Countdown to Halloween 2017: a guide to LA’s best horror-themed summertime events

If LA’s sunny spring weather is cramping your vampire-like lifestyle, take a dive into these blood-soaked events that will be sure to warm your ghoulish heart through the summertime.

If LA’s sunny spring weather is cramping your vampire-like lifestyle, take a dive into these blood-soaked events that will be sure to warm your ghoulish heart through the summertime.

BEETLE HOUSE LA

GENRE – HORROR, GOTH, FANTASY, BAR, RESTAURANT

http://www.beetlehousenyc.com

RUNNING RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS THROUGH AUGUST 20th

It’s showtime! NYC’s Tim Burton-inspired bar, Beetle House, has just opened a Hollywood-based pop-up location, featuring drinks, food and decor inspired by the works of none other the spooky, quirky, imaginative artist and movie-maker known for films like Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow (and too many others to name). Reservations are required for the restaurant portion of the venue, but the bar is available via walk-in/first come first served.

Find drinks like the “Edward Scissorhands” along with an odd & gothic atmosphere, plus sideshow/freakshow performers and costumed characters like Willy Wonka and Edward Scissorhands, who were there when we stopped in to the bar area on opening night:

TWIN PEAKS & THE X-FILES ART SHOW @ BEARDED LADY’S MYSTIC MUSEUM

GENRE – HORROR, SCI-FI, FANTASY, PARANORMAL

https://squareup.com/store/BeardedLadysMysticMuseum/

OPENING MAY 27th

Fans of TWIN PEAKS & X-FILES won’t want to miss this art show / opening party featuring 50 artists, DJ plus complimentary drinks and treats & photo booth.

$5 at the door (includes museum entry )
Event is all ages.

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS @ THE CINEFAMILY

http://www.cinefamily.org/films/friday-night-frights/

GENRE – HORROR, CINEMA

RUNNING EVERY OTHER FRIDAY NIGHT @ MIDNIGHT

Around the world, only a smattering of the best horror films come out in theaters, and gobs of great gore go softly into the night, never to be screamed at on the silver screen. In the past, Cinefamily has reserved just the month of October as an excuse to make merry in the macabre and delight in an onslaught of slaughter; and once All Hallow’s Eve has come and gone, our poor patrons must lurch back to their bloodless daily lives, secretly wishing that the terrifying times never need end. Well, fear not, for now every month is horrific at the Cinefamily! Midnight is the witching hour, and every other Friday night, Friday Night Frights brings you the finest cuts in upcoming horror and gruesome genre cinema, as well as devious picks from the repertory crypt, all with guests galore.

Be sure to also check out The Cinefamily’s FAIRY TALES FOR ADULTS series this summer, featuring such films as The Lost Boys and The Company of Wolves.

THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL 2017-Various Events

GENRE – HORROR, FANTASY, IMMERSIVE THEATER, MUSICAL

http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/

RUNNING JUNE 8th-JUNE 26th

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. This year’s lineup promises a variety of fresh, creative, immersive, horror-centric experiences including:

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Remount of the smash hit from Fringe 2016. Take a walk in someone else’s skin in this fully immersive theatrical experience. One audience member per performance. Morbid & disturbing with a twinge of black humor. Location provided 1hr before show.

JACK THE RIPPER’S MISTRESS

The worlds unsolved murders…. What if they were at the hands of one man…. An immortal man. A man driven by his own madness. Or was it the woman who loved him? The innocence he could not escape. She tells her story… Her life of being, Jack the Rippers mistress.

MONSTER BEAUTIFUL-THE MUSICAL

Monster Beautiful is like Frankenstein meets Masters of Sex, set in a university. The musical subtly weaves contemporary challenges to gender roles, expectations, stereotypes, sexuality, and agency.

MONSTERS

Monsters is a one-act, horror-comedy that explores the dark turns of two fragile minds in a city that is now their asylum.

NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY IN TERROR

From the fervent mind of Bram Stoker’s Dracula…filtered through the lens of Friedrich Murnau…comes an experience so unique that you will remember it for the rest of your life. Nosferatu takes the audience on an unforgettable voyage from the world we know to the exotic and mysterious ends of our own imaginations. Crown City Theatre presents Nosferatu through the magic of music, dance and drama. This is a unique and unforgettable evening of theatre!

THE RISE AND FALL OF DRACULA

The Rise and Fall of Dracula: a bold and immersive retelling of Bram Stoker’s tale takes shape in this piece inspired by mythology, legends, and a variety of vampire lore. Artists Melissa Ortiz, David Kayser and Cassandra Ambe have crafted a compelling story that infuses contemporary dance, original music compositions, and familiar and not-so-familiar characters from the well-known story. The piece takes the audience back to the ancient roots of Dracula, slowly weaving the legend of the formidable, enigmatic spirit we have become so intrigued by. The story’s themes of Power, Belief, and Companionship are so intertwined with dark imagery and music that it feels as if the characters could reach out and grab us.

