Live Theatrical Events

Live Halloween Theater in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a wonderfully wide collection of entertainment during October to set up the spirit of Halloween. The fun part here is you don’t have to wait for Halloween night. You can scare yourself throughout October. Going to the theater to see a spooky play or musical is a great event.

From ballet to rock musicals; from classical plays to kids events; from satire to symphony; from horror to sci-fi; from light fluff to deep psychological twist. Halloween Theater in Los Angeles is diversified.  We have theatrical listings for all tastes and budgets for this Halloween season.


Live Halloween Theater Presentations

Looking for that human haunting touch? Reach for the haunted theater… Everything from high end classy theater to blood and guts, from symphony to  comedy romps.

John Carpenter: Anthology Tour – Hollywood & Anaheim

2017 UpdateJohn Carpenter goes on tour with his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies.  The tour is based on his new album: Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998,  a collection of 13 of his classic movie themes newly recorded with the collaborators that worked on his Lost Themes studio albums.   It is a near-comprehensive survey of John Carpenter’s greatest themes, from his very first movie (the no-budget sci-fi film Dark Star) to 1998’s supernatural Western, Vampires.  Carpenter returns to the road, playing both classic movie themes and material from his two Lost Themes albums. Special VIP packages that include meet and greets with John  Carpenter and exclusive merchandise (for more details check www.theofficialjohncarpenter.com). The performances will once again affirm the power of the Horror Master’s brilliant work.

  • Hollywood Info:  Tour detail or Tickets
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 7pm
  • Hollywood Palladium
  • 6215 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
  • Tickets: $45 up / VIP & meet and greet options available
  • Anaheim Info:    Tour detail or Tickets
    • Thursday, November 2, 2017, 8pm
    • City National Grove of Anaheim
      • (adjacent to Angel Stadium of Anaheim)
      • 2200 East Katella Ave, Anaheim
    • Tickets: $40 up / VIP & meet and greet options available on web

Wicked Literature: A Halloween Theatre Festival

2017 Update  WICKED LIT is an evening of classic terror tales presented as a live theatre event at a working mausoleum and cemetery.

Join us for an evening of immersive theatre featuring three world premiere plays, all adapted from classic horror literature. Move among the headstones in the cemetery and through the hallways of the mausoleum as a cast of 20 actors brings these haunting tales to life!

  • The Damn Thing
  • Thoth’s Labyrinth
  • The Open Door
  • Liliom (the framework for this year)

The Wicked Literature Play Reading Series will present staged readings of classic Halloween literature adapted for the stage by contemporary playwrights. Audiences will literally walk the grounds of the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery campus as the plays take place around them. Attendees will be lead to and from each play by a Story-guide.

Please note: This is an alternative (non-theatre) venue.  It’s a mausoleum and cemetery and involves moving our audience around the various spaces on the property.  Limited Engagement: This Show Will Sell Out ~ Rain Or Shine.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes as this is a  MOVING SHOW with MANY STAIRS TO CLIMB.  Haunting stories since 2008.

  • Info: http://www.wickedlit.org/or  http://unboundproductions.org/   or  818-242-7910
    • September 29 – November 11, 2017 
      • most Thursday though Saturday, some Sundays and some Wednesdays
      • Starts promptly at 7:30 p.m., pre-show 7:15
    • Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery
      • 2300 N. Marengo Ave, Altadena
      • Enter the parking lot on Marengo in between Woodbury and Garfield
    • Tickets: $50 up, depending on weekend.  Combo packages w/ after hours backstage event available
      • sells out, book early
      • Special discounts for Unbound members, see website for details
    • Recommended for ages 13+.

Urban Death: Tour of Terror Haunted Theatre

2017 Update Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group’s fun and frightening, semi-immersive Haunted-Halloween theatrical attraction, steering theater-goers and thrill-seekers through a terrifying “Urban Death” maze of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbed spirits that walk among us!  Labyrinth of Terror rises from the catacombs.   Maze and show.  Haunting since 2013.

  • Doors creak open for five shows per evening
  • Tickets: $15, buy on line for specific times
    • Order ticket early.
  • Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group at Z.J.U.
    • 4850 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood
    • (Just north of 101-134 Fwys across from KFC)
  • Ages: 15 and up

Horror Classics -Live webcasts

by Long Beach Shakespeare Company

2017 Update Enjoy an old time radio show in the spirit of the season.  Performed live, with live sound effects and music.  Presented by the Long Beach Shakespeare Company.

Old time Radio Show — Forbidden Planet

Fly away to the future.  Travel through space and time with this sci-fi classic to discover a mysterious distant planet inhabited by a father and daughter, the lone survivors of a long-lost human colony. Based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the “Forbidden Planet” holds both astonishing secrets and terrifying danger. First broadcast in Australia in 1959.

  • Fri-Sun, October 13-15, 2017 
    • 8pm, Sun 2pm

Old time Radio Show — The Lodger / Night Must Fall

Few experiences are scarier than a stranger in the house…especially when he might be a murderer! LBSC presents two tales sure to make you lock your doors. “The Lodger,” originally directed by Alfred Hitchcock for Suspense radio on CBS in 1940 and “Night Must Fall,” a psychological thriller that’s been produced for stage, film, television, and radio.

  • Fri-Sun, October 13-15, 2017 

    • 8pm, Sun 2pm

Old time Radio Show — War of the Worlds!

LBSC’s anniversary presentation of Orson Welles’ classic radio show, with live sound effects and music performed by the cast. The original 1938 broadcast covered the Martians invading the earth and created a nation-wide panic as a result.

