Halloween is upon us, and this means the streets of Los Angeles will once again be overrun with ghouls, zombies, and girls dressed in sexy versions of unsexy things on their way to and from the plethora of parties, festivals, and costume balls around the City of Angels. Whether you plan on attending the bedlam or avoiding it, play it safe: consider taking a car service around town this weekend to avoid traffic and possibly-inebriated drivers, always arrive and leave the party in groups, and never take candy – or anything else, for that matter – from a stranger. After all, the scariest thing about these freakishly-fun events should be your costume.
The Haunted Hotel Bash. Friday, October 31st. 8:30 p.m. $45 – $95. Downtown. Held in DTLA’s newly-opened Ace Hotel, the Haunted Hotel Bash promises to be one of the best parties of the howl-iday. Music by Animal Collective-member Avey Tare’s side project, Slasher Flicks, will accompany a screening of John Carpenter’s original “Halloween” (courtesy of Cinespia), and guests can listen to DJ J Rocc while taking in breathtaking views from Ace’s rooftop terrace. Be forewarned: costumes are mandatory and judging will be harsh, so don’t try throwing something together in your Town Car on the way to the event. Be creative, and dress to impress!
Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. Friday, October 31st. 6:00 p.m. $Free. West Hollywood. Last year, nearly 500,000 people filled Santa Monica Boulevard for the largest street party in the World, and event planners expect this year’s Carnaval to be even bigger. Billed as the largest people-watching event in town, party-goers will be treated to great live music, delicious food vendors, and of course, phenomenal costumes. Think your Halloween costume idea is better than anyone else’s? Compete in Carnaval’s prestigious costume contest for a chance to be crowned “Queen of the Carnaval” – if you win, you’ll take the title from Queen Latifah herself.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Costume Ball. Friday, October 31st. 9:00 p.m. $100 General Admission, $80 for LACMA Members. Miracle Mile. Become a work of art a this year’s Annual LACMA’s Halloween Costume Ball; the party’s theme, “The Living Museum,” is sure to inspire lots of artistic expression, and prizes for the best costumes include $200 in rental credit from Western Costumes and a one-year LACMA membership. Hobnob among masterpieces as Thug Entrancer and Oneohtrix Point Never spin in to the morning hours, or tour the not-yet-opened “Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920’s” for an exclusive look at some real-life spookiness.
Dia De Los Muertos Concert in Grand Park and Festival in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Saturday, November 1st. Cemetery Event begins at 12:00 p.m., Concert in Grand Park begins at 3:00 p.m. Grand Park is $Free, Hollywood Forever is $20 for Adults (Children 8 and Under Are Free). Downtown/Hollywood. Come partake in Mexico’s most celebrated holiday with two family-friendly events honoring Mictecacihuatl, the goddess of the afterlife. Festivities in Grand Park will feature over 50 traditional and contemporary alters, dance performances, live music, and giant sugar skulls. After the concert, head over to Hollywood Forever to take in an eerie procession through the tombstones.