LA LIFE: Monrovia, Halloween Highlights, Plant Sale, Halloween Treats

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Happy Halloween and a big BOO to you Tomatoes!!! Boy has it been HOT this week gals, so planting may not be on your mind but you don’t want to miss this Native Plant Sale at Theodore Payne Foundation because it will cool down. Fingers crossed. There are a plethora of Halloween events coming up in LA but I have a few of my fave suggestions. And love is in the air Tomatoes because I fell in love with…drum roll… “Old Town Monrovia”. It is so adorbs ladies and makes for a wonderful outing. Yep, my heart went pitter pat for Old Town Monrovia.

Adorbs Monrovia

LA LIFE: Monrovia, Halloween Highlights, Plant Sale, Halloween TreatsOMG is Old Town Monrovia so cute Tomatoes. I’m so glad I met a friend there recently.  I loved the charming and historic classic American small town feel with tree lined streets and a beautiful mountainous area rising above it to boot. Old Town Monrovia a great place to hang, shop, dine and stroll Tomatoes. Did I peak your interest? Well, Tomatoes can learn all about Historic Monrovia during a two-hour walking tour with MOHPG.

The cost is only $5 per person.  Meet at the southeast corner of Palm and Myrtle Avenues on Saturday, November 4, at 10 am. Most of the cute shops and restaurants are small businesses with their own distinct personality. It’s only 20 minutes from DTLA and parking is FREE everywhere.  Wow! That’s a big plus Tomatoes.  Monrovia is one of the oldest communities in the LA area–the fourth established city in the county after Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Pasadena. I also highly recommend you stroll through the surrounding neighborhood to see the amazing well-preserved historic Craftsman Homes and California Bungalows among other historic architecture styles. All within walking distance of Old Town. And for those close to Monrovia, Old Town is having a “Halloween Bash” starting at 3pm October 31 that you might want to check out.

Halloween Highlights

LA LIFE: Monrovia, Halloween Highlights, Plant Sale, Halloween TreatsAll around town there is no lack of Halloween events but I think the 14th Annual Halloween and Mourning tours at the Heritage Square Museum looks super cool with something unique. On these tours Tomatoes will learn all about death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian era, the movement of Spiritualism, and how other cultures celebrate and remember their loved ones. And believe it or not, it’s family friendly tomatoes and that’s not all for cool Halloween events in LA.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood “Horror Made Here” transforms the WB backlot into a fun festival of frights, with the encore of “The IT Experience: Neibolt House Hollywood”. “Boo at the Zoo” is especially kid and adult friendly with haunting good fun, the “Harvest Days and Nights” in Marina Del Rey is kid oriented by day and spooky at night with the only haunted pirate ships in LA and a “Haunted Hay Ride” in Griffith Park sounds cool if you really like hay and scary stuff . And if those don’t tickle your scary bone then maybe “Phantom of the Opera” with the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall might be more to your liking on the Halloween day (Oct 31) tomatoes

October 27 & 28. Fall Plant Sale

LA LIFE: Monrovia, Halloween Highlights, Plant Sale, Halloween Treats

The native plant “Asclepia Fascicularis” or Indian Milkweed is just one of the beautiful natives that will be available and on sale at The Theodore Payne Foundation Plant Sale. TPF is has the region’s largest and most interesting selection of easy to grow native California flora with a wide array of succulents too. Manzanitas, sages and other fabulous natives are predominately grown onsite by TPF’s propagation crew. It’s their specialty gals, so you might want to get a jump on planting season with plant discounts.

They also offer a wonderful selection of native seeds and bulbs. And don’t forget that the Theodore Payne Foundation made our nonprofit resource guide. So, what you purchase there is tax-deductible and of course helps the organization to thrive and grow. Members (and if you aren’t you can join at the door) get a 15% discount and non-members get 10%.  And when you are browsing and purchasing be sure to get the expert advice of the TPF staff and volunteers.  They know their stuff about native plants and succulent ladies. Drought tolerant native gardens in SoCal rock Tomatoes!


  • The Three Tomatoes LA Life editor, Debbie Zipp is your friendly guide to the best of everything in LA with a tomato style perspective. Debbie is an actor, producer, and writer. She is best known for her recurring role as Donna on the CBS series "Murder She Wrote" starring Angela Lansbury. She has had many other TV and stage roles and has starred in over 300 national TV commercials. As head of In The Trenches Productions, Debbie produced, directed, acted in many short films for her company. Her book, The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known was recently published. Buy her book: The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known

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