Treat yourself: Top 5 Spas in and around L.A.

You’ve worked hard, whether your on the 9-to-5 or somewhere in between, pampering is more a necessity then a treat. With the year winding down and the workload ramping back up, we decided to round together the top 5 places to treat yourself this fall. Whether your needing a rejuvenation or relaxation, the spas below are sure to help in achieving the most zen like state.

THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, LOS ANGELES

The Ritz Carlton Spa

Downtown Los Angeles get its on own oasis of calm at this 8,000 square foot luxury spa. There are nine treatment rooms and a luxe couple’s suite, relaxation spaces and aromatherapy rooms with private plunge showers. Neutral tones accented by gold and silver embody the classic Hollywood theme. This spa sparkles, and so will your body. Take the Champagne and Shimmer Body Treatment, which begins with with an organic scrub made from the seeds of champagne grapes, followed by an application of 24- karat gold shimmering powder.

Click here for more info.

TOMOKO JAPENESE SPA

Tomoko Japanese Spa

There are some spa experiences so unforgettable, it’s hard to imagine having a better experience elsewhere. Tomoko Japanese Spa in Beverly Hills is one of those places. Founded on the principles of Japanese healing and renewal of the spirit, Tomoko offers treatments that aim to not only release tension, but renew the body with “khi” (energy). Couple treatments include sushi from Sugar Fish, a well-loved restaurant chain in Los Angeles. After treatments, guests can retreat to the main room to enjoy tea and mochi.

Click here for more information.

LARCHMONT SANCTUARY SPA

Larchmont Spa and Sanctuary

Though not as showy as its counterparts, Larchmont Sanctuary and Spa is just as special, with treatments to match. Located in a 90-year-old building under a beautiful tree, the spa feels like a cabin retreat in the heart of the city. Eight treatment rooms (2 outdoor) offer guests an opportunity to experience truly impressive pampering with all organic products. Wood tones and vibrant orange color accent the property, giving its outdoor spaces the feel of a chic cabana on the beach.

Click here for more information.

CIEL SPA at SLS Beverly Hills

Ciel Spa

From its plush white furniture to minimalist yet welcoming decor, visitors are whisked away at Ciel Spa by Pearl Wellness in the SLS Hotel. Located on one of Los Angeles’ busiest streets, the 5,000 square foot getaway provides ample opportunity to forget city life. The signature Ciel massage is otherworldly, and you can be assured that every tense spot will not stand a chance.

The Spa by Joanna Vargas at The Sunset Tower Hotel

Joanna Vargas Spa

The Spa by Joanna Vargas at Sunset Tower hotel is 2,025 square feet with six treatment rooms and five aestheticians, led by Vargas veteran Asia Vereline. Along with a celebrity clientele that counts the likes of Elizabeth Moss, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Naomi Watts as patrons, the services offered reach new heights of luxury skincare. On the menu are LED light therapy sessions, which are said to boost collagen production and promote healing; eight types of facials that use tech gadgets; green tea-spiked oxygen; and body treatments, including microdermabrasion, sunless tanning, cellulite-targeting radio frequency and L.A.-exclusive scrubs, wraps and bath soaks; as well as massages.

Click here for more information.

13 Festive Fall Beverages

Whether your hosting, pot-lucking, or just in the fall spirit-we’ve put together a list of the best beverages to try this October. So skip the generic apple cider and read below for tasty recipes sure to delight even your most ghoulish guest. 

Halloween Bloody Mary Shooters

Halloween Bloody Mary Shooters

Homemade Bloody Mary mix is topped with a layer of black vodka in these spooky shooters. They’re just the thing for getting a Halloween party started.

Vampire Vodka Cocktail

Vampire Vodka

Fit for Dracula himself! Sweet homemade grenadine serves as the “blood” in this inspired Halloween cocktail.

Click here for prep time and directions.

Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash

Plum and Thyme Prosecco

A bubbly balance of fresh fruit and sparkling wine makes this cocktail ideal for day or night.

Click here for prep time and directions.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Pumpkin Pie Martini

These martinis taste like a boozy, bodacious pumpkin pie.  This cocktail is smooth, creamy, sweet and rich with nuances of pumpkin and cinnamon.

Click here for prep time and directions.

Blood-Moon Punch

Blood Moon Punch

The perfect concoction to serve to even the tiniest of terrors, the Blood Moon punch can be made sans spirits for family gatherings or spiked to appease grown up ghouls.

