Don’t miss some great haunted houses in the San Fernando Valley area. According to Zillow, which rates the neighborhoods, the stash that people give and the income of the households and average home price, Studio City is one of the top 5 neighborhoods in all of Los Angeles to go knocking on doors on Halloween. (Here are the top neighborhoods in the United States and why: http://www.zillow.com/blog/trick-or-treat)
But first, here are some fun facts about Halloween:
* Generation Y counts Halloween as 4th favorite holiday (after Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s); Seniors rank it last, in 8th place.
* 33% of seniors dislike Halloween so much that they opt to turn out their porch lights and go out to dinner.
* 38% will be putting on a costume, while 15% won’t wear one but will put one on their kid.
* 70% will spend at least $25 on Halloween costumes; 85% will spend at least $10 on candy.
Thriller Flash Mob and Zombie Fun. Head up Radford Avenue from Riverside Drive north to Magnolia and you’ll find a bunch of really cool houses, and a place where they are going to do a Flash Mob with hundreds of people doing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance at both 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. It’s an annual hoot at a house where a special effects movie specialist goes all out to scare the neighbors.
Halloween Family Festival at Beeman Park. A costume parade timed by ages, starting at 4:15 at the Studio City Recreation Center at 4:14 p.m. on Halloween, and there’s a moon bouncer, face painting and games going on from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 12621 Rye St.
Monster House in Van Nuys. Walter Reed Cadet Leader Eric Gallagher has a very spooky house that people drive from all over the Valley to see every year. You see, it’s Major Gallagher’s birthday on Halloween too, so he loves to celebrate it. Check out the house on 13422 Friar St.
Haunted Graveyard for a Cause. Phyllis Solomon is once again turning her home (as she has for the past five years) into a charity cause for HNC Support International, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that assists head and neck cancer survivors like herself. This year it’s the “Laurelgrove Lair of Lost Souls” including Bones Bistro with the Skeli Band, the Wizard of Oz themed Pumpkin Patch, a giant 15-foot spider up on the roof and more. It’s at 4913 Laurelgrove Ave. in Valley Village from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Nov 2. See: www.facebook.com/LaurelgroveLairofLostSouls.
Crazy Days at Walter Reed. There’s a strict dress code at the local Middle School, but this week there’s Crazy Hair Day, Crazy Hat Day, Say No to Drugs Red T-Shirt Day and Orange-and-Black T-shirt Day and a Halloween Bash on Thursday. Then, Friday is Western Dress-up Day.
Church-or-Treat. The Hollywood United Methodist Church (with the Red Ribbon on the tower in the heart of Hollywood) has a branch campus now and hopes to turn the Toluca Lake site into a fun family destination for the locals. As you may know, Toluca Lake is a prime destination in all of Los Angeles, and the now-closed church at Cahuenga and Whipple will be one of the “Community Rest Stops” for the local festivities.
Halloween Horror Night’s Five New Mazes. You know about the Universal Studios haunted house where zombies are chasing through the park. That’s scary enough, and for $49 (and up with some of the special VIP tours), you can experience AMC’s The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven, Evil Dead: Book of the Dead, Insidious: Into the Further, Black Sabbath: 13 3D and El Cucuy: The Boogeyman. Returning this year with new additions is Universal Monsters Remix: Resurrection. Plus, there will be an all-new Terror Tram: Invaded by AMC’s The Walking Dead.
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