  • Fri-Sun, Oct 27 – 29, 2017
    • 8pm, Sun 2pm

The performances will be available via web streaming LIVE or by file.  Check for audio link for shows at: http://lbshakespeare.org/audio.php  

  • More shows throughout the year
  • Richard Goad Theatre
    • 4250 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach
  • Tickets: $12.50

HallowlineKinetic Theory Circus Arts – Halloween Extravaganza

Voices in your Head

The Secret Book – matinee

Join Kinetic Theory Circus Arts for their annual Halloween circus spectacle.  Kinetic Theory will be presenting our first full production in our new facility with a Halloween circus “spooktacular”, so we are pulling out all of our tricks and treats. This year’s show promises to provide spine-tingling circus unlike anything you’ve ever seen.  Impossible feats that blend high-level circus acrobatics and aerial artistry with mime, dance and storytelling.

Voices in Your Head – Inspired by Stephen King’s horror novel and Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic interpretation “The Shining”, KT’s teen and adult pre-professional students tell a terrifying tale that will leave you afraid to be alone with your thoughts!

The Secret Book – A young girl gets caught up in a world terror when she finds a curious old book. . Matinee shows include a special performance by Kinetic Theory’s Youth Circus ages 8-13.  Halloween magic since 2008.

  • Info: www.kinetictheorytheatre.com or (323) 402-0773 or Event Detail
    • Friday-Saturday, October 6 – November 4, 2017 

      • Voices in Your Head
        • 8pm both days – PG-13 recommended- May be scary for young audiences
      • The Secret Book
        • 2pm Saturday- Includes Youth Circus. All ages welcome
      • Special Halloween show plus masquerade after party, Saturday, October 28, 3017
        • Live band, costume contest
    • Kinetic Theory Theatre Circus
      • 4723 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles   <– New location
    • Tickets: Advance- $25, Door- $30
      • Oct. 28- Show + after party- $40

Samhain: A Celtic Halloween Extravaganza 

The Story of Halloween & Celtic Tales of the Supernatural Told Through Song, Story, Music & Dance

2017 Update Samhain: (pronounced sow-in, like the pig) You’ll hear tales of the true origins of the Jack O’ the Lantern, of ghostly encounters, and the origins of All Hallows’ Eve, told with with high energy Irish dances, traditional Celtic tunes that will bewitch your feet and keep your toes a-tappin’, ghostly love songs that will rip your heart out, and exciting dances with real swords and axe handles for a start.

The entire cast of Samhain is very excited to be presenting this year’s show in a Scottish brewery. Enjoy a pint of freshly brewed ale as you listen to the stories, hear the music, and feel the breath of those long gone on the back of your neck. You’re not too scared, are you? Good! Fear not, Alastair and Jenny of MacLeod Ale Brewing Co have promised to keep the ghoulies at bay so the music, dance and entertainment can commence.

Hallowline

Dracula – A Classic Tale — Riley’s Farm New Event

2017 Update The year is 1897.  A Christian solicitor from London, Jonathan Harker, has been given the task to journey to Transylvania, and settle estates with one Count Dracula. On his journey he is repeatedly warned of an evil presence that lies in Castle Dracula. Harker journeys on in spite of the ill warnings, only to discover that there does lie a true evil within the Count’s unearthly home.

Riley’s Farm Theatre Company invites you to travel back in time to visit the Victorian world of Bram Stoker, and his timeless tale of good against evil in our stage adaptation of Dracula! Enjoy a bountiful, full-bodied meal, a succulent dessert, and a deliciously sinister plot. Don’t miss this classic tale of one of fiction’s most iconic villains!

The two hour family friendly stage production is presented in three acts and features drama that occurs on and off stage. Watch out… the Count might be standing next to you!  All plays presented by Riley’s Farm Theatre Company are family-friendly.  We welcome theatre-goers of all ages! However, be advised, due to the intricate plot and vampiric themes (and perhaps a few frightening moments of suspense), all parents and guardians are advised to consider the subject matter before purchasing a ticket for their child. 

  • Info: http://www.rileysfarm.com/ or 909-797-7534 or Event Detail
    • Saturday, October 28, Halloween night, November 4, 11, 18, 2017
      • 5:30 – 9pm
    • Tickets: $30-35 / Kids 3-12: $35 / Days do sell out
    • Rileys Farm Theatre Company For October 2017 see  RFTC facebook for dinner and show info.  Shows run all year.
      • Sleepy Hollow Celebration,Evenings
      • Colonial Farm Life Adventure
      • Revolutionary War Adventure
      • Gold Rush Adventure
      • Old Joe Homestead
      • Dracula
    • Riley’s Farm
      • 12261 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen
      • A bit beyond the 10/60 Freeway merge, use their map page for instructions because map quest doesn’t always get it right.
      • They are a large farm, which parking lot you use depends on the event.

HallowlineDracula – NoHo Arts Center

Madness sexuality and power explode onto the stage in this new deranged and horror-filled adaption of Dracula. Renfield fights for her sexual freedom, Lucy struggles against her mother’s expectations and her own growing hysteria, and Mina Murray is left standing alone in the wreckage of the19th century facing the man offering her both liberation and death.

  • Info: http://theatre68.com/  or (323) 960-5068
    • Friday – Sunday, September 25 – November 1, 2015 
      • Friday – Saturday, 8pm / Sunday, 7pm
    • NoHo Arts Center – Stage 2
      • 11136 Magnolia Blv, North Hollywood
    • Tickets $55

HallowlineStranger Things: The Musical New Event

2017 Update Featuring ORIGINAL SONGS based on the hit Stranger Things soundtrack. This musical is being filmed as a pilot presentation and you can be part of the audience!

Just in time for Season 2 of Stranger Things, comes a full recap of Season One – in musical comedy form. Musical comedy group Lewberger and improv troupe Octavarius have joined together in the Upside Down to bring this beloved series to life on stage.

HallowlineDark Stories  New Event

2017 UpdateAbove the Curve Theater presents four short, creepy plays for weekends to get you feeling eerie and ready for Halloween!  Wheelchair, Lurker, Barefoot in a Nightgown by Candlelight, and A Crime in a Madhouse.  Runs about 2 hours.  They aren’t really a jumpy kind of scary. But, they will leave you with a feeling of the heeby jeebies. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.
Arrive early and enjoy a glass of wine before the show!

