Looking for something to haunt your Halloween weekend? Options abound on Melrose Ave., with plays, performances, dining, and drinking options that might just send an enjoyable seasonal thrill.
At the Greenway Court Theatre, a stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 adds a little possibly prescient Halloween scare to this election year. Based on Orwell’s novel, the play presents the tale of Winston Smith, the omni-present Big Brother, and a world filled with distrust and violence. Adapted by Alan Lyddiard, this cutting-edge production merges live theatrical performance with music, video, and audio design.
Performances run at 8 p.m., Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th of October.
The theater is located just off Melrose at 544 N. Fairfax Avenue.
For something a little more lighthearted, check out the Halloween weekend offerings at the Groundlings Theater at 7307 Melrose Ave. This comedy improv mainstay has several spooktacular programs. On the main stage Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th, the troupe presents an evening of original sketches and some improv, the Groundlings Hook-Up App.
On Halloween night, Monday the 31st, get ready for You Paid to Die* Tonight (Laugh)! The show comes with its own disclaimer that it includes smoke, strobe lights, loud noises, and the possibility of getting wet “from water or your own bodily fluids.” Billed as a 21+ show for Halloween night, the show includes one drink ticket and a reception after the performance. The show is described by the troupe as “half funny, half terrifying.”
In the mood for some more humor? Step into The Parlor at 7250 Melrose for Monday night comedy hosted by Jay Davis at 10 p.m. the 31st; it’s a nice place to stop by after the trick or treaters have finished their search for candy. This sophisticated, stylish sports bar with a large outdoor patio and fire pits offers 50 televisions for sports and other viewing – plus a cocktail menu designed by Oakason Hoffman, focusing on both craft and classics. For a sweet treat for those sworn off ringing doorbells, try the bar’s signature dessert, a funnel cake, crafted with powdered sugar, preserved berries, and nostalgia-inducing Thrifty ice cream.
For drinks and coffees, Melrose Umbrella Co. raises the bar, pun intended, on Halloween libations all weekend long. Located at 7465 Melrose, with hours from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., exceptional craft cocktails by night and craft caffeine fixes by day will “scare up” good vibes on All Hallows Eve. Nitro cold brew coffee makes a great treat to start the day; by night, Halloween revelers can enjoy a classy and classic cocktail that should do the trick to end the evening.
With a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday the 31st, you can relax before the trick or treaters hit your street at The Village Idiot gastropub, dedicated to comfort food like fish and chips and potato pie in the style of an English pub. The pub grub here has a fresh and local twist and patrons will enjoy the restaurant’s flavorful wood burning grill.
Meanwhile, late night owls will love the fact that The Darkroom at 7302 Melrose is open until 2 a.m., with a full drinks menu. The Darkroom also has a photo booth – a great way to capture memories of your Halloween costume. The bar sometimes shows movies on their television screens, with captioning on so viewers can follow the action easily. The bar has been known to show horror classics like The Shining.