As I previously pointed-out when this situation arose in 2012, it’s always a tad disappointing when Halloween falls in the middle of the week. Wednesday is absolutely the worst day for this fun “holiday” to occur on.

44093811_2122205528001120_707876142991802368_nMaybe because of that, there seem to have been festivities for it all month this year, rather than on just one day. Or week-end. No one seems to really know when to celebrate!

I had planned to be in New York for Halloween again this year because I had such a fabulous entire October there two years ago. But alas, LA would not let me get away this time. But this fair city decided to give NYC a run for its Halloween money this whole month, and it came in a close second. (If you want to understand why it was such fun on the East Coast in 2016, just read this:

Screen Shot 2018-10-04 at 12.01.28 AMI began Halloween month in LA with the El Capitan re-opening of the animated film Coco, which is about the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, that begins on October 31. (You can read my review of that event here:

And then I also finally saw The Nightmare Before Christmas on a big screen, at the same venue. (For this who don’t know, even though “Christmas” is in the title, it’s really more about Halloween. And you can still see it there tonight! In 4D!!!) (Here’s my review of that whole experience:

Photo by Karen Salkin, from one of the creepy Halloween month events she attended.

Photo by Karen Salkin, from one of the creepy Halloween month events she attended.

If, like me, you want to keep the haunted vibe going for a few more days, you can also still see the ghost story play Woman In Black at the Pasadena Playhouse. (Here’s my review, to help you make-up your mind:

Also, The Hollywood Museum opened their “movie monsters make-up” exhibition, (which runs all the way through to the end of the year; you can read all about it here:  Just choosing the pictures of it for my review of the opening night party gave me nightmares! (And isn’t that one of the purposes of Halloween?!)

Screen Shot 2018-10-27 at 3.42.51 PMAnd then there’s the site-specific interactive theater experience, Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta, in a park in WeHo. I understand that it’s a spooky tale involving ghosts. It runs for a few more week-ends, when I’ll finally have the opportunity to see it. (So maybe I’ll see some of you there.)

And, of course there’s always trick-or-treating, pumpkin patches, and haunted hay rides. And, shockingly for my carnivorous self, I’ll be at a vegan pot luck Halloween fete tonight! And I’ve had my nails polished black and orange since this past week-end, of course. I’ve been rocking some of my Halloween jewelry for even longer than that.

No matter what you do to celebrate today and tonight, I wish you all a super-fun, super-safe, and super-Happy Halloween!


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