You know and I know, this weekend is about one thing: treats, treats, and more treats. Halloween is the only thing on your Elsa's and Elsa's minds, and luckily there are only about a thousand billion places to trick-or-treat. (There are also quite a few Halloween festivities that adult Elsas can enjoy).
But the celebrations don't end Friday night. There's another major holiday nipping at Halloween's heels. Most Día de los Muertos events are this weekend, and there's no better place than LA to rejoice in the memory of our departed loved ones.
Sunday brings yet another spiritual and highly anticipated occasion: Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, granting parents that elusive and most sought after gift of another hour of sleep. And after all the festivities of this weekend, you're gonna need it.
Keep reading for some of our most treat-tastic picks for this weekend...
This magical mixture of Halloween and bowling is the perfect recipe for a great party game! The spooky take on a classic can be played indoors or outdoors and is a spooktacular activity for children of all ages. After making the pins, let your little ghouls and goblins have a go at them by rolling a pumpkin down the lane.
I didn't grow up in Los Angeles; and although I have Latin American family, we are not of the Mexican or Guatemalan variety - meaning I arrived in SoCal knowing next to nothing about Day of the Dead. I've gradually pieced together the whole fascinating cultural and historical puzzle, discovering how many Halloween traditions we actually owe to the Native Americans who were in the city of angels before us, before the Spanish, before Christianity. El Día de los Muertos is a rare opportunity to understand several layers of angeleno culture, while celebrating something that looks a heck of a lot like Halloween.
While LA offers many Day of the Dead celebrations, the most authentic may be the novenarios, the nine nights of revelry leading up to November 2. Many Spanish-speaking countries have novenarios leading up to Christmas, but there is a similar build-up to the Day of the Dead, and here in LA it is most celebrated, not surprisingly, on Olvera Street. I've been curious to check out this traditional celebration for years, but between ghost trains and haunted houses our last week of October has always been booked solid. Not to mention that whole parking downtown thing. This year I finally decided to take the sugar skull by the horns and go see what it's all about. Curious?
This Halloween decorating project is a perfect mix of art and science. Mix the light and airy texture of cheesecloth with the stiffening property of starch, and the results are a real scream! These supernatural spirits can stand on their own, or be hung from the ceiling to create a really eerie effect.
We may all be walking around our neighborhoods Halloween night dressed as witches (note to self: find witch hat in closet), but we’re not really mean; we’re planning to let our kids eat unreasonable amounts of refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and non-organic chocolate way past their bedtimes on Friday - for one night anyway.
As we prepare for Halloween with our kids this week—buying high-tech costumes that sometimes seem like they came from a studio wardrobe department, or getting crafty in the new age of Pinterest perfection—it's made us think back to our own childhood get-ups. For a bit of fun, we asked our writers to share pics from Halloweens way past, and we've created a gallery of low-tech costumes that we wore when we were kids. (Our trip down memory lane involved a lot of old Polaroid scanning.)
I had forgotten how often we used to dress as hobos, Raggedy Ann, and Native Americans in the '70s. Remember those funky Ben Cooper, Inc. boxed costumes we used to pick up at the drug store? I still recall the sensation of poking my tongue through that scratchy mouth hole in the mask all night long; I knew it was a bad idea, but I couldn't seem to stop myself. And trying to get through the night without ripping the accompanying thin plastic sheet printed with our favorite pop-culture icon— ever wonder why the face of the character had to be printed on the chest of the costume, too? Why? Why!
Halloween is Friday. Are the costumes assembled? Have the pumpkins been carved? Are you heading back to the grocery store for more candy to pass out because you bought yours too early and somebody (okay, I admit it, “Guilty!) ate up half of the candy corn?
The Halloween offerings this month have been amazing. Some are scary; some are cute; many have incredible production values because this is, after all, a movie company town. You’ve probably made all sorts of plans to hit this or that event or even a graveyard, but Halloween is Friday and you haven’t even made it to the pumpkin patch.
Never fear, many of the ongoing activities surrounding All Hallows Eve continue this week. Start with Tim Burton, end with Danny Elfman, and be sure to get a pumpkin already.
Los Angeles took second place this year in Zillow's annual list of the country's 20 best cities for trick-or-treating! The real estate website bases its trick-or-treat ranking on criteria like home value and crime rates. That's good, but what about special effects and Halloween decorations? If one figures in the number of film industry creatives living in a given metropolitan area, LA wins first place by a country mile. Speaking of country miles, if you've walked the distance between houses in the most expensive LA neighborhoods, you know that higher home value does not always translate to better trick-or-treating. What does? Well keep your Halloween hats on, because we've collected a list of some of LA and Orange County's most legendary trick-or-treat neighborhoods.
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