Few plan to wait until October 31st to start celebrating Halloween this year. Events have bled down into preceding weeks. Here’s a preview of ghastly arts and entertainment events planned to celebrate Halloween locally.

DREAM HALLOWEEN — The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) has scheduled its 11th annual Dream Halloween Fundraiser costume event from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 30th, at the Santa Monica Airport Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.

The fundraiser is a celebrity-studded costume party and awards ceremony geared towards families. This year, the event will be hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis, and Doris Roberts will serve as the honorary vice chair. Elizabeth Taylor will receive the Celebrity Hero Award, and other celebrities in attendance will include Ray Romano, and Daryl Sabara, according to organizers.

At Dream Halloween, kids trick-or-treat for toys, meet cartoon characters, play games and create arts and crafts. Also, food will be served.

CAAF was founded in Los Angeles in 1993 by Joe Cristina, a Mattel, Inc. executive who was inspired by the outpouring of support he received when he was diagnosed as HIV positive.

“As our signature fundraising event, Dream Halloween is the major source of funds behind the $16 million that we have raised to help kids in need during the past 11 years,” says CAAF board chair Cristina.

CAAF addresses the daily needs of children who are infected or affected by AIDS/HIV. The group gives grants to nonprofit agencies to assist children with basic needs, health care and social-recreational programs.

Tickets are $300 per adult and $250 per child under age 13.

Information, (310) 201-5033.

‘BEASTRO’ READING — Co-author Steven Zalben and illustrator/author Jane Breskin Zalben read from their children’s book Saturday Night at the Beastro, about a group of rowdy monsters who enjoy a gourmet feast hosted by Monsieur Gorgon. Also, comedian Wendy Kamenoff and friends will tell scary stories, and there will be a Halloween costume contest and spooky snacks.

The event starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 30th, at Every Picture Tells a Story…, 1311 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. Admission is free.

Information, (310) 451-2700.

COSTUME MAYHEM — Halloween Costume Mayhem is the theme of the upcoming Ruby Tuesdays variety show, combining music, art, theatrics and hairdressing in a night club environment, scheduled for 8 p.m. at Good Hurt, 12249 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. Admission is $5.

Dark energy rock ‘n’ rollers The Sixth Chamber will provide musical entertainment, along with DJ Valerie Scinto, musical guest Rebecca and other performers. Artist Timothy Williams will display his gothic-tinged works, and hairdresser Ruby De La Casas will give on-the-spot Halloween hair transformations. Guests are encouraged to come in costume.

Information, (310) 806-2181.

HALLOWEEN CABARET — Voices from the Darkness – A Halloween Cabaret is an evening of chilling tales and spooky songs performed by members of the visiting Playbox Theatre Company from England.

The performance will feature excerpts from spine-tingling classic plays and stories by Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe and M.R. James.

Showtimes are 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 30th, at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica.

The show is directed by Simon Pallard and Juliet Mary McGill, and performing members of Playbox Theatre Company range from 14 to 20 years old.

Audience members are encouraged to come in costume.

Tickets are $15.

Reservations, (310) 394-9779 ext. 1.

FACE PAINTING — Santa Monica Playhouse will celebrate Halloween with complimentary face painting for patrons attending the 12:30 or 3 p.m. performances of Snowhite on Sunday, October 31st. Youngsters or adults can be made up as the character of their choice.

The Santa Monica Playhouse is at 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $10 to $15.

Reservations, (310) 394-9779 ext. 651.

NIGHTMARE ON 18TH STREET — Art installation, live music and DJs will be featured at the “Nightmare on 18th Street: Festival of Frights and Delights” party, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 30th, at the 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica.

Silver Lake’s Spaceland Productions is helping to organize the entertainment which will include DJs, zombie girls, open art studios, jack-o’-lanterns, performance exorcisms and live music on an outdoor stage.

The event is curated by the Pandemonium Collective and performance artist Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, who will also perform at the bash.

Tickets are $12, and admission is limited to those 18 and older.

Information, (310) 453-3711.

HAUNTED HOUSE — The 14th annual spooktacular Haunted House will be on view for the not-so-faint of heart from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 29th to 31st, at the Westchester Recreation Center, 7000 Manchester Ave., Westchester. Admission is $5.

Information, (310) 670-7473.

ECO-HALLOWEEN — A Halloween costume party fundraiser to help save the last Ballona Bluff will feature renowned environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill, eco-musician Jon Sherman and country music with the Terry Hanson Band, 7 p.m. Friday, October 29th, at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. Tickets are $50.

Information, (310) 301-6663.

PUPPET SHOW — Halloween Ha Ha’s, a comedy puppet show for ages three to seven years old, will be performed at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 26th, at the Ocean Park Library, 2601 Main St., Santa Monica. Tickets are free but must be picked up from the library in advance.

Information, (310) 392-3804.

SENIOR IMPROV — There won’t be many old jokes, but plenty of old jokesters at a Halloween improv comedy show performed by an improv class for senior citizens, 2 p.m. at Comedy Underground, 320 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Admission is free.

Information, (310) 823-7482.

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