Friday, October 28, 2011

Weekend Feast October 28th - 31st

Happy Halloween weekend, dear readers.  I hope you have your costumes in order!  Lot's of  family-friendly things to do around town this weekend. For a list of adult oriented activities click here.

Vivan Los Muertos at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. Activities, traditional foods and an interactive community alter to honor the memories of the dead.  You will also find art with a skeletal theme for sale (the perfect thing to round out your Halloween decor) as well as  music and dancing. Saturday 3pm - 9pm. It's here for details.

Right next door your little ghouls can trick or treat with the animals at Boo at the Zoo (at the LA Zoo, naturally.)  Saturday and Sunday all day (upper level zoo supporters can get in at 8:30 am Saturday morning.) Jack-o-lantern carving in the giant pumpkin patch, photo opportunities, "creepy" creatures, crafts and a chance to see animals getting their vitamin A with pumpkin treats throughout the day.  Come in costume and trick-or-treat all over the zoo.  Here's all you need to know.

Saturday down in Long Beach it's Zombie Walk 4! Your chance to make yourself as hideous as possible and run around with your arms out like this  /= ( that's my zombie.) Irresistible, right?  If my kid didn't have not 1 but 2 bar mitzvahs to go to tomorrow I'd be there moaning with the other zombies. Instead I'll be moaning in my car as I drive him all over town. (I'm kidding - of course I'm thrilled that my child has a better social life than I do.)  Here's the zombie walk deal: this is the 4th year of the walk and this time it's been expanded into an all-day festival. Music, film, food, drinks, vendors, art and - here's the big thing - 2 attempts to break 2 different world records. At 7pm it's Thrill the World Los Angeles as the attempt is made to break the record for the largest choreographed mass Thriller dance in the world (the record is currently 11,000.)   Then at 8pm it's the actual Zombie Walk. If more than 4800 zombies join the parade,  Long Beach will break the current record, held by the great city of Seattle.  Kids totally welcome and the walk is FREE. Click over here for details.

At post time tickets are still available for Eek! at the Greek, Sunday at 7pm. The 60 piece Symphony in the Glen will play an array of spooky music that includes the world-premier of a piece by Arthur C. Rubenstein accompained by a reading of Poe's the Tell-tale heart. I just got a shiver thinking about this. Everything is right about a night spent here, the music, the chill as the warm LA sun goes down and the mist that will no-doubt settle into the glen. Bring a blanket so you can snuggle your kids and go get wonderfully freaked-out.  Click for the details.

Finally, remember that it's closing weekend for Tim Burton at LACMA and the museum is pulling out all the stops. Special family programing  Saturday features Halloween story-telling from 12pm - 2pm,  and Sunday it's arts-and-crafts from 12:30pm - 3:30pm.  Best of all, the museum is open all night Sunday, October 30th and until midnight on Halloween so stop buy in your costume and enjoy this super cool chance to play night at the museum.  Here's the whole story.

Be safe and have fun!

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