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Top concerts, shows and festivals to celebrate Halloween 2016.

Looking for something to do other than trick-or-treating for the Halloween season? Check out our list of the top concert, shows and festivals for October.

Creep, until October 31:

creepAccording to the website, Creep, near LA’s Cypress Park, was deemed by Nerd Reactor as “one of the closets things to feeling like you’re in a horror movie.” As an interactive “show” this year’s theme  invites guests to explore the mind of artist Erebus Burwyck whose work was dedicated to dark side of humanity in 1970.

Performances start on Wednesdays and go through Sundays until October 30th, with a special show on running on Halloween night. Only groups of 8 will be allowed to attend one performance time. The shows run from 7pm until 9pm and 11:30pm on selected evenings. Tickets are $50.

For tickets, performance information, and directions can be found here.

Escape, October 28-29:

“Psycho Circus” is one of the largest music festivals in San Bernardino that celebrates an early Halloween beginning on Friday, October 28th to Saturday, October 29th. This year’s lineup will consist of The Chainsmokers, Andrew Bayer, Eagles and Butterflies, Lee K, Loco Dice, Rudimental and Zomboy. The festival will featurefour stages: “Slaughterhouse,” “Ghouls’ Graveyard,” “The Chopping Block” and “Cannibals’ Tea Party.” Concert goers also have a chance to check out the “circus” that features mazes, art, and performances.

Attendees must be 18+ with a valid photo ID. Tickets can be purchased online with a choice of either General Admission or VIP packages ranging from $109- 389 with fees.

For more information about the Escape Halloween Festival including travel accommodations, ticketing and the artist lineup visit the Escape website.

Dia de los Meurtos (Day of the Dead) Festival, October 29th:

Centered at LA’s Hollywood Forever cemetery on Saturday October 29th, this festival celebrates the day of the Dead in the “Tree of Life.” It will feature four stages of music and theatrical performances, cathedral art exhibitions, traditional altars and processions, Aztec dress, rituals and dancers and Mexican cuisine. Attendees will have a chance to participate in both skeletal costumes and altar creating contests.

For scheduling, ticketing and parking information visit Dia de Los Meurtos website, found here.

Halloween

Alice Cooper at the Pantages Theater, October 30

Alice Cooper invites freaks and fans to his “Welcome 2 the Nightmare” show on Thursday October 30th, for one day only.  Showcasing garage rock, horror movies and vaudeville, the event will include horrifying theatrics that gave him the name “master of shock rock” for decades.

The show will begin at 8pm at Hollywood’s Pantages theater in LA. Tickets range from $42-87 and can be purchased here.

Kiss at Morongo Casino, October 30

For all those die hard rockers out there join the iconic Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Thomas Thayer and Eric Singer for a Halloween Eve concert at Cabazon’s Morongo Casino.

The “crazy, crazy” night will start at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, ranging from $50-$150. More information and VIP packages that includes meet and greet opportunities can be acquired through the Kiss website.

Not all about that scare? Here are some family friendly frights for 2016.

The Magic & Music of “Harry Potter” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, October 22:

Apart of the “Musical Mornings” series The Pacific Symphony will play music selections from John’s William’s score to “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” that will include “Hedwig’s Theme,” “Harry’s Wondrous World,” and the “Nimbus 2000” conducted by Assistant Conductor Roger Kalia.  Actors and magicians will also take the stage alongside the symphony for the forty-five-minute show. Concert attendees are encouraged to dress up in costumes and wear their favorite wizarding character.

The Pacific Symphony will play two shows on Saturday October 22nd, at 10am and 11:30am which includes an interactive carnival where attendees can participate in Harry Potter themed crafts.

Tickets range from $15-40.  For more information and to purchase tickets can be found at the Pacific Symphony website or by calling (714) 755-5799.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” at the Hollywood Bowl, October 28-30:

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” will resurrect for another year for an “in concert live to film” event at the Hollywood Bowl performing the score to Tim Burton’s joint holiday classic.  Backed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a full choir, the event will also include the original singers; composer of the score Danny Elfman as Jack Skellington, Catherine O’Hara as Sally, Ken Page as Oogie Boogie and Paul Reubens as Lock, conducted by John Mauceri.

The event will have three shows on that begin on Friday October 28th, and conclude on Sunday October 30th. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 8pm while Sunday will begin at 6:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, found here.

 

Special Screenings:

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” revamp on Fox October 20:

For the forty-year celebration, Victoria Justice as Janet, Ryan McCartan as Brad, Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Adam Lambert as Eddie and Ivy Levan as Usherette will star in Fox’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”  The cast will sing the original tunes such as “Over at the Frankenstein Place,” “Sweet Transvestite,” and “Science Fiction/Double Feature” that made the 1975 hit into a cult classic.

“Time Wrap” again on Thursday, October 20 at 8pm. To see the full cast listing, photos, trailers and including to retrieve a “Virgin’s Guide to Watching Rocky Horror” visit the Rocky Horror webpage.

“Frankenstein” starring Benedict Cumberbatch October 25:

“Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch takes on a different kind of role in National Theatre Live’s stage production of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein,” written by Nick Dear and co-starring Johnny Lee Miller. Since 2011, “Frankenstein,” directed by Danny Boyle electrified movie theaters nationwide with its two production versions as Cumberbatch and Lee Miller swap roles between the creature and Victor Frankenstein.

“Frankenstein” will be revived on Tuesday, October 25 in movie theaters.  Find showings and more information can be found here.

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