  • Info: http://www.abovethecurvetheatre.com/  or
    • September 23 – October 15, 2017
      • Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm
    • Actors Workout Studio
      • 4735 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
    • Tickets: $15 in advance / $20 at door
      • *WARNING: This show contains adult content of a sexual and at times violent nature. It is intended for mature audiences only.

Hallowline


Annual Horror Theater Favorites

Little Shop of Horrors – Live

2017 Update Toe-tapping plants. Romance amid skid-row. Dastardly dentists. Blood drops and band-aids. A white picket fence dream. The end of the world. “Feed me, Seymour!” echoes though the theatre with a lot of laughter for this perennial holiday favorite that was one of the longest running off-Broadway productions ever..

Full list across the country is – here-  

  •   The show can also be found in a number of high schools in SoCal

Listing of some of the upcoming shows across America – select Upcoming tab, and your state.

Rocky Horror Show – the Live Stage Musical

If you’re looking for the movie screenings, go – here –

Don’t settle for seeing Dr. Frank N Furter on the big screen. See the story of two clean cut kids, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who run into car trouble and seek help in a very strange mansion. Come do the Time Warp with the with the whole sexy crew in this rock musical that spoofs science fiction movies and challenges you to just let go and enjoy.

Sorry, no shows for 2017.  Rights are currently withdrawn.

 

More theater shows here:  http://broadwaymusicalhome.com/shows/rocky.htm

  • If you’re running a production and want a listing, just write

Night of the Living Dead – The Stage Show

The Maverick Theater

2017 Update A mysterious form of radiation appears in outer space near Earth, just as gangs of rampaging, bloodthirsty, flesh-eating zombies are spotted around the country. Could the two circumstances possibly be related?

A brave and resourceful truck driver comes to the aid of a beautiful young woman who is being pursued by the murderous undead who have just killed and begun to devour her brother. They find an isolated house on a country road where, together with a few other desperate human souls, they are determined to make a stand against the wave of the carnivorous Living Dead that threatens to engulf them. It’s live humans vs. undead zombies. Who will prevail? The zombie classic that started it all! Munching on the living since 2005.

Graphic Violence!

  • Info: http://www.mavericktheater.com/or 714-526-7070  or event detail or facebook
    • October 6 – 29, 2017
      • Fridays – Sunday, times vary.  Also Thursday before Halloween
    • Maverick Theater
      • 110 E Walnut Ave, Fullerton
    • Tickets: $25 / No discounts / Sells out
    • Not for under 7

HallowlinePlan 9 from Outer Space – The Maverick Theater

2017 Update With its incoherent plot, jaw-droppingly odd dialogue, inept acting, threadbare production design, and special effects so shoddy that they border on the surreal, Plan 9 From Outer Space has often been called the worst movie ever made. But it’s an oddly endearing disaster; boasting genuine enthusiasm and undeniable charm, it is the work of people who loved movies and loved making them, even if they displayed little visible talent.effects so shoddy that they border on the surreal, Plan 9 From Outer Space has often been called the worst movie ever made. But it’s an oddly endearing disaster; boasting genuine enthusiasm and undeniable charm, it is the work of people who loved movies and loved making them, even if they displayed little visible talent.

Find more theater in the Los Angeles area…

Plays – 411 – https://www.plays411.net/


Variety acts – Concerts to Burlesque, from Improve to Comedy

Murder Ballads and Dark Song

???  It’s time for the annual MURDER BALLADS & DARK SONGS tribute show, our notorious Halloween event. On this night we turn the Echoplex into a seated theater and honor the greatest songs ever written about killers, death, darkness, murderous betrayal, ghosts, and other savory doom-driven subjects.
Each band will do two or three songs. Don’t be late…

Murder and music have gone together for a long time. The murder ballad originated as a way to carry stories of true crime from one place to another hundreds of years ago. The songs served to spread the news, entertain licentious listeners and provide a moral lesson. Perhaps something like, never go to the river with someone you’ve betrayed or don’t cheat on your lover, they might kill you dead. Over time, the songs spread across Europe and eventually made their way to America. They became a staple of backwoods drinkeries, front porches, and among field workers and social gatherings across the country. Songwriters began penning new tunes about contemporary cold-blooded murders and notorious crimes of passion, elevating wanted criminals to mythic heros.  Songs will cover the gamut from centuries-old ballads to more contemporary tunes.

The Tales from the Crypt Halloween Special  –  Captured Aural Phantasy Theater

2017 Update Join Captured Aural Phantasy Theater for an evening of vintage Halloween treats at the historically creepy Bob Baker Marionette Theater. See multi-media performances of classic horror stories from legendary “Tales from the Crypt” comic books LIVE on-stage along with spooky music, macabre magic acts and other Halloween thrills including special performances by the Bob Baker Marionette Puppets!

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is what would happen if Garrison Keilor, John Waters and Stan Lee all hooked up after a night of hard partying.We combine the art, drama and comedy of a vintage radio program with the live entertainment of a variety show. Shows are built around performances of vintage pop culture gems, usually comic book stories, along with live sound fx, music and projected art. In between the featured stories are short acts, sultry singing, prizes, special guests and live music.

During the Second Act of the Sunday night show, the theater will transform for a historic tribute to a nearby theme park’s haunted mansion! Enjoy a performance of the 1969 storybook record script, with Peter Renaday appearing LIVE!

No joke is too low or innuendo left un-emphasized.  Candy, drinks and ghost stories will be available!

  • Info: www.capturedauralphantasy.com  or   323.668.0318  or facebook
    • Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29, 2017

      • 7:30 pm doors open for food and drinks!
      • 8:00 pm show starts
    • Bob Baker Marionette Theater
      • 1345 W. 1st St. Downtown Los Angeles
      • (where Glendale Blvd meets Second St. under the Beverly Blvd. Bridge)
    • Tickets: Pre-Sale $20 / At the door $25 / Sells out
    • Recommended ages: 10-up
    • Halloween Costumes are encouraged!!

