Pick your party, pick your day – Halloween is being celebrated for over a week in Los Angeles and we’ve found the best Halloween events in the city.
What to do when Halloween falls on a Thursday like it does this year? Some are celebrating the weekend before, others will go out on the official night and some are doing it Mexican style, with Dia De Los Muertos on the weekend after Halloween. However you roll on Halloween, it looks like Los Angeles has decided to celebrate it all week long.
So whether you prefer deliciously decadent or prefer classic Halloween charm, check out our list of the very best Halloween happenings in Los Angeles before making your Halloween plans.
Mindshare’s 6th Annual Masquerade
Friday, October 25 from 7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Lot 613, 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
Mindshare LA holds monthly workshops, salons and movie screenings that gather hundreds of Angelenos for evenings of inspiration and interaction. It’s become a mecca for intellectuals, artists, scientists and other progressive characters. To celebrate Halloween, Mindshare is kicking off the evening with talks on “scary” topics at 8 p.m. and then a massive party at 9 p.m. that will include two rooms with a bodacious sound system and star DJs.
In one room, Altervision 3D will be morphing the main stage into a full-on immersive art installation with music so hot it will melt your brain; and in the Lounge of Horrors, more great music to enjoy as you drink a refreshing cocktail. If that wasn’t enough, there will be black light body painters, a “freak show” photo booth, and an interactive game of Zombie Genius from the game masters at Wise Guys. The cost is $40 for both the talks and the party, and just $15 for the party (if you buy an early bird ticket). After that, the price goes up to $20.
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Wicked at the W Hotel in Westwood
Saturday, October 26 from 9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
W Hotel in Westwood, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Singular magazine is joining forces with VITA, Moet Chandon, Ketel One Vodka and Perrier to bring you an elegantly wicked Halloween party at the W Hotel in Westwood.
The fun begins at 9:30 p.m. at the trendy, upscale W Hotel in Westwood inside Whiskey Blue, a big, beautiful venue that also has a “secret” outdoor space, a huge bar and plenty of comfy seating areas. Top DJs Will Corpus, Troy Doram, Danny Olson, and Adam Nello will command the floor as you dance to hot mixes; check out the costumes, lighting and decorations; sip delicious cocktails and party the night away.
For those who like, there will be a private section available with bottle service: 1 liter bottles of vodka and mixers will be $250 (typical bottles are 750 mL). To make a table reservation all 310-400-0015.
If you’re a SingularCity member, you’ll get $15 off the $50 ticket when you enter the members-only discount code at check-out (the discount code for members is on the event page when you log in to the private SingularCity social network).
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KCRW 5th Annual Masquerade Costume Ball & Dance Party
Saturday, October 26 at 9 p.m.
Park Plaza Hotel, 607 S. Park View Street, Los Angeles, CA
KCRW will once again rock the house or rather the legendary Park Plaza Hotel in what will be its fifth Halloween celebration. From performance troupes and costume contests to food trucks and ghost stories, KCRW’s benefit bash goes far beyond a traditional dance party.
Your $100 ticket does not include drinks or food, but does include live performances; dancing to music by 15 of your favorite KCRW DJs in five themed rooms; the enticing antics of Vaudeville circus troupe Lucent Dossier; Harlow Gold’s vintage burlesque review; haunted dancehalls; a costume contest; ghost stories from L.A.’s finest storytellers; a handful of frightfully tasty artisan food trucks; and some of the best costumes you’ve ever seen.
Proceeds from the party will benefit KCRW, so it’s a party with a purpose. The event sells out every year so best to buy your ticket in advance. By purchasing a ticket you will become a KCRW member for a year and have access to ticket giveaways and the KCRW fringe benefits card.
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The Haunted Circus at Perish 69
Wednesday, October 30 from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Dimmack Studios, 1643 Cosmo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Want to take a walk on the wild side this Halloween? Check out Perish 69’s Haunted Circus in Hollywood and you’ll feel like you’ve truly dropped down the rabbit hole into an alternative universe.
The entertainment includes one of L.A.’s hottest (and wildest) dance and performance groups, The Hollywood Klowns. Add to that over 10 DJ’s spinning all genres of music delivered over a mega turbo sound system that is being added specially for this event.
