What catches your focus in October?
It's a month that has a ton going on. The World Series, for one. In an election year, there are all of those last-minute columns and commercials to contend with. Or perhaps you're finally into a new TV series, or perhaps you're spending some time prepping the house for the colder months.
In short? Halloween can pass in a blur of candy wrappers, clown make-up, and attempts to get into the spirit while you tend to other life things.
We're of the opinion that Halloween never truly wraps in Los Angeles; our wax museums have terrifying passages and our theme parks have snarly animatronic dinosaurs. But if you want to get some classic Halloween in, still, don't be discouraged that Halloween is actually over for another year.
The Blumhouse of Horrors'll keep the Variety Arts Theater plenty scary through Saturday, Nov. 3. The vaudeville theme, high production values, and ultra scary hallways -- believe us -- should put this high on the list of anyone who loves a sophisticated scare.
Likewise with Wicked Lit, which is still on at the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena. Nighttime plays, by gravesites and inside a mausoleum, take a chilling air. It's been extended through Saturday, Nov. 10.
The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland will remain dressed in its Christmas finery -- or "Nightmare Before Christmas," rather -- through the holidays. Has Jack Skellington heard that another baddie, one Darth Vader, has now joined the family? Could Stormtroopers invade the mansion in years to come?
And there's a whole room devoted to "The Shining" at the new Stanley Kubrick exhibit at LACMA. The twins' blue dresses? The "all work no play" typewriter? It's in there. The exhibit is on through June 2013.