Fall is officially here…well, at least according to Starbucks and their #PSL. Here in LA we may not have sweater weather yet but that’s no reason not to get out and enjoy all the wonderful parts of fall in Los Angeles. Here is a list of Urban LA Livings favorite things to do this month.
Our Spooky 13 Fave Things to do in October
1.Dive into the dark side to kick off the season with a Saturday night at Bar Sinister. Goth out and enjoy the alternative galactica in Hollywood. It’s an experience you won’t forget.
2. What’s fall without a hayride? And a haunted one at that. Get your tickets for the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.
3. Walk with the dead in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on October 24th for the Day of the Dead LA or Dia de Los Muertos to be more exact. Dressing up for the occasion is encouraged. If you can’t make it Friday you should definitely stop by on Thursday to watch as participants set up the altars. This is a very cool piece of our LA heritage.
4. Might as well stay for the show if you head down to the cemetery for the Day of the Dead Festival. Cinespia will be showing Dawn of the Dead that night. And if you like that Halloween weekend will be the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Plus, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is said to be haunted. The Memorial Park is the resting place of legendary stars such as Cecil B DeMille and the not so restful home to the weeping woman heard near the lake. People believe the weeping woman to be the spirit of young Virginia Rappe, whose death is linked to the infamous Fatty Arbuckle scandal from the silent era. Half of the original cemetery is now part of Paramount Studios. It is said that studio staff have seen people in “period” clothing walking towards the wall of the cemetery and disappear into the bricks. Spoooky!
5. Celebrate Halloween in style at the Grove! October 28th from 2-5pm there will be fun festivities to get in the spirit of the season. Shopping, now what can be more spooky then that?
6. Want to get out of the city for the weekend? How about a hayride? Head to the Underwood Farms Harvest Festival. Hayrides, pumpkin patch as far as the eye can see, apple cider, corn mazes. This is definitely a must if you want to shake off the dust of L.A. and feel like you’ve been transported to a simpler place and time. Everyone needs some good ol’ R&R now and then. Runs now through Halloween.
7. Maybe getting scared out of your mind says Halloween for you. Halloween Horror Nights is just the place to be entertained and frightened at the same time. Not for the feint of heart. One big bonus this year? Take the backlot tour and get the opportunity to take a picture with Norman Bates at the original Bates home.
8. Don’t worry if dressing up and getting candy isn’t your thing October isn’t just about Halloween. Who can forget Oktoberfest????? Nothing says Oktoberfest like beer, sausage, and pretzels! The beauty of it is you don’t have to travel all the way to Germany to partake in the experience. Get your German on right your own backyard. You’ll be saying Danke in no time.
9. Football just screams fall. Even if you aren’t a fan of USC, that’s no excuse to skip this amazing opportunity right in your own backyard. Feel the rush of the crowd as you watch on the most popular college teams in SoCal. Come on you can do it, “Trojans, Trojans, Trojans!”
10. You know that song by Queen…”Bicycle”? Well put it on repeat and grab your wheels, this is your chance to bike L.A. in the latest Ciclavia right in the heart of Downtown on October 18th.
11. Don’t miss the free public star viewing party this month at the Griffith Park Observatory. Yes, I know we mention the Observatory all the time but that’s because it’s awesome and if you haven’t been yet grab a #PSL and go already!
12. Haunted houses are all the rage this time of year. Check out the The Dark Realm while helping a good cause while getting your scare on by bringing canned food as a donation for entry to one of the longest running haunted houses in L.A.
13. Did you know one of the biggest Halloween parties around is in WeHo? Want to know something even better? You’re invited! Witness the chaos and costumes Halloween Night October 31st and you won’t regret it. It’s a once in a lifetime experience…or maybe it will become an every year tradition once you see participate in the wild Carnavale. If you have any questions at all you should read this blog, West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval – Everything You Need to Know. It’s really all in there. P.S. it’s free!
Now get out there and discover all the spooky things Los Angeles has to offer this month!