Archives for September 25, 2023

Descanso’s Carved & Enchanted To Return, Featuring New Routes & Enhancements

Get ready for a holiday season like no other as Descanso Gardens announces the long-awaited return of two beloved events—Carved and Enchanted Forest of Light!

Mark your calendars because from October 6 to 29, 2023, Carved will light up Descanso Gardens with a mesmerizing pumpkin wonderland featuring a new route, new locations and even more pumpkin fun! As you stroll through the captivating displays, you’ll be amazed by luminous jack-o’-lanterns, fallen tree sculptures and whimsical installations, including Tom&Lien Dekyvere’s glow-in-the-dark Rhizome installation in the Rose Garden Labyrinth and giant carved pumpkins under the Rose Pavilion. Don’t miss the expanded Día de los Muertos ofrenda altar, providing guests with a place to meditate and remember loved ones. The pumpkin house, hay maze, and fall food offerings will all be back to round out the fun, making Carved the perfect family-friendly adventure, bringing joy and wonder to visitors of all ages.

And the magic doesn’t end there! From November 19, 2023, to January 7, 2024, Descanso Gardens will transform into the breathtaking Enchanted Forest of Light, taking you on a captivating journey through stunning light displays set amidst the serene beauty of nature. This year, you can explore a new route through the Rose Garden, discovering exciting light displays that spark awe and wonder. Prepare to be amazed as the Rose Garden’s Labyrinth comes alive with HYBYCOZO’s 3-D geometric sculptures, and a glowing field of “meadow grass” sways amidst the rose bushes. Tom Fruin’s charming “stained glass” houses will create a village of their own on the Main Lawn, featuring new interactive lighting options. Plus, you can immerse yourself in a new hanging light installation under the oaks which evokes an ethereal ambiance that will leave you spellbound.

Ticket Information:

Tickets for both events will be available for purchase on the Descanso Gardens website, Mark your calendars:

  • Descanso Gardens members will have exclusive access to tickets starting August 23 at 10 am.
  • General admission sales open on September 6 at 10 am.

Ticket prices are as follows:


  • Members: $30-$40
  • Non-members: $35-$45

Children 2-12:

  • Members: $20-$25
  • Non-members: $25-$30

Children under 2 are admitted free of charge.

For more information about Descanso Gardens and to purchase tickets, please visit

The Vampire Circus Brings Halloween-Themed Cirque to The Montalban

For the first time in Los Angeles, step into The Vampire Circus, a mesmerizing theatrical experience that fuses artistry, theater and twisted acrobatics.

Immerse Yourself in a Mysterious Fantasy

As the moon comes out, the magical mystique of the Vampire World begins, with a 19th Century Count Dracula plotting world domination. An extraordinary mix of dark circus and storytelling, see breathtaking acrobatics and captivating characters on an adrenaline-filled 90-minute journey designed to enchant the whole family.

Astonishing Acrobatics, Unforgettable Thrills

From Cirque Factory and multi-award winning executive producer Francisco Santos, witness feats performed by international artists with multidisciplinary skills in theater, dance, and gymnastics, many of whom have trained with Cirque du Soleil.

General Info

Dates: Sept. 29 (sold out) and 30; Oct. 1, 28, 29, 30, 31 (multiple showings)

Time: Check calendar for available showtimes

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: The Montalbán Theater, 1615 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028

Tickets: Start at $44, visit

Age: Created to be spooky but not too scary – all ages are welcome!

Credit: Vampire Circus.