Dream Halloween Los Angeles, an annual benefit for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, returns for “Under the Big Top,” a circus-themed event and live auction that brings families and costumed celebrities together from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 27th, at the Santa Monica Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Admission is $300 for adults, and $250 for children.

Host Jamie Lee Curtis leads the festivities, geared toward children and families, which include a trick-or-treat lane, arts and crafts, a stage show, game area, and MAC Cosmetics-sponsored face painting.

Actor Jason Priestley and actress Doris Roberts are honorary vice-chairs of the event, actress Andrea Bowen is chair of the Skeleton Crew, and actress Rumer Willis is vice-chair.

The Foundation also teamed up with Mattel, Inc. to present honorary event chair Teri Hatcher with a one-of-a-kind doll in her likeness, a one-of-a-kind Polly Pocket doll modeled after Bowen and Willis, and a one-of-a-kind Hot Wheels made with Priestley. Each celebrity has agreed to auction these collectible toys to benefit the Foundation.

The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation was started 14 years ago by Mattel executive Joe Cristina with the intent to make a difference in the day-to-day lives of children affected by AIDS. Cristina teamed up with various corporations and celebrities to raise awareness for the issue of children affected by AIDS.

Dream Halloween Los Angeles sponsors include Mattel, Toys R Us, American Airlines, and Universal Pictures.

The foundation provides basic necessities for these children to have normal, happy and healthy lives, says Cathy Brown, president of the organization.

“Our domestic programs are focused around providing family assistance and mental health support, and social and recreational activities,” Brown says.

The foundation’s flagship event, Dream Halloween Los Angeles, has grown through the years to host more than 2,000 people and raise around $1 million every year.

“[As a children’s charity,] Halloween is a fun, great holiday to have an event around,” Brown says.

“Families can come and enjoy a safe and fun Halloween while raising money for children affected by AIDS,” Brown says.

Information, (310) 201-5033.

WICKED DAY 2007 — Celebrations for Wicked Day 2007, the anniversary of the musical Wicked’s debut on Broadway, have turned green.

Partnering with Heal the Bay, the cast and crew of Wicked will be cleaning up Venice Beach at 9 a.m. Sunday, October 28th, at North Venice Boulevard in Venice.

Fans of the show can participate and receive everything from T-shirts to souveniers from the Wicked Street Team, and breakfast provided by Starbucks.

Information, www.wicked day.com/events la.html/.


The Rotary Clubs of Westchester and Venice-Marina will have its Halloween Bowling Party from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 27th, at El Dorado Bowl, 8731 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Admission is $36.

Admission includes two hours of bowling and food, and part of the proceeds from the event will go toward The Rotary Club of Westchester’s Home Makeover for a family in Westchester. Information, (310) 568-1024.

COSTUME PARTY — The Venice Arts Council is hosting a Halloween Benefit Party to help restore and preserve the Endangered Species mural on Venice Beach.

The costume party is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 28th, at The Law Offices of Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris and Hoffman, LLP, 723 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. Admission is $50.

Information, (310) 570-5419.