Macabaret    New Event

2017 Update Shinbone Theatre Company presents…Macabaret!  Let the demon lord Beelzebub be your host in this darkly hilarious, deliciously demented variety show. All the most evil denizens of Hell are here to perform for your entertainment, from Lizzy Borden to Leopold & Loeb. In a series of acts that range from puppetry to burlesque to drag, audiences will be guided to the lowest circles of the underworld and back again.   All join together in a series of acts that range from puppetry to drag to burlesque, complete with a live band. This Halloween event really speaks to the spookiness of LA.  Just make sure to stay on your best behavior…otherwise, you might wind up our newest cast member!

Freak Show LA  New Event

2017 UpdateFreak Show a monthly dark comedic variety show @ CIA in NOHO Stand Up, Characters, Musical Comedy, bands, & sideshow acts! 1st Saturday Night of every month it’s Freak Show! LA’s Best and wildest Dark comedy variety show.  The Original Circus Themed Variety how!  Featuring the Avant Garde, Weird , Odd, and Raw, Freak Show has been called the “Adult Swim” of comedy /variety shows Featuring Characters, Musical Comedy, Sketch by Tuesday’s Trash Sketch group, Side show acts, Bands, and Stand Up.

Freak Show – Halloween Night

The award Winning Freak Show comes to LONG BEACH!  One night only on Halloween night at Harvelles!
Come see the dark, twisted, hilarious comedy variety show that sells out monthly Characters, musical comedy, stand up, performance Art, Side Show and more.  Burlesque. Sexy twisted songs.

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

2017 Update Comedy and improv with spooky twists. Different shows on different nights. See their calendar for exact programs.  Highlights listed below.   Note, two locations….

  • Info: http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com/      Listing here is for Franklin.

    • See calendar for October dates
    • Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
    • 5919 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood
      • located at the foot of the Hollywood Hills across from the Scientology Celebrity Centre
      • Franklin & Bronson
    • Tickets vary $10 – $5 / Some nights sell out

A selection of shows below in date order… their calendar lists a lot more.

Bill & Ted’s Spooky Halloween Spooftacular

YYour favorite terrible pop culture spoof show is back, and it’s spoofier than ever. For years, Universal Studios Hollywood had an annual Halloween stage show starring Bill and Ted, lampooning the biggest pop culture happenings of the previous year. Recently, the show was canceled forever for being dumb and bad. That’s why we decided to keep the tradition alive by presenting what we think Universal Studios’ 2017 Bill and Ted show probably would have been. Because Los Angeles deserves an extremely unfunny, genuinely upsetting comedy show featuring empty pop culture references and two characters from a movie that has not held up well. No one is safe. Not even… the crew of the Orville?!

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 10pm 
  • Tickets: $12

2017 Update Comedy and improv with spooky twists. Different shows on different nights. See their calendar for exact programs.  Highlights listed below.   Note, two locations….   Listing here is for Sunset.

  • Info: https://sunset.ucbtheatre.com   Listing here for Sunset location

    • See calendar for October dates
    • Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
      • 5419 W Sunset Blvd,  Los Angeles
    • Tickets vary $10 – $5 / Some nights sell out

A selection of shows below in date order… their calendar lists a lot more.

Monsters Doing Stand Up

Monsters Doing Stand Up is exactly what it sounds like. Count Dracula’s cousin Kurt Dracula some sort of Frankenstein  showcase their funniest Monster friends and their victims, in this hilarious stand up Spook-tacular! Come for the laughs, stay for the miniature candy and wacky costumes!

  • Monday, October 26, 2015 – 10:30
  • Tickets: $5

The LAX Airport Ramada Inn & Suites Presents: HOTEL HELL-A

For one night only, The LAX Airport Ramada Inn & Suites front desk team is proud to invite you into their family-friendly halls and clean, affordable rooms and LOCK YOU INTO A HELLSCAPE OF HORROR. This is HOTEL HELL-A. Can you free yourself from a series of hotel rooms filled with the horrors of living in Los Angeles? Find out Halloween Night at UCB Sunset’s first ever immersive comedy escape room. Enter if you dare…or if you get out of traffic in time.

Westside Comedy Theater

 2017 UpdateMultiple comedy events

Unnecessary Evil

“Unnecessary Evil is an award-winning live stand-up comedy showcase. Co-producers Neel Nanda, Tushar Singh, and Rivers Langley consistently produce a quality show with both nationally touring headliners and the country’s best emerging talent. ”  Every show features a different Special Guest

  • Every Friday at 8pm / 2017 
  • Tickets: $12

Halloween Spooktacular

??? Live Band Scare-a-oke! Costume Contest with Prizes!  Haunted Green Room!  Death, Fear, Booze, and more!

  • Monday, October 31st, 2016, 8pm
  • Free

 

  • Info: http://westsidecomedy.com/  or  event detail
    • MI’s Westside Comedy Theatre,
      • 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade
      • located in the alley behind the third street promenade through food court, between 4th and 5th
    • 21+, must have ID to enter
    • Free!

See their calendar for more shows.

 The Lalas HALLOWEEN Burlesque Show – North Hollywood

2017 Update The Lalas perform a 75 minute classic rock themed, comedic, audience interactive show.  Earning their chops dancing alongside sex goddesses from Lady Gaga, to Katy Perry, to The Backstreet Boys, it’s The Lalas: a sultry troupe of scantily clad dancers led by burlesque beauty Erin Lamont. Promising “shenanigans, comedy, and a lot of burlesque”, the 75min performance will see flexible females plying the audience while getting down to a soundtrack that counts the likes of the legendary Muddy Waters, the very attractive Tom Waits, and Al Green, who inspires the gyrations that bring you Love and Happiness. Well, at least happiness.

