Put on your most over-the-top costume, finish with a douse of glitter and get ready for Halloween weekend in Los Angeles. Sure, West Hollywood cancelled their annual Halloween Carnaval, but that doesn’t mean festivities are a no-go this year. Revel in a celebration for dark spirits by dancing the night away on a haunted rooftop or settling in for a holiday classic movie. See below for the best Halloween festivities.
Kick off Halloween weekend with a stop at your favorite oceanside attraction. From noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Hulu invites attendees to the center of an immersive experience that brings them into the mysterious world of Uluh, the malevolent evil spirit that haunts the platform. Step right up for the spooky, interactive photo booth activation. Oct. 30-31
The chance at $3000 for dressing up? Count me in. La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood transforms into a haunted Halloween haven for a night of music from Boujis Group DJs. Even better is you’ll get to relish in all the fun of trick-or-treating with the added bonus of an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Oct. 30
Witness the transformation of your favorite boho-chic restaurant into haunted digs for a devilishly good time. The night includes a costume contest, DJ and prizes and, more importantly, promises no cover. Two years ago, The Rose awarded gift bags full of surprises from Bacardi, so you should definitely go all out on the costume. “Don’t worry, you’re safe with us,” the invite assures. Oct. 30
Your favorite Santa Monica haunt tackles Halloween and Day of the Dead for a rooftop celebration of life with drink specials, live music, a Nosotros tequila tasting cart and other surprises. The costume contest winner will walk away with a $500 Élephante gift card, so be sure to come in your spooky best. The party starts at 9 p.m. Oct. 30
Journey to Beverly Hills for the Haunted Monster Hotel Halloween Costume Ball. Across four rooms (main room, living room, Creepy Library and Haunted Patio), guests are encouraged to wear their costume best for a night of dancing to L.A.’s finest Top 40 DJs. Complimentary party favors and candy will be granted to early bird attendees. Oct. 31
Just because California Adventures axed the Tower of Terror doesn’t mean it was your last chance to experience the ghoulish elevator. Flock to Hollywood for the massive, haunted transformation of The W Hollywood Hotel rooftop for its Tower of Terror Halloween Party. Costumes are highly suggested for a night of Top 40, House, hip hop and reggaeton music while taking in city views. Oct. 30
Head to The York Manor in Highland Park in your very best period fashion or elegant dress for a night of themed cocktails, magic, music and more. Be ready to step into a phantasmic world where guests mingle with spirits, witness secret ceremonies and commune with those that have passed on via a giant Ouija Board. A spirited affair of darkness, the evening is inspired by the real life history of Russian holy man Rasputin and the Romanov royal family. Through Oct. 31
Looking to keep your Halloween festivities mellow? Settle in for beloved Halloween classic Hocus Pocus at the Santa Monica Airport Drive-In’s October finale. It’s partner Murad will also have a set up of giveaways, a sample bar of its Retinol Youth Renewal Collection and an Instagram-worthy concession stand. Opt to watch from your car or gather a group of four for one of their group lawn boxes. Oct. 30
Celebrate all weekend long at Nueva. Arrive at the festively-decorated Venice restaurant in full costume to sip on a Flaming Margarita, Tequila Vampire, Mezcal Mummy or Zombie Cocktails while munching down on pumpkin tacos with pumpkin seed salsa and pan de muerto. Also enjoy music from a live DJ on Friday and Saturday nights and at weekend brunch. Oct. 29-31
From Above the Clouds and Pink Paradize Presents, this extravagant Halloween event goes down at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Early bird tickets are the way to go, so be ready to dance until dawn in your costume best. Oct. 30
Put on some fangs and throw on your most mysterious black cape for Fright Night at Hotel Figueroa. Starting at 8 p.m., catch sets from Henry Pope, AWSMAC, FARRALONE, Gryffin Morris and Miss Javi. Oct. 30.
Ditch the city for the Santa Monica Mountains and a night of jack-o-lantern galore. At Nights of the Jack, guests are once again welcome to an immersive Halloween experience at King Gillette Ranch. While sipping on hot cider or a fall-themed cocktail, walk along the ⅔-mile trail and take in their illuminated light show. Continue the festivities at the end of the trail at the Spookeasy bar and lineup of L.A.’s best food trucks Through Oct. 31
At the Sunset Room, Hollywood Monster Night is ready to put on the most over-the-top party of the weekend. The night features four DJs and a costume contest for scariest, sexiest and best overall costume. Oct. 29
Even without the traditional parade, West Hollywood is the place to be. Round up your favorite haunted spirits and set your sights on the Santa Monica Boulevard and Doheny Drive intersection. From there, pop in to your favorite local spots for some wicked-good cocktails. At Pump, order the Pump-kin Spiced Old Fashioned; the Sangre de Cuba Sangria at Beaches WeHo; the Bloody Maria at Rocco’s; the Diablo Margarita at Fiesta Cantina West Hollywood or the Ghost Rider at Riviera 31.
Looking for the perfect club to show off your costume? Opt for Avalon Hollywood’s Halloween extravaganza. Haunt Massive promises a spooktacular music event that will transport guests into a haunted world beyond imagination across five themes areas: house, electro, dubstep, trance and open format. Oct. 31
Looking to commemorate the holiday with a tasty treat? Head to a Wanderlust Creamery to try their new limited-time flavor: Thai Candy Corn. This Neapolitan ice cream features hints of Thai tea, stick rice and corn. Oct. 28 until supplies last
Upstairs at the Ace Hotel welcomes Angelenos for a nightly costume contest and curated tunes whale you sip on a Halloween-themed cocktail poolside or by the lounge. Decked out in spirited decor, your favorite Halloween time movies will also be projected on the rooftop. Oct. 29-31
Compete in the Honeycomb Challenge from Netflix’s most popular show ever at Employees Only. For $20, partake in the game for a chance at a free specialty cocktail or shot of mezcal. Staff will be dressed to theme to complement the Squid Game-decor while the show plays throughout the space. Reservations are suggested. Oct. 30.
For a night of choice tunes, head to ETA for live music from guitarist Nick Reinhart and drummer Eric Gardner, in addition to a DJ set from Best Coast’s Bobby Bruno. You’ll want to try spirited cocktails like Pumpkinhead or Hellraiser, along with their selection of a half dozen other specialty beverages. Oct. 30
Downtown L.A.’s neighborhood natural wine bar and restaurant invites you to come in your vampire best for a night of music and a costume contest, beginning at 5 p.m. Winners will receive a bottle of wine, while all guests have the option to try their one-night-only dessert special, Broken Glass blood Cake, or Mommenpop aperitif jello shots. Oct. 31
The Valley’s most beloved Mexican restaurant hosts a Dia de los Muertos celebration for the whole family. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., take part in Calavera decorating, face painting and live mariachi music while eating dinner. Adults can also opt for an on-theme cocktail, like the Marigold Margarita. Nov. 1-2
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