There are few holiday sights sadder than a rouged-up but ticket-less reveler on the Saturday night before Halloween.
Because dressing for the witching season takes effort and zing, and if that effort and zing is applied, but the applier has nowhere to go. Well, waa waa. Bad news.
And here in Southern California? It can be even trickier. The major adult-oriented Halloween parties often fill up before summer is even done. In short? You have to nab that coveted ticket long before applying your face paint and sparkly wings.
But here's a ray of moonlight: Tickets are now in play (or soon will be) for...
The KCRW Masquerade: This is just about the splashiest costume party of the season, and it has a splashy and perfectly atmospheric setting: The Park Plaza Hotel. Theme rooms -- yep, theme rooms, which sounds so cool we felt like typing the words again -- DJs, and bands fill out the night. You best be in some high-stylin' or rightly outrageous costume. Like the pig person pictured above. Date? Saturday, Oct. 26. Pre-sale tickets for non-members are $85.
Drama After Dark: Happening that very same night is this eerie Huntington Poe-and-Gorey-a-thon. And while the KCRW Masquerade is 21+, guests 12+ are admitted (but no younger; the vignettes can get intense for the younger set). So, what is Drama After Dark? Picture The Huntington by nightfall. Now picture actors in Victorian garb performing "The Raven" and other treats. Now picture you getting the chills. Tickets go on sale at midnight -- of course -- on Aug. 21. Price: $45.