You never know what scary thing will pop out at you in a haunted house, from a howling werewolf to a part-time actor. Get spooked with this GrouponLive deal to Theatricum BOO-tanicum at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. For $20, you get two adult tickets on Friday, October 26, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. (a $40 value). Kids ages 5–12 get in for $5, teen (13–18) admission is $15, and children younger than 5 get in for free.
Just before Halloween, Theatricum BOO-tanicum stocks its wooded grounds in the heart of Topanga Canyon with ghosties friendly to all ages. Throughout the afternoon and evening, spooky guides weave stories about things that go bump or hiss in the night while teaching the basics of carving pumpkins and how to avoid accidentally granting them consciousness. Costumed thespians, many of whom can be seen on stage in less ghastly roles during the Theatricum Botanicum's regular season, staff a haunted house and game booths, and live musicians, including children's melody-maker Peter Alsop and singer-songwriter Melora Marshall perform. Actors William Dennis Hunt, Ellen Geer, Earnestine Phillips, and Carolyn Wright cant ghost stories while Theatricum’s improv comedy troupe, "Off the Grid," amuses audiences. Creative Playground also performs a Halloween stories theatre piece to incite ghoulish thrills. Guests can attempt to outscare the pros at a costume contest, and for an additional fee, they can help themselves to a portion of chicken and waffles from Bon Mélange Catering.
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Named for founder and actor Will Geer, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum beckons visitors to an open-air stage canopied by trees and sunshine. On this platform, actors perform Shakespeare plays, musicians hold folk concerts, and students practice their iambic pentameter by reciting it to squirrels.