The Purge, Day of the Dead, and a Big Ass Spider

October is my favorite month—especially in LA. While the seasonal shift is more subtle than in other parts of the country, the pulse here is electric. The influx of tourists dies down and the weather goes bipolar, from gorgeous Indian summer days to chilly, windy gloom. Halloween invades the city, with ubiquitous eye candy flaunting stunning, eclectic costumes and one-of-a-kind events that dig deep into our unrivaled pool of talent and theatrics.

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Blumhouse Productions outdid themselves this year with their live attraction, The Purge: Fear the Night. Immediately upon arrival, visitors assume the role of special delegates attending a convention for the governing body behind The Purge concept. Within minutes you’ll be on your knees with your hands up and adrenaline pumping, only to be coaxed and coerced through the unnerving depths of a depraved, hostile, and thankfully, imaginary world.

As you’re led through six of the seven floors of the historic Variety Arts Theater building, you’ll interact with more than 40 actors who provide fascinating freaks and creepy imagery that will give you goose bumps for days, without the traditional elements of a haunted house. If you haven’t seen The Purge yet, you’ll be inspired to rent it immediately, just like I did.

The third adaptation of Carrie, starring the brilliant Chloe Grace Moretz, will be out in theaters October 18, as well as a favorite on the indie festival circuit, Big Ass Spider, by director Mike Mendez. The hysterical horror romp features a giant alien spider faced off by Greg Gunberg, Claire Kramer and the hilarious Lombardo Boyar, with standout bits by Ruben Pla and Lin Shaye, and a cameo by none other than Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman. See it at the TCL Chinese Theaters, watch it On Demand, or click here for other local listings.

EDM lovers will be in heaven on this year’s Day of the Dead—The Hard Day of the Dead Festival makes its mark on November 2 and 3 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown. The lineup is incredible—Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Nero, Zeds Dead, Eric Prydz, Giorgio Moroder and Pretty Lights are just a few of the DJs who’ll spin during the two-day event.

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