Halloween Exhibits-n-More

Eye Opening Halloween Exhibits, Classes & Lectures

Hey, Halloween has it’s high-brow side too. The exhibits are unique. The lectures are fun and often give you new incite into an old holiday. A lot here is also good for kids.

  • Exhibits
    • Note: more exhibits over in Costume Specials
    • If you’re looking for the adult events at the museums, see Halloween Parties.
    • Also including parties and festival for kids at Museums
  • Galleries
    • See the sites of and sounds of Halloween
  • Lectures
    • Learn more about Halloween traditions
  • See listing for Costume Exhibits on this other page

Exhibits and Science Parties

Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design

The Art of Television Costume Design celebrates the new “Golden Age” of TV programming.  This annual exhibition includes a variety of Emmy Award-nominated shows exploring themes of digital research, fandoms, re-launches, and the fast-paced work environment on set.  Exciting designs from multiple network, streaming, and cable productions of 2016-2017.  Not to miss to get your inspiration.

  • Info: http://fidmmuseum.org/for their website and their pics from past exhibits.
    • When:  August 22 October 7, 2017
      • 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m, Tuesday – Saturday
    • FIDM Museum, 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
    • Free to all.
    • No cameras allowed.

HallowlineChagall: Fantasy for the Stage – LACMA

Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage highlights the principal role that music and dance played in Chagall’s artistic practice. The performing arts were a significant source of inspiration for Chagall throughout his long career: he depicted musicians in many of his paintings, collaborated on set designs for the Ballet Russes in 1911, created murals and theatrical productions for the Moscow State Jewish Theater in the 1920s, and designed costumes and monumental sets for ballet and opera in the 1940s – 1960s.

The exhibition concentrates on Chagall’s four productions for the stage—the ballets Aleko, The Firebird, Daphnis and Chloén, Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute.  The exhibition features the artist’s vibrant costumes and set designs—some of which have never been exhibited since they appeared on stage—and also presents a selection of iconic paintings depicting musicians and lyrical scenes, numerous works on paper, and documentary footage of original performances.


(Shhh! Don’t tell the kids it’s educational!)

Spooky Science: Discovery Cube Science Center   

They’re coming to get you…at Discovery Science Center!  Two locations: Los Angeles County (Sylmar) and Orange County (Santa Ana)

Giant bugs, creepy crawlers and friendly spooks are all making their way to Discovery Cube for Spooky Science this October. Join us as we explore bugs of all colors and sizes among over-sized exhibit sets and hands-on learning stations. Even the youngest of goblins will enjoy spooky fun while exploring insects like never before.

  • October 1 & 2 – Super Hero Weekend
    • Dress in your favorite Superman, Wonder Woman or Avengers costume as Discovery Cube celebrates all super heroes
  • October 8 & 9 – Animal Science Weekend
    • Learn about spooky animals, terrifying rodents, and flying insects during this weekend. Dress up as your favorite animal c
    • reature!
  • October 15 & 16 – Community Leaders Weekend
    • Discovery Cube pays homage to the local community service members and leaders who help make our world a better place. From police officers and fire fighters, to community leaders and public servants, hear their stories and ask questions, plus come dressed in real life hero gear!
  • October 22 & 23 – Sci-Fi Weekend
    • Visit the Cube dressed as your favorite sci-fi character and visit with the R2-D2 club, plus many other space and sci-fi enthusiasts.
  • October 29-31 – Halloween Weekend 
    • Wear your favorite Halloween costume and participate in the Spooky Science activities, watch the Wizard of Ooze stage show, learn about turtles and snakes, and more!

Discovery Science Center’s annual Spooky Science exhibition is a SPOOKtacular good time! Participate in fun science experiments, enjoy trick-or-treat goodie bags and explore a spooky maze. Extra fun on the weekends.

  • Info: http://www.discoverycube.org/ or 714-542-2823
    • Weekends, October 1 – 31, 2016 
      – 10am-6pm
    • Discovery Cube, Los Angeles
      • 11800 Foothill Blvd, Sylmar
    • Discover Cube, Orange County
      • 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana
    • Free, with basic membership: $17.95 / Kids, $12.95 / Cube Members, free
    • Costumes are encouraged!  They have themes

Spider Pavilion – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

“The Spider Pavilion, the only public spider-viewing center of its kind in the country. Gallery interpreters guide you in small groups through the Pavilion where you can get up close to Orb Weaver spiders as they busily create intricate webs, interact with one another and feed on their prey.”

They also have special evening events to make it not your average date night. Flashlight tours, game show nights, spider cinema and trick or treating.

