By Denise Ortuno

BB’s 33nd Annual Halloween Bash

It’s that special creepy time of year when thoughts of witches, vampires and ghosts fill the imagination and ghouls come out to play. And if you live in the Coachella Valley, it’s also when the most anticipated party of the year takes place, BB Ingle’s Annual Halloween Bash!

BB’s parties are legendary, and have been entertaining desert party goers for decades. His Halloween parties in particular are enormously popular, giving attendees the chance to shed their everyday persona and dress up as whatever they want to for a night of decadent freaky fun. His parties are epic, and bring people from not only the desert area, but all over southern California to attend. Last year’s event, held at the Hard Rock hotel was enormous, bringing out well over 3,000 people to play. The costumes ranged from the demur, to over the top, with even a full-fledged Genie cruising around on his very own magic carpet willing to take pictures with anyone that would ask. You can probably find just about any costume at BB’s party; it is a coveted event that people look forward to, an event that stimulates all the senses.


BB must have been born to bring people together, starting his career as a leader in social gatherings back in the 80’s when he and a few others founded BB O’Briens. The night spot was a constant in desert nightlife, and after its closure, BB began throwing special holiday/event parties earning him the Master of Events and Godfather of parties title that he has today. BB is also the 4 time winner of the CV Music Awards “Promoter of the Year” and was chosen as one of the CV Weekly’s twelve most Interesting and Influential Men in the Coachella Valley of 2016.

This year BB’s 33nd Annual Halloween bash, will take place on Saturday night, October 28th and will be held again at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Palm Springs. The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs boasts all of the flash and glamour affiliated with the famous chain. Amenities at the venue include swanky lounges (lobby & poolside), incredible dining, spa services and hip luxury accommodations all dripping with the cool vibe that is part of the Hard Rock brand.

 The Hard Rock Hotel, which started back in 1971, sets its goals on bringing people together to party up a storm, it’s a shared goal that BB has been an advocate of all along, “I’m excited to have my big bash at the Hard Rock again this year!” said BB. The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs and BB’s 33nd Annual Halloween Bash is a perfect match!

The mega party, which is being produced by Ray Phillips and RSP Productions, will be spread out around the hotel, incorporating the elaborate underground ballroom, and poolside area. Three floors and seven stages of entertainment include heart pumping music from DJ’s: Ray Phillips, Anwaar, Aaron C, C3ASARE, DJ LF, DJ Journee, The Deep Ones, Tommy O’Connor, Paparazzi, plus others. The party will also feature the classic rock band Dude Jones, reggae band Irie Junctions, and a special performance by new singing sensation Kate London. There will also be a Latin room with band Elab Banda featuring Adrian Crush and his Michael Jackson tribute. For those of you who like to entertain, “Spookyokee” with T-Bone. Food will be available through hotel outlets and there will be plenty of bars to accommodate thirsty hell raisers.

The party goes from 8:30 to 2am and guests must be 21 or older to enter. Tickets are priced at $25 per person in advance for general admission online at Tickets are also available at: Vibes Boutique, Skitzo Kitty, Sensuality, and PSA Organica.

For tickets visit or call 760-880-1059.

Empire Music Ventures & Desert DJ Entertainment Presents TERRORFEST 2017

Saturday, Oct. 28th at Empire Polo Club

If you dare to venture along the haunted path to TERRORFEST you will have an experience that you will never forget.  Ghoulish DJs will be spinning a wicked mix of sounds that will summon demons from the farthest reaches of the Coachella Valley to a haunted night at the Empire Polo Club.  Get Lyft or Uber to escort you into a hellfire of rhythm and dance.  

Horror flicks will light your way as you move from one music chamber to another.  If you are brave enough to walk through the “Path of Terror,” you will encounter the lost souls who haunt the polo grounds. If you make it through, you can join the other guests as they gather around the dimly lit Brew House sipping craft brew and mysterious concoctions.  Live music will haunt the night as 18 DJs spin a web of sin and delight. Six live bands will rock on throughout the night.  

The 6th Annual TERRORFEST has become one of the most popular Halloween events in the Coachella Valley. TERRORFEST is held at the Empire Polo Club where several of its venues are combined to create one of the most unique and haunting experiences. TERRORFEST seamlessly flows through The Date Shed, the polo stables and into the Tack Room Tavern. 

The “Path of Terror” is a dark and spooky path where you will encounter lost souls from Halloweens past.  Multiple music chambers throughout the venue will feature an array of DJs and live music, including METALACHI, ONE SHOT THRILL, THR3 STRYKES, DROP MOB, EEVAAN TRE and DELGADO BAND.  Each chamber will have its own unique vibe. 

