From scare-actors to ofrenda artists, L.A.’s October’s spooky season is back in full force. The Hollywood Reporter is on hand to offer our picks for the 11 spookiest spots to be found during the monthlong Halloween extravaganza. From “The House O’Labs” tour to an annual tradition of trick-or-treating with Santa, these are the most dangerous places to be.
The House O’Labs
If you’re looking for a party to get you in the mood for the spookiest night of the year, this is the place to be. More than 400 guests are expected for this year’s gala, including a cast of starlets. The bash features a dark-horse musical act with a line-up of guest artists that includes a singer-songwriter, a singer and a singer-songwriter, a female rock band — and a female rock band on the verge of breaking up. There will also be a special guest chef, a magician and a dance band. The House O’Labs, at 1125 S. Grand Avenue, is one of Hollywood’s most well-known parties.
We can’t say we’re surprised this year. It’s always full of surprises, and the Avenues on Melrose has been a house of fun every October for more than three decades.
The party takes place in two parts: The L.A. premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” a major motion picture, is at 7:20 p.m. on opening night. And the film screening at 9:40 p.m. on the second night. At 10 p.m. comes the “Star Wars”-themed costume parade, led by a troupe of performers. All this, plus a party vibe that’s the closest you can get to the world of the original trilogy. The party will be staged in a fashion that’s part circus and part theme park.
Don’t miss it.
When it comes to spooktacular Halloween parties, this is one of the best of the best. Virgil’s Bar-B-Que takes part in the annual “House of Terror” Halloween theme, which requires all guests to dress as a vampire or werewolf. While the idea is to get creative, it’s not unusual to find a few folks donning the full, spooky