Haunting hotspots for Halloween

Laguna Beach and its environs are hosting a variety of family-friendly and adult activities this year.

October 27, 2011|By Kelly Parker

Looking for spooks and scares? Thrills and chills?

There are plenty of opportunities to dress up, party down and get creeped out in South Orange County this Halloween.

In Laguna Beach, Oak and Brooks streets will both be closed for trick-or-treaters and other Halloween revelers on Halloween night, Monday.

Check out what else is going on around the city and neighboring areas this weekend:


Boo Blast

El Morro Elementary School's annual Halloween carnival is from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the school, 8681 N. Coast Hwy.


The theme this year is "Medieval Knights and Dragons."

Attractions will include a Ferris wheel, haunted house, carnival games, cake walk, face painting and rock climbing wall.

At the food court, enjoy some tasty treats like homemade chili, pizza, baked goods, cotton candy and Hawaiian shaved ice.

There will also be a costume contest and silent auction. Admission is free. Ride and meal tickets are available.

For more information, visit


Musical Spooktacular

The Laguna Concert Band will put on a "Musical Spooktacular" at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Laguna Playhouse.

The show will feature guest artist Gary Gould, who will play a rarely heard instrument, the theremin. It makes an eerie sound and is played without any physical contact.

Gould will perform "Transylvanian Lullaby," which is based on the theme from "Young Frankenstein."

Music from the "Harry Potter" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" films will also be performed, according to a flier for the event.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the box office or by calling (949) 497-2787. The Laguna Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.


Moonlight Masquerade

The Laguna Playhouse will hold its third annual Moonlight Masquerade at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Tivoli Too.

The Halloween party doubles as a fundraiser for the Playhouse. The evening includes music by the All Stars Live band, drinks, a buffet dinner, costume contests, silent auction and tricks and treats, according to a news release.

"You're guaranteed to be tricked, treated, spooked and frightfully entertained!" co-chairwomen Deborah Mayhew and Heidi Miller said in a statement.

For more information, contact Leslie Ann Mogul at or (949) 497-2787 ext. 217.


Dead Man's Party

The 24th annual Dead Man's Party will be from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday at the White House Restaurant & Nightclub, 340 S. Coast Hwy.

For the first time, this costume ball is open to the public. The band Party Foul will perform.

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