Halloween-inspired craft cocktails, a large selection of craft brew will be available on tap and fully stocked bars at every turn.  For the hungry goblins and ghouls in the crowd, a small fleet of food trucks will be onsite during the event.  

Owner of Empire Music Ventures, Alex Haagen IV, says that this year will be the biggest yet. “We’re going to elaborate on the path of horror and there will definitely be some surprises. We’re going to try to scare people a little bit more this year. We’ll have some actors dressed up. We want it to be creepy cool where people go ‘wow! That was a really fun night.’ There are things we can do out here that you can’t do at an inside venue. We can have real graves in the dirt and things hanging from trees. We will also have more special effects. We’ve also added another stage, bringing in Metalachi to have a bigger headliner. We want this to grow into a massive Halloween concert event.”

If you dare … TERRORFEST 2017 at the Empire Polo Club

Saturday, October 28th Doors Open at 8PM

Location: Empire Polo Club at 81-900 Ave. 51 Indio, CA  92201 (Entrance on Monroe St.).

Tickets:  Ages 18 and over: $20 Presale, $25 Day of show

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Buy online at or in person at the Date Shed Box office: Oct. 23rd– 26th, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Howl-O-Ween Set for October 29 & 31

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens’ most spooktacular weekend of the year is back with the wildly popular H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation’s Howl-O-Ween. This not-so-spooky zoo, family adventure is set for Sunday, October 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, October 31, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes and enjoy the exciting activities planned. Howl-O-Ween attendees under 12 are encouraged to bring a reusable bag to hit the trick-or-treat trail with a large variety of treat stations.

Returning this year, Howl-O-Ween visitor ghosts, goblins, princesses and super-heroes can visit the park’s African animals– stick your neck out with the giraffe, trick or treat with the cheetahs and zebras, say boo to the warthogs, and wander through Village WaTuTu.

Additional activities include pumpkin bowling, arts and crafts, face painting, a monster maze, live entertainment, games and more. The Living Desert’s zoo mascots will also be making appearances throughout the events.

The Howl-O-Ween daytime event on Sunday, October 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is free to members and with paid park admission to the zoo. Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is free to members and $10 for non-members. Howl-O-Ween at The Living Desert is generously presented by The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation.

The Living Desert is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (760) 346-5694 or visit

2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular for Special Needs Families

Hosted by the Coachella Valley Autism Society and Easy Speech Therapy Center

The Coachella Valley Autism Society of America (CVASA) and Easy Speech Therapy Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular on October 28th, 1:00 – 5:00pm, at 41555 Cook Street, Palm Desert, CA 92211. The 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular brings the special needs community together for a sensory sensitive Halloween experience in the desert. Families will enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with inflatable rides, carnival games, face painting, balloon twisting, music, food, raffles, resource fair, costume contest, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, and much more!

Admission to the event is FREE (additional charges may apply for some activities). Families can RSVP online at or just show on the day of the event.

Halloween can be a particular challenging time for families affected by Autism and other disabilities. Sensory and social issues (lighting, sounds, costumes, and suitable social cues) can hinder families from participating in and enjoying in regular Halloween community activities and events. The CVASA/Easy Speech Halloween Spooktacular is a fun, safe, and welcoming environment for families who have children with special needs. Please see attached photos from our 1st Annual Halloween Spooktacular.

The Coachella Valley Autism Society of America is a nonprofit organization that has been providing support for families of individuals with autism throughout the Coachella Valley since 1998. The mission of CVASA is to provide access and opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and the community through social activities, advocacy and education.

Easy Speech Therapy Center in Palm Desert helps clients of all ages and life stages to improve their communication, sensory integration, and learning potential. Easy Speech specializes in the following therapies: speech therapy, occupational therapy, and diagnostic psychological testing; a critical tool in providing an early diagnosis for autism. Easy Speech clients cultivate a greater sense of belonging and confidence that comes from a heightened ability to express their needs.

About 1 percent of the world’s population has autism spectrum disorder. In fact, autism affects 1 out of 68 children and is the fastest-growing developmental disability. To learn more about our organization and the services and programs we provide for Coachella Valley residents with children and adults on the autism spectrum please visit our website at

For more information about the Coachella Valley Autism Society’s programs and services please contact Juanita Hernandez, Affiliate Administrator, at 760-772-1000.