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Halloween Options Abound Downtown

By Ed Fuentes and Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, October 21, 2008, at 12:39PM

Downtown's the place to be for Halloween, with a full slate of events offering something for all budgets and ages. From kids' shows at the Million Dollar to 21+ events at the Edison and Little Radio, a free screening at Pershing Square to $65 orchestra seats at Disney Hall, there's a little bit of everything going on next Friday night.

(Unless indicated, all times are on Friday, October 31.)

Spooktacular: Since blogdowntown is the event's media sponsor, we have to start your Halloween options with the Million Dollar Spooktacular, taking place over two nights at the Million Dollar Theater. The event offers a stage show, creepy film reels, and a chance to watch classic horror films in one of Broadway's historic gems. Friday night offers a screening of the original "Night of the Living Dead," while Saturday evening features "The Reanimator." In between are a pair of afternoon kids' shows, one in Spanish and the other in English.

Also for Kids: DCBID is hosting the first Community Halloween Party for Downtown L.A. Kids at Grand Hope Park from 6pm - 9pm. There'll be trick-or-treating, a "Bouncy House" (kids only), and a contest judging pre-carved pumpkins. Ralphs is providing candy and snacks. RSVPs are encouraged.

Phantom: At the Walt Disney Concert Hall, organist Clark Wilson will provide scoring for the 1925 classic silent film "Phantom of the Opera" on the hall's magnificent Rosales Opus 24. The 8pm showing is sponsored by Laemmle Theatres. Tickets range from $24 to $49 ($30.50 to $56.50 with service charges) and can be purchased online.

Rocky Horror: Over at Pershing Square, a special Friday screening brings the cult favorite "Rocky Horror Picture Show" out under the stars for an 8pm showing. It's a free event, sponsored by DLANC and Pershing Square. Also at the Square is "Abra Macabre," an art event that'll run from 6pm - 10pm.

Severed Head: For those who don't work, Downtown Independent is offering all-day screenings at the ImaginAsian Center (251 S. Main) as part of the "Severed Head Horror Film Festival." Screenings start at noon and run into the morning hours. $10 for an all-day pass.

Edison: Those with a slightly higher budget may appreciate Lucent Dossier's (of weekly vaudeville circus fame) Halloween at The Edison. The event promises "phantasmagoria at it's finest" and features an open absinthe bar from 8pm - 10pm. $40 in advance, $45 at the door, and $50 if you're not in a costume.

Creepshow: The Little Radio Creepshow offers a haunted house and features performances by Autolux, Gaslamp Killer, Henry Clay People, Kutmah and Restaurant. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased via Paypal. Festivities run 9pm - 2am.

Redwood: The Redwood's full of the Halloween spirit all week long, with nightly music and costume contests every night from Sunday, October 26th, through Saturday, November 1st.

Lucha: At the Mayan, Lucha Va Voom offers three Halloween shows, Tuesday through Thursday.


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