And for museum members, Annual Haunted Museum: Creepy Caves and Eerie Caverns Find out about the amazing diversity of life found inside caves at this beloved Halloween event. Search the Museum for secret clues, solve a natural history riddle and most of all have fun with your family learning about caves. 

  • Info: http://www.nhm.org/exhibitions/spiders/ or (213) 763-DINO
    • October 30 – December 11, 2016
    • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
      • 900 Exposition Blvd. LA – (between Vermont and Figueroa)
    • Museum Admission: (non members) $17 – tickets page for combo tickets and other options.
      • add Spider Pavilion ticket: $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and $1 for children. Museum Members receive free admission, but require a timed ticket.  Outdoors exhibit, open weather permitting.
      • Extra charges for some events, many require reservations and/or museum membership, check, reserve early

Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an integral part of the cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. Today’s interpretation of the sacred indigenous tradition has been remixed and recycled into a commercial holiday blending Mexican, Latino, and American pop culture iconography with the spiritual aesthetics of the event’s indigenous and Catholic influences. Self Help Graphics (SHG) will trace the evolution of Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles and beyond through an exhibition and publication documenting its four-decade history of art, ritual, and celebration. Since 1972, when SHG organized its first public ritual for Día de los Muertos, its annual commemoration has developed into a complex and unique public observance. Día de los Muertos, A Cultural Legacy: Past, Present, and Future will include historical prints, photographs, and ephemera representing each decade of SHG’s commemorations, as well as three newly commissioned altars.  Presenting sponsors includes The Getty.

Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands – Bowers Museum

Experience exquisite masterpieces and dynamic objects from the vast and diverse Pacific Islands in this special exhibition guest curated by Chris Rainier.

Spanning the geographic region collectively referred to as Oceania, this comprehensive exhibition highlights masterworks from the three cultural regions of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia. Particular focus is placed on New Guinea, land of the headhunter, and the rich artistic traditions infused into daily and ritual life. Submerge into a visually stunning world and come face to face with larger-than-life masks, finely crafted feast bowls, objects associated with the secretive Sepik River men’s house, beautiful shell and feather currency, magic figures and tools of the shaman, objects related to seagoing trade routes, gorgeous personal adornments, weapons of warfare and the most precious of human trophies taken in retribution.  Watch this video taken by Bowers President Peter Keller on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea that features the Fire Dance Mask Festival. Several of the large spirit masks seen in this performance were collected on behalf of the museum and can be viewed in the Spirits and Headhunters exhibition

  • Info:   http://www.bowers.org   or  (714) 567-3600  or Exhibit details
    • Tuesday – Sunday, Ongoing, 2016  
    • Bowers Museum
      • 2002 N Main Street, Santa Ana
    • Tickets: $13-15, Seniors/Kids $10-12

LACMA Local Events – Zombies & Carving

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Join us for a viewing of Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, followed by a hands-on “Intro to Zombie” workshop. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater, a North Hollywood-based company specializing in live horror theater, will guide Locals through the monster transformation process.

Participants will learn how to act, dress, and walk like zombies. To show off their newly learned monster moves, Locals will haunt LACMA in a short zombie walk through campus.  Makeup will be provided for light instruction. Participants are encouraged to bring their own clothes for distressing.

  • Saturday, October 15, 2016 / 10am 


Locals will explore Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters before creating their own classic Halloween jack-o-lanterns. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater, a North Hollywood-based company specializing in live horror theater, will lead the workshop.  Fee includes a small pumpkin and a 4-in-1 tool for carving.

  • Saturday, October 29, 2016 /  10am


Haunted Museum – California Science Center – Exposition Park

 Awaiting details

Flashlight Safari – Big Bear Alpine Zoo

2017 Update When night falls at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, scents linger longer in the still air and the zoo becomes alive with the sights and sounds of the nocturnal cycle of the creatures of the night. Nocturnal animals have highly developed senses of hearing, sight and smell, which are specially adapted to make the most of night-illumination.  Some daytime animals share the best of both worlds and remain active, even after dusk.    Big Bear Alpine Zoo will be hosting its Flashlight Safaris, a unique tour which explores the more active side of our animals during twilight and dusk. Exploring the zoo after dark is an experience of its own.

Bring your own flashlight.  Dress warmly.

