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Halloween in Los Angeles

Don't freak out—use our guide to Halloween in LA to find the perfect costume, the best parties and spookiest places!

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at the Griffith Park Old Zoo

Making plans for the most important holiday of the year—we're talking Halloween, of course—isn't so easy in sprawling LA. Our guide to Halloween in Los Angeles has you covered with the best candy treats, the most inspiring costume shops, the rockingest parties, the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, and the coolest fall festivals and activities. Still not feeling the fall in Los Angeles spirit? We've also rounded up our favorite haunted spots where real ghosts still can rattle a few chains. Let the countdown to the thrills and chills begin!

Halloween 2015 photos

Nightlife

The best Halloween 2015 costumes we've seen so far

Halloween costumes never fail to impress in Los Angeles, and this year has been no exception—see for yourself.

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Nightlife

Halloweenie 2015 in photos

Known around town as the "Party with a Purpose," Halloweenie benefits the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. It's also one of the best annual dance parties famous for its over-the-top costumes, over-the-top performers, and more than a few shirtless gentlemen. 

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Nightlife

Return to Gotham Halloween party 2015

Skybar dressed up as Gotham City this Halloween, complete with digital projections on the building exterior, for this two-night party. The hotel bar featured a trick-filled villains playground with themed areas like Selina Kyle's "Hell Here" apartment, Penguin's "Arctic World" lair—complete with snowstorms—and "Jokers Paradise."

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Nightlife

Halloween at the Roosevelt Hotel 2015 in photos

For the Roosevelt Hotel's annual Halloween bash—spanning the entire property, from ballroom to pool—music was provided by resident DJs and Travis Scott. The Roosevelt DJs know how to get even the most lackadaisical of starlets up and dancing in their sexiest costumes. The hotel was decked out in Halloween get-up (think dungeons and ancient crypts), of course, and its reputation for ghostly sightings definitely gave it a few extra creepy plus points. RECOMMENDED: See more Halloween in LA

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Nightlife

West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval 2015 photos

The West Hollywood Costume Carnaval brought out some of the most creative—and committed—Angelenos for the largest Halloween parade in California. Here are some of our favorite photos from this year's annual Halloween hot spot.

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Nightlife

The Ace Hotel's Black & White Ball 2015 photos

The Ace Hotel in Downtown LA has already won over the heart of nearly every Angeleno and seems set on holding its hip mantle. With LACMA and KCRW's respective Halloween parties out of the picture this year, the Ace's second annual Halloween ball looked to establish itself as one of the best in town. The night kicked off with a screening of Dracula, accompanied by a live performance of the film's score by Philip Glass. Guests, doing their best interpretations of the "Black & White" theme, then roamed the rooftop bar and the ornate 1920s theater. As with any trendy LA Halloween party, though, it was the costumes that shined brightest.

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Blog

The best Halloween costumes we saw in 2015 (video)

Angelenos, your Halloween costume skills never cease to impress us.

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Halloween parties and haunted houses

Things to do

The best haunted houses and attractions

What's Halloween without a few good scares?

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Clubs

The best Halloween parties in Los Angeles for 2015

Halloween parties are your best excuse to dress provocatively, drink excessively and be (or go home with) someone else for a night.

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Halloween costume ideas

Shopping

10 last-minute Halloween costumes inspired by LA landmarks

Break away from the cliche costumes this year with these fun and easy DIY ideas based on neighborhood landmarks

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Art

Costume ideas inspired by famous artworks

Get creative and dress up as famous works of art on display at LACMA with these easy DIY ideas

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Shopping

Best dog Halloween costumes

Dog Halloween costumes seem to get cuter every year, so there's no excuse not to erase your dog's dignity with these get-ups

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Shopping

The best costume stores in LA

Stumped on what to be for Halloween this year? Check out these costume stores for unique get-ups from Hogwarts to Honey Boo Boo.

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Halloween for kids

Things to do

Best places to go trick or treating in Los Angeles

Make trick or treating plans with our guide to the top neighborhoods to visit for a fun Halloween with kids

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Things to do

The best pumpkin patches in Los Angeles

Find that perfect orange squash this Halloween with our guide to the best pumpkin patches in LA

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Things to do

Family-friendly Halloween events

Haunted houses too scary? We've rounded up the best Halloween attractions and family-friendly festivals for this year's holiday.

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Shopping

The cutest kids costumes on the Internet

Your little one will score big when trick or treating wearing one of these adorable kids' costumes

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More Halloween for kids in Los Angeles

Halloween 2014 photos

Clubs

The Ace Hotel's first Halloween party

Cinespia, FYF and the Ace teamed up for one of LA's newest and hippest parties: the Haunted Hotel Bash

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Clubs

LACMA Costume Ball 2014

The museum came to life as partiers dressed as favorite works of art

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Things to do

The best Halloween 2014 costumes we've seen so far

From LA icons to classic characters, we've seen a lot so far on the Halloween party circuit. Get inspired by these creative costumers.

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Clubs

KCRW Masquerade Ball 2014

Dancing hippos, X-Men, Muppets and more and this year's costume party

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Clubs

Rhondavous Party

DTLA played host to Rhonda's biggest party yet

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More Halloween

Things to do

13 real haunted places in LA

Call us old-fashioned, but we like our haunts authentic

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Restaurants

9 spooky Halloween treats and cocktails

We've rounded up some spooky Halloween treats and cocktails to try.

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Movies

The 100 best horror films

The best horror films as voted for by more than 100 experts, including Simon Pegg and Roger Corman

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Restaurants

Halloween food and drink events in LA

There will be plenty of things growling on the streets during Halloween in LA, but your stomach shouldn't be one of them.

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Music

The 20 best Halloween songs

Go on, throw that Halloween house party. We took care of the playlist for you.

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Restaurants

The best candy stores in LA

To find festive candy, head to these top candy stores in LA.

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