Click here for prep time an d directions.  

Spiced Cider Margaritas

Spiced Apple Cider Margarita

The smokiness of the mezcal perfectly complements the warming spices in the cider, yielding a complex, subtly sweet cocktail that was basically fall coziness in a glass. 100% delightful.

Click here for prep time and directions. (scroll all the way down to skim through the recipe creators cocktail origin story)

Ghost in the Graveyard Cocktail

Ghost in the Graveyard

Serve up a little black magic in the form of a cocktail made with vodka that’s as dark as night — with a scoop of ghostly-white vanilla ice cream floating on top.

Click here for prep-time and directions. 

Long Island Apple Iced Tea

Long Island Apple Iced Tea

A long island classic turned fall inspired with apples and apple cider to enjoy all fall and winter.

Click here for prep time and directions.

The Peddler’s Moon

Its namesake comes from the Stephen King classic “The Dark Tower,” and its flavors are inspired by late summer and early fall.

Click here for prep time and directions.

Apple Bobber Bourbon Punch

Apple Bobber Punch

This Halloween classic game turned festive libation is sure to please with its blend of crisp apple and soft notes of bourbon.

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CANDY CORN MARTINI

Candy Corn Martini

Whether your a candy corn lover or hater, nothing screams hallows eve or day quite like candy corn. This trick-or-treat essential turned cocktail is a Halloween must for those opting to sip their treats instead of snack.

Click here for prep time and directions. 

Garden-of-Evil Punch

Garden of Evil Punch

Beckoning jewel-toned fruits are cleverly frozen into a block of ice using a cake pan, then floated atop a Halloween punch spiked with sake and plum wine. Pomegranate juice gives the drink a very apt blood-red hue.

Click here for prep time and directions.

All Hail the “Pumpkin Keg”

If your not one for festive cocktails then no fret! Select your favorite seasonal beer or lager and bring out your inner craftsmen with this how to for the perfect Pumpkin Keg.

The “Pumpkin Keg”

Click here for prep time and directions.

 

WHETHER YOUR ON HOSTING DUTY FOR THE EVENING OR SIMPLY LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT TREAT TO PAIR WITH YOUR FAVORITE SCARY MOVIE, WE HOPE YOU ENJOY OR FESTIVE SUGGESTIONS. REMEMBER TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY AND MAYBE CUT YOURSELF OFF THE CANDY AFTER A HANDFUL OR SO!

Top 10 Best Places to Hike in L.A.

It’s a known fact. In L.A. we don’t really walk anywhere, its just not part of our daily routine. From scooters, to bikes, and ride share of course, why walk when these things get you there faster? What do we know how to do in L.A.?

We hike. It’s our 2nd form of exercise outside our Equinox membership. If you haven’t been to Runyon Canyon for a cardio session up the hill, are you really and Angeleno? That being said we’ve rounded up the best places to hike in L.A. courtesy of Conde Nast. Enjoy the fall weather and spend a little time in your best athleisure attire.

Runyon Canyon Park

Top of the list is everyone’s favorite stop Runyon Canyon. This mountain trail (the highest point in L.A. County) is perfect for the SoCal hiker who wants to challenge themselves.

Los Angeles L.A. Hike Matador
El Matador State Beach-Getty Image

El Matador State Beach

Tree People-Coldwater Canyon Park
Tree People-Coldwater Canyon Park

TreePeople

A lesser-known alternative to the popular Runyon Canyon trail, this easy walk has gorgeous views of the Valley—and you might just spot a celeb or two en route.

The Huntington
The Huntington

Weekend Events: Oct. 12th-14th

Boo At The Zoo

We know what your thinking…more fall weekend activities in L.A.! Well if you weren’t thinking that, you are now(your welcome) and you can still read ahead because we’ve rounded up the next haul of weekend activities taking place in and around L.A. So grab your broomsticks and join us for this weekends tricks and treats throughout your neck of the woods!

With all the hustle and bustle of our weekday routine we bring you a curated list of the weekends top activities happening throughout the city of stars.

Discover your inner Angeleno!

Limited engagements taking place this Oct. 12th-14th feature Pumpkin Nights Pomona to Cheat Day in DTLA! Read below for a breakdown of the weekend events.

