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Fairies and witches, warlocks and wizards. Do not fear, Halloween is near.

The pumpkins are glowing and the candy is showing at all your favorite haunts, but just in case you're looking for new ghostly ground, here is where it can be found.


Knott's Scary Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., presents the 25th annual Halloween Haunt. Featured are eight haunted walk-through mazes, two ``scare zone'' areas, three haunted rides, more than 1,000 roaming monsters and seven live shows, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight and Oct. 25 and 26; and Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. Special guest is Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, who will host a dead rock legends show. Admission: $31.95 in advance and $36.95 on the day of attendance. Guests are NOT allowed to wear costumes. Tickets available at Robinsons-May, Blockbuster Music, Tower Records, Ritmo Latino or Ticketmaster. For more information, call (714) 220-5200.

Knott's Scary Farm also hosts Camp Spooky, a nonscary Halloween celebration for children ages 3 to 11 with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. Trick-or-treating, a costume contest, storytelling, a cupcake walk, a balloon race, the Ghoul Busters Band and Spooky Creatures Animal Show are part of the event. Event hours and days: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and Oct. 25 and 26. Admission: $35 for adults ($25 for Southern California residents); $25 for children, 3 to 11. For more information, call (714) 220-5200.


Skate the candy calories away at Pickwick Ice Center's Halloween party 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25. Clothes may not hang below the ankle to enter the costume contest and to skate. Location: 1001 Riverside Drive. For more information, call (818) 846-0035.


Halloween Day carnival sponsored by the city of Calabasas. The Oct. 31 carnival features 25-cent games, a cake walk, costume contest and other old-fashioned fun. Hours are 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Location: Grape Arbor Park, corner of Canwood Street and Parkville Road, off the Ventura Freeway (101). Free admission. For more information, call (818) 880-6461.


Topanga Plaza, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., features free carnival games and trick-or-treating from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. For more information, call (818) 594-8740.


Cha Cha Cha Encino restaurant is having a Halloween party at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 featuring live music, dancing and a costume contest. Reservations are suggested. Location: 17499 Ventura Blvd., between White Oak Avenue and Balboa Boulevard. For more information, call (818) 789-3600.

``The Spooky Sprint'' is a 5K and 10K run-walk on Oct. 25 at Woodley Park to benefit the Los Angeles Police Department's Mid-Valley Jeopardy program, which helps at-risk youth in the San Fernando Valley. Registration is $20. For more information, call (310) 828-4123.


Homeless purebred and domestic kittens and cats will be up for adoption 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Halloween Cat Show sponsored by American Cat Association Inc. The event also features cats, contests and vendors offering cat products. Please note: black cats will not be available for adoption. Location: The Granada Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd. Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children, $16 per family.


``Enchanted All Hallow's Eve Revel'' is a ghost-lover's dream come true, with a haunted house, seances, tarot card reading, children's concerts and ghost stories. You'll even meet Count Dracula. The event will be held 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 25, 30 and 31. There will be a special children's program at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 and 26. Tickets: $16.95 (tarot card readings are extra). Proceeds benefit Santa Monica BayKeeper. Location: American Legion Hall, 2035 Highland Ave. For more information, call (310) 390-3810.

The first annual ``Night Creatures Ball'' sponsored by All Hollows Eve Revel and the Fang Club runs from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Oct. 31. The ball features gothic and Darkwave music, undead go-go dancers, costume contests and more. Admission: $12. Location: American Legion Hall, 2035 Highland Ave. For more information call, (818) 848-7937.

``Hollywood and Halloween'' art exhibit explores Halloween through the artistic eye of Hollywood studios, animators, set and graphic designers and makeup and special-effects artists. The exhibit features photographs, original drawings and illustrations, masks, sculptures, models, costumes and videos tracing the history of Halloween in film and TV productions, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27. Admission: $8 for adults; children under 12 free. For more information, call (800) 331-5706.


``Turn the Beat Around,'' an AIDS Project Los Angeles and Asian American Alliance Against AIDS benefit, will be followed by a Halloween party, which includes music from the '70s and '80s, 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Location: El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd. Tickets: $100 VIP; $20 for advance general admission; $25 at the door. For more information, call (213) 553-1831.

Something terrifying is in the Griffith Park Observatory ... ``Fright Lights.'' The laser light show, now playing through Nov. 1, features hair-raising music in a planetarium with a reputation for being haunted. Show time is 8:45 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, call (818) 901-9405.

