The Spookiest Day of the Year Is Here: A Halloween on a Saturday is like discovering a king-sized candy bar in the bottom of your trick-or-treat bucket. But where will you go to be seen in your outlandish get-up? The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is expecting a few hundred thousand revelers, while Cerritos stages a family-sweet fest, complete with rides. Old Pasadena will screen "Mad Monster Party" on Halloween night, too, with trick-or-treating to boot. Can't make the huge West Hollywood happening, or prefer to watch from home? Eye one of the planet's best-known street festivals, live on WeHoTV.
Día de los Muertos: The skull-merry Day of the Dead celebrations started last weekend, but they continue to flower like a vase of mums across the region. Grand Park's altars display remains open through the weekend, and Old Pasadena's Day of the Dead Festival includes face painting, costumes, and more on Sunday, Nov. 1. San Pedro also marks the muertos-focused fest on Sunday, Nov. 1, and Olvera Street and the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana will don the calacas make-up, too, in the days and nights ahead.
OC Zoo Halloween Zoo-tacular: The gnawing and gnashing of pumpkins is a zoo tradition at several spots around California, a tradition that will be observed at the Orange-based animal park on Halloween day. Watch the porcupines and mountain lions dig into their treats, and then participate in crafts, trick-or-treating, and a scavenger hunt. The date? Saturday, Oct. 31, but this is a daytime thing, so you'll get home in time for a walk around your own neighborhood.
"Hopscotch": Operas are typically seen on expansive stages full of sets and lights and dramatic touches. Can an opera take place, though, in a car? Or 24 cars? Over several days? The Industry's vibrant and off-beat new performance-on-the-move debuts on Saturday, Oct. 31 and wraps on Nov. 15. "The opera is divided into three distinct 90-minute routes," and, yes, performer and audience member sit in the "confined space" of an auto together.
"Journey to Space": Want to know what astronauts eat in space? How they live? And, yes, the question everyone asks, regardless of their age: How does the whole bathroom thing work? A fresh exhibit at the California Science Center goes into its first weekend, alongside an IMAX film narrated by none other than Sir Patrick Stewart. No need to don your spacesuit to visit the Exposition Park institution, but you may want to after learning all of the fascinating details.