Check out the South Bay Events’ full listing of what’s going on in the South Bay this Halloween weekend 2019!
The pomp and circumstance of Halloween takes over the psyche of the South Bay on Halloween weekend as horror movies, scantily clad maidens, house parties, and creative costume impulses become standard activities. Halloween is an awesome reason to party and this year South Bay folk will have at least one weekend plus Halloween night to relish in traditional rituals like bobbing for apples, bad decisions, bar-hopping, and costume critiques. This year October 31st falls on a Thursday so look for a long, ghoulish weekend this year. Before you rummage through your garage or pillage Salvation Army for a makeshift costume, check out the new Halloween Shop at the South Bay Galleria!
Whether you want to join your family and trick-or-treat around the neighborhoods (see the City of MB’s Safety Tips), or join the mayhem taking place at local bars and parties, there will be lots to choose from this year. As Halloween gets closer, the South Bay has some pretty fun traditions that you just don’t find in other communities.
Saturday, October 12
Bring your ideas and creativity to the Halloween Ginger Bread House workshop on Saturday, October 12. Our bakery engineers are building the gingerbread haunted houses and getting them ready for you to decorate! Workshop includes 10″ gingerbread house, frosting, tricky decorations and candy treats! Join us for the celebration, if you dare!
Friends of the Parks will host their 13th Annual Pumpkins in the Park on Saturday, October 12th! The annual event takes place from 11AM – 1PM at Edith Rodaway Friendship Park. Folks are encouraged to dress up in costume. Funds raised benefit Hermosa Beach Friends of the Parks in support of Hermosa Beach Parks & Recreation.
Thursday, October 17
Running from Thursday, October 17 until Halloween itself, don’t miss the Twisted Tales: Haunted House on Grand Avenue at the El Segundo Teen Center. Fall down the rabbit hole into famous fairy tale stories with a dark twist! Guests will encounter an alternate timeline from Hansel and Gretel’s not-so-sweet adventure, to Beauty & Beast’s happily never after as well as a diabolical operation replacing tea time for Alice and her friends!
There will be a fun, family-friendly event at The Point in El Segundo on October 17 called Mummy and Me, featuring all treats and no tricks!
Saturday, October 19
Don’t miss the start of the Halloween festivities with the 32nd Annual Family Halloween Carnival at Manhattan Heights Park. Held on Saturday, October 19 from 12:00 to 4:00 at Manhattan Heights Park, this family-focused event will feature a haunted house, costume contest, a parade and endless food choices.
Friday, October 25
Uncorked Hermosa is hosting their annual Halloween candy and wine pairing! Join Anjilla and Janelle Friday night from 6pm – 9pm to embark on a journey your tastebuds wont soon forget. Don’t forget to wear a costume for a discounted tasting – best costume will get a bottle of wine!
The 3rd Annual Halloween Costume Contest & DJ Dance Party monster mashes along the Redondo Pier next Friday, October 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is free to attend and open to the public.Prizes will be awarded for best costumes which include single day passes to the next BeachLife Festival running May 1 to May 3, 2020. Other ghoulish details: free Halloween themed balloons, boat rides (free for anyone in costume), a DJ, selfie wall and more sponsor giveaways.
Saturday, October 26
Resin Gallery presents South Bay body paint artist, Paul Roustan, who is set for another solo show just in time for Halloween. On Saturday, Oct. 26th come dressed for a costume contest offering a chance to win a unique photographic artwork by the accomplished artist. There will be all sorts of goodies, libations (sponsored by Nicaragua Craft Beer Co.), and of course CANDY! But, there are also a few extra surprises in store.
Local legends Chewbetcha will be having a pre-Halloween bash at Standing Room on Saturday the 26th. Come get your face melted!
A fixture on the South Bay party scene for the past decade, the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve lives on when Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach is transformed into a ghoulish night of screams and horrific monster mashing on Saturday, October 26. The South Bay’s best Halloween extravaganza is produced by Berry Bly and goes by the appropriate moniker South Bay Scream. This year South Bay Scream will feature a sound menu with multiple DJs; highlights include the likes of DJ Splyce and DJ Black Sheep mixing & spinning on multiple dance floors, VIP tables, scary creatures, and state of the art productions. Click here to get your pre-sale tickets online.
Sunday, October 27
Community tradition runs strong all over Halloween weekend in the South Bay as the 29th Annual World Famous Pumpkin Race rolls its Pumpkin Racecars just above Manhattan Beach Pier Sunday, October 27th starting at 12:00 pm. It’s a unique event that combines love for competition, creativity, and community. What started in 1990 by a group of friends has become an epic, single-elimination battle of self-styled pumpkins equipped only with two axles and two wheels. Creative carvings and pumpkin costumes are left to artistic interpretation.
