A few weeks ago I arrived at a nondescript building in Glendale on a Friday evening. As I push the door aside, I wondered what type of debauchery awaited me only to be surprised to find a row of mannequins dressed in superhero costumes staring back at me. Confused, and slightly startled, I walked around the space to find other mannequins dressed in costumes ranging from Pennywise to Western themed, and it’s at this point where the nervousness started to set in. Luckily this review isn’t going to be about how I was scared shitless by a troupe of soulless mannequins, instead, this was just the beginning stages of what has become one of my favorite events of the Halloween season: SHAPESHIFTER CIRCUS.
If you are looking for a unique dining experience with immersive elements, exceptional set design and fabulous costumes look no further than Disco Dining Club and Grim Wreather’s The Flowering of the Strange Orchid. Inspired by the classic HG Wells’ short story, this experience brings to life the beauty of exotic bloodsucking plants with an incredible 5 course meal by the talented Laurent Quenioux of LQ Foodings. This private event at a beautiful Los Angeles residence will have you feeling like a Hollywood A-lister and provide you a out of the ordinary experience.
From the makers of the infamous Pageant of the Masters, a staple of the Laguna Beach artist community since 1932, brings you Pageant of the Monsters a Halloween festival and celebration. This family friendly event provides Halloween activities for all ages and a hauntingly good time. With a maze, arts and crafts, airbrush tattoos, an alien autopsy experience, a reptile zoo, fortune tellers, scaractors roaming the grounds, and art boutiques, there is something for everyone at Pageant of the Monsters.
Having gone to the Winchester Mystery House for a dark-of-night flashlight tour in my early 20s, I thought I knew what to expect when walking onto the estate where the uber-haunted Winchester Mystery House calls home. To my genuine delight, they’ve made some changes to the nighttime tour since my last visit, and what I thought would be just a regular walk-through of the Mystery House by candlelight turned out to be a well-orchestrated haunted house.
Welcome witches and warlocks,
I had the great pleasure of attending Drunken Devil: Night of 1,000 Devils over the weekend and figured I would offer up some thoughts. This is my second event with the Drunken Devil family so some of this review will be using the past event as a point of comparison. To best describe this iteration, I will turn to a modified version of the press release:
"Damian Bloodworth, mysterious Los Angeles socialite and suspected cult leader, invites you to his lavish Halloween party, where it soon becomes clear that no one is safe."
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the second year of Warner Bros Studios “Horror Made Here: Festival of Frights” event. Last year, guests had the chance to go on a tour of the studio specifically tailored to horror films and it ended up being an event that I absolutely loved, so you can imagine how excited I was when it was announced that Warner Bros would be continuing the event once again, only this time expanded so that it would be bigger, badder, and more frightful for us die-hard horror fans.
When it comes to horror event productions, there are only a handful that can put on a show that has true heart and passion behind it. One of those companies is Drunken Devil Productions which has been putting on nightlife events, with a horror twist, since October 2015. Their newest show, "Bloody Gras", is sure to be one for the books, and to get everyone jazzed (pun intended) about the event, I decided to take us back to their last event, their Halloween spectacular, The Witches’ Ball: A Halloween Bacchanal.
The Witches’ Ball was a beautiful homage to the horror films of the 60’s and 70’s combined with the inspiration from histories black mass gatherings and secretive ceremonies of arcane pagan culture. Throughout the evening, guests were entertained by burlesque performances from Scarlett Fox, who wow’d the audiences with her incredibly tantalizing acts (one which included being soaked in a blood-like substance) and aerial feats. Along with Scarlett Fox was the vivacious Go-Go Amy, of the Pretty Things Peepshow, who seduced the crowd with her vaudevillian acts, which included her fitting her body through a tennis racket! When it comes to Drunken Devil events, you best believe they bring the talent and The Witches’ Ball was no exception.
Welcome witches and warlocks,
A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Sleepy Hollow. For those who know nothing about it, The Blaze (as it is called for short) was started in 2005 and takes place every year on the Van Cortlandt Manor grounds where it draws attention to many different aspects of the site. Given that the event attracts thousands of people every night (some of them celebrities) I figured I should give it a look while I was in the area to see how well it captures the spirit of Halloween.
This past Monday, I had the chance to spend Halloween at The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Halloween Bash hosted by the one and only Bridget Marquardt ("Girls Next Door" "Bridget's Sexiest Beaches"). The spookiest night of the year was filled with top-notch haunts, sideshow performances, a special drag show performance by the "Jewels", and Dark Harbor's annual costume contest. To many, Halloween evokes thrills, chills and scares but at Dark Harbor there was an air of excitement and fun that co-mingled with the dark and spooky atmosphere inhabited by those of the living and quite possibly the dead.
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend the preview night for Warner Bros.' Halloween Studio Tour, "Horror Made Here: A Halloween Screening and Twilight Tour." The event, a two night limited run October 28 and 29, offers guests a look into some of the exterior sets and stages of horror's most iconic movies such as, "The Exoricst," "The Lost Boys," "Gremlins," "House of Wax," "Monster Squad," and much, much more. As someone who lives and breathes horror, as well as the style and design that goes into their sets, I was beyond ecstatic to be able to catch a glimpse of this movie magic in person.