Creepy Calendar Oct. 4-10

Selected events for the coming week…

The Last Winter through Thursday, October 4th at 5:45 PM, Fairfax Cinemas, Los Angeles
Last chance to see a “grown-up ghost story” directed by Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, Habit) about an Alaskan oil dredging expedition gone horribly wrong. Tickets $3.

Poltergeist 25th Anniversary screening Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 PM, AMC Burbank
Join us at the screening for a field trip to see this one-night-only digital projection of Poltergeist, digitally restored for its 25th anniversary DVD release. A 15-minute presentation on ghosts will precede the screening. (Also some behind-the-scenes intrigue here.) Tickets $10.

Hollywood Hell House Opens Thursday, October 4th, at 385 N. La Cienega, WeHo
Yeah, it’s hilariously twisted for us debauched left-coast hedonists, but it’s based on actual scripts written by Texan fundamentalists. If you don’t want these nuts in charge, y’all best vote– oh, that’s right, they ARE in charge. Anyway, it features horrifying “lessons” on why it’s not cool to be queer, have an abortion or rape someone you just met. (Obviously they’ve never been to LA and don’t know what real fun is.) Last year it featured certifiably hellward-bound performers like Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman and Andy Richter. Gold Star still had a few $22.50 tickets for $15 at the time of this post.

A haunted house, vampires, a spooky hike and more after the jump…

Halloween Horror Nights Opens Friday, October 5th at Universal Studios Hollywood
This year’s theme features New Line Cinema’s Faces of Horror – Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Meyers. Enjoy a ride on Jurassic Park with the lights out while you’re there. $29 and up.

MoonlightSecond episode on CBS Friday, October 5th at 9 PM
The first episode of the new one-hour drama about LA vampires sucked (get it?) but let’s not judge a series by its pilot… yet. Free, obviously.

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” Opens Friday, October 5th at 8:30 PM, Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, North Hollywood
Poe. Performed live. What else needs to be said? Tickets $12.

Old Town Haunt, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 5-7 (through Nov. 3, adds Thursdays the next 2 weeks)
“Pasadena’s Biggest and Scariest Haunted House” is offering VIP tickets normally $18.50 for $12.75 via Goldstar Events. (That’s $9.25 plus a pesky $3.50 service charge but still you save enough for a pumpkin spice latte at your local corporate coffee shop.)

Spooky Halloween Hike Sunday, October 7th at 5:15 PM, Griffith Park, Los Angeles
The Outdoors Club is leading a two-and-a-half hour hike by a cemetery (Forest Lawn) that covers approximately six miles and a one-thousand feet elevation gain. Meet at LA Live Steamers below Travel Town in Griffith Park, in front of the little trains at 5:15 PM, but leave at 5:35 PM. Free.

Shriekfest 2007 Fri.- Sun. October 5-7 at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
Over two dozen short films and nine features will be screened at the seventh incarnation of Shriekfest, a festival devoted to independent horror films. Individual Tickets $8, festival passes $70 and $80.

Goblin Market Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 2:00 PM, through October 20th at GTC Burbank
Adapted from the poem by Christina Rossetti, this play tells the story of two sisters who return to their childhood nursery to relive the haunting memories of their youth, only to be tempted by bizarre goblins who entice them with luscious fruits and promises of unimagined ecstasies. Recommended by the LA Times, LA Weekly, and Backstage West. Gold Star Events is offering $20 tickets for $13.50.