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The best Halloween parties in Los Angeles 2019

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.
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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.

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

The best Halloween parties in 2019

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Nightlife, Nightlife

A Hitchcock Halloween

icon-location-pin The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Downtown Historic Core
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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.

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West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
Photograph: Gil Riego
Things to do, Festivals

West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval

icon-location-pin Various locations in L.A.,
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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.

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Halloweenie 2015
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Clubs

Halloweenie

icon-location-pin Belasco Theater, South Park
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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.)

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Viceroy Halloween
Photograph: Courtesy Three Day Rule
Things to do

Halloween at the Viceroy

icon-location-pin Viceroy Santa Monica, Santa Monica
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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.

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Drunken Devil Halloween Party Black Magick Los Angeles
Image: Courtesy Drunken Devil
Things to do, Quirky events

Drunken Devil’s Black Magick Halloween Party

icon-location-pin Location T.B.A.,
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We don’t need to consult an oracle to know that Drunken Devil’s Halloween soirée is going to be a good one: From the team that brought us Bloody Brunch and To Live and Di(n)e in L.A. comes Black Magick, a 1920s-themed evening of magic, Old Hollywood glamour and the occult. Your $85 ticket includes access to an open bar, not to mention private magic shows, live jazz, burlesque performances and an immersive plotline to lose yourself in over the course of this otherworldly evening. 

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