It would be a shame to go through the effort of finding and perfecting your Halloween costume only to have no place to showcase it. This weekend is particularly lively in Los Angeles as Halloween draws closer and closer!

Friday, October 27

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Linkin Park Celebrates Chester Bennington
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000

The passing of Chester Bennington of the rock band Linkin Park was the kind of tragedy that continues to leave fans reeling. Having just released new music and preparing to embark on a touring schedule that would touch down all over the world, followers and even the casual fan were left shocked and heartbroken to find that the dynamic vocalist was gone. To celebrate the life and contribution of Chester, Linkin Park will take to the stage at the Hollywood Bowl with an ensemble cast of rock music royalty to say goodbye and thank you. The who’s who of musicians that will be performing with Linkin Park will not only make for a historic night, but also serves as a testament to the band’s influence on rock music for the last decade.

Saturday, October 28

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Zombie Crawl
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8900

It’s Halloween weekend and for the last five years, Santa Monica has experienced and influx of zombie roaming from pier to promenade all in the name of good fun. The 5th annual zombie pub-crawl gives participants a great reason to ditch their inhibitions and play dress up for a night. Visitors meet at the Santa Monica Pier and slowly shuffle to participating locations like Rusty’s Surf Ranch, Big Dean’s, Del Frisco’s Grille, Ye Olde King’s Head,Cabo Cantina, and Barney’s Beanery for themed food and drink specials. The party continues into the late night on the promenade as zombies can dance until 2am. This adult spin on trick or treating makes for a great Saturday night.

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The Growlers Six
Port of Los Angeles, Berth 46
3600 Miner St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 732-3508

Transitioning from Beach Goth to just Six, the festival named after the band is just as eclectic as The Growlers sound itself. Rock, pop, hip hop, all the bases are covered for the sixth installment of the annual gathering hosted by the Southern California outfit. With appearances by Julian Casablancas, Dan Auerbach, Beth Ditto, and even rare appearances from Karen O and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the kind of variety on display for the weekend makes Growlers Six an incredibly dynamic festival. Guests are encouraged to participate by wearing costumes making this one of the biggest Halloween parties in the Southland.

Sunday, October 29

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San Pedro’s Dia De Los Muertos Festival
Corner of Sixth St. & Mesa St.
398 W. Sixth St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 832-2183

A combination of music, art, food and culture, the Dia De Los Muertos Festival takes a celebratory tone in addressing a grim reality. With vendors lining the L.A. Waterfront, guests can eat, dance, and shop while checking out the elaborate altars that anchor the festival. These personalized shrines function as artistic tributes to those that have passed. Showcasing the creativity and artistry of the holiday, these altars range from funny to poignant with their tangible connection to those that have since gone. Though the Day of the Dead sounds morbid, it’s likely you’d find a street party happening with plenty sights and sounds that more festive than funeral.

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Boo At The L.A. Zoo
L.A. Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Creating the kind of environment that nurtures family interaction and engaging activities for kids, the L.A. Zoo is once again hosting their Boo at the Zoo event. This weekend, guests are expected to come in costume, visit the various trick or treat stations throughout the zoo’s footprint, and get hands on with a variety of activities ranging from pumpkin craving to arts and crafts. Guests can wonder through mazes while learning about nocturnal animals, they can participate in feedings, and get up close and personal with creepy crawlers like tarantulas and snakes at the Animals at the Boo exhibit.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.

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