The best of what to do in and around Los Angeles this week.
This week in Los Angeles, celebrate food, comics, and all things spooky. First, wake up early and make your way to L.A.’s newest bakery, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, where cruffins are on the menu. Then take your Halloween with a side of weird at Lucha VaVoom Halloween Madness, or spend the weekend at Stan Lee’s Comic Con (costumes encouraged). On Halloween day and night, head to West Hollywood for a jam-packed carnival that includes all manner of food and drink specials, dancing, and ghostly mischief.
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October 1 | Now open: Bakery
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
Los Angeles may have the most juice cleanses per capita going on in any given month, but Angelenos still love their delicious baked goods. The proof is in the line at the city’s newest bakeshop, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Aside from the Instagram-worthy space (check out the neon sign claiming “I got baked in L.A.”), the eats are divine. The cruffin (the child of a croissant and a muffin), monkey bread, and coffee marshmallow doughnut all get top marks. Make sure to come early because the cruffin does tend to sell out.
111 S. Ave. 59, Highland Park | website
October 27 | Multigenre show
Lucha VaVoom Halloween Madness
Spice up your Halloween with a show that’s part wrestling match, part burlesque dancing, and part comedy night. Held annually since 2002, Lucha VaVoom gives you the chance to bet on live luchadores (masked Mexican wrestlers) and hear bits from talented comedians, including Fred Armisen, Patton Oswalt, and the Sklar Brothers. With positive reviews by everyone from Jack Black to Vanity Fair, this is one event that delivers on its wackiness. FYI: This is a 21-and-over affair—no kids allowed!
8:00 PM | The Mayan, 1038 S. Hill St., Los Angeles | From $40 | website
October 28 - 30 | Comic con
Stan Lee’s Comic Con
If you are a comic book junkie, Stan Lee is practically a god. He’s the living legend responsible for many of the comic book characters we know and love, including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the X-Men. A convention hosted by the man himself (he will be in attendance all weekend) is bound to bring fans to their feet and evoke a whole new level of cosplay action. Stan Lee’s Comic Con includes a Cosplay Ball, Artists Alley, and panels by other notable names such as Adam West (the original Batman) and Rob Liefeld (the creator of Deadpool). On Sunday, bring your kids for an epic trick or treat extravaganza.
L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles | From $25 | website
October 29 - 30 | Escape the city
San Mateo Campground
San Mateo Campground at San Onofre State Beach is just 60 miles outside L.A. and has some of the best surf conditions in the entire state. Locals consider the most coveted spot, known as Trestles, one of Southern California’s best-kept secrets. In fact, since the late 1920s, motorists would hop off the highway and make their way down to the water. The always on-point waves offer plenty of chances to hang 10. It’s also a great place to camp, and with approximately 380 tent and group campsites to choose from.
October 31 | Festival
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
This West Hollywood Carnaval is way more trick than treat (kids and pets are pointedly advised to stay home). The over half a million (yes, you read that right) guests take their costumes to an entirely new level, and the competition for the perfect look is fierce. There will be live music, food trucks, and bar crawls throughout the neighborhood. Make sure to stop at The Abbey, which is hosting an all-weekend dance party, and V Wine Room, where you can find a one-of-a-kind wine and bug tasting.
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM | Santa Monica Blvd. between Doheny Dr. and La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.