June 22, 2018

Halloween Haunts 2012



Around Halloween, the bucolic Theatricum Botanicum transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum, the theater company’s second annual Halloween extravaganza.

Wander Theatricum’s wooded grounds in the heart of rustic Topanga Canyon at your own risk, where you’ll find a haunted house, ghost stories, pumpkin carving, game booths, edibles and things that go bump in the night. Beware of zombie thespians!

Come on down… if you dare. Perfect for ghosts and goblins of all ages. Kids (5-12): $5; Teens (13-18): $15; Adults: $20; Children 4 and under are free.

For tickets or more information: (310) 455-3723; www.theatricum.com; or facebook.com/events/267333900050519.

The event takes place Friday, Oct. 26, 2 -10 p.m. at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Boulevard., Topanga CA 90290.


Every year, parents and other volunteers come together to create Topanga Elementary’s Halloween Carnival, a visually amazing event open to the entire community. On Oct. 27, 4-8 p.m. the fundraiser will feature 13 game booths among them Cakewalks, the “Wheel of Fortune” and “Bag of Bones.” There will be giant bouncy houses and fifth grade students promise their haunted house will put all others to shame. Costume and dance contests offer many prizes, and local Belly Dancers add an exotic flair. The event never scrimps on food and look for local musicians playing throughout. It’s a spooky good time and everybody is welcome! Adults are $8 at the door and kids are $6. Tickets for the games are 50 cents each. — Jaya Ely



Halloween Haunts 2012

What is your deepest fear? Walk through those doors and brace yourself for a chilling, interactive haunt experience.

In case you missed it last year, here is a second chance to participate in a gripping haunt experience in a world of fear inspired by suspense classics such as The Shining and Aliens.

Hollywood trailblazers Neil Patrick Harris and Jon Braver bring the ultimate Halloween experience to Angelenos, playing now through November 10, in a gripping blend of interactive theater, stunt work and dramatic storytelling sure to shake up the holiday season.

In its 2011 premiere, Delusion was named “LA’s Best Haunted Attraction” by FOX TV and “The Hottest Ticket In LA” by NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Back by popular demand this fall the story continues with a bigger, better and more terrifying show. It has been met with wild acclaim by audiences nationwide, as it brings to life the best of Hollywood’s horror tradition with a dramatic story line and chillingly realistic special effects.

“I am thrilled to bring a completely different horror theatre to Los Angeles this fall,” says creator Jon Braver. “Haunted houses have become staples to the Halloween tradition but it’s time to shake things up and put old-fashioned scare tactics to the test.”

“Delusion re-imagines and redefines the horror experience,” says producer Neil Patrick Harris. “There are no seats, no comfort of the fourth wall and audience members really have to engage and participate to move the story forward.”

Haunted Play’s brand of dynamic action and suspenseful storytelling, focused on deep psychological fear, is a recipe for a stirring haunt experience.

The show takes place in a historic turn-of-the-century mansion in the Los Angeles West Adams district. The captivating 107-year-old building has been home to Hollywood horror movie classics such as Rob Zombie’s Halloween.

Dare to learn more and purchase tickets at www.hauntedplay.com.


As a run-up to Halloween consider seeing Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, sponsored by the Alex Film Society (AFS) at the restored Alex Theatre in Glendale on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The film stars Lon Chaney Jr., as the Wolf Man and Bela Lugosi as the Monster and is considered the last of the really good Universal monster features.

The plot follows Larry Talbot, a werewolf who realizes that he can’t die. In order to find inner peace, Maleva (Maria Ouspenskaya), the gypsy, takes him to find Dr. Frankenstein. Frankly, this is a bad idea because Talbot instead finds the Monster, now with a severely damaged brain. As the plot thickens, actors Lionel Atwill, Ilona Massey and Patric Knowles help it along.

Opening the show is Runaway Brain (Disney, 1995). Directed by Chris Bailey, with voice work by Kelsey Grammar among others, this was the first Mickey Mouse short to be produced in over 40 years. Also, an Alex Film Society original video ”homage montage” salutes those actors who dared to portray Frankie & Wolfie.

Each show will feature a live Monster Debate. At 2 p.m., on-stage guests, actor Daniel Roebuck as the Wolf Man and Emmy-winning makeup artist John Goodwin debate in full monster makeup. The 8 p.m. Monster Debate Part Two features Ron Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Jr., CNN’s Jim Roope, and Daniel Roebuck.

Visit the Monster Photo Booth in the theatre lobby at both shows. Look for Raffle Baskets filled with Monster and Halloween goodies.

General admission is $13.50; seniors/students $9.50; Alex Film Society members $8. Tickets purchased support the Alex Film Society, a non-profit arts organization.

The Alex Film Society is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of classic movies as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen. Built in 1925, the lovingly restored Alex Theatre (www.alextheatre.org) was reopened in 1994. It stands today as one of the most important surviving examples of grand Vaudeville and movie palaces of the early 20th century and one of the very few extant theatres with an open forecourt. For more information: alexfilmsociety.org.

The Alex Theatre is located at 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale 91203. The box office is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and on performance days until half an hour after the scheduled start time of the event. A facility fee is added to ticket price at box office. Tickets can also be purchased seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Americana at Brand ticket outlet located at Concierge Services in the Grand Lobby, 889 Americana Way, Glendale 91203.

Upcoming events on the Alex Film Society bill: Saturday, Nov. 24 — The Three Stooges 15th Annual Big Screen Event; Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 — “Third Annual Greatest Cartoon Ever Event.”