WEST HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN CARNAVAL: The questions that remain at this point. 1) Are you going? 2) Are you ready to out-costume 500,000 other revelers? 3) What's your transportation situation? 4) Are you ready to join in a simultaneous, six-stage-wide "Time Warp" session, in honor of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"? Question 5) we can answer: Sunday, Oct. 31, at Santa Monica Boulevard and La Cienega.
HAUTE DOG HOWL'OWEEN PARADE: Even though this annual Long Beach wag-n-walk has a few zeroes less than West Hollywood's Carnaval -- 500, not 500,000 -- consider the fact that 500 dogs, all in costume, all in one place, is a remarkable amount. You can enter your own dressy dog, or you can watch. Either way, practice that move where you hold your phone up while you take a lot of photos. You'll be doing that a lot. Sunday, Oct. 31, 2:30 p.m.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: The annual LA Day of the Dead is celebrated at Hollywood Forever, as it has been in years past. To look for: Elaborate altars that add meaning and remembrance to those who have gone. This afternoon-and-evening-long celebration will have many musical and dance highlights; everything begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. Come as a calavera, of course.
WICKED LIT: Some people are all about the strobe-y glow-paint side of Halloween, but others want a quieter, shadowier, Poe-saturated experience. You can have that at the Mountain View Cemetery and Mausaoleum in Altadena on Sunday, Oct. 31, when theatrical vignettes of a mysterious and thrilling nature are presented. Plus, there's a party with the cast that night, too.
MOVIE MAYHEM: Cinefamily rocks a Heavy Metal Party on Saturday, Oct. 30; the LA Fantasy Film Festival lands in San Pedro, with a whole lot of "Twilight"; it's the Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon at the Aero on Saturday, Oct. 30; the original Phantom swoops into Royce Hall, with organ, on Saturday, Oct. 30; and the silent "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" gets weird at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday, Oct. 31.