HALLOWEEN-THEMED EVENTS are planned throughout the local area, including at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, which features a glow-in-the-dark bioluminesence presentation.

The Argonaut has compiled a list of a variety of local community events that will be held in celebration of Halloween.

G2 Gallery

The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, is presenting Los Angeles-based String Theory’s performance of a live score to the projected silent film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at 7 p.m. Friday, October 30th.

String Theory will construct their long-strings across the main gallery which will then be played to the projected image of the silent film above them. Seats will not be available, as String Theory will have dancers placed throughout the gallery promoting a “wandering total immersion” into the performance by attendees, a gallery spokesperson said.

“Everything about this event fits our current show perfectly,” gallery director Jolene Hanson said. “Dr. Caligari was known for its uniquely dramatic lighting and abstract imagery, which ties into Robert Turner’s exhibit showcasing his distinctive perspective and ability to capture rare lights.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by music at 7 p.m. Masked attendance is preferred.

String Theory will return on Halloween day with a workshop designed for families with kids ages five to eight. Participants will draw, play music, dance and play the haunting ellipse harp. Reservations are required and there is a registration fee of $25 for one child or $40 for two children. Reservations, holly@stringtheoryproductions.com/, or (310) 822-6321.

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Something fishy is going on Saturday and Sunday, October 31st and November 1st, at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

The marine science center at 1600 Ocean Front Walk, beneath the Santa Monica Pier, has spooky, family friendly activities planned both days from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Visitors can view an experiment in the mad scientist laboratory, wander through the marine animal graveyard, and create colorful Dia de los Muertos crafts and masks. The event also includes a glow in the dark bioluminescence presentation at 2:30 p.m. both days, as well as face painting and spooky story times.

Children under 13 are admitted free with an adult. For all others, there is a suggested donation of $5 or $2 minimum admission fee. For groups of ten or more, the entry fee is $2 per person. Costumes are encouraged.

Information, (310) 393-6149 or www.healthebay.org/smpa/.

Burton Chace Park Halloween

The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors is hosting a free Halloween event Saturday, October 31st in Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.

Festivities include a haunted house in the park community room from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., where children will receive a Halloween treat upon exiting the haunted house, while supplies last.

Additionally, an outdoor movie screening of the family friendly Monster House is scheduled for 7 p.m. on a 26-foot inflatable screen for park visitors. The public is encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets for viewing the show.

Parking for the Halloween event is available in County Lot # 4 at 13500 Mindanao Way, and Parcel 77 located adjacent to Burton Chace Park.

Information, (310) 823-0925 or marinadelrey.lacounty.gov/.

Santa Monica Pier Halloween

The Santa Monica Pier will be the site of some ghoulish fun and surprises with the Fourth Annual Halloween Beach Bash Children’s Concert on the pier parking deck from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 31st. This year’s concert is hosted by local musician Michael Cladis and Magical Music, with special appearances by Captain Jack and the Princess Under The Sea.

Other planned activities include live music, bubbles, dancing, giveaways, sing-a-longs and princess and pirate games offering 100 prizes for children ages one to five in costume.

The family-friendly event is free and sponsored by Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Pacific Park and Giggles ‘n Hugs. Costumes are encouraged.

Information, www.santamonicapier.org/, or (310) 458-8901.

Montana Avenue Walk

The Montana Avenue Merchants Association of Santa Monica has scheduled the Second Annual Montana Avenue Halloween Walk.

The Halloween Walk is a spooky family affair, full of ghoulish adventures, according to the merchants association. The event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 31st on Montana Avenue between Sixth and 17th streets in Santa Monica.

Visitors can stroll the stretch of Montana, home to over 150 boutiques and restaurants, for activities including trick-or-treating, creepy costumes, fortune telling, spooky photos, scary stories and a magician.

Window art painted by local youths will also be displayed up and down Montana Avenue.

For more information, www.MontanaAve.com/ or (310) 395-5558.

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