You’d rather stare at a blank nursery wall than let it be overrun by fluffy ducks and bunnies. Curate a gallery to your taste with pieces from these So-Cal artists.
Dan Bob Thompson
The Cali native takes inspiration from old Disney cartoons and abstract expressionists to create whimsical scenes. Combining animation with traditional techniques like dry brushing and crow quill pens, his mixed-media prints ($15-$20) lend themselves to happy dreaming.
Chez Sucre Chez
Specializing in modern cross-stitch and embroidery, artist Kimberly Scola takes lettering styles and borders from sampler patterns of the 1800s and combines them with contemporary color schemes and quotes ($16-$98). Our fave: Follow your heart even if it takes you all the way to California.
Exploring themes of utopia and female empowerment, Oh uses animal and nature motifs to create delicate drawings, paintings, and cut-paper pieces ($30-$100). These mystical scenes are perfect for sparking imaginations.
Halloween Town Fall Festival
What: Stroll the haunted grounds and enjoy the reptile zoo, photo booth, and Melissa Green Concert.
Why: Proceeds benefit Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, 2709 Media Center Dr., at N. San Fernando Rd. (323-539-2810). Admission is free.
Healthy Halloween Dental Checkups
What: Before loading up on Snickers and Sour Patch Kids, ensure pearly whites are ship-shape with a free dental screening (first come, first served).
Why: Healthy goodie bags for the first 40 kids.
When: Fri., 10 a.m.-noon.
Where: Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, at Cushing (949-428-3900).
What: A temporary art installation/life-size game where players move forward based on the colors of passing cars.
Why: Anything with a “motorcycle wild card” is a surefire kid-pleaser.
Where: On the sidewalk near The Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Blvd., at W. Washington Blvd.
Photos: Dan Bob Thompson; Chez Sucre Chez; Saelee Oh