Here’s a compendium of ghoulish and ghastly arts and entertainment events planned in celebration of Halloween this year in the local area.
ELECTRO-SPOOKTACULAR — A screening of the 1958 science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still accompanied by live performance art and a live synthesized music soundtrack, organized by technology professor David Javelosa, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, October 29th, in room 235 of the Santa Monica
College Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart St., Santa Monica. Admission is free.
A special guest at the event is Monica Frycova, a Czech performance artist who will provide theatrics, vocalization and movement in front of the screen.
Javelosa will create a live soundtrack to the film and performance art using digital, analog and sampling synthesizers.
Information, (310) 434-3763.
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.
‘PAL’LOWEEN CARNIVAL — A Halloween carnival sponsored by the Police Athletic League (PAL) for youths and families will include a fun house, games and a picture booth. The event is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, October 31st, at the Santa Monica Airport Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Admission is free, but games and activities are $1 and under.
Information, (310) 458-8988.
ENCHANTMENT FESTIVAL — Westside Waldorf School is back with its kinder, gentler edit of Halloween. Its yearly Halloween Enchantment Festival, which swaps ghouls, witches and fiends for Harvest celebrations and fairy tales, is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 30th, in the classrooms of the school, 1229 Fourth St., Santa Monica. Admission is $14.
Information, (310) 576-0788.
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.
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 Allan 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.
HAUNTED HOUSE — The 14th annual spooktacular Haunted House will be open 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 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.
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. Sunday, October 31st, at Comedy Underground, 320 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Admission is free.
Information, (310) 823-7482.
MONSTER DRESS-UP — Theater-goers are invited to dress up as their favorite monster at Sight Unseen Theatre Group’s Halloween performance of Monster, Neil Bell’s contemporary retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Showtime is at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 31st, at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Those who come in costume get $5 off the $20 general admission price.
Reservations, (877) 986-7336.