Whether you choose to go sexy, funny or scary, Halloween in Los Angeles is a chance to show the world another side of you and leave your inhibitions at the door.
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Since Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, there are no excuses for staying home and handing out treats. Luckily, Los Angeles offers events and attractions to suit every taste and budget, including singles mixers, all-night blowouts and gory haunted houses. If you’re overwhelmed by the number of options in the city, don’t panic. We’ve picked 13 of the very best, from tame to wild and free to big-ticket.
French Tuesdays’ Halloween X Party
Thursday, October 29, 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Riviera 31 at Sofitel Beverly Hills, 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90048
For a classy, sophisticated twist on Halloween, head to Riviera 31 at the Sofitel in Beverly Hills. The folks behind French Tuesdays, an international event planning crew that regularly hosts themed soirees throughout L.A., will be pulling out all the stops for their Halloween shindig, which includes an on-site Halloween makeup artist and costume contest.
Costumes are mandatory, and tickets ($22 to $33 depending on the date of purchase) include passed hors-d’oeuvres and one free drink from the bar. Bottle service is also available and starts at $300. Keep in mind it’s a French Tuesdays member-only event, which means an existing member must invite you to join, or bring you as their date. Once you become a member, you’ll get invites year-round to poolside parties, wine tastings and more. Sign up and purchase tickets here.
Saturday, October 31, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Got your heart set on flirting and possibly landing a new love interest this Halloween? Matchmaking company Three Day Rule and social networking group EOW are teaming up with the Viceroy Hotel to throw a massive Santa Monica bash they claim will draw the highest number of singles on Halloween night.
Hosts will be transforming the swanky Viceroy into a haunted hotel and handing out sweet prizes in their costume contest, including designer jeans, a one-hour in-home massage, a roundtrip ticket to Vegas with the eco-friendly driver service Tesloop and $250 cash. Tickets ($40, or $50 for one of the last 20 tickets available) are selling out quickly, so snag them ASAP on Eventbrite.
Wendall Baker’s Halloween Extravaganza
Saturday, October 31, 8 p.m.
19523 Strathern St., Reseda, CA 91335
For a Polynesian-themed house party crossed with a Universal Studio’s tour, take the drive out to Reseda for Wendell Baker’s Halloween Extravaganza. The hosts, who are Halloween fanatics, have invested a ton of money over the years in movie quality sets to deck out their Reseda venue with a 4,000-square-foot interactive haunted house and 17,000-square-foot pirates island “village,” complete with a tiki bar, voodoo canopy and enchanted forest.
The exotic event includes an open bar, appetizers from 8-9 p.m., live music from the band Above Ground and DJ Waterbury, a costume contest and crystal ball fortune teller (readings start at $10). This is a mostly outdoor event. Heaters will be available if needed. Admission requires a $25 cash cover at the door. You must be at least 21 years old to attend and the host describes it as a “mature” adult setting. Well, about as mature as you can be gallivanting about in your Halloween costume, sipping cocktails, dancing, flirting and getting the bejezzus scared out of you.
Halloween Prom: A Night to Dismember
Saturday, October 31, 9 p.m.
St. Felix and the Powder Room Lounge, 1602 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Here’s another option for local singles who are ready to mingle: The Halloween Prom in Hollywood, which will feature a full dance floor, a DJ, performers, a prom photo booth, drink specials and a special crowning of the night’s prom king and queen. The event is produced by Nasstive Entertainment which hosts the weekly Hollywood Club Crawl and Club Crawl San Diego events, and offers private night life tours. Meetup’s Los Angeles Single Professionals & Friends is promoting the event to their group, so you can expect to find plenty of unattached party-goers, however couples and groups are also welcomed.
Tickets to the costume party cost $25 at and VIP packages are available as well on Eventbrite.
Alchemy & Masquerade Princely Ball
Historic Artisan Building
6737 Bright Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
For those of you living in the eastern hinterlands – in Whittier to be exact – there’s no need to plan an overnight in order to find fancy Halloween festivities. Fashion designer Sue Wong, one of our illustrious SingularCity members, is joining forces with Avant Garde Magazine to create an event they’ve christened the “Alchemy & Masquerade Princely Ball.”
Expect to see fairies, neo-Victorian and romantic goth-garbed revelers, along with fashionista aristocrats in what promises to conjure up images of Marie Antoinette meets Phantom of the Opera. Special celebrity guests include Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe and his royal family. Besides the amazing eye candy, entertainment includes dancing to a DJ and guest star performances – along with a fashion installation from Sue Wong. Tickets are $49, $75 and $99. Click here to purchase on Eventbrite.
Through November 1, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Thursdays) and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Fridays and Saturdays)
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90802
If you’re looking to enjoy a full-on, classic fright fest this Halloween, a night aboard the Queen Mary for its annual Dark Harbor event should do it. This year’s spectacle includes a Lullaby Maze starring an undead child, Scary Mary; an Ancient Egypt-themed paintball adventure; a circus freak side show; an absinthe bar and a creepy cast of monsters ready to scare the bejeezus out of you throughout the ship’s six haunted mazes.
The event runs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and tickets range from $24 to $39 nightly, depending on the date. VIP tickets ($109-$114) come with three drink tickets and allow guests to cut ahead of long attraction lines and access the “RIP Lounge.” Hotel packages and bottle service in private cabanas are also available. Costumes are allowed and welcomed on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, and Halloween night will feature a costume contest with cash prizes, plus a drag show hosted by Long Beach favorite Drag Queen Jewels. Get more details and purchase tickets here.
