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October 24th, 2017

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! GET YOUR FILL OF CHILLS & THRILLS IN (AND AROUND) MARINA DEL REY

The Halloween countdown is underway, Marina del Rey — and starting this weekend, the spooky good times will begin right here in town (and all around us)! We’re talking about ghostly thrills, pirate chills, carnival shenanigans, trick or treat fun, spine-chilling (and super excellent) party cruises, and a whole lot more. Are you ready to revel in the Halloween merriment? Well, let’s get to it!

MARINA SPOOKTACULAR — OCTOBER 28TH & 29TH
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey

The ONLY place to be this weekend for awesome family-style Halloween fun is the Marina Spooktacular at Burton Chace Park. This event is going to be spine chillingly awesome for kids, adults, and even four-legged pals! Just some of the weekend highlights include a “Thriller” Dance Flash Mob (learn it and make MJ proud!); face painting and carnival games; pumpkin carving pros (plus free pumpkins and carving kits); Pirate Ship Tours during the day and Haunted Pirate Ship Tours at night; DJ entertainment; and more. Make sure to dress up too, because there will be a Costume Contest for people and pets on both Saturday & Sunday.

Bonus Info: The event is free but anyone who wants to take part in activities & rides will need to hand in a Liability Waiver Form. Best idea? Download the form, complete it early and bring it with you. That way, you’ll get in faster and down to the fun!

CRUISIN’ DEAD HALLOWEEN PARTY — OCTOBER 27TH
Dock 52 — 13552 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey

Looking for some grown-up Halloween fun? Then book tickets for the Cruisin’ Dead Halloween Party on the fabulous, four-level FantaSea One ship this Friday at 9 pm! Ticket prices are on sale for just $59.95 — and that includes a three-hour cruise with food, specialty Halloween cocktails (and regular cocktails), DJs on two different levels, and more. Make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes early. Bonus info: Upgrade to VIP for just $15 more to board a half-hour early and get first dibs on food and drinks!

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL AT PENMAR REC CENTER — OCTOBER 28th
1341 Lake St., Venice

Venice’s Penmar Recreation Center is hosting their own Halloween Carnival on Saturday with a
“Help! Scooby Doo!” theme that invites some intrigue into the day. Get your little ones dressed up in their Halloween best and head up there between 10 am & 2 pm to solve mysteries, play games, enjoy contests, and more. There will also be yummy food and prizes!

MONTANA AVENUE HALLOWEEN HOP – OCTOBER 31ST

A great, sure-fire trick-or-treat destination on Halloween is right in Santa Monica at the annual Montana Avenue Halloween Hop. Dress up your kids, pets, and yourself — and stroll down one of the best shopping streets in the city for a safe, fun trick-or-treat outing. The cost is free and the sweets & treats will be given out between 3 pm & 6 pm.

SCARY MOVIES AROUND TOWN

Some of the best Halloween activities in the world require no costumes and no trick or treats — just a giant screen, maybe some popcorn, and an edge-of-your-seat storyline. You see where we’re going with this? Nothing says All Hallow’s Eve like a scary movie in a darkened theater — and there are plenty of film happenings in and around town. Go to the AMC Marina Marketplace (4335 Glencoe Ave.) and see Jigsaw (starting Friday), Stephen King’s IT, Flatliners, Happy Death Day, or the action-packed Blade Runner 2049 to get your fill of chills this Halloween.

Another option — the Aero Theater (1328 Montana Ave.) in Santa Monica is hosting another Halloween film extravaganza this Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday. Their All Night Horrorthon is Saturday and features seven classic horror movies, including An American Werewolf in London (1981), Brainscan (1994), Hack-O-Lantern (1988), and Popcorn (1991). The 1963-classic The Haunting will play on Sunday, and then, on Halloween night, the 1962 Carnival of Souls will light up the screen, followed by a discussion with the film’s star Candace Hilligoss.

FINTASTIC HALLOWEEN AND DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION —OCTOBER 28TH AND 29TH

Here’s another one for the kiddos — the Santa Monica Pier’s Fintastic Halloween & Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration. The Aquarium (located on the beach level of the pier), will be super spooked-out between 12:30 and 5 pm with a glow-in-the-dark deep-sea laboratory. Plus, little visitors can create Dia del los Muertos masks, get their faces painted, and hear spooky stories! Sunday’s attractions will be extra irresistible since the Santa Monica Pier Costume Parade & Trick-or-Treat starts at 3 pm, right in front of the Aquarium (so make sure your kids are all costumed up!). Bonus tip: Be back at the pier by 3:30 pm for the Shark Feeding Presentation!

Where will you follow the ghosts and goblins this Halloween? Let us know how you’re spending the spookiest holiday of the year!