  • Info:   http://www.thelalas.com/  or Event Detail
    • Thurs, October 26, 2017 – 8pm
    • The Federal Bar – NOHO
      • 5303 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood
    • Table seats: $35 & $20 / Standing room: $10  / Sells out quickly
    • 21+

 The Lalas HALLOWEEN Burlesque Show – Long Beach

2017 UpdateThe Lalas perform a 75 minute classic rock themed, comedic, audience interactive show.  Earning their chops dancing alongside sex goddesses from Lady Gaga, to Katy Perry, to The Backstreet Boys, it’s The Lalas: a sultry troupe of scantily clad dancers led by burlesque beauty Erin Lamont. Promising “shenanigans, comedy, and a lot of burlesque”, the 75min performance will see flexible females plying the audience while getting down to a soundtrack that counts the likes of the legendary Muddy Waters, the very attractive Tom Waits, and Al Green, who inspires the gyrations that bring you Love and Happiness. Well, at least happiness.
  • Info:   http://www.thelalas.com/  or Event Detail
    • Friday, October 6, 2017 – 8pm
    • The Federal Bar Long Beach
      • 102 Pine Ave., Long Beach
    • Table seats: $35  / Sells out quickly
    • 21+

Costumes???? At the theater??? A lot of these performances are encouraging it, sometimes there are discounts. Check their websites carefully, or ask.

Just watch out for those with the naturally sharp teeth.


 Da Graveyard….

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

Danny Elfman’s Music From The Films of Tim Burton

Celebrate Halloween with Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, a unique concert with the Hollywood Studio Symphony and choir conducted by John Mauceri, featuring an 87-piece orchestra and 45-person choir.

They will be performing the soundtrack of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” to Tim Burton’s  animated movie live.  He was the singing voice of Jack Skellington in the 1993 classic stop-motion film.  Danny Elfman will be joined by other original cast members.

Mysterium Theater

 Villains and Vamps

A Musical Revue of The Dark Side. Come see your favorite ‘Villains & Vixens” as they sing and dance to some of your all time favorites!
  • October 15 – 30, 2016   
    •  Saturday 8pm / Sunday 7pm

Phantasmagorical – A show of magic tricks treats

Staring TV’s Naathan Phan.

  • Monday, October 31, 2016
  •  7pm
  • 16 and over

Sunday

  • Most 8pm, some 5pm, and Sun 2pm
  • Mysterium Theater / The La Habra Depot Playhouse
    • 311 S. Euclid Ave, La Habra
  • Tickets: $25 – see web for more options
  • No one under 13.

EEK!  At the Greek!   –  Symphony in the Gleen

Symphony In The Glen and Nederlander Concerts will host the 4th Annual EEK! At The a symphonic extravaganza presented by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  This family-friendly event featuring the 60-piece Symphony In The Glen Orchestra with Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein will present a creepy collection of frightening favorites.  Additionally, the program will showcase the return of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-tale Heart” with special guest narrator Bruce Boxleitner,

Musical Program includes “Infernal Dance” from the Firebird by Igor Stravinksy, Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens, Funeral March of the Marionette with children conductors, “Gnomes” from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, and the Devil Dance by John Williams.  As a special feature, the concert will present a World Premier live performance of the cartoon Skeleton Dance from Disney’s 1929 “Silly Symphonies”.

Adding to the festivities, The Greek Theatre’s front plaza will be transformed into a “Trick-or-Treat Village,” welcoming families to bring their children for safe trick-or-treating and Halloween activities from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, including arts & crafts, face painting, a costume contest and more!  The costume contest will begin at 4:30 pm in the front plaza with the finale taking place during intermission on The Greek Theatre’s main stage.   

  • Info:  https://www.lagreektheatre.com/     or Event Detail
    • October 24, 2015  
    • The Greek Theatre
      • 2700 North Vermont Canyon in Griffith Park, Los Angeles
    • Tickets: $100.00 (pit table) / $55.00 (adult) $15.00 (child) / $25.00 (adult) $8.00 (child)

Ghoulmaster’s Haunted Playhouse – Hudson Mainstage Theatre

Retired as of 2016
Attention freaks & ghouls of Hollyweird! This is your Golden Ticket into the secret, mysterious, spooky world of the eccentric Ghoulmaster: A reclusive controversial Horror icon. Sit back and strap in for a nostalgic hilarious Halloween adventure. A visual mindf*ck combining multimedia and performance art. An “in-your-face” assault to the senses.NOTE: Costumes are heavily encouraged at all times in the Haunted Playhouse. Please dress to depress- and wear your Sunday worst. Best dressed audience member will go home with an EXCLUSIVE Haunted Playhouse t-shirt.

Info:  http://www.ghoulmaster.com/ or (323) 960-7724

Friday, September 25 – Saturday, October 31, 2015  

Fri-Sat, 8pm / Sunday 7pm

Hudson Mainstage Theatre

6539 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood

Tickets: $25 in advance / $30 at the door

HallowlineFrankenstein – A New Musical in Hollywood

A long time ago – north of the Arctic Circle, a sailing vessel comes upon a man adrift on a section of ice, “a wretch… near death.” His name is Victor Frankenstein, and he proceeds to tell the ship’s captain, Robert Walton, the horrifying tale of his twisted life. Victor is the scion of a prominent family of Geneva, Switzerland, where he enjoyed a childhood of wealth and privilege. As a young boy, he exhibits a brilliant mind and a gift for the natural sciences, and his parents, Alphonse and Caroline, dote on him adoringly. Their family soon swells to include Elizabeth–an orphaned waif whom Victor’s parents adopt as their ward–and later William, Victor’s much-younger brother. Victor’s brother in spirit is Henry Clerval, his childhood friend, and he, Victor, and Elizabeth forge deep bonds of friendship from their earliest days.

