Home to some of the entertainment industry’s best horror innovators, it’s no surprise that LA creates bone-chilling Halloween events like no other city. Beginning Sept. 20 through Halloween night, Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) returns featuring its signature blood, guts and gore, and haunting backlot tour. This year, HHN will conjure unrelenting evil in elaborately themed haunted mazes based on hit properties including “Evil Dead,” “The Walking Dead,” and legendary rock band Black Sabbath. For more information, visit www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood.
Since “calabaza” means pumpkin in Spanish, Calabasas is the perfect location for a two-day family festival (Oct. 20 and 21) saluting everything pumpkin — pumpkin bowling, pumpkin pie eating, pumpkin seed spitting and more. The Calabasas Pumpkin Festival takes place at Juan Bautista de Anza Park. For more information, visit www.calabasaspumpkinfestival.com.
The largest celebration of the Arts & Crafts movement in the western United States takes place centers in Pasadena, Oct. 18-20, and offers bus tours, walking tours, lectures, home tours and receptions, as well as more than 80 exhibitors. For more information, visit www.pasadenaheritage.org.
‘Tis the season for outdoor ice skating, holiday parades and shopping deals galore. Here is a sneak peek at what’s in store for LA this holiday season.
Grinchmas takes place each year at Universal Studios Hollywood just in time for Christmas. A sleighful of celebrities sign on for readings of Dr. Seuss' classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and the attraction includes a snow-filled play area, a whimsical Christmas tree, costumed singers, photo opportunities with the Grinch and his faithful dog, Max, and a view from the Studio Tour tram of sets that were used in Universal Pictures' 2000 film adaptation of the book. For more information, visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.
Calm marina waters are the perfect locale for the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, an evening boat parade that takes place each December in which decorated boats circle the main channel as they compete for prizes. The Saturday evening event ends with a spectacular fireworks display. For more information, visit www.mdrboatparade.org.
Those booking winter getaways to Los Angeles can take advantage of whale Watching season in the coastal communities of the city. One of the prime viewing spots to see the migration of huge Pacific gray whales (December through May) is Point Vicente Park on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. From this hilltop location, the views of the coastline are sweeping, and the Interpretive Center offers whale-watching educational programs all winter. For more information, visit www.palosverdes.com.