Cinespia’s Rocky Horror Picture Show
Saturday, October 31, doors at 5:15 p.m., show at 7 p.m.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038
We don’t know about you, but we don’t think it gets any more “Hollywood” on Halloween than watching a classic cult film outdoors while surrounded by the tombstones of dead celebrities. For their seasonal movie screening events, the Cinespia gang encourages guests to get into character when it comes to their attire, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be no different — expect to see plenty of cross-dressing, fishnets, glitter and leather. If you dare to get decked out in a scandalous costume (or even if you don’t) be sure to pose for a picture in the themed photo booth.
The night will also feature a costume contest, circus performers and surprise guests (hint: They may have been involved with the making of the movie). Tickets are available for $25 and parking passes range from $10-$12 depending on the lot. Bring blankets, pillows and all the fixins’ for a picnic (including beer and/or wine), as food and beverages will not be available for purchase.
Vintage Halloween Costume Party
Saturday, October 31, doors at 7 p.m., show at 9 p.m.
Cicada Club, 617 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014
For a laid-back, old Hollywood vibe, head to the historic Cicada Club in downtown L.A., where hosts are promising a spooky trip back in time to the days of long-gone Hollywood nightclubs such as The Coconut Grove, The Mocambo and Ciros. Dress up as your favorite vintage character (a mobster or Pan Am stewardess, perhaps?), enjoy a three-course, prix fixe dinner and dance to old school Latin and swing music from Dean Mora and his Haunted Orchestra, which includes vocalists Damon Kirsche, Kayre Morrison and special guest Johnny Holiday.
If you’re planning to have dinner, reservations are required and can be made online. Dinner costs $49 per person, and admission tickets ($30 advance, $35 if purchased October 25-30 and $40 at the door), also available online, are required as well.
Heaven & Hell
Saturday, October 31, 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
The longest-running Halloween party in Hollywood, Heaven & Hell is back for its 21st year and is sure to satisfy those seeking a wild night with just the right blend of naughty and nice. The party will sprawl two giant rooms and a patio, with a “heaven” area featuring open format electronic dance music and models in angel costumes, and a “hell” section with EDM tracks and adult film stars dressed as devils.
DJs include Mr. Fitz, Talon Reid and Skywalker, and $5,000 worth of cash and prizes will be awarded in a costume contest. And speaking of porn actors, the night’s master of ceremonies will be – you guessed it – Ron Jeremy. General admission tickets are $45 and VIP passes are $125, which include premium glow toys and five-hour access to an open bar. For those really looking to make a night of it, VIP bottle service packages are available from $1,250 to $3,500. Check out all the ticket options here.
Rotten Apple 907
October 24, 25, 30 & 31, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
907 California St., Burbank, CA 91505
Want to escape the Hollywood Halloween madness and enjoy an old fashioned haunted house scare? Head to Rotten Apple 907 in Burbank, a family-run home attraction that started out as a child’s birthday party and has since grown into an elaborate spook-fest that welcomes thousands of visitors every year. The Meyer family designs and builds every detail of the unique haunted house and donates all proceeds to a charity of their choice.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome and will be given directly to the Burbank Temporary Aid Center this year.
Reign of Terror
Through October 31, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Fridays and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday
197 N. Moorpark Rd. #B, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Another option for those who care more about getting a good scare than boozing on Halloween is the Reign of Terror walk-through haunted house. This one certainly isn’t for the faint of heart – attractions include the lunatic and mad scientist-filled Asylum, a gruesome Blood Manor and a dilapidated mini-town called Miner’s Revenge. There’s also a Funhouse, which you might want to avoid if you’re deathly afraid of clowns. The horrors come to life in a 16,000-square-foot, Victorian style home.
Tickets can be purchased online for $17 (general admission) or $25 (VIP express line); cash is accepted at the door.
Alone: An Existential Haunting
October 21-25 and 28-31, time slots available between 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
1141 Seward St., Los Angeles, CA 90038
For those of you who want to feel fear this Halloween, but want something a little more unique than being startled by a haunted house zombie, you might try Alone: An Existential Haunting. According to its website, it enables participants to explore the range of human emotions, and “explores the complex folds of the human psyche, placing you as the participant within dreams and fantasies and nightmares that you may have had and within those that you definitely have not.” Whoa.
The 45-minute experience takes place in a part art installation, part haunted house setting, and involves interaction with live performers, moving throughout the space, and possibly getting wet, dirty and putting on face paint. You’ll exit, exhilarated and “changed,” into an outdoor courtyard / lounge area with a DJ and refreshments. Visit the website to learn more and purchase tickets, which range in price from $50 to $80. Since you saw it here, the producers are offering 10 percent off of the ticket price. Just enter the code: ALONErainbowsSINGULAR at checkout.
West Hollywood Carnaval
Saturday, October 31, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
West Hollywood, CA
Finally – because no L.A. Halloween round-up would be complete without it – the Halloween Carnaval will once again take place on the streets of West Hollywood. This year’s theme is The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and you can expect to see plenty of drunken debauchery, scandalous costumes and uninhibited souls…it is WeHo after all, so really anything goes. Alcohol won’t be sold at the street party, but many restaurants and bars along Santa Monica Boulevard will welcome costumed partiers inside throughout the night.
Admission is free, and while the street party ends at 11 a.m., most establishments will remain open until last call. Be sure to plan ahead when it comes to transportation, as street closures for the event will lead to traffic jams and extremely limited parking. Can’t make it in person? Scenes from the event will be broadcast live on youtube.com/wehotv.
Natasha Chilingerian is a writer and editor living in West Hollywood. She is a native of Portland, OR and has worked as a journalist in Louisiana, South Carolina and San Francisco. Currently, she’s the managing editor for the weekly industry publication Credit Union Times and also has a strong background in lifestyle writing – some of her most memorable projects include writing a dating column for the community news website Walnut Creek Patch and serving as editor-in-chief for the Columbia, S.C. lifestyle magazines Stir and Undefined.