  • Info: http://bigbearzoo.org/  or facebook or  Event Detail  or (909) 584-1299
    • Friday & Saturday nights, October 6 – 28, 2017
      • (weather permitting)
      • Arrive at 6:30, starts at 7pm, no late admissions.
    • Big Bear Alpine Zoo
      • 43285 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake
    • Tickets: $12 for adults, $9 for seniors (60+) and children


October Shadows: A Celebration of Halloween in Art

 Welcome to OCTOBER SHADOWS, Creature Features’ annual exhibition of original art celebrating the grand and mysterious tradition of All Hallow’s Eve — a distinguished showcase for artists in the worlds of fine art, film & TV, animation, comics and children’s illustration.  This year’s show is curated by Halloween historian Stephanie Anne Joens and showcases every form of two and three dimensional art, including paintings, sculptures, masks, dolls, folk art, and even automata.  The opening reception takes place on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 from 6pm – 10pm

The Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit

  Get ready for a night of the runway-walking dead! Come watch as 50 Hollywood makeup artists transform a bevy of gorgeous models into gory zombies in this one-of-a-kind zombie fashion show. In addition to this sexy-scary runway show, there will also be a creature art exhibit featuring over 150 original pieces of monster, zombie, ghoul and alien art, live body painting. This event at Lot 613 features 2 stages, live music and DJs, as well as a free photo booth courtesy of Snap Yourself and free all-you-can-eat pancakes courtesy of The Pancakes & Booze Art Show.


Lectures for All Ages

All Saint’s Day celebration

Honor your Ancestors Open Celebration FREE Come honor your Ancestors with the dragonmarshies out in front of the DragonMarsh. We will have a sacred space for you to put pictures & small memorabilia of your loved ones & pets who have passed on. You may also bring a small candle or bit of food to honor  your ancestors memory. Celebrate the Pagan new year and meet spiritual people. We celebrate with activities and information that all ages and faiths can enjoy! Call for more information. The celebration will include games and craft activities. The history of the Holiday and the ways it has been celebrated over time will be discussed and refreshments of the season will be served. This is not a ritual circle.All faiths are welcome.You may bring a munchie/treat to share if you like (no alcohol please) *$1.00 donation to the pet adoption center or can of pet food to make large craft projects.

  • Info: http://www.dragonmarsh.com or or 915-276-1116
    • Saturday, November 1, 2014  3-5
    • Dragonmarsh Historical Store
      • 3643 University Ave., Riverside
      • (heart of old town Riverside),  Just SW of the 60/91 freeways
    • Free


Da Graveyard….

Stuff that we can’t get current info on, or has been canceled…

Wrestling with Demons: Fantasy and Horror in European Prints and Drawings from The Huntington’s Art Collections – Huntington Library

This focused exhibition explores the darker side of the imagination through a variety of works on paper depicting death, witchcraft, and the demonic in European art. While Renaissance prints often presented the concept of horror through the lens of Christian philosophy—as the manifestation of sin and hell or as allegories of the dangers of temptation—monsters from the realm of folklore and popular culture also served to both admonish and thrill.

By the 18th and 19th centuries, such gruesome visions turned inward, becoming tools for expressing psychological turmoil. In this group of 15 works spanning the 16th to the 19th centuries, artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Jan Lievens, Francisco de Goya, and William Holman Hunt tap into human fascination with the macabre in works of art that demonstrate our attempt to wrestle with the unknown.

See their calendar for more events: Haunted readings, kids scares and living history.

  • Info: http://www.huntington.org/ or 626-405-2100 or Event Detail
    • August 30 – December 15, 2014
    • The Huntington Library
      • 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino
    • Included w/ basic admission

Hollywood Costume

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume.  The exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.  The Academy is enhancing the V&A’s exhibition and will include more than 145 costumes from over 60 lenders. This will include the most famous shoes in the world – the original ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (Adrian, 1939) shown with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress.

Hollywood Costume invites visitors to see some of the most well-known costumes from their favorite movies and to explore the impact designers have in creating our most beloved characters.”  See the website for some delicious samples of what will be on display.


  • Info: http://www.oscars.org/hollywoodcostume/   or 310-247-3049
    • October 2, 2014 – March 2, 2015 

      • Closed Wednesday.  Hours vary by day.  Open late Friday.  See website for details
    • Wilshire May Company building, 6067 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
      • See site for parking info
    • Timed Tickets:  Recommended advance purchase
      • $20 Adults ? $15 Seniors (62+) ? $10 for students with ID and children under 13.


Monsters at the Movies

Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council

Special effects makeup artist and on-set animatronic effects supervisor Shane Mahan hosts an evening exploring the evolution of creature technology in feature films and the fundamental role it plays in shaping monster movies.