SLASHED! THE MUSICAL

It’s summer 1983 and CAMP DOOM is reopened for business, unfortunately the vengeful spirit of Little Peetie Jergins is back too; hacking and chopping his way through unsuspecting camp counselors in this Killer Musical Comedy. 7 original songs. 7 Kills. 1 Hell of a fun time.

SWEET DREAMS: THE PROLOGUE

“Hush a bye, don’t you cry…” Sweet Dreams: The Prologue is the first chapter in a series of immersive productions about a missing girl who dreamed of prince charming and true love’s kiss. But venture too far into dreams and you might end up missing.

MIDSUMMER SCREAM HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL 2017

 GENRE – HORROR, CONVENTION, HAUNTED ATTRACTION, IMMERSIVE THEATER

http://midsummerscream.org

RUNNING JULY 29th– 30th

Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival, the West Coast’s premier Halloween, haunt, and horror convention returns July 29-30 to the Long Beach Convention Center for a weekend of world-class thrills and chills. One of the stand-out components of Midsummer Scream’s impressive array of entertainment is the Hall of Shadows – a large portion of the convention’s show floor that is shrouded in darkness and filled with billowing fog, and roaming monsters on an unprecedented scale. For 2017, the Hall of Shadows will feature 14 highly-themed “mini haunts” representing professional and home-made attractions that fans can look forward to visiting this Halloween season here in Southern California. In addition the Hall of Shadows, there will be vendors, panels, presentations and various forms of horror/Halloween-themed interactive entertainment.

SCARE LA 2017

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 GENRE – HORROR, CONVENTION, HAUNTED ATTRACTION, IMMERSIVE THEATER

http://scarela.com

RUNNING AUGUST 5th– 6th

ScareLA is the world’s first summer Halloween convention. Situated in the entertainment capital of the world, the event celebrates the American scare season traditions and the diverse cultural heritage of the Greater Los Angeles region. Featuring hundreds of specialty vendors, education programming, world-class industry presentations, ScareLA draws thousands of professionals, fans and families from the U.S. and abroad to celebrate Halloween early every summer. ScareLA is one of the fastest growing independent fan conventions in the U.S. addressing a $10 billion Halloween industry worldwide. ScareLA’s 2017 theme, “Monsters Come Together,” celebrates diversity, unity and tolerance. Created to bring people together in a celebration of the scary and unusual, the convention aims to build and strengthen community ties across diverse groups, backgrounds and interests.

THE WILLOWS

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GENRE – IMMERSIVE THEATER

http://www.creepla.com

RUNNING THROUGH JULY 31st (June shows currently sold out, sign up for future openings/dates)

The Willows Family Has Invited YOU to The Most Mysterious of Celebrations. Will You Earn a Place at Their Table? From the twisted minds of Creep Los Angeles, The Willows sets the stage, or in this case the table, to lead Angelenos into an odd and interactive theatrical experience. Known for innovative and uniquely haunting productions with their critically acclaimed CreepLA series, the creative team is back with a production that will reinvent the boring murder mystery dinner theater and thoroughly creep out audiences with its peculiar nature and unusual methodology.  At The Willows, dinner conversation takes a myriad of courses.

A two-hour production that takes guests on a modern-day psychological mystery, The Willows takes place inside a lavish 10,000 square foot mansion, home to the eccentric Willows family. The 7-member cast will bring audiences into the family’s intimate story and sordid history.  Drawing guests into memorable scenes, bizarre encounters, and highly-detailed settings all across the expansive property, audiences are in for an evening of excitement and suspense.

One of our ScarePop crew had a chance to experience The Willows and called it “an event that you do not want to miss” and “what interactive theater should always be.” Check out her The Willows review here.

 

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We’ll see you in your screams!

  1. You’ve seen it on Ghost Hunters, My Ghost Story, Paranormal Witness, Haunted History and Ghost Adventures, The Place that Zak Bagans refuses to return to…but you can! Ghost Investigation at #TheOmanHouse Saturday June 24th, 6 hours 8p to 2a $100.00 Tickets http://www.theomanhouse.com/ticket—schedule-.html includes buffet and juice and soda…so you Won’t be eating crackers and cheese either! 16 HD IR Cameras throughout the house…most unique opportunity to visit my home… to see videos shot here http://www.youtube.com/davidoman

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