On October 27 in El Segundo, don’t miss The Dollface Dames & R6 DISTILLERY after hours party! Look for the red light. The entrance is tucked away. Enter through the distillery to the magical world of fantasy, dancing, & variety acts, shhh don’t tell the coppers!! This hidden gem seats an intimate 44 patrons, so do not wait, grab your tickets online.
On Sunday, October 27, 2019, over 10,000 locals will unite to celebrate Hispanic heritage as The San Pedro Property Owners’ Alliance, a nonprofit organization, presents The 7th Annual San Pedro Dia de los Muertos Festival in Downtown Historic San Pedro from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, October 28
Join the Soroptimist Club in Manhattan Beach for their Halloween BINGO night! Tickets are just $25 and include 21 game boards, potluck dinner and drinks. Prizes are gift cards to local businesses. Kids are welcome and may even play for free! Feel free to wear a costume… you might win a prize!
Thursday, October 31
The Riviera Village in Redondo Beach runs all types of seasonal holiday events and this year the Village will be a mecca for families looking to score some solid trick or treating space. Ghosts and goblins will mix with princesses and super heroes as Riviera Village hosts the annual Halloween Trick or Treat on Thursday, October 31st. Catalina Avenue will be closed to traffic from Avenue I to Palos Verdes Blvd., and the shops will hand out candy and treats from 4 to 6 pm.
The City of Torrance Community Services Department invites the public to enjoy the annual Halloween Carnival on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. The Carnival is a safe, family friendly alternative to trick-or-treating and will feature games, crafts, a photo area, spooky music by DJ Ozzie and costume parade taking place at 6:30 p.m. You can even stop by and check out the pumpkin decorating contest where 15 After School Club sites submit their most creative pumpkin decorations. Unlimited use wristbands are $10.00 per child and are required to participate in a variety of carnival activities that participants can win candy and prizes playing. Food trucks will be on site and available at an additional charge. The event will take place, rain or shine.
The El Segundo Parks and Recreation Department host annual Halloween Frolic Thursday, October 31st 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the 300-400 block of Downtown Main Street. The costume contest sponsored by The Kiwanis Club will be held at the city hall plaza. Wristbands for unlimited bounce house fun and games available at the clubhouse through October 30th.
On Halloween Night, the R6 Distillery in El Segundo will be hosting its 1st Annual Speakeasy Halloween Ball. Based on true sightings, R6 DISTILLERY is haunted, and the only way to get rid of these spirits is with a wild night of dancing, drinking, and lively immersive performances. Find out more and get tickets here!
For the slightly older crowd who will be substituting beverages for candy, here are South Bay Events’ picks for the best bets at local bars and clubs for Halloween weekend!
- Halloween Tasting with Trinitas from Napa Valley – Thursday, October 31, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Head over to Lido for a classy Halloween evening with their exclusive wine tasting, featuring pours from Trinitas.
- Annual Halloween Costume Contest at The Lighthouse – Saturday, October 26, 9:30 PM – It’s the Annual Lighthouse Halloween Costume Party at The Lighthouse! Bring your friends to sing along to the best 80’s anthems and compete in the costume contest for big prizes. $5+ cover or email [email protected] for limited VIP list.
- Stranger Things Halloween Trivia at American Junkie – Thursday, October 31, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Get your team of 4 together to play spooky trivia around the show Stranger Things, and when it’s over you’ll be in the heart of the action on the Pier! Register here.
- Halloween w/ Cubensis and Moonalice at Saint Rocke – Thursday, October 31, 8:00 PM Put some peace and love into your Halloween this year with a tribute to the Grateful Dead in Cubensis, plus the 420-friendly vibe of Moonalice. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and show starts at 8:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $10, purchase online at Saint Rocke’s site.
- Redondo Beach Pier: Halloween Costume Contest & 80’s Dance Party – Friday, October 25 6-8:00 p.m. – The Redondo Pier Association in partnership with King Harbor Association, is pleased to announce their Halloween Costume Contest and 80’s Dance Party on The Pier! Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. 6-8 pm at the Octagon!
- South Bay Scream at Shade Hotel – Saturday, October 26, 8:00 PM – The South Bay’s best Halloween party is back, SOUTH BAY SCREAM! A perfect evening to howl at the moon and bump your way through multiple dance floors featuring music & beats from the likes of DJ Splyce, Mikey Smithers and DJ Black Sheep. Advance tickets are $50, purchase online at www.southbayscream.com.
There will also be dozens of Halloween parties and other small events going on…check out South Bay Events as the holiday approaches for updates!