The best Halloween parties in 2018
L.A.’s favorite public radio station is bringing its legendary Halloween masquerade ball to a new location in Downtown L.A. Expect to find a labyrinth of sensory-stimulating themed rooms showcasing circus troops, DJs, ghost stories and, of course, boogying masqueraders at the Los Angeles Theatre. This year’s lineup includes a DJ set from Santigold, plus performances by White Denim, DāM-FunK, Cherry Glazerr and more.
Break out your best vampire costume and head to the Ace’s annual Halloween bash, featuring Restless Nites DJs, drinks and dark arts inside the hotel’s swanky gothic theater and lobby. Show up early for a screening of the 1932 surrealist horror film Vampyr alongside a reimagined, live score from the LA Opera.
Often considered the largest Halloween street party in the world, there’s really no better place to be on October 31st. Sure, the crowd is huge (like, a half-million people huge) and a bit belligerent, but the amazing display of costumes and general merry-making spirit deem it at least a worthy stop, if not your main destination for the evening. There will be dancing, drinking and many mid-parade costume contests.
One of the city’s hottest yearly dance parties, and definitely one of the best gay Halloween events (second only to the WeHo parade), Halloweenie will feature a whole slew of DJs. The event’s annual beneficiary is the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, so expect to see the sweet-voiced members in attendance. (Also, we have to point out that the hosts of Halloweenie, Fred Arens and Jason Duguay... are named Fred and Jason. It’s almost too perfect.)
Find a most mysterious mask to wear to this surrealist postmodern-themed soiree at Clifton’s Republic. Come to the fancy affair ready for champagne and an open bar, plus a performance from Foster the People and a DJ set by Mayer Hawthorne. Though ticket prices look scary ($225 and up), proceeds benefit UNICEF’s lifesaving work around the world.
As the dyslexia-inducing name implies, this London-based collective spins nothing other than the sweet tones of new edits and remixes of Fleetwood Mac tracks. It’s a Halloween ball this time around with a “Rhiannon’s Revenge” theme— extravagant costumes, Mac-related or otherwise, are very much welcome, so get your best Stevie Nicks bouffant on the go and prepare for unabashed Fleetwood fun.
Spend Halloween night at a swanky Westside soirée as 1,000 guests swoop in on the Viceroy Santa Monica. The boutique hotel has tapped Three Day Rule to deck out the entire property with haunted decor—i.e. dripping blood in the lobby, ew—drinks and DJs. Circulate between two dance floors and stick around for a prize-filled costume contest. Costumes are mandatory and though the party is open to everyone, it’s particularly geared toward singles.
The Valley’s go-to Halloween bash at the Federal Bar bash promises a performance on its main stage every half hour. Prizes will be given out throughout the night for an assortment of costume considerations. Even if you’re not gunning for free stuff, come dressed up according to this year’s theme: Pirates of the Caribbean.
Spend Halloween night underground—just a little closer to the horrors below the earth—at the Edison. The club’s Cabaret L’Enfer will feature DJ sets, live performers, stilt walkers, tarot card readers and an “extraordinary selection of Attractions Diaboliques.” Like most other parties at the Edison, we’re expecting an old-timey but sexy subterranean shindig. It’s a good bet for the price as well—if you’re paying at the door, make sure to come in costume to save a few bucks.
Since coming back from the dead a few years ago, Hollywood and Vine’s historic playhouse Avalon has put on a ghoulish extravaganza each All Hallows’ Eve. Break out your provocative costumes and make your way to the dance floor and four themed areas.