Tag Archive for: Halloween

Now that Halloween is officially over, we’re reflecting on the crazy weekend full of parties, drink specials, and drunken hipsters shouting about the girl’s number they almost got at the Little Joy. We had a lot of fun at a couple of neighborhood parties, ultimately avoiding any questionable driving by staying in the ‘hood.Yet there was something that was just driving me completely nuts about the whole weekend – as The Eastsider LA put it, the “oontz, oontz, oontz” heard all over Echo Park for not just one, but TWO nights through 2:00 am. Not knowing where it was coming from, the incessant repetition of bass got a little on our nerves (yay for earplugs!).

The strongest theory was actually about the Halloween event at the Shrine Expo – sounds far fetched, but we’ve heard events such as the Electric Daisy rave back in 2009 from the Coliseum (no joke). Sadly, the Echo Elysian Neighborhood Council forum thread about the noise turned into a series of finger-pointing and complaining about Halloween parties in the neighborhood.

And the finger-pointing got really specific, listing actual addresses of people who had parties (one of which I know for a fact, spoke to their direct neighbors about the party that they ended at midnight). The “oontz, oontz” noise was blamed on local venues like The Echo and the little tiny art gallery Sancho – neither of which were to actually blame despite really strong call-to-actions against the venues on the forum (we walked around the neighborhood, it wasn’t these venues). It’s really unfair to blame these businesses, asking everyone to call the cops on them.

So all this finger-pointing isn’t unusual for the forum – the noise from the Electric Daisy rave back in 2009 spurred so much debate, one venue actually issued an apology letter (it wasn’t their noise). So is Echo Park really that anti-fun? I mean, does one night of partying for a Halloween holiday put you on neighborhood watch? Should the police be called on you even if you communicate with your direct neighbors? If you had loud parties every weekend until 2:00 am – sure! But some Echo Park residents had some parties, celebrating for one night, so what’s the problem?

The ironic thing after all of this? I was the one who actually started the thread on the forum! But I think next year instead of handing out candy for Halloween, we might deliver some Costco-size packages of earplugs to the neighborhood.

But seriously, read the forum thread and you’ll see what I mean. I just hope next year we’ll all be a little more neighborly.

The annual commemoration of Día de los Muertos along with the Echo Park Mariachi Festival takes place at El Centro Del Pueblo on Saturday, October 15, 2011. Entrance to the festival is free!

Everyone is welcome to create a free altar in commemoration of Día de los Muertos at the center, which goes on from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Vendor booths are $50.

The Mariachi Festival (from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) features LAUSD Middleton Elementary School Mariachi and Flocorico Dancers.
Join your neighbors, family and friends for altars, culture, food, free arts and crafts for kids, and plenty of entertainment – including an art exhibit.

This event is co-sponsored by GEPENC, State Senator Kevin De Leon, Assemblymember Gilbert Cedillo and Los Angeles Council President Eric Garcetti.

El Centro Del Pueblo is located at 1157 Lemoyne St.

Contact Lidia Martinez at lmecdp@yahoo.com or 213-483-6335, if you’d like a space for your free altar or vendor booth.

Glenn Hill with his first of many Halloween decorations, made from recycled materials

As an overworked adult these days, it’s easy to forget about the Halloween holiday. Not to mention, there are fewer decorations than the days of growing up in a small town, our mini suburbs full of kids trick-or-treating and haunted houses (remember the house that gave out full-size candy bars?!). Thankfully, however, we’ve got our very own resident bringing the Halloween spirit alive to one pocket of Echo Park.

I first noticed this house a few years ago when I lived in a dark little apartment across the street, my first Echo Park pad. As the Halloween holiday approached, we watched as an enormous figure took shape in front of our neighbor’s home, its giant arms reaching out over the sidewalk and a vague grotesque expression on its face. It was completely made out of paper and tape, surprisingly surviving our street and the weather. It turns out the papier-mâché figure was one of many, and certainly not the last.

Hoping to catch a glimpse of more of these figures, we met up with the artist himself, Glenn Hill. He’s lived in his Echo Park home on Douglas Street near Beverly Boulevard for about nine years now. Five or six years ago, he started hosting Halloween parties for fellow 12-step program members at his home – and what would a Halloween party be without decorations? Read more

Yum, brains! I mean beer! Er, beer and zombies at City Sip on Halloween!

Get your trick or treat on for ages 21 and over – City Sip is hosting an evening of Zombies and Beer. Author Ben Tripp is launching Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller, and to get you in the creepy, Halloween mood will be reading an excerpt from the book while you enjoy a variety of delicious beers.

