Your Guide To The Guides: Halloween

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Feeling witchy (Photo by R.E. ~ via the LAist Featured Photos pool)

Because Halloween falls on a school night again this year, we get to spend the whole weekend and the early part of next week partying. If you haven't made plans already, we're here to help you with a guide to all of the Halloween guides.

We already have quite a few Halloween events on our site. We have a guide to plenty of creepy events and a few parties plus a guide to hauntless Halloween events (so you don't have to sleep with the lights on). And we haven't forgotten about Dia De Los Muertos.

FREAK OUT

We're going to start with a couple of round-ups that give you an overview of what to do for this spooky holiday. Where LA also gives you a good run-down of some of the best events going on around town. LA Tourist has a list that breaks things down by neighborhood. If you need help narrowing things down, LA Weekly has a list of the "Best Things To Do."

If you want to be creeped out, TimeOut Los Angeles has the best haunted houses and the best haunted spots. Creepy LA actually has reviews of haunted houses and other round-ups of events, for both Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos. MyDailyFind.com has a round-up of events and haunts for Valley residents.

PARTY DOWN

If you want to celebrate Halloween as only adults can, you've found the right place. TimeOut Los Angeles claims to have found the best parties. Ravers can check out LA Weekly's guide. Metrowize has a long, music-centric list of parties, including concerts going on over the next few days. If you're looking for a more comprehensive list, there are plenty of those. And if you still haven't found an event to your liking, HalloweenParties.com or BeforeLastCall.com probably have what you're looking for.

HOW TO DRESS

It's not too late to pick out a costume! We've got a guide if you need help picking a costume shop. So does TimeOut Los Angeles. We have the perfect event for owners who like torturing their pets with hilarious costumes.

FOOD

We've got a gallery of Halloween-themed treats around town, too. The Los Angeles Times has a great round-up of food-centric events around town. TimeOut Los Angeles knows where to find your favorite candy around town to hand out to trick-or-treaters (or you know, keep for yourself). LA Weekly has 10 restaurants and bars that might be haunted. If you prefer to DIY, here are 13 kid-friendly Halloween recipes from the Times.

And just a reminder, if you're imbibing: don't drink and drive. Otherwise, you might get stopped at one of these checkpoints or by one of the many patrol cars that will be on the lookout for drunk drivers. (We're guessing DUI Checkpoints on Twitter will also have timely updates about local checkpoints.)

Michaia Hernandez contributed to this post.