 

friday oct. 12th

American Contemporary Ballet Presents Halloween Hellraiser

American Contemporary Ballet
American Contemporary Ballet

Location: DTLA

The American American Contemporary Ballet invites you to their Halloween “Hellraiser” this weekend. This one night only event includes the world premiere of Burlesque and the opening night of Inferno. You will meet the composer Charles Wuorinen (one of the most eminent in the world), hear from ACB’s Artistic Director Lincoln Jones about his vision for the future of ballet, and have an opportunity to support one of the most cutting-edge performing arts companies working today. The evening will also include a reception where a selection of fine foods, wine, and other surprises will be available to indulge in. For ticket prices and more information click here.

*A portion of your ticket purchase is tax deductible.

Music @ Lacma

Jazz at LACMA
Jazz at LACMA

Location: LACMA, Los Angeles

Spend your evening beneath the stars and amongst the art of the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum. The LACMA Jazz series is free to the public and takes place in the museum’s Smidt Welcome Plaza. Arrive early to claim your seats and enjoy a selection of gourmet food and wine from Ray’s special Jazz night menu. This weekend’s concert features famed pianist and composer Josh Nelson. Nelson has performed and toured with some of the leading names in jazz. For more information click here. 

San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In Nights

San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In Nights
San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In Nights

Location: Lake Balboa Complex

“It’s just a little Hocus Pocus”

Don’t miss this weekends showing of the cult classic family favorite(so many adjectives!) Halloween film Hocus Pocus.  The event is being hosted by San Fernando Valley’s Halloween Drive-In Night where patrons cruise in for a truly authentic retro-style movie experience. The night will be a double-feature screening of Hocus Pocus and Christine. Guest have the option to purchase tickets for one or both films. Additionally, a variety of food trucks and family-friendly pre-show entertainment will also be provided. To join the Sanderson sisters and find out more information click here. 

Saturday oCT. 13TH

Comedy Comedy Festival 

The Comedy Comedy Festival
The Comedy Comedy Festival

Location: DTLA

For a weekend of laughs and fun performances, join Disoriented Comedy and the JACCC for their 4th annual comedy festival. Indulge your funny bone with over 100 performers and famed comedians like “Adam Ruins Everything”‘s Adam Conover, Danny Pudi and Mary Sohn. Pop in for afternoon humor or enjoy the evening line up at this 3-day fest. The Comedy Comedy Festival is sponsored by the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, CBS Diversity Program and NBC Universal T.I.P. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Pumpkin Nights Pomona

Pumpkin Nights Pomona
Pumpkin Nights Pomona

Location: 1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Pomona

Take part in this year’s Pumpkin Nights, an interactive experience inviting guests to explore eight different eight themed pumpkin-lands crafted with over 3,000 pumpkins! Demonstrations by professional pumpkin artists, pumpkin fire shows, pumpkin magic shows, and plenty of other pumpkin-themed activities and offerings will take place throughout the special 23 day event. Non-pumpkin offerings will be available as well, including a scavenger hunt, screening of Pixar’s Coco, food trucks, and plenty more for the whole family. For more information click here.

UMPO presents Bridesmaids @ The Rockwell

The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Bridesmaids at The Rockwell
The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Bridesmaids at The Rockwell

Location: The Rockwell Table and Stage, Los Feliz

For an evening of music, laughs, and scrumptious eats UMPO’s production of Bridesmaids is the trifecta. Based off of the 2011 box office hit film, this musical parody put on at East L.A.’s Rockwell Table & Stage is theatrical magic. Most noteworthy is the venue which is styled as a cabaret with entertainment all around you. Tickets do require a (2) food/drink minimum and the menu never disappoints. Keep an eye out in the crowd as well, as the Rockwell is known to have its celebrity neighbor patrons stop by. For more information click here.

sunday oct. 14th

Boo @ the Zoo

Boo At The Zoo
Boo At The Zoo

Location: Griffith Park

Join the L.A. Zoo for their spooktacular day’s of fun during the month of october. Weekend events include the Swazzle’s Monster Menagerie Puppet Show, “Spooktacular Science” Show, Masterpiece Pumpkins with Gene Granata, Crocodilian Craft, and the Fearsome Feedings & Creature Treats. It’s perfect outing for the whole family! The L.A. Zoo will also be featuring their Spooky Stroll where you’ll find Halloween games, a mini-pumpkin patch, and “boo-tiful” photo ops. Therefor, all ghouls and goblins are encouraged to wear costumes! For more information on the fun filled activities click here.

