Creepy Calendar: The Season of the Witch begins

Pasadena's "Old Town Haunt" opens Friday, September 26th

Pasadena's "Old Town Haunt" opens Friday, September 26th

Los Angeles’ Halloween season gets off to an early this weekend: tonight Knott’s Halloween Haunt creaks opens its gates, and tomorrow sees Pasadena’s Old Town Haunt welcome the public while across the Valley, Pierce College’s Halloween Harvest Fest opens its pumpkin patches and other activities, including its own haunted attraction, Fright Fest.

On stage, the Edgar Allen Poe one man show “Nevermore” has extended its run through Halloween at the Steve Allen Theatre, “The Little Shop of Horrors” continues at the Knightsbridge Theatre, and bang.studios’ “Improv Zombies Ate My Brain” rises again on Friday night.

For info on discounts on some of these and other Halloween related events, keep an eye on our “Cheap Thrills” directory.

Below are more events throughout the week. As usual, if we’re missing anything email us at or fill out this form.

Saturday, September 26 04:30 PM
Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Getty Scavenger Hunt
“A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in works at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid tale about greed, lust, pride, revenge and treachery, all revolving around the museum’s planned multi-million-dollar purchase of a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. The murder victim knew too much-and now it’s your turn to learn what he knew and discover what drove one of four suspects to commit murder. To find out, you’ll have to crack a secret code left in the victim’s appointment calendar. Can you figure out who dunnit?” $20/person – advance purchase required.
Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California 90049

Saturday, September 26 10:00 PM
Mondo Macabro double feature: “Devil Fetus” (1981) & “Devil’s Express”
“At the dawn of the 80s, Hong Kong horror had transformed into a slimy cinematic beast. Demonic possession was in vogue, and movie screens overflowed with poor hexed souls with bright green exploding boils, brand new fangs and claws, and heads that don’t just rotate but split open and reveal more heads. But in Hong Kong, instead of vomiting green pea soup, the cursed downtrodden puke bugs, snakes and all manner of creepy-crawlies. And the worm-puking film to beat all worm-puking films is coming your way: Devil’s Express! Worms, worms and more worms. We’re talking a fixation of wormy sliminess so obsessive and lingering it borders on pornographic. This must set some kind of record for onscreen slimy, buggy gross-outs and grotesque black magic bug-outs. Coughing up worms, worms coming out of severed limbs, and guess what happens when you open up a chest cavity for surgery — it’s filled with squirmin’ worms! Holy fucking shit, indeed. And as a added extra, we’re gonna supply you with even more bonus footage of killer snakes, lewd lizards, and centipede horrors.”
Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sunday, September 27 
John Carpenter double feature: “The Thing” (1982) & “Prince of Darkness” (1987)
September 27, 28, 29. Admission: $7
The Thing (1982) Sun: 3:15 & 7:30; Mon/Tue: 7:30
Prince of Darkness (1987) Sun: 5:25 & 9:40; Mon/Tue: 9:40 (new print!)

New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sunday, September 27 06:00 AM
Bon Iver pre-dawn concert and sleepover at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Gates open at midnight, show begins at 6am. Bring your Snuggie and a Ouija board! (tickets $25)
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles