You're not sauntering down the wrong spooky path, the kind that wends through a foggy forest, if you're headed directly for this incredibly obvious conclusion: Halloween ends when October is over.
That makes a lot of sense, since the gussy-it-up, ghouls 'n ghosts gadabout is on Oct. 31, and Oct. 31 has a way of leading to Nov. 1 (you've likely seen this phenomenon yourself on more than one occasion).
But then there is Los Angeles, and our entire fantasy-adoring region, a place that has a year-round attraction based on a hit TV horror series ("The Walking Dead" at Universal Studios Hollywood), an excellent year-round Halloween shop (Halloween Town in Burbank), and the world's most famous haunted house ride, which is still home to 999 happy haunts (Disneyland's The Haunted Mansion).
Needless to say, the honchos behind some of Southern California's hauntiest happenings aren't ready to wrap up Halloween quite yet, even if you have already finished all the candy in your kid's bucket (he totally said you could share, we know, no judgment, only sugary support).
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"Wicked Lit" from Unbound Productions is still bringing the charms and chills to Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, and well into November, too. See it before it floats away, phantom-style, on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is taking the terrifying mazery and that famous Terror Tram right into the first Friday and Saturday of November. "The Exorcist" is part of this go-around, and "Krampus" has a cameo, too. Through Saturday, Nov. 5.
What to do, where to go and what to see
The Guillermo del Toro "At Home with Monsters" exhibit wasn't solely built around Halloween, but the director's scary and elegant collection was unveiled to coincide with the holiday, and beyond. That "beyond" bit means most of November, so you can still catch this eeky exhibit through Sunday, Nov. 27.
"The Addams Family: The Musical" will lurk about the mansion that is the Costa Mesa Playhouse through Nov. 20. What are Morticia and Gomez and Wednesday and the whole ghoulish group up to inside their stately and strange home? Good times await for those who Lurch for tickets.
And just in case you're already pining for Halloween 2017, and the many macabre doings it rains on the area like so much creepy confetti, look to Midsummer Scream, a mondo everything-Halloween convention, which just announced its summer 2017 dates.
Best block off July 29 and 30 if you want to attend, and start sewing that Frankenstein-Wolfman mash-up costume now.