Cheat Day Land-DTLA

Cheat Day Land
Cheat Day Land

Location: DTLA

Is there a better way to spend your Sunday then as your “Cheat Day”? The story of Cheat Day Land is one of family and passion. An experience in which the celebration of family, food, and fun ooze out of every room you will experience. Similar to last summer’s hit the Ice Cream Museum and other recent Pop-Up photo perfect experiences-Cheat Day Land welcomes you with open arms… because you deserve it! For more information click here.

Night of Jack

Night of Jack
Night of Jack

Location: 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas

The perfect evening for those wanting a dose of Halloween fun without all the frights. A Night of Jack, invites guest of all ages to meander through Calabasas’ King Gillette Ranch, where thousands of pumpkins will be elaborately displayed. Along with the festive art will be carving demonstrations, a gift shop, and the Fear Garden Bar for drinks and food to satisfy the living and undead.

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Rodeo Realty Agents Honor Client Jeff Apoloff at Autism Speaks “Into the Blue” Gala 2018

Autism Speaks "Into the Blue" 2018 Gala-The Beverly Hills Hotel

“The Real Estate Guys” step out to show support for client and friend Jeff Apoloff at gala benefiting Autism Research and Awareness.

(from left) Rodeo Realty agents Ken Marker, Corey Brown, and Ed Dolce at the 2018 Autism Speaks "Into the Blue" Gala-The Beverly Hills Hotel
(from left) Rodeo Realty agents Ken Marker, Corey Brown, and Ed Dolce at the 2018 Autism Speaks “Into the Blue” Gala-The Beverly Hills Hotel

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (October 10, 2018)-The Real Estate Guys are taking time to give back. This was showcased last week when Rodeo Realty’s Ken Marker, Corey Brown and Ed Dolce attended Autism Speaks Into the Blue Gala in support of client and friend Jeff Apoloff.

Apoloff, an Executive Producer for Apoloff Entertainment, Inc. and creator of  Fox’s “Beat Shazam” was this years Honoree of the annual philanthropic gala.

Held on October 4, 2018 at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, Jeff received the distinguished Honoree of the Year Award, for his dedication and service to the incredible cause that helps those affected by Autism.

Hosted by Corinne Foxx, attendees of the “Into The Blue” gala helped to raise thousands of dollars for Autism Speaks. Pink, Carey Hart, and Anna Lynn McCord were among some of the special guest in attendance along with a slew of other celebrities and philanthropists.

Past celebrity participants have been Freddie HighmoreSarah McLachlanConan O’BrienDiane KrugerMolly SimsRaphael Saadiq, JK Simmons, Rick SpringfieldKevin FrazierNikki ReedMaria Menounos and Cirque de Soleil, among others.

One of the event highlights included a special performance by the Foo Fighter’s David Grohl. The Grammy Winning artist stepped in as the featured performer for the evening when it’s original musical guest Jaime Foxx had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. This was not the first time that Grohl lended his musical talents to Autism Speaks. In 2013 he headlined the non-profit groups Blue Jean Ball and has been a longtime supporter of the organization.

The evening also featured music by DJ Irie, a live performance by the glow-in-the-dark dance sensation iLuminate, an exciting dinner program and an exclusive celebrity fashion experience.

The event received sponsorship from  NBC, WME, Netflix and Variety among other known brands and industry leaders.

“Into the Blue” raises funds to support the mission of Autism Speaks. The event draws in over 250-300 attendees each year from across the entertainment, corporate and legal industries. 

Into the Blue Gala is one of the many ways in which Autism Speaks raises awareness. Throughout the year the non-profit organization host and participate in events that shed a blue light on their important cause.

“Together, there’s no limit to what we can do. With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you help enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.”
About Autism:

Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children. Autism spectrum disorder (“ASD”) refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. A combination of genetic and environmental factors influence the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances.

About Autism Speaks:

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Recognizing the need for a powerful voice Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. They do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Since 2012, Autism Speaks has provided more than 18 million people with programs and resources such as the Autism Treatment Network, which includes Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders at UC Irvine. Autism Speaks also provides free tool kits to help manage a wide range of challenges, at every stage of life.

For additional information, visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.

