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Top 5 Things To Do: Halloweekend

Candice Aman |
October 28, 2011 | 4:06 p.m. PDT

Associate Arts Editor

WeHo's Annual Halloween parade comes out in full force. (Creative Commons)
WeHo's Annual Halloween parade comes out in full force. (Creative Commons)

Halloween: A time for tricks, treats and, let’s be honest, making anything into a naughty costume.

Apart from drinking spiked punch and watching all seven installations of "Saw," the ghoulish holiday is also an excuse to bring out your inner child.

Because getting cavities and pretending like you are somebody else are essential parts of anybody's childhood, right?

While Oct. 31 falls on a Monday this year, that won’t stop the city from hosting some of the most outrageous and festive events all weekend long. From graveyard theater to a Dia de los Muertos extravaganza, this Halloweekend will be bound to be an eventful one for all.

HARD Haunted Mansion

With its close proximity to USC in downtown Los Angeles, HARD Haunted Mansion - perhaps the weekend’s largest dance party - will attract the likes of college students, music lovers and beyond. This two-day electronic music festival will feature DJ sets from beat smiths such as Fat Boy Slim, Rusko and Major Lazer.  So put on your DayGlo dancing shoes and a stack of those candy-colored beaded bracelets to party with the best of them. (Friday and Saturday, Shrine Auditorium)

El Velorio

Dia de los Muertos is more than just a day to honor those who have passed, it is also a time to celebrate the art of living. The KGB Gallery will showcase the works of 100 local artists in a cultural event that will include performances by heavy metal mariachi group Metalachi, spoken word artist Olivia Chumacero and much more. The event also doubles as a fundraiser for El Buen Pastor Mural Project, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence. (Friday, KGB Gallery)

Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride

This is not your usual stroll through the park. For the third year, the Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride is bringing a piece of the east coast to the west with this favorite fall activity. Griffith Park Old Zoo is transformed at night, equipped with hay-filled wagons and a lot of clowns that want little to do with the circus. This year’s attraction will take riders back into the woods and into the twisted minds of the zookeeper’s twin daughters who suffer from violent nightmares. Take a ride, if you dare. (Friday through Monday, Griffith Park Old Zoo)

Wicked Lit

Watch some of the finest pieces of horror literature come to life on cemetery grounds. Wicked Lit takes the brave souls on a walking tour of the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, complete with flashlights and a creepy guide. Along the way, audiences are treated to theatrical adaptations of classics such as Edgar Allan Poe’s, “The Cask of Amontillado,” and Robert Louis Stevenson’s, “The Body Snatcher.” This is a Halloween experience unlike any other. (Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 6, Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery)

West Hollywood Costume Carnaval

The annual costume parade makes its spooktacular return on Monday night. Though not necessarily part of the weekend itinerary, this event is still a must-see. Witness as thousands of monsters, superheroes, black swans, etc. come together to create one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in the world. Bring a camera because some of the costumes are truly out-of-this-world. (Monday, Santa Monica Boulevard)

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