Halloween events have been creeping up in the local area to celebrate the ghoulish October 31st holiday. Compiled is a sampling of upcoming local community events.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING — “Night of the Living,” a Halloween party and fundraiser for the 18th Street Arts Center, will keep things spooky with live bands, performance artists, a visual art exhibition and a late-night DJ dance party, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, October 29th, at 1639 18th St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $20.

Electronic music composers/ performers Cirrus will headline the event with a total of three bands performing throughout the evening. Performance artists at “Night of the Living” will include Clan Destino, Wide Open Works, Bob Bellerue, Dawn Kasper and T.W. Li.

The late night dance party will feature DJs from Loyola Marymount University’s KXLU radio. There will also be a tech-demo with DJ equipment innovator Ms. Pinky.

No party would be complete at 18th Street Arts Center without visual and installation artists, and this event will include Fumiko Amano, Kerry Kate, Blaine Fontana, Adele Peterson, Sean Sobczak, Aaron Jasinski, Marianne Mignen, Jophen Stein, Lola, E.E. Gibson and Dr. Rec.

ABSOLUTELY HALLOWEEN — A family Halloween-themed musical, Absolutely Halloween, is currently being performed at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until October 30th, at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $12.50 adults, and $10.50 for children ages 12 and under.

Absolutely Halloween is described as a tale of a young girl who learns some valuable lessons about life, love and laughter from her cat, who takes her on an Allhallows Eve adventure, joined by a host of curious and intriguing Halloween costumes that mysteriously come to life. The musical is directed by Chris DeCarlo with music and lyrics by Evelyn Rudie.

Reservations, (310) 394-9779 ext. 2.

COMMUNITY HARVEST FESTIVAL — A Community Harvest Festival, that will include a pumpkin patch, games, food, balloons, face painting, children’s crafts, and a moon bounce, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 29th, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 6705 77th St., Westchester. Admission is free.

Costume parades will take place at noon and 2 p.m. A new addition to the yearly festival will be a crafts boutique. The event is organized by Our Savior Lutheran Church and the Children of Our Savior Pre-School.

Information, (310) 670-7272.

HALLOWEEN DOWNTOWN — A number of public Halloween celebrations and activities are planned in Downtown Santa Monica Saturday through Monday, October 29th to 31st.

Tawni’s Ponies and Petting Farm will host pony rides for children and a “petting farm” on the Third Street Promenade (near Broadway) in Santa Monica. Participation is free.

The “petting farm” will include chickens, ducks, goats, sheep and a pot-bellied pig.

On Sunday, October 30th, between 1 and 4 p.m., kids can play a free round of miniature golf at Pirate’s Pier Mini Golf at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, with presentation of a voucher found in the Bayside Beat, the newsletter of the Bayside District Corporation.

A trick-or-treating event is planned at the Santa Monica Place Mall from 4 to 7 p.m. on Halloween Day, Monday, October 31st.

At each of the events, kids can pick up a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF box. Half of the proceeds from the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program will be used to help Hurricane Katrina’s youngest survivors.

Appearances by children’s characters Casper the Friendly Ghost and Wendy the Good Little Witch are planned at each of the Santa Monica events, which are organized by the Bayside District Corporation, Pacific Park and Santa Monica Place.

Information, (310) 393-8355.

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