One of the mostly true truisms of our Halloween-loving, autumn-mad region is this: If you miss an October event on a Thursday, you can count on it happening on Friday, and Saturday, too.
Many of the large-scale seasonal events around Southern California take up an impressive chunk of the calendar, from the maze events at our various theme parks to the effects-laden haunted houses. They're in it for a few nights, or weeks, and you'll probably get your chance to go.
But that's not so with some of our area's venerable one-night-only happenings. You'll not want to dilly-dally on securing a ticket, as there'll be just one day and/or night to experience the annual treat.
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And it so happens that tickets for two elegant and ethereal events of the late-October/early-November season are available now.
First up on the calendar? Drama After Dark, the vignette-packed, Victorian-spooky evening at The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens. The San Marino landmark is rarely open after sundown, but it keeps nighttime hours for this one-night-only theatrical to-do, a velvety-eerie celebration of the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Edward Gorey.
The date? Saturday, Oct. 22. Best find a gown worthy of the House of Usher to wear (or simply something comfortable for walking the darkened grounds of The Huntington by night).
LA Day of the Dead dances merrily into its 17th annual outing on Saturday, Oct. 29. This heartfelt, tradition-rich festivity honors not Halloween but Día de los Muertos, with a host of exquisite altars, performances, and costumes.
If you're hoping to attend the Hollywood Forever celebration, tickets are now on sale for the single day/night party (a party that typically lasts a full half day).
It's true that some of LA's greatest October gatherings only happen but once a year, but what gatherings they are. To make sure you can be there, in full Poe or calacas finery, best look into your Huntington or Hollywood Forever tickets now.