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Santa Monica Prepares for Halloween

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October 5, 2015 -- You don't have to wait until Halloween to be spooked in Santa Monica. An outdoor movie, a musical and a storytelling night will all be held Downtown this month before the ghosts and goblins come out on October 31.

On Halloween even, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) will hold a free outdoor screening of  Adam Sandler's “Hotel Transylvania” on the Third Street Promenade when its Cinema on the Street series returns.

“The Promenade is the perfect venue to bring blankets and chairs, snuggle up and catch this animated-comedy Halloween flick,” Downtown officials said. “Welcoming little kids, big kids and the bigger kids they call parents, everyone is invited for a friendly scare under the stars.”

In the 2012 film, Count Dracula, proprieter of Hotel Transylvania, which caters to the world's monsters, is holding a party to celebrate his daughter's birthday when a 21-year-old traveler named Jonathan unexpectedly appears at the door. The count must protect his daughter from falling in love with the stranger whose presence must be kept a secret from the other guests.

The “family-friendly” night also features pumpkin painting and crafts (pumpkins provided), sweets and treats and DTSM Ambassadors in Halloween costumes, Downtownn officials said. Those in attendance are also encouraged to dress up in costume.

Preparations for Halloween begin in the Downtown October 10, when the Santa Monica Playhouse stages its initial performance of the musical “Absolutely Halloween.”

This “heartwarming musical tale” tells the story of  Candy, “a sweet young girl who learns some surprising lessons about life, love, laughter and sugar, from a delightful array of colorful characters who take her on a magical All Hallows’ Eve adventure,” according to the theater's website.

The musical “enlists the audience’s aid to help save Halloween for one more year.”

Performances will be held every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. through October 31. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12.50 for children 12 and under.

For adults who want a dose of fright before Halloween, the Promenade Playhouse will present “Spooked” on Sunday, October 18 at 7 p.m. as part of the theater's monthly SHINE storytellers series. Tickets are $10.

"Spooked" will be Hosted by Deana Barone, a storyteller, actress, writer and director, and features storytellers who will “share true tales of their greatest fears, phobias and freaky encounters.”

Storytellers for SHINE are chosen from some of the nation’s top award-winning storytellers, writers, and performers,” organizers said. “The event is known for its relaxed community atmosphere, live music, and powerful, entertaining stories.”

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