11 Halloween Shows That Will Give You a Fright
Los Angeles is a city that takes Halloween very seriously. Restaurants, bars, amusement parks, and more host fright-filled parties fit for groups of all ages — and, thankfully, ranging in degrees of scares. From spooky decor to haunted cocktails to ghostly interactive activities, there’s something for everyone.
Among the month’s holiday offerings are a slew of movie screenings and live shows fit for Halloween enthusiasts. We rounded up all of the eerie entertainment to see ahead of All Hallows’ Eve.
“The Woman in Black”
Head to the Pasadena Playhouse for the West End hit, which runs Oct. 17-Nov. 11. It centers on a man who asserts that his family has been cursed. The Oct. 30 and 31 performances will be followed by a live recording of the podcast Hollyweird Paranormal (and includes a wine on the house).
“The Groundlings Halloween Show”
Get ready for a particularly spooky edition of live comedy from the noted troupe. The brand new sketch show is currently playing on Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM and 10 PM, from Oct. 5 through Oct. 27. Warning to those who suffer from Delapsus Resurgam (fear of comedy, that is!).
The Actors Co-op show is all about two students who commit the perfect murder, and then hide the body in a wooden chest — right under the noses of his unsuspecting dinner guests. Adapted into the 1948 Alfred Hitchcock film, the fun production is running at Crossley Theatre through Oct. 28.
“The Picture of Dorian Gray”
The stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s noted novella looks at what happens when the titular figure sells his soul to preserve his youth and beauty. While Gray descends into self-indulgent debauchery, the fates of those around him are not nearly as pleasant. Performances at A Noise Within are running through Nov. 16.
The Montalban Theatre Rooftop Movies
The Hollywood venue’s film screening series includes a number of horror hits, both old and new: “Friday the 13th” (Oct. 12), “Mandy” (Oct. 13), “Bride of Frankenstein” (Oct. 16), “The Purge” (Oct. 16), “Don’t Breathe” (Oct. 24), “Beetlejuice” (Oct. 27), “Witches of Eastwick” (Oct. 30), and “Hocus Pocus” (Oct. 31).
“Sister’s Halloween Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales”
The Laguna Playhouse tradition is back on Oct. 29 and 30, as the titular nun is preparing for yet another long year of schooling. Audiences are treated to a hysterical lesson about the Church’s take on all the familiar Halloween tales of Ghosts and Goblins. Be ready for class participation.
“Burlesque” and “Inferno”
It’s a double feature at the American Contemporary Ballet: “Burlesque,” making its world premiere, transports audiences to LA’s hottest, and strangest, club; “Inferno” takes viewers on a harrowing adventure through hell (complete with beasts, monsters and a Satan sighting). The offering opens Oct. 12 (with a fabulous themed bash) and runs through Halloween.
MB Stage Productions’ latest interactive and immersive theater piece is a psychological study of the “flight or fight” response. Set in a college lecture hall, the outcome of the study is determined by every ticket holder’s choice. The new show, which takes inspiration from video games and theater, opens Oct. 12 and runs through Halloween.
“The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals”
The new show from StarKid Productions (the makers of “A Very Potter Musical”) expertly blends the genres of horror, comedy, and musical. It looks at a town suffering from a musical apocalypse — as in, its citizens suddenly can’t stop singing and dancing! The world-premiere run continues through Nov. 4.
Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor: Fear Lives Here
Whats better than being scared? Being scared on a boat. From secret rooms to haunted bars, there’s no end to the terror aboard this ship. See for yourself through Nov. 2.
The Tragedie of Macbeth: An Immersive Experience
The Bard meets haunted house in this unique experience where you can roam the Los Angeles Shakespeare Center to experience all aspects of the bloody tragedy in a 70-minute play. Check it out Oct. 20-Nov. 3.