SoCal welcomes the Halloween season with perennial favorites like Knott’s Scary Farm and the Haunted Hayride, but what if you’re on the West Side and don’t want to deal with half a dozen freeways to get to your Halloween-themed entertainment?
You’ll find some excellent entertainment from the Beach Cities to Malibu, as well as just a few miles away from your West LA apartment at the NMS Missouri. Let’s explore a few of these scary venues.
Absolutely Halloween at the Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Running from October 8 to October 30, Absolutely Halloween is a fun production by the Santa Monica Playhouse. The musical features the story of a girl named Candy who travels throughout Halloween World, learning humorous life lessons as she tries to save Halloween.
If you have kids or family visiting in October, consider spending an evening at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12.50 for kids 12 and under. Parking is relatively easy at the parking structure across the street from the theater.
5th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl
1240 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
If you’re looking for some Halloween entertainment geared toward adults, mark October 29 on your calendar for the annual Halloween Bar Crawl that starts from Cabo Cantina on the 3rd Street Promenade. The crawl begins at 4:00 PM and lasts until midnight.
A ticket gets you entry into the costume contest, as well as two drinks or shots. The first 400 people that show up will get a US Stadium cup. Consider leaving the keys at home when you head out to enjoy the crawl. The easiest way to enjoy the evening is by taking a taxi or using a ride-share company.
Haunted Howl-o-ween Party for the Dogs at Wag Hotels West Los Angeles
2250 S. Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Wag Hotels is a doggy daycare company with a location just two miles away from our West Los Angeles apartments, and they host the Haunted Howl-o-ween Party each year for dogs and their families, with proceeds benefiting the Hearts for Paws Rescue organization. The party features a haunted hotel, as well as treats for the pooches. Guests can take pictures with Cruella de Vil and receive treats for tricks.
The party starts at 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 27, and runs until 8:00 PM. You can participate in a silent auction, as well as get fun freebies from Wag. The costume contest is at 7:00, and the silent auction winners are announced at 7:30. Tickets are $5 for presale and $10 at the door. Kids under 17 enter free.
Trick-or-Treat the Venice Canals
Venice Beach is the most famous part of Venice, but walk just a few blocks east from the beach, and you’ll reach the Venice Canals. It’s quite fun to walk the canals on regular nights, but it’s extra fun on Halloween night because most of the owners dress up and hand out candy along the dimly lit sidewalks and canal bridges.
The Venice Canals set the perfect mood for trick-or-treating, no matter your age. Parking, as usual in Venice, is pretty hit-or-miss, so you might want to arrive a little early to find a spot along Washington Blvd (just south of the canals). You’ll also find a paid parking lot at the end of Venice Blvd (just north of the canals).