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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Have An Arty Halloween

Musician Danny Elfman (left) and director Tim Burton celebrate their may year...

Above: Musician Danny Elfman (left) and director Tim Burton celebrate their may years of collaboration.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Have An Arty Halloween


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar


If you'd like to celebrate Halloween without a pumpkin patch or haunted house in sight, here are some options.

Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Music, Film

The San Diego Symphony welcomes the music of Danny Elfman, one of today's most successful film composers (and for those of you who remember, the leader of Oingo Boingo).

Elfman's famous scores of Tim Burton's films will be brought to life on stage by the orchestra, with choral music performed by SACRA/PROFANA. The concert will be enhanced by visuals on the big screen of Burton's original film sketches, drawings and story boards. Highlights include "Beetlejuice," "Edward Scissorhands," "Batman," "Big Fish," "Corpse Bride" and more.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Jacobs Music Center at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown. $20 to $85; find tickets.

A poster for Oceanside Museum of Art's Art After Dark event.

Art After Dark: Beauties Beasts

Visual art

The Oceanside Museum of Art celebrates Halloween with a costume party inspired by its pop-up exhibition, "Beauties Beasts."

The night's theme explores a place where the glamorous and the grotesque can co-exist in harmony, and guests will experience this through artwork by Olivia De Berardinis and Jordu Schell.

The evening also features food trucks, cocktails, music and more.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. $25 to $60; find tickets.

A still from the silent film, "The Phantom of the Opera."

Spreckels Organ Halloween Silent Movie Night

Film, Music

Catch a screening of the silent film, "The Phantom of the Opera," featuring organ accompaniment by Christian Elliott at the Spreckels Organ Halloween Silent Movie Night.

Starting at dusk, there will be movie snacks for sale including popcorn, nachos, drinks, and other treats. The film, starring Lon Chaney, begins at dark.

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. Free; additional information.

A traditional Dia de los Muertos altar.

Amigos del Rep's Historias Tenebrosas


Amigos del REP is a series of free play readings by Latino artists put on by San Diego Repertory Theatre.

Historias Tenebrosas," which translates to spooky stories, is a show that highlights the similarities and differences between Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

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The theater will be transformed into a carnival funhouse hosted by Señor y Señora Muertos where you'll find a costume contest, face painting, fortune telling, music, a children’s corner, hot chocolate, pan dulce and lots and lots of candy.

There will also be old-fashioned storytelling featuring traditional characters like El Cucuy (the boogeyman) or La Llorona (the crier) and chilling local folklore by regional playwrights, as well as puppetry and bedtime stories for the kids.

Please feel free to bring something to add to the Altars de Muerto.

Details: 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown. Free; additional information.

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