Thank goodness Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend; we need that extra hour to fit in all the can’t miss Halloween and Dia de los Muertos happenings. From a Friday night no-so-frightening fest on the bluffs to movies, art, music and dance on Halloween to Sunday’s Day of the Dead celebrations, every minute of your hallowed weekend will be jam packed with skeletons, spooks and sweets.
Hollywood & Mid-City
The Nightmare Before Christmas Two Ways
There are two ways to hear the music of The Nightmare Before Christmas this weekend: You can catch Danny Elfman playing it live at the Bowl, or you can see the movie in 4D at the El Capitan. The Bowl show takes place Sat. & Sun. evening and tickets start at $41. The movie plays multiple times each day this weekend and tickets are $11-$23.
Daylight Savings Art Time
Head to the Zimmer for an extra hour of art with time themed art activities all afternoon. Make a paper clock, a wrist watch… or even build a time machine. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Miracle Mile. $7. Ages 2-8. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Tricks, Flicks & Free Family Pics
Un-complicate Halloween by making this your only stop: start with trick-or-treating from the local stores, then pose for a (free) family portrait and end the evening with a Halloween outdoor screening of A Mad Monster Party. Sat., 5-8 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.
A Halloween Carnival with a View
This is the prettiest trick-or-treat trail in town, as it overlooks the Malibu Bluffs. Once you gather all the candy you can carry, enjoy a variety of carnival games, bounce houses, costume parade, prizes and more. Fri., 3-5:30 p.m. Malibu. Free admission. Ages 1-10. Event details.
Beware zombie thespians as you wander wooded grounds finding a haunted house, ghost stories, pumpkin carving, games, performances by Creative PlayGround, Melanie Kareem’s belly dance troupe, comedy improv—and some things that go bump in the night. Fri., 4-10 p.m. Topanga Canyon. $15. All ages. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
An Aztec Family JAM
Experience the splendor of the Aztec people with local Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc. Create rhythms and beats of the ancient Mesoamerican culture, then stay for a Day of the Dead celebration. Sun., 2 p.m. San Fernando. Free. All ages. Event details.
Santa Clarita Valley
The Sheriff’s Haunted Jailhouse
Step into a spooky cell at a festival full of Sheriff’s department displays, costume contests, music, food trucks, petting zoo and plenty of challenging games, like the “Dunk a Deputy Booth.” Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Santa Clarita. Free. All ages. Event details.
Tot Play at ESMoA
Start Halloween day with art appreciation at one of our favorite hidden museums through age-appropriate short stories, gallery play activities and an art activity. Sat., 10-11 a.m. El Segundo. Free, pre-registration required. Ages 3-4. Event details.
MOLAA’s Dias de los Muertos Festival
Join a vibrant celebration of life and loved ones with art workshops, live performances, food, face painting, a community altar in honor of the singer Selena and an altar by author Sandra Cisneros. Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Long Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
Popovitch Comedy Pet Theater
And now for something completely different, a show that delights little animal lovers because it combines comedy and juggling skills with the extraordinary talents of some cool rescue animals. Sun., 2-3 p.m. Rancho Cucamonga. $28-$38. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Boo! at the Moorpark Teaching Zoo
The teaching zoo on Halloween is filled with spooky (ok, not spooky, just fascinating and up close) animal presentations, face painting, trick-or-treating and more. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Moorpark. $6-$8. All ages. Event details.
photo credits: Amboo Who via flickr and the City of Malibu