This all takes place on Halloween, on Sunday, October 31 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Here’s what to expect:

  • Seven delicious brews
  • Seven types of cheese, including head cheese
  • And possibly some offal meats (such as brains, liver, and things that you would HAVE to be drunk to try)
  • Come in a zombie costume and get a party favor!

Cost is $35 per person.

Space is limited! Email Alex@citysipla.com or call (213) 483- 9463 to RSVP.

Join your neighbors and El Centro Del Pueblo at the organization’s FREE Second Annual Día de los Muertos commemoration. This year they are expanding the event with a special “Día de los Muertos” art exhibit inside the rec center. Set up your own free altar, organize your own booth for $100, and get registered to vote throughout the event.

El Centro Del Pueblo Día de los Muertos
Saturday, October 16 from 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Located at 1157 Lemoyne Street


Echo Park vintage boutique, Tavin, has some really interesting recycled paper costumes (Michael Jackson costumes, bustiers, skirts and dresses) made from 100% recycled newspaper and magazine pages. They are constructed with duct tape and “pure imagination” by designer Ingrid Ferrin. Stop by for a glass of wine, and complete your outfit with vintage accessories, jewelry, and more.

Friday, October 30, from 2 to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Tavin is located at 1543 Echo Park Avenue (near Morton Avenue and Grafton Street), Echo Park. 310-704-6058.

Pre-Halloween ride! You don’t have to wear a costume, but if you do it will make the ride so much more F.U.N.

Meet at Wilshire and Western Metro Station 6:30pm

Ride at 7:30pm sharp

LA Critical Mass rides through the city of Los Angeles, exerting our right under California Law to ride bicycles on the street.

This is a easy-paced ride.

Fixed-gear fast riders are encouraged to cork intersections then ride up to the front of the pack and cork again.

Though LAPD has been mostly tolerant of our rides, we don’t want to provoke them. Since this is a night ride, you might want to get a rear red blinking light and a front white blinking light. If they (LAPD) tell us to stop at the red lights, we should stop. Let’s be polite and courteous to drivers. Do not argue or engage in conflict.

USC riders meet at Tommy Trojan 6:00pm, Ride to LACM at 6:30pm.

UCLA riders meet at the Bruin Bear 5:30pm, ride to LACM at 6:00pm.

Westside/Culver City/Mar Vista/Palms riders meet at Crank Mob park (Media Park, Culver City) 6:00pm, ride to LACM at 6:30pm

San Fernando Valley: Meet at Noho Station 6:30pm, ride the Redline down to Vermont and Wilshire. Then ride your bikes to Wilshire and Western.

Eastside, please use the Metro Gold Line, Blue Line and Red Line to get to the Wilshire and Western Metro station.

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Echo Park’s Dia de Los Muertos celebration takes place on Sunday, November 1, from 1-8:00 pm at El Centro de Pueblo (1157 Lemoyne Street).

This free family event will feature altars, music, and culture, entertainment including Ollin, 5Senti2, Plaza de la Raza Salsa Performing Group, Soft Parade, face painting, arts and crafts workshops, lotería, food and refreshments. To set up your own free altar to remember your loved ones or participate as a vendor for $50, call 213-483-6335 or conradoterrazas@roadrunner.com.

El Centro del Pueblo was established in 1974 as a not-for-profit community service agency. Its mission is to provide social services and resources to the community to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families in the diverse communities of Los Angeles County. They work to alleviate and mitigate the negative affects of gang violence and improve the quality of life for youth and families through prevention, intervention, and education.

Services include counseling, drug prevention, social rehabilitation, employment, outreach, education, health services, and youth services. These services help the physical, mental, emotional and economic well-being of the residents of the communities of Northeast, Downtown and South Los Angeles.


Echo Park Fright Night will take place on Saturday, October 31 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Echo Park Recreation Center.

The event is free for everyone!

There will be Monsters on Parade at 5:30 and a Teen Dance from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Carnival games, Moonbounce, and more!


“Zombiethon is a community FUN run/walk event held on Halloween, Saturday October 31, 2009, from 4-6:00 pm, along the recreation trail around Silver Lake Reservoir in Los Angeles, California. This event is organized to raise donations for Brain Cancer Research. All of the proceeds will be donated to the local charity, City of Hope, to find a cure for this devastating disease. Your $10 donation will grant you a numbered participation bib and goodie bag! This is a family-friendly event, and everyone is encouraged to arrive in their finest zombie attire. If you don’t have access to zombie make-ups, don’t worry, for an additional donation of $5, you may have your make-up applied by professional special effects make-up artists on site! Not a runner? Don’t worry! It’s not a formal race, just a chance for everyone to get out there and have some fun while supporting a very important cause! Hope to see you all there!”

Check out their website for tips on makeup, costumes, and other zombie-ralated activities!