For media inquiries related to Autism Speaks and its affiliates please contact:

Elizabeth Roland
elizabeth.roland@autismspeaks.org
(323) 297-4730


For media inquiries regarding Rodeo Realty, please contact:

Samira Murphy

Public Relations-Rodeo Realty

(310)471-2600 ext. 145

mediarelations@rodeore.com

13 Spookiest Movies on Netflix for Oct. ’18

Grab your popcorn, comfort blanket, and sit tight. It’s the best time of the year to watch the spookiest flicks streaming right now. Whether your more on the Hocus Pocus(sidetone: no Hocus Pocus on Netflix–but it’s playing at El Capitan Theatre ALL of October) side or wish to take a chance with the cringeworthy, there are plenty of options to chose this fall.

 1. Hold the Dark

Hold the Dark
Hold the Dark

Hold the Dark will leave you with your fair share of chills, and not just because it’s set in Alaska. Jeremy Saulnier’s psychological thriller stars Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright as a retired wolf expert who receives a disturbing letter from a grieving mother (Riley Keough), pleading with him to investigate the wolves that she thinks killed her son in their small Alaskan village. He agrees to go but soon finds himself tangled up in a web far more dangerous than he ever could have expected

2. Veronica

Veronica
Veronica

In Veronica, which is based on true events, a high-schooler decides to experiment with a Ouija board with some of her classmates but ends up getting followed home by an evil spirit. As her and her siblings’ sanity begins to crumble due to the haunting, you’ll find yourself questioning what’s actually real and what’s in Veronica’s imagination.

 3. Malevolent

Malevolent
Malevolent

A brother and sister earn a living by faking scary paranormal occurrences for cash, but when they’re tasked with investigating some strange phenomena at a supposedly haunted estate, things take a turn for the worse.

4. The Ravenous

Ravenous
Ravenous

This is actually a pretty introspective and beautiful movie, as far as films in the zombie genre go. That being said, watching a small group of desperate survivors attempt to navigate the aftermath of a zombie-like outbreak in rural Quebec is going to come with some nauseating moments.

5. The Conjuring

The Conjuring
The Conjuring

If you haven’t seen modern-day horror classic The Conjuring yet, I’m honestly a little jealous you get to experience the film’s excellent thrills and chills for the first time. It’s a superb entry into the genre, following a family of young women possessed by the demonic spirit of a murdered witch who used to live on their property and the paranormal investigators who set out to help them.

6. Children of the Corn

Children of the Corn
Children of the Corn

Even Stephen King’s short stories translate to terrifying, full-length pictures. Children of the Corn is about a group of murderous children, so expect to say goodbye to restful sleep for a bit.

7. The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House

No, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House isn’t a movie. But I would be remiss if I didn’t include the upcoming 10-episode series, which is just as scary as any of the streaming giant’s selection of horror movies. Billed as a “reimagining” of Shirley Jackson’s iconic 1953 novel, the show follows five siblings who grew up in America’s most famous haunted house and how the home’s deadly secrets are still plaguing them decades later. Mike Flanagan (HushOculusGerald’s Game) is on board as director and executive producer, while the cast is led by Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, McKenna Grace, and more.

8. Apostle

Apostle
Apostle

Occult horror-thriller Apostle stars Beauty and the Beast‘s Dan Stevens as Thomas Richardson, who returns home to London in 1905, only to discover that his sister has been captured by a cult led by the dangerously charismatic Prophet Malcolm (Michael Sheen) and is being held for ransom. Thomas sets out to rescue his sister, infiltrating the cult’s island community and eventually uncovering an evil secret.

9. Hush

Hush
Hush

Easily one of the best horror movies to come out of Netflix’s original slate, 2016’s Hush follows a deaf writer over the course of one night as she’s hunted by a masked maniac. Prepare for multiple people getting shot by a crossbow — King Joffrey-style.

10. Train to Busan

Train to Busan
Train to Busan

This South Korean zombie movie was a box office hit, for good reason. The terrifyingly claustrophobic horror film centers on a father and daughter who must survive a gory outbreak of the undead on a lengthy train journey to the country’s only remaining safe city.

11. The Reaping

The Reaping
The Reaping

Hilary Swank stars as a former missionary who loses her faith after the tragic deaths of her family members and now makes a living debunking religious phenomena. That’s what brings her to the Louisiana swamp, where a series of biblical plagues are destroying a small town with evil at its center.

12. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 

Netflix gives Sabrina the Teenage Witch a very, very creepy new makeover in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which sees the titular witch (Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka) on the cusp of celebrating her 16th birthday when she has to sign her soul away to the devil. The trailer evokes old-school horror movies like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, so even though familiar faces like Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch), Aunt Hilda (Lucy Davis), and Aunt Zelda (Miranda Otto) make appearances, this is going to be a totally different series than the one Melissa Joan Hart starred in years ago.

