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Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

File photo of a Jack o'Lantern.
File photo of a Jack o'Lantern.
Miranda Granche via Flickr Creative Commons

Technically, Halloween is Monday — but there's still a whole lot going on before then. From a comic convention to a massive zombie crawl, we've rounded up the top things to do for the Halloween-abstinent — and the Halloween-obsessed (mostly the latter). 


Courtesy of Smorgasburg L.A.

Halloween at Smorgasburg L.A. 

This food market pops up every weekend, but of course, this is the only weekend to show up with cat ears or a Superman cape — or something even better, if you want to fare well in the adult costume contest in the beer garden. And if you don't win, there's plenty of food — and beer — to cheer you up. There will also be trick or treating for kids from 10 a.m. to noon. 

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
WHERE: Downtown Los Angeles | MAP 
COST: Free 


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Grand Avenue Arts: All Access 

This stretch of downtown is home to some serious art centers and museums, and here's your chance to check it all out. For starters, The Broad and the Museum of Contemporary Art will offer free admission on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you don't make it to that, there's plenty more to enjoy, including screenings of children's films at the Walt Disney Concert Hall or a sugar skull workshop at the Central Library. Here's a map of the area so you don't get lost. 

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
WHERE: Various locations along Grand Avenue in DTLA
COST: Free 


Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con

Not only do you get to indulge in your love for all things comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and video game, but you get to do it under the umbrella of industry icon Stan Lee himself (no, it won't be a hologram). The jam-packed weekend includes live comic book reading, countless panels tailored to every fandom and so much more. For a full schedule, click here. Pro tips: Make sure you have a Sharpie or charged phone in case you run into Stan! Or, head to the Now Hear This Podcast Festival for an extra boost of nerdism and comedy.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 28-Sunday, Oct. 30 
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Tickets start at $25 for a one-day pass | Get tickets 


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Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum 

Arachnophobia? Face your fears up close with friends and family. Explore the pavilion and walk through a maze of the eight-legged creatures of all varieties — from orb weavers and their intricate webs, to jumping spiders. Eek! They won't jump at you though — they'll be in enclosed habitats as you listen to facts from museum staff. It's not technically a Halloween event, but it'll definitely give you those vibes. 

WHEN: Opens Sunday, Oct. 30 and runs through Dec. 11 
The Natural History Museum, Exposition Park | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $17 for adults, $8 for children under 12 | Get tickets 


Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade

This one's for pet owners who feel guilty leaving their pets home alone to go celebrate Halloween. Dress yourself and your pooch as a pair, or let them steal the show — there's really nothing cuter than a dog in a costume. Of course, it wouldn't be complete without some competition, so dress to impress. 

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 30, 2:30 p.m. 
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach | MAP 
Free to watch, $35 registration | RSVP

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Halloween with Angel City Brewery

Who says you can't do good while partying? Join the Brewery in Venice for a Halloween Alzheimer's fundraiser complete with lots of brew, including their seasonal release, Number of the Yeast. And, it wouldn't be Halloween if you didn't sport your best "Suicide Squad" or "Stranger Things" costume. Who knows, you might win a prize. 

WHEN: Saturday Oct. 29, 7-11:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Larry's, Venice | MAP 
Donation of choice  


Santa Monica Zombie Crawl

If you're planning on throwing on some fake blood and tattered clothes, might as well spend the night with your own kind. Six Santa Monica bars and restaurants will host the massive pub crawl for a night of drinks, food and music — culminating in an even bigger after-party on the 3rd Street Promenade. Pro tips: Head over to the starting location early to get make-up zombified for free. Not into the zombified scene? Check out the Day of the Dead Festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery or listen to some scary stories if you're not into dressing up at all. 

WHEN: Saturday Oct. 29, 6 p.m. 
WHERE: Rusty's Surf Ranch, starting location | MAP 
Tickets are $12 | Get tickets 

How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @lizmoonyoz and @LeoHasACat.