In case the office costumes didn’t tip you off: it’s Halloween weekend.
- Judd Apatow swings by my local indie bookstore, Skylight Books, to sign I Found This Funny: My Favorite Pieces of Humor and Some That May Not Be Funny at All, a collection of funny and, as the title suggests, possibly not-so-funny pieces. To avoid a bum rush, Skylight has a numbered bracelet process that is a somewhat fairer version of the Ticketmaster random bracelet distribution back in the Tower Records days. NOTE: Bum rush for bracelets starts at 10am TODAY (FRIDAY). You must buy an Apatow-authored book to get a bracelet. Signing is free with purchase of the book. Judd Apatow will uncap his Sharpie at noon at Skylight Books in Los Feliz.
- No pumpkin? Still need to carve your pumpkin? No fear – head out to the Santa Monica Pico Farmers’ Market, which will host free pumpkin decorating sessions for you and the kids. Free. 10am to 1pm at the farmer’s market on Pico and Cloverfield.
- Exercise and support a great cause: Homeboy Industries hosts “Run for Homeboy”, a 5k run inside the State Historic Park, aka the Cornfield. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds go directly to supporting the organization’s myriad of services, including job counseling, tattoo removals, and mentorship. Go for the run, stay for the car show after. Race starts at 8:30am. Day-of registration is $35 at the State Historical Park downtown.
- Vespa Sherman Oaks and the Scootabaker lead an all-Vespa Halloween ride from Sherman Oaks to the Griffith Park Observatory. There will be a costume contest and, of course, Scootabaker’s so-good-it’s-scary cupcakes. Free. Arrive at the Vespa Sherman Oaks at 12pm for the festivities; the ride to Griffith Park starts at 2pm.
- The Hollywood Forever Cemetery fittingly plays host to the city’s Day of the Dead Festival. There will be traditional Aztec blessings, crafts, and a Calaveras art exhibit. This would be the time to dig out your Calaca (skeleton) costumes. $10. Festivities are from 2pm to midnight.
- If dragging the skeletons out of your closet doesn’t sound as appealing as hiding them under a mask, try KCRW’s second annual Masquerade Ball. KCRW DJs will let loose, allowing you to do the same. Just don’t think about Eyes Wide Shut too much. $75 in advance, $85 at the door. Masks on from 9pm to 2am at the Legendary Park Plaza near MacArthur Park.
- Making Paradise: The West Hollywood Musical! is Cornerstone Theater‘s well–received play about the history of WeHo – and it, of course, is a musical. Come back to the area during tomorrow’s Halloween parade to see a whole other set of theatrics. $20. Performances on various dates from now until November 7 at the Fiesta Hall in West Hollywood.
- Steve Ross hosts a haunted house every year in Venice. It’s so scary, you should be 13 or over to enter. Free. Haunted house doors open at sundown, 414 Rose Ave., Venice.
- West Hollywood. Good luck. With parking and all that.
- If you’d rather dance than trick-or-treat, there are still tickets available for Hard Haunted Mansion at the Shrine. Flying Lotus and Nero headline. $70/$75, 6pm to 2am at the Shrine near USC.