13. The Shining

The Shining
The Shining

A writer’s decision to spend the Winter at a deserted hotel with his wife and son majorly backfires when it becomes clear that they’re definitely not alone in the grand building — but they’re not accompanied by the living, either.

Enjoy the feature and beware!

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Spook Central: L.A.’s Fall shops

David S. Pumpkins-SNL

Cob Webs, Pumpkins, and Tombstones…Oh my! Whether you get your October inspo from Better Home & Gardens, Martha Stewart or Pinterest, we’re here to guide you through L.A.’s best Fall Shops. From spooky to simple, there is no shortage of places to pick-up the perfect Hallow’s eve decor.

David S. Pumpkins-SNL
David S. Pumpkins-SNL

While you want find an appearance from David S. Pumpkins(some halloween SNL humor) in any of these patches, you will find the perfect jack-o-lantern and tons of fun! Our pick of L.A.’s best Pumpkin Patches is listed below.

Tapia Brothers Farm
Tapia Brothers Farm

Tapia Brothers Farm

Van Nuys

Get lost. No really, get lost in Tapia Brothers Farm’s epic corn maze (an entire lot across from the patch itself) with a much-needed map and a sheet full of trivia questions. Scavenge through the maze for the answers and once you’ve found them all, submit your name in a drawing for a chance to win a cash prize—an early treat for your navigation efforts. The festive pumpkin patch also offers—you guessed it—pumpkins galore, as well as a fresh farmers’ market (with addicting kettle corn), a mouth-watering roasted corn stand, kids play area, bounce houses, hay wagon ride, and tractor-pulled train. Be sure to check it out on the weekends so you have all the activities at your disposal.

Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat, Sun 9am-TBD (longer weekend hours). Oct 5-31.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

Culver City

When it comes to celebrity sightings, you probably wouldn’t think of visiting the local pumpkin patch. But at longtime favorite Mr. Bones, Hollywood stars and their offspring can’t stay away from the Halloween fun. This family-owned, Los Angeles mainstay would pop up every year in Beverly Hills before recently moving to its new location in Century City. You can expect the beloved Pumpkin Village featuring festive activities like bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, live entertainment and food trucks to fuel your pumpkin picking.

Mon-Thu, Sun 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-9pm; Oct 5-30

 

Pumpkin Patches-L.A.
Forneris Farms-L.A.

Forneris Farms

San Fernando Valley

Forneris Farms is back again with a four-acre cornfield maze, weekend pony rides, live entertainment and, of course, an impressive selection of pumpkins. Tractor rides will take pumpkin patch goers on a narrated tour through the cornfields and around the farm. Kids can enjoy their own harvest haven by running through a hay bale mini maze, climbing the hay pyramid and getting wild in the giant pumpkin jumper (always a good outlet for the inevitable sugar rush). If you’re not stopping by the petting zoo, playing harvest-themed games for prizes or leading the quest for that perfect pumpkin, take advantage of the refreshments and solid people watching opportunities. Pony rides, the petting zoo and face painting are weekends only. Everything is cash only, but there is an ATM on site.

Daily 9am-6pm; Oct 6—Oct 31.

Rodeo Realty Pumpkin Patch
Rodeo Realty Pumpkin Patch

Rodeo Realty Pumpkin Patch

Pacific Palisades

If you happen to be seaside, join our Pacific Palisades Office for our annual Pumpkin Patch. We will be giving out one free pumpkin for every postcard brought in as well as dishing out eats from everyones favorite burger joint- In-N-Out! Throw on your favorite fall gear and don’t miss out on all the fun!

Saturday Oct. 13th, 2018 12-3pm—839 Via De La Paz, Pacific Palisades

Maybe you have a sweet tooth, or maybe you want to be the house on the block with the best candy around comes hallows eve. No matter your mission, we’ve narrowed down the best candy shops in L.A. to stock up with before the holiday hits. So ditch your jumbo bag of lollipops. These sweetshops are the real-deal!

