April marks the halfway-point to Halloween season, and if you’re like us, you’re experiencing serious withdrawal from haunts while also starting to get excited for the 2019 season. But Fall is still so far away, so if you just can’t wait, there are a few events in the near future that may help tide you over.
Spring Haunt/Horror Events
I Like Scary Movies (Miracle Mile, Los Angeles)
This pop-up “experience” immerses guests into their favorite horror films, including IT, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Beetlejuice, and The Shining. The space boasts 25,000 square feet of Instagram-ready photo ops.
Although there are no scareactors, you’ll be able to pose with Freddy’s glove, sink into the carpet of Overlook Hotel, and pose with maggots in Chinese Food Box (a la Lost Boys). Tickets are $39 for an approximately 90-minute experience.
April 6, 2019
Spook Show 7 (Halloween Club, La Mirada)
Spook Show started out as a horror “swap meet” of sorts but has quickly grown into a must-attend shopping and entertainment event for any Halloween enthusiast. Put on by Halloween Club (which we’ve all seen on the way to Disneyland), the event includes more than 100 vendors, artists, musicians, and other spooky folks. Halloween Club will also be clearing out a wide array of costumes and props at a great discount. Live music, food, and spook shows by Doctor Zomba’s Ghost Show of Terror round out the event. And the best part? Tickets are free! But you must register ahead of time to guarantee entry.
Spook Show 7 runs from 12-7 pm; costumes are encouraged. To register, visit their website.
April 12, 2019
To Live and Di(n)e in LA (Drunken Devil, Los Angeles)
Drunken Devil brings the debauchery back this spring with a new event called “To Live and “Di(n)e in LA.” This event is an immersive dining experience in which guests will encounter the spirits of some of LA’s most notorious criminals and victims, including the Black Dahlia, Charles Manson, and the Night Stalker.
Not only is each course of the meal paired with a themed cocktail, but it also ties in with one of these true crime figures. If you’ve ever wanted to sip some Mezcal next to a serial killer, here’s your chance.
Tickets are $200, which includes the 3-hour show and full-course meal and cocktails. You must be 21 or over to attend.
April 12-13, 2019
All Saints Lunatic Asylum: Rotten Egg Hunt (Apple Valley)
All Saints Lunatic Asylum is one of Southern California’s premier independent haunts, and they consistently put on off-season events worth the drive to Apple Valley. Their annual “Rotten Egg Hunt” returns in 2019, bringing the evil Easter Bunny and friends along with it.
This is the only Easter weekend haunt event in the area, so if you really need a good scare, don’t miss this.
Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, 7:00 to 10 pm. Tickets are $13.
April 12-14, 2019
Monsterpalooza (Pasadena Convention Center)
Before we had the behemoth of Midsummer Scream, Monsterpalooza was the horror convention in Southern California. Although it’s not as big as MSS, it definitely worth attending, because it attracts some serious A-list horror talent, from makeup artists, to sculptors, to film makers and actors (Bruce Campbell!). And of course, John Murdy will be there on Sunday heading up the annual Halloween Horror Nights panel. The question on everyone’s mind is, “Will there be another HHN maze announcement?”
Monsterpalooza runs Friday through Sunday, April 12-14 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Daily tickets are $30 online or $35 at the door. Be sure to get their early as long lines can form, and there’s a lot to see.
May 24-June 1, 2019
Blood Alley (Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, North Hollywood)
If you’ve never experienced a Zombie Joe production, now is the time. This spring, the Underground Theatre presents Blood Alley, an all new horror-theatre spectacular!
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group proudly presents their All-New, Brutal and Razor-Sharp Horror-Theater Spectacular in the great Grand Guignol, Theatre of Cruelty and Butoh-Traditions, centering around the traumatic memoirs of a forgotten street-alley haunted by the longing, beauty and unspeakable events of its cold, diabolical past!
The show opens May 24 and runs on selected dates until June 1, with two performances each night. Tickets are $15, which is an incredible bargain for the theatre experience. Seriously, instead of going to another Disney or Marvel movie, get a ticket to Blood Alley for a night you’ll remember. We know the genie in the live action Aladdin looks frightening, but Will Smith will be no match for the horrors you’ll experience at Zombie Joe’s! Trust us.