Friday the 13th has long been considered a day to be feared and when it falls in October, the hype is taken to a whole other level.
This history of the “cursed” day is an interesting one. The origins of the unlucky nature of the number “13” comes from a Norse myth about 12 gods having a dinner party in Valhalla. The trickster god Loki, who was not invited, arrived as the 13th guest, and arranged for Höðr to shoot Balder with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. According to the legend. Balder died and the whole Earth got dark. This major event in Norse mythology caused the number 13 to be considered unlucky.
As far as Fridays getting involved, Friday the 13th has been associated with misfortune as early as the first half of the 19th century. A character in the 1834 French play Les Finesses des Gribouilles states, “I was born on a Friday, December 13th, 1813 from which come all of my misfortunes.”
An early documented reference in English occurs in H. S. Edwards’ biography of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, who died on Friday, Nov. 13, 1868.
“Rossini was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number,” he wrote. “It is remarkable that on Friday 13th of November he passed away.”
It is possible that the publication in 1907 of T. W. Lawson’s popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth, contributed to popularizing the superstition. In the novel, an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.
And, of course, the release of the 1980 slasher flick Friday the 13th really upped the day’s dark profile.
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(Fun facts: There can be no more than three Friday the 13ths in a single calendar year; and a month has a Friday the 13th only if it begins on a Sunday.
While some remain superstitious on the day, here at Loop, we just consider it another excuse to party. So on Oct. 13, grab your freakiest friends and get ready for a spine-chilling night out at out at one of LA’s killer Friday the 13th parties.
Dive into darkness on Friday the 13th in DTLA. Powered by a massive Funktion-One sound system, PÜRE‘S 13 party promises an unforgettable journey guided by MX, Nekter, Selective Response, Viktor Carillo and Ündertone leading you into the shadows on the main stage. A night of hypnotic, groovy, and industrial techno invites you to dance, surrender, and embrace the rhythm.
But that’s not all—venture outdoors to the vinyl-only stage, hosted by Melt Collective, where the finest house music LA has to offer awaits. Neeko, Zaalapa, Leo Maramentini and a special guest, Ika, traveling all the way from Tbilisi, will weave their sonic magic under the starlit sky.
And, of course, the event will feature an amazing lineup of vendors offering delicious food options, art installations, and more. Will you answer the call to this night of dual sonic enchantment? Get tickets HERE.
Where: 1617 S Hope St., Los Angeles
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Now this one we can sink our teeth into! DJs VNSSA and Mary Dropinz‘ will be slaying the decks at Academy LA‘s Vampire Party this Friday The 13th. Zof and Techno Tupac will also be spinnin’. Show starts at 10 p.m., get tickets HERE.
Where: Academy LA, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
Framed Events and Underware are throwing down their epic Friday, The 13th: The Rave event in downtown Los Angeles. The killer bash will feature one vibed stage, top-of-the-line sound and production, food and vendors. But this will not be your typical warehouse event. The hosts will be enhancing your experience with an all-out haunted theme.
Where: DTLA. (Exact address will be emailed to attendees at 6pm the day of the event and every hour after. RSVP HERE)
Get ready to unleash your creativity and dress up in your most terrifying costumes for a wild Friday the 13th costume party, part of the Fiel Fridays event series at Los Globos. Whether you’re a horror enthusiast or just looking for a thrilling night out, this is place to be! You’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals, all eager to celebrate this eerie date. Expect a lively atmosphere filled with DJs, dancing and a whole lot of scares.
Remember to come dressed to impress in your scariest attire. From classic horror movie characters to ghoulish creatures of the night, let your imagination run wild.
Where: Los Globos, 3040 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
Get ready to slash the dance floor. Pasadena’s hottest nightclub Club 54 Lounge is getting freaky for this week’s Fiesta Friday event. Experience the fun and fights in an immersive space which boasts three levels of music, food and fully stocked bars. VIP seating and bottle service are available. Free admission before 11 p.m..
Where: Club 54 Lounge, 4 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Beloved West Hollywood bar Surly Goat is preparing for a killer time with their Friday the 13th bash, starting at 8 p.m.. Along with a fully stocked bar (and mile-long beer list), the party will feature fun experiences including tooth gems by LA Tooth Gems, tarot readings by The Kult of Kaoz and astrology & fortune tellings by Eva Lunar Maven.
All of this followed by Skary Karaoke at 10 p.m. with host Dina Renée.
Where: Surly Goat, 7929 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Jess Ruby of Flamingo Hair Lounge and Jess Perlman of The Hollow have come together to bring you the ultimate Friday the 13th Pop Up Party, featuring guest hosts Devin Papadol and Donny Lloyd of LA based pop rock band, Honey Revenge.
In addition to beats by Sailor Beast, the party will also have freaky flash tattoos, tarot readings, witchy haircuts, medium readings, tantalizing tooth gems, phantom photo ops, gorge-ous fashion merch and booze and bites from The Corner Door. Get tickets HERE.
Where: The Hollow, 4046 Wasatch Ave., Los Angeles
Prepare to be both spooked and seduced as Dirty Little Secrets presents “Scared Shirtless,” the ultimate burlesque show to ignite your Friday the 13th.
Harvelles Long Beach will host a night of tantalizing and terrifying performances that will send shivers down your spine. The talented cast of bewitching burlesque artists will take the stage to unravel a night of thrilling acts, combining the art of tease with a hauntingly glamorous twist. Get ready to experience the perfect blend of chills, thrills, and scintillating entertainment that will leave you both scared shirtless and utterly enchanted. Get tickets HERE.
Where: Harvelle’s Long Beach, 201 East Broadway Long Beach
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