Brainiac Maniac-Sugarfina Candy Boutique
Brainiac Maniac-Sugarfina Candy Boutique

Sugarfina

Beverly Hills
Sugarfina, a modern-day Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory-esque candy boutique, opened its first storefront in Beverly Hills. Now spreading across L.A., adults and children alike delight in more than 140 candies from around the world, sold around the city—some for the first time ever. You won’t find any oompa loompas here, but you can indulge in the signature turquoise (think: Tiffany & Co. of candy) bento box for $26 to $195, or partake in a gourmet candy sampling at their tasting bar. Exotic candies abound, and include chocolate-covered almonds and chocolate-covered bacon pretzels; chili ginger hearts afire gummies; and matcha green tea caramels.
Sockerbit
Sockerbit

Sockerbit

West Third Street
Inspired by Scandanavia’s candy-crazy culture, Sockerbit is the place to go when looking for sweets that attract the mouth and eyes. The shop’s name, which translates to “sugar cube,” is the namesake for one of their headliners: a white cubed marshmallow. From imported—mostly Swedish—candies to domestic, choices vary and include banana chips covered in Swedish chocolate, and sour gummies with a creamy peach interior. If you’re of the rare black-licorice-loving types, try the coconut-covered or rasberry-filled variety, all sold by the pound.
Lolli and Pops
Lolli and Pops

Lolli and Pops

Glendale
Part old-fashioned candy shop, part new-age treats, this confectionary mecca has everything for every craving, and two locations: Glendale and Sherman Oaks. In the Glendale flagship, you’ll find the shop split into different sections: There’s a gummy and hard candy room dedicated to those with a persistent jaw, a chocolate room, and an international cove featuring imported candy. When you’re done browsing the other candy-centric areas, check out the soda fountain and relax with a shake or hand-mixed soda made to order.
Little Flower Candy Co.
Little Flower Candy Co.
Find handmade marshmallows and sea salt caramels at this sweet, homey café, whose neat blue-and-white striped exterior is slightly reminiscent of a candy wrapper. Bonus? Save the sugary treats for dessert and show up for the wholesome lunch menu of sandwiches, salads, quiche and the ever-popular dal bowl—almost as good as the homemade confections you’ll treat yourself to afterward. We said almost.

Saving the most crucial for last give your neighbors major FOMO this fall! Whether you prefer to keep your interior and exterior on the Martha Stewart side, or seek to have the best home haunt around–we’ve got you covered. Read below for our picks of the best shops to stock up on Ghoulish decor!!

Rogers Gardens-Halloween 2018
Rogers Gardens-Halloween 2018
Rogers Gardens
2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd.
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Wander the corridors of a most magical school where witches and wizards learn their craft.  Prospective students are invited to tour the castle.  Explore the Headmaster’s Study, a room filled with curiosities and antiquities. Discover where novice witches and wizards study in the Potions classroom, be sure not to tamper with their mysterious experiments.  Who knows what mythical creatures are lurking in the cabinets.  Students wishing to learn about the magical properties of plants can visit the Greenhouse Conservatory where rare and unusual specimens are cultivated.

Each of the many rooms in this castle is filled with enchanted objects and décor to fill your home with the spirit of Halloween. Visit Roger’s Gardens this Halloween season and surround yourself in a world of magic.

Dapper Cadaver
Dapper Cadaver
Dapper Cadaver
7572 San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 91352
(818) 771-0818
www.dappercadaver.comDapper Cadaver, known as the prop house master for film, television, stage and music video set decorators and Halloween party planners, works with the likes of Queen Mary Dark Harbor, Six Flags Fright Fest, Universal Halloween Horror Nights, the Playboy Mansion Halloween party and provided props for the White House Halloween party in 2010. Halloween shoppers will be overwhelmed with candelabras, insane asylum propping (death chair, straight jacket and restraint bed), evil scarecrows, life-size zombies, human skull replicas, hanging ghosts and demons and horrifying animal skeletons. If you have the budget, a trip to Dapper Cadaver will provide all you need.
Halloweentown Store
Halloween Town Store

Halloween Town
2921 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 848-3644
www.halloweentownstore.com

What started as a temporary store around Halloween, Halloween Town is now open throughout the year. This warehouse has something fun for every room in your home. Decorate by changing out your dishes with Halloween Town’s selection of ceramics featuring different parts of the anatomy. Spook your guests in the bathroom with a blood bath shower curtain and bloody handprint hand towels. Layer the Halloween experience with an array of fog machines, strobe lighting, disco balls and black lights. It doesn’t stop there – find costumes, wigs, invitations, paper good and spine-shivering music.

