Frightful Fun in Big Bear
With this year’s Halloween on Friday, mountain lovers can grab the little tykes, tweens and teens head to Big Bear Village for a grand trick-or-treat weekend.
On Halloween night, Big Bear Village fills with jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs, flying bats, strobe lights and, new this year, displays of scarecrows throughout the village. From 5 pm to 9 pm, the streets shut down to welcome goblins, witches, princesses and super heroes to whom merchants pass out thousands of dollars worth of trick-or-treat candy and other goodies. For those who want more fright in their night, there’s the haunted house at Panic in the Park at Meadow Park or Ship of Screams on Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Boat at Pine Knot Marina.
The following days are perfect for outdoor adventures among the fall colors, visiting the zoo, catching a fish or two, and gathering around that nightly fire to recount the day. www.bigbear.com or call 800-424-4232.
West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval Rocks
It’s one of the most spectacular annual events in Los Angeles. From 6 pm to 11pm on Halloween night, Santa Monica Boulevard closes between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard for the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval.
Launched in 1987 to celebrate the City of West Hollywood’s diverse culture and community, the event has grown over the years into a tremendous gathering of phenomenal costumes, entertainment and culture among its myriad of observers, revelers, and performers. Always a free event for everyone, Carnaval now attracts record crowds of around 500,000.
Past performers have included a live simulcast of MTV’s “Online Music Awards Live”, a staging of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” that broke records in the Guinness Book of Records, and appearances by Pink, Ricki Lake, Queen Latifah, Hedwig, and Rihanna. Click here for more details.
Big Bear Halloween photos by Greg Zook Photography
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval photos by Jonathan Moore