Thursday- Sunday, October 7 -30, 2016 
Thurs, Fri, Sat, 8pm / Sat and Sun 2pm
The Complex Hollywood
6476 Santa Monica Blvd. , Hollywood
Tickets: $35 / VIP $42.50
HallowlineThe Addams Family, a Musical – The Costa Mesa Playhouse

It is a time of crisis for the delightfully ghoulish family created by cartoonist Charles Addams. Gomez and Morticia’s daughter Wednesday is growing up. Now eighteen, she has fallen in love with a “normal” boy, and to make matters worse, has invited him and his parents over for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must confront the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations — change.

  • Info:  http://www.costamesaplayhouse.com 
    • October 28 – November 20, 2016

      • Thursday – Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm.   Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm.
    • The Costa Mesa Playhouse
      • 661 Hamilton Street, Costa Mesa
    • Tickets: $20 adult, see site for more

HallowlineThe Addams Family – Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

A new musical comedyTHE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

  • Info:  http://www.simi-arts.org/
    • October 31 – December 6, 2015
      • (Fri-Sat: 8pm, Sun 2pm)
    • Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
      • 3050 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley
    • Tickets: $20 Adults $15 Seniors & Military $10 Students & Teachers

Hallowline

Carrie: The Musical – Cal State Fullerton

Carrie White is a high school outcast who is bullied by the popular crowd and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. Surprisingly, Carrie has just discovered that she has a special power and she’s not afraid to use it! One of the great, gripping legends of the Broadway musical stage.(Based on the novel by Stephen King)

HallowlineSomething Truly Monstrous

Something Truly Monstrous is based on the Hollywood rumor that on the night John Barrymore died, Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart stole his body and went joy riding. May 30, 1942. On the day Hollywood finally killed John Barrymore, Jack Warner offers a studio contract to Peter Lorre, who is currently shooting Casablanca. Saddled with expensive tastes and a nasty drug habit, Lorre is tempted to sign. But while the contract means financial security, it also will force Lorre to forever play monsters in the B-unit. To ensure that he will not give into this temptation, Lorre shoots himself full of morphine, steals John Barrymore’s body from the mortuary, recruits Humphrey Bogart with plans to leave Barrymore’s body in Jack Warner’s living room. But every defiant step only leads Lorre closer to signing the contract that will turn him into the monster he fears he’s already become.

  • Info:     or   Event Detail
    •  October 3 – November 8, 2015
      • Fri-Sat, 8pm / Sun 2pm
    • 2nd Stage Theatre
      • 6500 Santa Monica Blvd,  Hollywood
    • Tickets: $30

HallowlineThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Chance Theater  

This theatrical adaptation of the timeless tale of Ichabod Crane and the fair damsel Katrina Van Tassel awakens the imagination—and the dreaded specter of the Headless Horseman. Delightfully adventurous, an ideal Halloween story for literature and theater lovers of all ages.Adapted from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.  Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission.For all ages:    There will be a special “relaxed performance” on Thu, Oct 15 at 7pm.  Everyone who watches the show must purchase a ticket (no babes in arms). Kids under the age of 4 will not be admitted, except for the “relaxed performance” on Oct 15.

  • Info:  http://chancetheater.com
    • October 8 – 18, 2015  

      • Thurs, Sat, Sun – Times vary
    • Chance Theater
      • 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim
    • Tickets:  $25 / $20
    • All ages  ( see main description for details)

Hallowline39 Steps – The Canyon Theatre Group

A fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), a plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!

  • See website for each show’s exact performance dates and times
  • Friday- Sunday, matinees on somr  Saturday and Sunday
  • Canyon Theatre
    • 24242 Main Street, Newhall
  • Tickets: $15, $12 discount for seniors, students & servicemen, Student rush
  • Not recommended for young children.

HallowlineRe-Animator™ The Musical

Re-Animator™ the Musical tells the story of Herbert West, a brilliant young medical student who has created a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life. What should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous monstrosities and ghastly consequences. “I guess he just wasn’t fresh enough,” is West’s constant refrain in his quest for fresh subjects. Graham Skipper, who won a Best New Performer Award at the New York Musical Theater Festival for his crowd-pleasing turn, returns as the demented young genius. And operatic Jesse Merlin is back as Dr. Carl Hill, who loses his head for Meg, the dean’s beautiful daughter, only to actually lose it at the hands of Herbert West. But thanks to the glowing re-agent, Dr. Hill is still able to take his curtain call with his head tucked underneath his arm.  What better way to enjoy the Halloween season than by being soaked with blood as you sing along with the most depraved musical in town?

  • Fridays through Sundays at 8:00pm.
  • The Steve Allen Theater / Trepany House
    • 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Tickets: $15

Rag and Bone 

THE HUNGER ARTISTS THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES CLOSING ITS DOORS IN DECEMBER 2012 Two brothers, Jeff and George, run The Ladder Store, which is actually a front for their business in black-market hearts. In the world of RAG AND BONE, hearts are bought and sold for people who can’t feel enough. The play follows a poet with no heart; a hooker with a heart of gold; T-Bone, her pimp who feels too damn much; and a Millionaire. This is a heartfelt (excuse the pun) comedy about the limits of feeling, and the consequences of either feeling nothing or too damn much.

  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 7:00pm
  • Tickets: $15-$18
  • Hunger Artists Theatre Company – Fullerton
    • 699-A South State College Blvd, Fullerton
    • (In the Trico College Business Park)
  • See late night listing in next section – Night of the Living Dolls.