``Boo at the Zoo'' features trick-or-treating, mask making, tattoos, a dragon's lair and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 25 and 26. Admission: $8.25 for adults and $3.25 for children 2 to 12. Costumed visitors receive $1 off the ticket price. The Los Angeles Zoo is in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. For more information, call (213) 666-4090.

The Los Angeles Children's Museum, 310 N. Main St., offers various Halloween activities for children, including pumpkin decorating, storytelling, creating a Halloween storybook or video and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26. Admission: $5 adults and children. Costumed children receive 20 percent off admission.


Magnificent Moorpark Melodrama & Vaudeville Co. presents the comedy-musical spoof ``The Road to Transylvania,'' playing now through Nov. 16. The show is an original play based on Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's 1940 comedies in which they meet Dracula, Frankenstein and other monsters. Hours and days: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinee. Admission: $12 adults; $9.50 seniors and children; buy one ticket and get the other free on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Address: 45 E. High St. For more information, call (805) 529-1212 or (800) 597-1210.


Scary tales will be read 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 by storytellers at the Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 S. Ventu Park Road. Historian Richard Senate will be signing his books about local ghosts. Admission: $3 adults; $2 seniors; $1 children ages 5 and up. (805) 498-9441.


Take the Haunted Trail through the forest of William S. Hart Park 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, Oct. 25 and 26. The path involves uphill walking on a dirt trail and through dark woods. Please note: hikers need to wear close-toed shoes. Admission: $4. Address: 24151 San Fernando Road. For more information, call (805) 259-0855.


``Dracula,'' ``Frankenstein'' and ``The Raven'' are among the horror stories being read by the Road Theatre Company at the Eclectic Cafe, 5156 Lankershim Blvd., 9 p.m. to midnight Oct. 30. A donation of $5 is requested. Reservations

are not necessary. For more information, call (818) 760-2233.


The Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Ave., will have trick-or-treating for children from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Please note: Children are not allowed to wear masks in the shopping center. For more information, call (818) 701-7051.


The Foothill Area Community Police Department is sponsoring Open House Halloween from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25. The free event will feature a spooky haunted jail, L.A. County Fire Department trucks and fire fighters, S.W.A.T. members in full gear, horse mounted officers, a costume contest, a discussion about preparation for El Nino by the American Red Cross, children's fingerprinting and other fun-filled activities. Address: 12760 Osborne St. For more information, call (818) 756-8657.


The Panorama Mall, 8401 Van Nuys Blvd., will be passing out stickers and candy to trick-or-treaters from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. For more information, call (818) 891-6518.


Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., presents Hallelujah Harvest 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31. The event features carnival games, pony rides, a moon bounce, a hay ride and a disc jockey. Admission is free; $1 for 10 game tickets; $3 for dinner. For more information, call (818) 831-9333.


Kirk o' the Valley Tot Center, 19620 Vanowen St., invites parents to bring their costumed babies and toddlers to the Jason Olexiewicz Toddler Parade and Halloween Carnival, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 25. The event is geared for children 3 and under, with a puppet show, sing-along, face painting and ghost prints. Admission: $3 per family; proceeds benefit Cedars Sinai Epilepsy Foundation. For more information, call (818) 344-1242.


Hollywood House of Horrors haunted maze is filled with creepy characters and spooky rooms. It is just one of several activities scheduled at Pacific Park's second annual Halloween event, happening on the weekends now through Nov. 2 on the Santa Monica Pier. Hours and prices vary. For information, call (310) 260-8744.


NewHeart Foursquare Church, 4200 Township Ave., presents Harvest Festival '97, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Admission and most activities are free, including pony rides, a moon walk, games and face painting. For more information, call (805) 583-3433.


The Coffee Junction, 19221 Ventura Blvd., presents C.J.'s Halloween Bash hosted by Soul Dogs and featuring Spyder Blue, 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31. For more information, call (818) 342-3405.


Children 12 and under are invited to The Oaks mall, 222 W. Hillcrest Drive, for a Halloween costume contest on Oct. 25. Registration for the free event begins at 11 a.m., with the contest starting at noon. Every child receives a prize. To reach The Oaks, exit the Ventura Freeway (101) at Lynn Road. For more information, call (805) 495-2031.

All little ghosts and goblins are invited for trick-or-treating in The Oaks mall, where merchants will distribute free treats between 5 and 7 p.m. Oct. 31. For more information, call (805) 495-2031.


Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, presents Halloween Horror Nights, 6 p.m. to midnight Thursdays and Sundays; 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, running tonight, Oct. 25 and 26; Oct. 30-Nov.1. Featured at the fog-filled event are haunted mazes, shows, monsters, an alien autopsy, ``Psycho'' victims and more. Admission: $32. For tickets, call (818) 622-3801 or Ticketmaster.

Universal CityWalk's ``Scared Silly'' spooky children's festival features trick-or-treat bag making, cookie decorating and face painting. Special character appearances include Twinkles the Friendly Witch, Beetlejuice, Betty Boop and Woody Woodpecker. Festival hours and days: 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26; trick-or-treating from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Activities are free, but there is a $6 parking charge. Location: Lighthouse Beach at CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza. For more information, call (818) 622-4455.

Horror movie maniacs won't want to miss Universal City Cinemas' Night Frights Film Festival. The festival includes ``Bram Stoker's Dracula,'' ``Friday the 13th,'' ``The Lost Boys,'' ``The Crow,'' ``Scream,'' ``Beetlejuice'' and ``The Craft,'' beginning at 1 a.m. tonight and Oct. 25. Address: 100 Universal City Plaza. Tickets are $8. For more information, call (818) 622-4455.


Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest features a variety of Halloween activities for the whole family, including a children's costume parade, crafts, a creepy crawly pet show, a haunted mansion and live entertainment, today and Oct. 25, 26 and 31. Events especially for children are from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Park hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fright Fest entertainment times vary. For more information, call (805) 255-4849.


Los Angeles Valley College's Beta Delta Sigma is hosting a Halloween Family Fun Festival, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 31. The festival features games, rides and refreshments. Admission: $1 general; 50 cents seniors and students. Activity ticket prices available at the entrance. Address and location: Monarch Hall, Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave. For more information, call (818) 848-1431, Ext. 4.


LunaPark's fourth annual Halloween Ball boasts a variety of wicked fun, including dancers, singers, music, drag queens and the gothic rock group Flesh Is Fiction. The event begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Admission: $10. Location: LunaPark, 665 N. Robertson Blvd. For more information, call (310) 652-0611.

Grand finalists in weeklong area costume contests will be announced at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 31. Actress Kathy Kinney of ``The Drew Carey Show'' presides over the event, held along Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard. For more information, call (213) 848-6547.


Westside Pavilion hosts Halloween day festivities including trick-or-treating, a costume pageant, dancing, face painting and game booths, 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Address: 10800 W. Pico Blvd. For more information, call (310) 474-6255.


A pumpkin carving, mask making and licorice spider workshop is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at Los Angeles Pierce College Extension for children 5 to 9. Registration fee: $21.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25, children 6 to 12 can learn to apply make-up and accessories to create their Halloween disguise. Registration fee: $27. Address: 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. For more information, call (818) 719-6425.

Explore the true nature of ghosts, poltergeists and haunted mansions at a slide show and lecture, 7 to 10 p.m. today given by Los Angeles Pierce College Extension. ``Are Haunted Houses Real?'' covers locations such as Alcatraz, the Queen Mary and the home of Rudolph Valentino. Registration fee: $10. Address: 6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills. For more information, call (818) 719-6425.

A magic and puppet show are among the featured events at Calabash Street Elementary School's Halloween carnival, 23055 Eugene St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25. For more information, call (818) 224-4430.

The Promenade at Woodland Hills, 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., will have trick-or-treating 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31 for children 16 and under. At 5 p.m. in the center court area, there will be a costume contest.

For more information, call (818) 884-7090.


Health food trick-or-treating and a pumpkin carving contest for children will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at all Whole Foods Markets. For more information, call (818) 907-5975.

Neighborhood recreation centers in all areas feature haunted houses, costume contests, games and more sponsored by Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks Department. Most of the activities will be held Oct. 31, but check with your local park. Free admission. For more information, call (818) 756-8060, (213) 485-4807 or (310) 548-7675.

A new radio version of a 1919 movie, ``The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,'' premieres at 5 p.m. and midnight Oct. 31 on radio station KPCC-FM (89.3).

Southland Farmers' Markets feature a variety of Halloween activities from costume contests to pie contests. For more information, call (213) 244-9190.



Photo: The undead inhabit Knott's Scary Farm at its annual Halloween Haunt, through Nov. 1 in Buena Park.
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