Film clips will trace the evolution of creature technology, from “King Kong” (1933), “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954), “Horror of Dracula” (1958), “One Million Years B.C.” (1966), “Planet of the Apes” (1968), “The Exorcist” (1973), “An American Werewolf in London” (1981), “Aliens” (1986) and “Jurassic Park” (1993) through the digital age of “Zathura: A Space Adventure” (2005) and “King Kong” (2005).

The evening will include conversations with some of the films’ creative teams who will discuss the role art and technology play in shaping creature design in feature films. Check back for panelist updates.

Complementing the presentation will be a lobby display of historic and contemporary artifacts used to create the visually stunning effects for a range of aliens and creatures from classic monster movies.
Info: http://www.oscars.org or or (310) 247-3600
Thursday, October 21, 2010
7:30 p.m. Doors 6:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Tickets: $5 / $3 with academy membership, can sell out


Boo and Goo at the La Brea Tar Pits

See the goo in a family overnight museum adventure. Tour the tar pits by flashlight, make some sticky goo, and meet some live bugs. Trick or treat among mammoths saber toothed cats.

  • Info: http://www.tarpits.org/
    • October 29-30, 2010 – overnight until 9am
      • See more dates throughout the year
    • Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
      • 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
      • Tickets $50 / $45 for members, RSVP early
    • Costumes welcome

Halloween and the Culture Wars – The Huntington Library

Part of the distinguished fellowship lectures. Halloween might seem a childish holiday, but it has often been at the center of cultural conflict, notes Nicholas Rogers, professor of history at York University in Toronto and the Fletcher Jones Foundation Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington. Rogers will examine how Halloween has sparked contentious debate on many fronts: about the use of urban space, alternative religious practices, Latino identity, and more.
Info: http://www.huntington.org/ or 626-405-2100
Monday, October 26, 2009 – 7:30 pm
The Huntington Library, Friends Hall
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino
Free, no RSVP required

At the Mountains of Madness: A Tribute to the Writings of Lovecraft

In their annual homage to the Halloween spirit celebrating the mysterious tradition of ‘All Hallows Eve.’ original works by and eclectic roster of artists. This year a tribute to Lovecraft. The writings of H.P. Lovecraft explore this realm of incomprehensible existence and most often the terror that accompanies. For oftentimes, the concepts that are most horrific to us are those things outside of our understanding.
Info: http://www.gallerynucleus.com/ or or (626) 458 – 7482
October 16 – November 8, 2010
Mon-Thurs: 12pm-9pm, Fri-Sun: 11am-10pm
210 East Main St, Alhambra

Seeing Things: Ghost Polaroids

??? Drkrm. Gallery is hosting a special, limited-run Halloween retrospective called “Seeing Things”. It is the first public viewing of this rare and unique collection of paranormal photographs. This exhibit explores the boundary between the known and the unknown. Is the image of the room with the ghostly writing the way we see ghosts, or is it the way ghosts see us? Come and explore these strangely surreal photographs and decide.
Info: www.drkrm.com/ghost.html or 323.223.6867
October 24 – November 1, 2009
Regular Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday 1pm – 4pm & by appointment
Special Halloween hours Oct 31st, 7 p.m. – Midnight
drkrm. gallery
2121 San Fernando Road, Suite 3, Los Angeles

Haunted Car Show & Horror Artist Exhibit

You’re invited to a spooky Halloween monster party. Saint Jude Children’s Hospital and Halloween Adventure presents — Ben von Strawn’s Mad Mad Monster Party. Haunted vendors, monster music, spooky artists, monsters! Guest: Barris Kustoms, the Mad-Makers of the world famous Mmunster Koach and Batmobile! Haunted vendors and spooky artists in person.
Info: http://www.myspace.com/halloweenadventure or
Sunday, October 03, 2010 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Halloween Adventure
330 S La Cienega, Beverly Hills


This October is killer as the WWA Gallery presents the chilling group show Horrorwood. Curated by Industrial Squid, Horrorwood features the spine-tingling work of over 40 artists who were asked to pay homage to the Horror Film genre. From Psycho to Scream, from Frankenstein to Friday the 13th, this wicked group show is not for the faint of hearth. It is sure to be as thrilling as the very horror films to which it pays homage.

The Hoororwood gallery reception is open to the public – 7-10pm on Friday the October 15. In the spirit of Halloween and all things horror, the gallery welcomes guests to come to the opening in costume. There will be plenty of treats to be enjoyed and a few tricks as well.
Info: http://wwagallery.com/ or 310.836.4992
October 15 – December 4, 2010
Tuesday – Saturday, 11-5pm
Opening reception, Friday, October 15 – 7-10pm
WWA Gallery
9517 Culver Blvd, Culver City