Mark Z. Danielewski – The Fifty Year Sword

???  Timed with the Pantheon Books release of The Fifty Year Sword this October, celebrated author Mark Z. Danielewski (House of Leaves) once again casts his wicked spell on Halloween: an eerie theatrical presentation of his ghost story for grown-ups. Christopher O’Riley, concert pianist and host of NPR’s From The Top, composes and performs music for an evening of harrowing visuals, special guests and maybe even a gravedigger. The tale unfolds in East Texas, where a local seamstress named Chintana finds herself responsible for five orphans who are not only captivated by a storyteller’s tale of vengeance, but by the long black box he sets before them. As midnight approaches, the box is opened, a fateful dare is made, and the children as well as Chintana come face to face with the consequences of a malice retold and now foretold.
  • Info: http://www.redcat.org/ or event detail  or 213-237-2800
    • October 31, 2012 at 7 :30 and 9:30
    • REDCAT theater
      • 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles
      • heart of downtown Los Angeles on the northeast corner of the intersection of W. 2nd and Hope Streets. Housed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, REDCAT has its own street entrance on 2nd Street.
    • Tickets: $20 general, student and member discounts

“Halloween Jamboree” – The High Street Broadcast

The High Street Broadcast is back on stage with a brand new radio variety program that’s sure to be a hallo-scream! “Halloween Jamboree” features frightfully fun music, comedy and tales filled with ghoul tide cheer! Join our live audience. Fun for the whole family.This show is recorded live for airplay on KCLU radio, Halloween night!

  • Info: http://www.thehighstreetbroadcast.com or Event Detail or (805)583-7900
    • Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 7:30pm
    • Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
      • 3050 Los Angele St, Simi Valley
    • Tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for Students, Seniors and Children.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – Astra Dance Company

This is an innovative Dance – Theatre production by Astra Dance Company, combining the art of silent films with dance, acrobatics, vivid projections and stage craft to retell the surrealistic masterpiece by Robert Wiene. Caligari is a dance through wicked carnivals and intrigues. It is a feast for the senses and your experience with the strange characters begins when you enter the doors of the El Portal Theatre.The film Caligari, made in 1920 Germany, tells the story of the carnival hypnotist, Dr. Caligari and his future-telling somnambulist, Cesare and the frightful events that in a twisted world of shadows and dreams.A “who done-it?” silent film turned into the incomparable experience of live stage, Dr. Caligari is a theatrical dance show at every turn. To start the entire cast is clothed and painted head to toe in Black and White, which is further complimented by black and white multi-media projections and silent film clips, an original score by composer Regan Remy and emotive dance as the medium of communication all morphing this psychological thriller from fantasy to reality and back again.

  • Info: http://www.astradance.com/
    • Weekends, September 7 – October 6, 2012 – 8pm
    • The El Portal Theatre,
      • 5269 Lankershim Boulevard , Los Angeles
    • Tickets:

What Happened in Mayville? (III)

The terror continues…. LOFT ensemble brings back its popular horror series with the third installment of What Happened in Mayville?  Picking up events in the back storeroom of a club style grocery store, the play takes place simultaneously with the previous versions.It is a very early morning in the days just before Christmas in this small desert town in the American Southwest.   What starts as a normal day becomes something else as the story unravels and it becomes clear….something horrible is happening in Mayville.

  • Info: http://loftensemble.com/
    • Saturday – Sunday, thru November 18, 2012 / See web for time 
    • LOFT ensemble
      • 929 East 2nd St. Los Angeles
      • Downtown /  Little Tokyo / theater entrance on Vignes between 1st and 2nd
    • Tickets: $15

The Sierra Madre Playhouse Presents….

Ruddigore

Seven years ago, Ruthven Murgatroyd faked his death to avoid the family curse which dooms the eldest son to commit one crime each day or be tortured to death. His unfortunate younger brother, Despard, was left to live the family legacy. Now settled into a quiet life as law student Robin Oakapple, Ruthven Murgatroyd has fallen in love with Rose Maybud, a woman of impeccable manners, but he’s too shy to ask her out. Will Ruthven (aka Robin) get the girl and be able to evade the family curse?

  • September 22, 2012 – November 10, 2012 
  • Friday – Sunday, see website for times
  • Ticket Prices: $25 Adults, $22 Sr. Citizens, $15 Youth 13-21 and, $12 Children under 12

Fairy Tale Theatre – Halloween Show

Halloween is the scariest night of the year! Our super-dooper ace director, CB DeMan, is putting together an exciting show. We have lots of wonderful monsters who live in the Playhouse, a ghost, skeleton, witch, giant and an invisible man. There’s only one problem. Our monsters who live in the Playhouse are too nice – they are scared to be scary! We need your help. Please come in your costumes and show them how to scare us.

  • Saturday, September 29 – November 3, 2012
  • 11 am
  • Tickets: $18 / $12

Sally Spectre – The Musical

“A children’s horror story for adults” musically telling the story of a murdered Victorian-era girl who must adjust to her strange new life as a ghost.
Info: http://www.sallyspectre.com/ or
Friday-Sunday, October 21 – November 20, 2011
NoHo Stages
4934 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
Tickets: $25

Phantom Of The Opera

For his final overture in Los Angeles, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA returns to the Pantages Theatre to take your breath away. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s international award-winning phenomenon directed by Harold Prince has woven its magical spell over standing room audiences in more than 100 cities worldwide and is now the longest running show in Broadway history. Don’t miss a chance to experience this timeless story of seduction and despair.
Info: http://www.los-angeles-theatre.com/theaters/pantages-theater/theater.php or or 800-982-ARTS
September 23 – October 31, 2010
Tues-Sunday evenings, Sat-Sun matinees
Pantages Theater
6233 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Tickets: $29-$125

Frankenstein

Based on the timeless classic by Mary Shelley novel, this new dramatization depicts the Frankenstein monster as a symbol of all of the misfits of the world unloved and unwanted by society. Because he does not look like the rest of us, we call him ugly and we fear him. Because we fear him, we want to destroy him. Mary Shelley gave her monster a kind and tender heart, a love for people, and a desire to be loved in return. But he was never loved, not by one single person. A chilling story of the dangers of science!
Info: http://theatre.fullcoll.edu/ or
October 13-16, 2010
Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday 2pm
Fullerton College Bronwyn Dodson Theatre
321 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton

Dracula

“Dracula” is a chilling and spooky tale about a bizarre illness fallen upon Lucy Seward, daughter to Dr. Seward, owner of an English Sanatorium in the early 1900s. Dr. Seward and Lucy’s fiancé, Jonathan Harker, call in the help of Professor Van Helsing, an expert in the macabre. Their search for answers leads them deeper and deeper into the terrors of the unknown and the unthinkable. Could a vampire be the answer to this chilling mystery?
Info: http://www.kentwoodplayers.org/ or (310) 645-5156
Sep 10 – Oct 16, 2010
Fri & Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM
Westchester Playhouse
8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester
Tickets: $18, $2 discount for seniors, students & servicemen
Fun for the whole family, Suitable for ages 10 and up

Eban Schletter’s Witching Hour

From the man behind the musical madness of Mr. Show and Spongebob Squarepants comes a crypt full of creepy original songs and spells to raise the dead … and a devil doll.
Info: http://www.steveallentheater.com/ or
Sunday October 24, 2010, 8pm
Steve Allen Theater, at the Center For Inquiry West
4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
Tickets: $10Vendetta,

A Musical Tale of Technical Difficulties

Something is amiss at the old theatre. Rumors abound that it’s haunted by a resident spirit! Who (or what) is causing the mayhem? Find out in “4-part acapella, barbershop style” by joining the Golden Sands Chorus of Long Beach. Includes several other specialty acts, including Hi Fidelity Quartet and LA South Towns Show Chorus.
Info: http://www.goldensandschorus.com/
October 30, 2010 – 7pm
Long Beach City College Auditorium
4901 Carson Street, Long Beach (Harvey @ Clark)
Tickets: $20, discount at door for students w/ ID

The Mill

Inspired by true events, THE MILL is an eerie tale that questions the power of a good scary story. How do you explain the unexplained? That’s the question facing Kristi and her friends when they learn about a mysterious house in the outskirts of their small town. Come along for the ride and decide for yourself what’s real and what’s imagined in this ear-tingling world premiere.
Info: www.mutineertheatre.com or -Detail-
October 22-24, 29-31, 2010
Fri-Sat 8pm
Sunday 3pm
Atwater Playhouse
3191 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles
ages 13 and up. (Some Mature Language)

Spiderbaby the Musical

An authorized adaptation of Jack Hill’s classic horror film, Spider Baby the Musical tells the story of the Merrye family. Each member suffers from the same degenerative mental disorder which causes a loss of impulse control.Some distant relatives want to institutionalize the Merrye children and sell their land. Spider Baby the Musical deals with the extreme measures the family takes to stay together.
Info: http://spiderbabythemusical.com/ or (323) 906-8904
October 15 – December 5, 2010
The Lyric Hyperion Theatre Cafe
2106 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles
Tickets: Regular $25, but early bird purchases and discounts at facebook
This play is not intended for children as it depicts sexual situations and violence.

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

A paternalistic government suspends basic individual liberties in the name of preserving the security of the homeland. That could never happen here. Could it? Firemen in a world of the near future don’t put out fires. They start them. They burn books.A rebellious few will read books regardless of the consequences. One of the rebels is a fireman himself. Can rebel fireman Montag and his friends save our cultural heritage from being crushed?
Info: and then select the play or (323) 960-4451
Oct 17-Nov 23, 2008
Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun 3pm
Fremont Centre Theatre
1000 Fremont Ave , South Pasadena

Night of the Living Dolls – Orange County Underground Burlesque Society

??? Come sink your teeth into a live performance featuring the sexiest, sassiest ghosts and ghoulies. Mix of comedy, burlesque, costumes and gals presented by the Orange County Underground Burlesque Society
Info: http://www.hungerartists.net/ocubs/ or 714-680-6803
Fri & Sat nights @ 11:00pm – October 22 – 30, 2010
Tickets: $15
Hunger Artists Theatre Company – Fullerton
699-A South State College Blvd, Fullerton
(In the Trico College Business Park)

Ed Ghoulvez Haunted Punk House

Spooky, Scary – The Halloween comics are unleashed! See a ghoulishly talented carnival of stand up comedians KILLING the audience. (no actual killing involved).
Info: www.westsidecomedy.com or 310-451-0850
October 26, 2011
Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica
(in the alley between 3rd/4th and just south of Arizona Ave)
Tickets: $8

The Changeling

Presented as a Gothic Victorian nightmare, The Changeling summons a world where high poetry neatly coexists with coarse humor, and the darkest human fantasies come true. The beguiling Beatrice-Joanna is betrothed to a man she no longer desires and falls in love with a dashing stranger, a man long obsessed with her. Together, they plot to free her from her engagement, through horrifying means.Ghosts, mysterious potions, dancing lunatics, and various human remains all make an appearance in this most decadent of tragedy of the English Renaissance written by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, Shakespeare’s illustrious contemporaries. Join Independent Shakespeare Co. as it re-imagines this classic.
Info: www.independentshakespeare.com or (818) 710-6306
Friday, October 16 – November 8, 2009, Thurs-Sat
The Lillian Theatre
1076 Lillian Way, Hollywood
Tickets: pre-sale $16, then $20, half off w/ your Victorian finery or with groups of 10 or more.
Costumes: Victorian or Steampunk costume requested for discountNight Stories: A 1940’s Halloween Radio Play -??? Night Stories is a series of radio plays set in the 1940’s before television when people tuned their radios to hear the weekly serials. The Halloween episode is a collection of creepy eerie stories and is fun for the whole family.Also catch their haunted house Halloween week.
www.68centcrew.com or 323 960 7827
October 3-19, 2008
Friday & Saturdays, 8PM, Sunday 6pm
Theatre 68
5419 Sunset Blvd (just east of Western) in Hollywood.
Admission: $20