Best of Hollywood Halloween: Classics, Gore and Costumes Galore

Nightmare Before Christmas - Photofest - H - 2016

Events around town include classic horror movies, costume parties and a musical homage to Tim Burton.

There’s nothing quite like the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival for the dressed and undressed legions clamoring to show off risque and inspired getups. But with an average attendance of 500,000, it might be a bit much. Instead, check out some of the other Halloween happenings around town. 

Bloodsuckers Bash, with DJ’s, drinks and the dark arts, will follow a screening of the silent classic, Nosferatu, at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel. This 1927 Spanish Gothic Revival movie palace seems designed with horror movies in mind. L.A. Opera’s chamber orchestra, under the baton of artist-in-residence, Matthew Aucoin, will debut his original score composed for the film. Oct. 31.

The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D returned this year, but this time with Interactive 4D Sensory Effects (wind, snow, fog). Other new attractions include a haunted “Spooktacular Backstage Tour” followed by a screening of the rare Disney short The Skeleton Dance, from 1929, with Rob Richards on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Don’t miss the display of props, models and costumes from the film. El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, Oct. 31.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one you’ve seen a thousand times, but you’ve never time-warped among the tombstones at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Cinespia celebrates the cult classic’s 40th anniversary with circus performers, special guests and, of course, a costume contest. Oct. 31.

The Tension Experience: Ascension is Saw franchise director Darren Lynn Bousman’s latest freak out – an immersive horror experience staged in a 24-room labyrinth in an undisclosed Boyle Heights warehouse. Ongoing through November.