Aahs
Aahs

Aahs
1090 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 209-1280
www.aahs.com

Aahs is one of L.A.’s number one novelty gift and gag stores. The Halloween holiday takes over Aahs by mid-September. The buyers at this store think of everything for your party or front yard. It’s even a little bit scary wandering through the store and walking past gross life-size ghouls, bloody scalps, hands and fingers, motion sensor scream machines and spider webs. Hosts can choose from a wide selection of party invitations and party favors and choose from one of the hundreds of Halloween costumes, make-up and accessories from the spooky to the trendy.

Happy Haunting!

Out and About: Santa Monica Edition

Santa Monica
By: Samira Murphy

Every so often, at some point in your busy week, it happens–you get to play tourist for the day. Whether its hopping in the car for a scenic drive down the coast or popping into Fred Segal’s for an afternoon nosh, “me time” is so crucial. 

Once a week, we will cut the clutter and provide you with hidden gems in the city of stars and beyond. From Beverly Hills to the San Fernando Valley, take time to explore your neck of the woods!

 

There is nothing more quintessential california than a day spent seaside in Santa Monica. From the famous Pier to splurge Santa Monica Place, SaMo is more than a beachfront city. It’s a way of life. Aside from sounding like an Equinox ad, we wanted to send you off into the weekend with ways to spend your day between rush hour and happy hour.

Pacific Palisades Park-Santa Monica
Pacific Palisades Park-Santa Monica

For stunning Ocean views and classic imagery of LA’s coastline, Palisades Park is the perfect way to start your day with a brisk walk through the bluffs. Start at the Pacific Palisades Adjacent end, keeping between the stately concert sculpture at Wilshire and the colorful totem pole at San Vicente. No this isn’t a scavenger hunt, just your quick route to take in the scenes and skip the tourist march.

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

If your spending the day with your family or just feel like kicking back like your childhood days, the Santa Monica Pier is always a great choice! Filled with the classic fairground games of yesteryears along a few adrenaline inducing rides, whats not to love? The centre and focal point of Santa Monica Beach, is also home to a range of outdoor events. If you just so happen to feel intrigued, check out our events of the week for Oct.5-7th, featuring not one but two Santa Monica thrills taking place over the weekend.

Camera Obscura-Santa Monica
Camera Obscura-Santa Monica

Before departing away from the sand, make sure to step inside the iconic Camera Obscura! The perfect spot for peace, quite, and a uniquely peculiar view of the oceanfront. The historic optical contraption is the offbeat place to catch your breath and Instagram shot. Hidden inside an oceanfront senior recreation center, Camera Obscura is a great way to fill your time between sites.

Elephante
Elephante

Alright, so you’ve had your thrills and your fun. Your probably looking for the perfect afternoon pick me up before making your way to the shops. We’ve got that covered too!  For the perfect seaside brunch, head towards the coastline for your pick of perfect california cuisine. Between Ivy by the Shore, Del Frisco’s, and Elephante-you’ll be strategizing how you can tackle all three. No stress! From the cuisine to the ambience you can’t go wrong between the lot, they’re a food-lovers paradise along the sea.

Third Street Promenade
Third Street Promenade

Now that you’ve fueled up, theres no better way to end the day then with a little retail therapy. Depending on your style or actual shopping needs, SaMo is full of some of the Westside’s most charming boutiques and storefronts. Peruse along the Third Street Promenade for a mix of notable and trendy retailers. If your a weekday browser, Wednesdays feature the city’s famed Farmer’s Market! The four block pedestrianized stretch of cobblestone will gove you all the Small Town-Main Street feels.

Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica Place

Needing something more on the High-End? Santa Monica Place is located at the southern end of the Promenade.  The outdoor retail space features a revamped shopping center packed with upscale department stores and designer boutiques. From Barnerys of New York to Louis Vuitton, take in the open air and throw away your receipt.

1 Pico @ Shutters on the Beach
1 Pico @ Shutters on the Beach

So you’ve seen, you’ve sipped, you’ve shopped. The sun is setting and your wondering where you parked your car. Stay to catch the views of day slipping into night and skip the rush hour beat. Stop by 1 Pico for evening fare set in a cape cod style decor. The cuisine is as remarkable as the views at this oceanside spot in SaMo’s Shutters on the Beach.

Santa Monica
Santa Monica

Whether you tackled all our recommendations at once or spread it out through the week, there is no better way to experience L.A. then to venture out and try something new. Get outside your zip code, turn on the “Eagles” and call it a day well spent!