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Los Angeles Free Friday – Halloween Edition

Oct 29, 2010 by Lisa Newton

It’s that time again when you might meet a gorilla at Starbucks, or see a Chilean miner walking the streets of Santa Monica, or even a cowboy in Echo Lake Park.

Halloween–that sainted time–is here again. It has various alliterations–we can to dress up as anything we want and also allowed to have as much ghoulish and wacky fun and characters as we want at the same time.

From Marilyn Monroe, to Scarface, to Freddie Kruger, or to the girls dressed in their Catholic uniforms, 15 years later, nobody cares, because this is the time your inner and outer fantasies come to its annual celebration–It’s Halloween!

To help you celebrate, here’s a few of the free events going on around town. Some are Halloween, and some aren’t, so you have a wide variety to choose from:

Although not an official “organized” event, thousands of people might dress up and might not, but they head in the direction of Hollywood Boulevard. Over the years, the event just keeps getting bigger and bigger. If you plan on attending, please try to leave your car at home. I’ve heard traffic nightmare stories about Halloween and Hollywood. To give you a quick look, I found this video on YouTube:

Not to be outdone by Hollywood, West Hollywood is celebrating its 23rd Annual West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival, comprising the largest Halloween celebration in the world. This year is special because the Carnival has teamed up with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary. A parade will kick off the evening just before 7:00pm starting at La Cienega and Santa Monica Boulevard. Including members of the Rocky Horror Picture Show cast, stage performers, and city officials, the Parade will make its way down Santa Monica Blvd. The event will close out with a Guinness Book record-breaking performance of Time Warp synchronized across all six stages of the event.

What Día de los Muertos holiday would be complete without a visit to historic Olvera Street at the El Pueblo Historic Monument in downtown LA? On both Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 6:00pm, everyone is invited to enjoy street theater performances, Aztec dancers, art workshops, and even puppets. The candlelight Novenario processions, which evolves special memories of deceased loved ones with colorful pageantry and indigenous blessing, begins at 7:30pm followed by free pan del muerto (sweet pastry) and champurrado (a Mexican hot beverage) will be served.

If you live in Downtown LA and are looking for a kid friendly party for your family, then Grand Hope Park is a sure bet. On Sunday, between 5:00 to 8:00pm at the southeast corner of Hope Street and 9th Avenue costumes will be required for kids and suggested for adults for the 3rd Annual Halloween Party for Downtown LA Kids. With face painting, an inflatable bounce house, candy, treats, and jugglers, Halloween is a day to celebrate family, friends, and just have a little fun.

In 2000, what started as a small front yard Halloween display is now a fully fledged high-tech Halloween Show. The House on Haunted Hill, with performances starting at 7:00pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, is located in Woodland Hills and tells the story of a young Hollywood starlet who has just married a shady Hollywood writer, who isn’t all he appears to be. Each night of the performance, Saltillo Street, between Rios Street and Canoga Avenue, will be closed to motor traffic. Parking is available on the side streets, but be prepared to walk several blocks, and please remember, this is a quiet neighborhood, so be respectful of the neighbors.

For a free Festival del Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead Festival), head over to the American Museum of Ceramic Art’s celebration. On Saturday from 6:00-9:00pm, you’re invited to dress for the dead and enjoy Mariachi music, face painting, community altar making, pan de muerto (sweet bread), champurrado (hot chocolate-atole beverage), and tamales. Located at 340 S. Garey Avenue in Pomona, AMOCA is all about education “by presenting, collecting and preserving significant ceramic achievements of the world’s cultures from ancient times to the present and through aesthetic and technical study to develop a deeper understanding of cultural values and traditions.”

If you want an alternative to the Halloween events, Santa Monica is hosting its 2nd Annual Veggie Pride Parade. Oh, wait, this might be a Halloween event after all. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their veggie or fruit to help educate everyone about the healthy aspect of eating right. From 11:00am until 2:00pm on Saturday, the Veggie Pride Parade Rally will have dozens of vendor booths featuring LA’s top veggie restaurants, cruelty-free shopping, and nonprofit organizations. Eat, drink, and be merrily educated while enjoying music and entertainment, noted speakers and special guests, and other VPP festivities. The Rally is being held at the Victorian located at 2640 Main Street in Santa Monica. Following the Rally, the Parade will hit the streets of Santa Monica, encouraging everyone to show their veggie pride.

If you’re into heavy metal music, there is no better place to be than Venice Beach this weekend. Happening on both Saturday and Sunday between 11:00am and 8:00pm, Boardwalk Brutality features 13 heavy metal bands for your listening pleasure. And as we know this is Venice, I’m sure food trucks will abound, so head over to the Muscle Beach Stage, and get ready to jam.

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