Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Recreation & Park's 2010 Halloween Activities

Los Angeles - With Halloween right around the corner, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) is pulling out the cob webs, broomsticks and spiders in preparation for the SPOOKTACULAR holiday. Recreation and Parks is hosting a wide-variety of spooky activities throughout the City of Los Angeles for everyone to enjoy.
Here's a list of a few thrills that are sure to send chills your way:

-Ride a Haunted Halloween Railroad at Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum in Griffith Park. The 12th annual Ghost Train Halloween attraction will be offered October 22-24 and October 28-31 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm each night. The miniature train will depart from "Scarewood" Station and travel through devilish displays of spooky spirits, creepy clowns, witches, vampire babies and other assorted frightful fiends. There is a suggested donation of $7 per person. For more information call (323) 661-8958 or visit http://www.lals.org/.

-Walk if you dare or run if you're scared, through a Horror Haunted House at Westchester Recreation Center. The longest running Haunted House in Los Angeles, Westchester's Horror House has been running for 22 years and is sure to scare the bee geezers out of anyone who dares to visit. These is a $5 fee for ages 8 and up. The Horror Haunted House will be open from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30. On Halloween Day, the Recreation Center will be hosting a Kids Zone with face painting, a trick-or-treat village, super jumper, cotton candy and more from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The Haunted House will be open from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm on October 31. Westchester Recreation Center is located at 7000 West Manchester Blvd, Los Angeles 90045.

-The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro will be transformed into an underwater world of chills, thrills and gills for the 5th annual "Sea Scare" on Saturday, October 30 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Guests can come in costume and join the masquerade of ghosts and goblins, go trick-or-treating at six themed goodie stations, or walk along the docks of the "Port Town" scare zone. Visit the Aquatic Nursery for a special treasure hunt, scary sea creature feedings and bone tingling cryogenic demonstrations. A band of marauding pirates will provide entertainment and the "Sea Scare Glow Party Zone" will have close-up magic, a hula hoop contest and dancing. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children and senior citizens. For more information about the event or costume guidelines call (310) 548-7562 or go to http://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/.

-The Monster Mash is sure to be playing at Denker Recreation Center's Teen Club Halloween Dance. The $1 Halloween boogie is open to teens 13-18 with a school ID. Teens can show off their THRILLER moves from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday, October 29.

- For all the die hard skaters out there, Pedlow Skate Park in Encino is hosting a SCARY Skate Contest from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Halloween Day. Show off your Frankenstein ollies, Vampire kick flips and goblin board slides at the "Tricks for Treats" Skate Contest. For more information call (818) 266-6991.
- Visit Sylmar Recreation Center's "Trick or Treat Village" and Halloween Carnival on October 31 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Local businesses will come together to create a safe and fun "Trick or Treat Village" and hand out candy. A costume contest and carnival rides are just a few of the festivities being offered.

Remember, safety is important to having a Happy Halloween! Here are a few safety tips for your ghostly agenda:

-Help your children pick out or make a costume that will be safe. Make sure costumes are fire proof and the eye holes should be large enough for good peripheral vision.

-Plan a safe route to know where your older children will be at all times. Instruct them to stay on main streets and not to cut through alleyways or dark places.

-Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating.

-Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be checked.

-Make sure your children carry flashlights, glow sticks or have reflective tape to make them more visible to cars.

-Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.

-Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks (where they exist) and do NOT cross between parked cars.

The Department of Recreation and Parks wishes you a HAPPY, SAFE and SPOOKTACULAR Halloween!!!

**For a complete list of Halloween Activities hosted by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks visit http://www.laparks.org/pdf/halloweenevents.pdf or call (213) 202-2700.

Andrea Epstein: (213) 202-2690
Amy A. Garcia: (213) 202-2689

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