Registration begins on October 1st.

November 21 – At the Thanksgiving Cooking Demo Extravaganza, Good Food host Evan Kleiman prepares five easy to make Thanksgiving side dishes, and pastry chef and cookbook author Cindy Mushet joins the fun. Takes place at the Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks from 3-5pm. This event is free.

Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

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