It is no surprise that the lure of Halloween continues in us long after our childhood. It is a mystical night of make believe and a constant titillation of all senses.
Part 3: Los Angeles
The mild fall weather is often more akin to early spring in Southern California which only encourages skimpy outfits to the visual delight of all while we get enjoy vast outdoor party locations unique to LA. The pull of Hollywood draws top name national DJs, allowing us to groove like no other holiday and the trend of master mixology pleases out palates. The only challenge before one is to carefully select the destination of this night of sensual bliss. So let this guide assist in making your choice because watching you aunt try to pull off a Lady Gaga outfit in your uncle’s backyard will only be the antithesis of stimulation.
West Hollywood Halloween Parade
The 23rd annual West Hollywood Halloween parade is the second largest event in all of Southern California (second only to the Rose Bowl Parade) and undoubtedly a sight to see on Halloween. Half a million people came out last year to see some of the most over-the-top costumes around and this year will be no exception.
Predominantly a gay event in its origin, this street carnival is significantly more diverse today yet will remain on the one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Blvd from La Cienega to La Peer Ave. Six stages will house musical and performance acts while stilt walkers and other crazies roam the massive crowd. If you experience a little cross-dressing overload you can always escape the crowds into Barney’s Beanery 9just east of La Cienega) which often become a pseudo base camp for this annual event. Event is open from 6pm to 11pm, with the parade beginning at 7pm on Sunday October 31st.
Hard Haunted Mansion
For a third year in a row, the Shrine Auditorium will host a two day Halloween themed rave-esque party. Global DJ’s like Underworld, Calvin Harris and Flying Lotus will be spinning electronic music and the ever-popular dub-step. Saturday’s event was sold out at press time with $75 general admission tickets for Sunday still being available.
Go to www.hardfest.com for details. 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Halloween Horror Nights
Every year the Universal City Walk converts into a massive maze within a maze and this year is no exception. Six separate mazes based on Hollywood horror favorites like Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Saw are sure to scare the heck out of you and the hundred of gallons of prop blood spilled nightly is a memory you won’t forget soon.
Saturday the 30th and Sunday the 31st will be the biggest nights for this tourist popular event. General admission tickets are $59. Family friendly. 1000 Universal City Dr., Universal City, CA
Halloween at the Roosevelt Hotel
One of Hollywood’s best annual events is held at the famous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Multiple rooms, multiple levels and an amazing pool area complete with a floating DJ plays host to a collection of Hollywood’s most creative (and skimpy) Halloween costumes. Included in this party is the ultra exclusive lounge, Teddy’s.
A favorite of Hollywood celebs like Penelope Cruz and Leonardo DiCaprio this becomes a decadent party within the party and is not to be missed. A special set by performance artist Rad Omen takes place at midnight. Tickets available at http://tinyurl.com/halloweenroosevelt Event starts Saturday, October 30 at 8pm and ends at 3am. Insider tip is to book a room at the Roosevelt for that same night.
Downtown Los Angeles Pub Crawl
Those in the know are well aware of the massive swell of bars and nightlife in Downtown Los Angeles and most bars will be celebrating in true Halloween spirit. An organized pub crawl will be in effect at the seven Cedd Moses owned bars throughout downtown (Golden Gopher, Seven Grand, Las Perlas, Cana, and more).
Seven dollar drink specials all night on Saturday and Sunday as well as special free drink hours are sure to draw in the hip crowds. Further east in Downtown is the new hotspot Villains Tavern that should be added to your downtown pub crawl. Saturday and Sunday will bring in a Dark Carnival freak fest for Halloween including fire breathers, glass eaters and a bed of nails. 1356 Palmetto St (near 6th and Santa Fe).
The Downtown Cicada Club plays host to a 1920’s and 1930’s theme every Sunday night and their annual Halloween party is a sight to see. The historical landmark hotel setting takes you back in time and the creativity of vintage costumes is nothing short of amazing. More of a super club setting with dinner available (best options guarantee your party seating) and set performance times, This is an ideal option for those looking to get away from the drunken club vibe. Check out www.clubcicada.com for more details. 617 Olive St., Downtown Los Angeles, CA