Of course, the big deal tonight will be Halloween trick or treating, and some of our local neighborhoods offer legendary venues. But for those who won’t be going door to door (and/or watching the World Series), we have heard about a couple of other fun local events this evening.
First, the City of Los Angeles is hosting a family-friendly Ghostbusters Halloween Gala from 4 to 8 p.m. this afternoon and evening at Pan Pacific Park Recreation Center. The event will include games, prizes, costume contests for kids from 0-100 (in four different categories) and more. (Also, if you’d like to enjoy other family-friendly events at more L.A. Rec and Parks facilities around the city, here’s a big list of other park celebrations, including one at Queen Anne Park just south of Olympic Blvd.)
And later, starting at 7 p.m. for the “big kids,” the Japan Foundation, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., will hold a free screening of the 1973 Japaneze Yakuza gangster movie, Battles without Honor and Humanity. In the film, ex-soldier Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) emerges from the teeming black markets of postwar Kure City and, after proving his ability with a gun, enters the professional world of the yakuza. When first released, not long after “The Godfather,” the film helped create a new craze for crime cinema in both Japan and the rest of the world, and spawned a legendary series that led to additional episodes, spin-offs, and countless imitations. (Note: the film does contain scenes of extreme violence and should not be viewed by young children. It will be shown in Japanese, with English subtitles.) No RSVPs required…but attendees are encouraged to wear their best Mafia costumes.