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 shop, 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.
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The best Halloween parties in 2019
Leave it to the Ace, home of one of L.A.’s oldest and most stunning movie palaces, to throw a Halloween party dedicated to a legendary film director. Break out your best costume for this annual fête, which this years pays homage to Alfred Hitchock with sets from Restless Nites DJs, drinks and dark arts inside the hotel’s swanky gothic theater and lobby. Show up early for a screening of the 1960 Hitchcock classic, Psycho, alongside a 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 than Santa Monica Boulevard in WeHo. 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 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.)
The Echoplex is getting Lynchian this Halloween with a Twin Peaks-themed party, complete with photo booths, art installations and an all-gender Miss Twin Peaks costume costume. So far, the lineup includes a DJ set from Xiu Xiu’s Angela Seo—no word yet, though, if we can expect some damn fine coffee.
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 ultra-exclusive Giorgio’s, an invite-only disco club at the Sunset Strip outpost of the Standard, is popping up in Downtown L.A. this Halloween—and, good news, you don’t need to be an A-lister to score an invite. The party is taking over all of Hotel Figueroa with a mysterious theme spread across three rooms that plays up the hotel’s haunted history. Of course, in keeping with the party’s high-roller spirit, you can upgrade to a VIP ticket for poolside access or splurge on a private table. Performers include Tensnake, Prince Poppycock, Bears in Space, Scotty Boy, Adam 12, Lee Wells and Lindsay Rose.
Find a most mysterious mask to wear to this surrealist, blue moon-inspired soiree at the Kimpton La Peer Hotel. Come to the fancy affair ready for champagne and an open bar, plus a performance by Billie Eilish. As you might expect, ticket prices look scary ($290 and up), proceeds benefit UNICEF’s lifesaving work around the world.
The Valley’s go-to Halloween bash at the Federal Bar bash promises a performance on its main stage every half hour (and a fairly sloppy evening). 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: Naughty Fairy Tales.
What better place for a Halloween party inspired by the creatures that lurk deep in the woods than the dark, faux evergreen forest at Clifton’s? Each ticket includes access to three floors of the Downtown landmark—but you’ll need to spring for a VIP pass if you want to get into Pacific Seas or the Tree Tops Lounge.
Sure, a Great Gatsby-themed party is pretty passé at this point, but we’ll make an exception for this one at Downtown’s Cicada Club, a sparkling Art Deco ballroom inside the Oviatt Building. Your ticket just gets you inside for an evening of big band music, but you can upgrade for a prix-fixe dinner.