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The best Halloween parties in Los Angeles 2018

Forget trick-or-treating: Break out your costumes and kick off Halloween this year at the spookiest soirees in the city

KCRW's Masquerade Ball.
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman KCRW's Masquerade Ball.

Halloween parties are your best excuse to dress provocatively, drink excessively and be (or, ahem, go home with) someone else for a night. After you’ve got in a few scares at a haunted house, it’s time for more of a dance party vibe. So hit up a costume stop, get your crew together, and take your pick from these top Halloween parties in Los Angeles, including swanky soirees in historic Downtown theaters, high-energy bashes in Hollywood mega clubs and everything in between.

RECOMMENDED: See more in our guide to Halloween in L.A.

The best Halloween parties in 2018

KCRW's Masquerade Ball.
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Things to do, Festivals

KCRW Masquerade Ball

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.

Cinespia's Halloween Haunted Hotel Bash at the Ace 2014
Photograph: Joshua Thaisen
Nightlife, Nightlife

The Fanged Fête

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.

West Holiday Halloween Costume Carnaval
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Things to do, Festivals

West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval

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.

Halloweenie 2015
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Fred & Jason’s Halloweenie

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.)

Fleetmac Wood Disco Party at Short Stop
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Fleetmac Wood Presents Rhiannon’s Revenge

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.

Viceroy Halloween
Photograph: Courtesy Three Day Rule
Things to do

Haunted Hotel at Viceroy Santa Monica

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 Edison
Photograph: Scott Atkinson Newell

Cabaret de L’Enfer

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.

Photograph: Courtesy Avalon Hollywood
Things to do

Haunt Massive

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.