Halloween weekend is the best time of year to enjoy a few scares, and there’s plenty of fun to be found in the Pasadena area and beyond. From scary movies through a dynamic tour of the Metro Red Line’s most haunted locations, it’s a great time to have some unique entertainment.
The fun kicks off today — Thursday, Oct. 26 — starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Public Library’s Hill Avenue Branch, 55 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena. Grade school kids are invited to wear Halloween costumes and hear slightly spooky stories and sing songs, presented by Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre. The event is free.
The South Pasadena Public Library will host a free screening of the cult classic horror film “Damien: Omen II” at 7 p.m. tonight in its historic Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street. Starring legendary Oscar-winning actor William Holden, who grew up in South Pasadena, the 1978 sequel to the 1976 smash hit “The Omen” follows the further misadventures of Damien, the devil’s spawn, with Holden’s Uncle Richard character being the only person who can thwart the kid’s evil plans for world domination.
The late actor’s partner, actress Stefanie Powers, will be on hand to introduce the film and deliver a personal tribute to Holden, whom she pays tribute to in her memoir “One From the Hart.” She will be signing copies of the book at the event as well. Admission is free, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call (626) 403-7340.
The Alex Film Society’s annual Halloween event, featuring a full-length stage production of the game show spoof “Hollywood Scares!” starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. The monster movie trivia game show features actor and filmmaker Frank Dietz hosting a celebrity panel of actors Brian Howe and Ken Daly, stand-up comedian Matt Weinhold and Bob Burns.
“Hollywood Scares!” is an “all-ghoul” spoof of the long-running game show “Hollywood Squares.” The Warner Bros. Looney Tunes classic “A Witch’s Tangled Hare” follows the game, leading into a screening of the 1960 horror classic feature film “Brides of Dracula.” Tickets are $16 general admission, $12 for seniors, students and kids, and $11 for Society members. Call (818) 243-2539 (ALEX), or visit alextheatre.org.
Numerous Old Pasadena businesses will be taking part in the Old Pasadena Day of the Dead Weekend. Dedicated to the Mexican holiday honoring loved ones who have died, the weekend will feature businesses with altars in their spaces, as well as salsa dancing, face painting, live music, free lectures and workshops and merchant promotions, during the various locations’ regular business hours Friday through Sunday. Most events are free unless otherwise noted. Visit the website for a schedule and locations. Call (626) 356-9725 or visit oldpasadena.org.
On Tuesday — aka Halloween — the Hastings Branch of the Pasadena Public Library invites tweens to take part in Monster Science at 4 p.m. The event will explore the world of supernatural monsters and cryptids, unlocking scientific secrets of how Frankenstein’s monster could be brought to life and how werewolves could turn from human to beast. The free fun takes place at 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 744-7262 or visit cityofpasadena.net/library.
For those curious enough to explore downtown Los Angeles, Connor Bright of the Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles (GHOULA) will offer the last in a series of free Haunted Red Line Tours from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. A paranormal researcher who also happens to be a dynamic public speaker, Bright’s tours have seen crowds grow from 50 people on Oct. 1 to more than 200 people on Oct. 22.
The free tour starts in front of Union Station, located at 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles. Bright shares a broad array of scary stories recounting the history of ghost sightings and other paranormal activity in Los Angeles, leading crowds above ground at Red Line stops at Pershing Square, Hollywood and Vine, Hollywood and Highland, and North Hollywood. The event will help attendees see the city in a whole new, and much more frightening, light and is highly recommended. n