There will be special guest performers too, including contortionist “Vishaloo” from Canada, zombie go-go dancers, Perish’s Grinder Girls, an aerial show, live body and face painting, a costume contest with prizes — even live tattooing on site.
Early bird tickets are $15 and later go up to $20. If you don’t wear a costume, you’ll pay $30 to enter. A VIP circus tent (reserved booth with a bottle) includes 5 tickets and costs $400.
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First Annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl
Thursday, October 31 starting at 6 p.m.
Registration is at Rusty’s Surf Ranch at 256 Santa Monica Pier
Be among the walking dead at the first annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl, a chilling bar crawl that starts on the Santa Monica Pier and proceeds to six more bars where spooky drink and food specials await for those who wear the special pub crawl wrist band.
Makeup artists will be on-site at the starting location at Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the Pier, to assist with the process, and an official zombie group photo will be staged under the pier sign at 8 p.m.
Participating Bars & Route Times:
6-9 p.m. – Rusty’s Surf Ranch @256 Santa Monica Pier – Official Check-in location
7-10 p.m. – Big Dean’s @ 1615 Ocean Front Walk
8 p.m. – Official Zombie Photo Shoot under Pier Sign
8 p.m.-11 p.m. – Ye Old King’s Head @ 116 Santa Monica Blvd.
9 p.m.-12 a.m. – Barney’s Beanery @1351 3rd Street Promenade
10 p.m.- 1 a.m. – West 4th & Jane @1432 4th Street #A
11 p.m. -2 a.m. – Wokcano @ 1413 5th Street for the oficial Zombie After Party with live music, dancing and a costume contest
The Zombie Crawl wristband will give crawlers access to great food and drink specials along with $4 drafts, $5 wells and $5 shots all night, and entrance into the huge Halloween party at Wokcano.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of which includes a wristband for specials at participating bars.
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Halloween Carnaval in West Hollywood
Thursday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Between Doheny Drive and La Cienga Blvd. in WeHo
If you’ve lived in Los Angeles for long and still haven’t been, it may be time to finally mark this massive Halloween extravaganza off your bucket list. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people converge on Santa Monica to enjoy the wildest; most mind boggling costume creations ever. Although festivities run for days in advance, the biggest draw is Halloween night, the evening of the Halloween Costume Contest and crowning of the “Queen of the Carnaval.”
Expect fantastic live entertainment on multiple stages, specials at the many clubs and restaurants along the party route, food vendors and the wildest party you’ve ever attended that wasn’t behind closed doors.
Admission is free and although it officially ends at 11 p.m., many bars and clubs will be open late. To help visitors, permit parking restrictions will be suspended by the City of West Hollywood from 5 pm, Thursday, October 31st to 6 am, Friday, November 1. However parking meters are enforced and there will be street closures, so taking public transportation (gasp!) may be the best option.
Vintage Halloween Party at Cicada Club
Thursday, October 31 at 8 p.m.
617 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
With the grandeur of a classic Hollywood musical from the thirties, Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club is a unique experience that transports you back in time to the glamorous days of Hollywood’s golden age of nightclubs. Halloween night will be no exception and what more perfect place for a spooky, yet sophisticated evening but the famed Art Deco Oviatt building, built in 1928 and located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
On Halloween night, Dean Mora and his Haunted Orchestra featuring star vocalists Damon Kirsche and Kayre Morrison will perform for your entertainment and dancing pleasure with the finest tunes of the 1920s and 1930s.
Vintage costumes are suggested.
Presale tickets are $25 and $40 at the door. Choose to have the prixe fixe dinner for $69 and no ticket is required.
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Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038
The 14th annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration will be held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the oldest memorial park in the city, on Saturday November 2, when hundreds of people will convene to honor and celebrate departed souls in an ancient Mexican spiritual celebration that includes ceremonial tributes and fascinating artistic altar creations all on the grounds of this famous cemetery.
The heart of the event is the meticulously crafted altars and spiritual shrines. These private tributes and offerings provide a link between ancestors and modern customs, and chronicle the perpetual relationship between faith, family and history.
The festivities start at noon and end at midnight, with food, music, Aztec dancers and full run of the cemetery. Come early to watch the evening stars appear as the cemetery comes to life with joyful celebrations. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed in their finest Calaca apparel. Tickets are $15 (exact change please) with children under 8 getting in for free before 4 pm.
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