The best Halloween parties in 2017
Find a most mysterious mask to wear to this sophisticated, celestial-themed soiree at Clifton's. Come to the fancy affair ready for Champagne and an open bar, with DJ sets and dancing throughout the night. Though ticket prices look scary ($175+), proceeds benefit UNICEF’s emergency funds and the empowerment of Syrian refugee women in Jordan.
Start planning your costume now—L.A.'s favorite public radio station, KCRW, has brought its legendary Halloween masquerade ball back from the dead for another year at the MacArthur (formerly known as the Park Plaza). Expect to find a labyrinth of sensory-stimulating themed rooms showcasing circus troops, DJs, ghost stories and, of course, boogying masqueraders. There will also be an array of food trucks on site to satisfy your post-dance midnight hunger. The event is 21 and over, so be sure to leave any trick-or-treaters or college freshmen at home.
Break out your costumes and head to the annual Beastly Ball Halloween bash, featuring DJs, drinks and dark arts inside the hotel's swanky gothic theater and lobby. Show up early for a screening of La Belle et la Bête alongside a reimagined, live score. The popular fairy tale Beauty and the Beast comes to life in this opera adaptation as part of the LA Opera's Off-Grand Series. Jean Cocteau’s 1946 cinematic masterpiece is recast with an enchanting new soundtrack by Philip Glass. Live singers perform in synchronization with the actors in the film.
Spend Halloween night at a swanky Westside soirée as nearly 1,000 guests swoop in on the Viceroy Santa Monica. The boutique hotel has teamed up with Three Day Rule and EOW to transform the elegant property into a decked out, ghoulish setting for a boozy costume party. The annual bash will feature costume contests, a psychic, and two DJs in the main bar and ballroom. Costumes are mandatory and though the party is open to everyone, it's particularly geared toward singles.
This is the largest Halloween street party in the world, and there's really no better place to be on October 31. 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. Even if you don't plan on entering one, it's best to still come dressed to the nines—no one likes a party pooper in jeans and a T-shirt. Tip: Try to be around for the crowning of the honorary "Queen of the Carnival," and expect lots of surprises; MTV wowed the crowd a couple of years back with a pop-up Robyn concert.
See photos from the 2015 West Hollywood Costume Carnaval.
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—most other parties will run you closer to $100 for the night, while The Edison is charging $25.
Hollywood and Vine's historic playhouse, Avalon, is back from the dead with its ghoulish extravaganza, which kicks off at 10pm on Halloween night. Break out your provocative costumes and make your way to the dance floor as Dirty South and Randy Seidman take over the stage and set the musical backdrop all night long.
Billed as "the only Halloween party in the Valley," (we guess they mean the only one that matters?), this Federal Bar bash promises a performance on its main stage every half hour. Prizes will be given out throughout the night for best/sexiest/funniest/etc. costume (and as the party hosts get more drunk, the prizes will flow more freely). Even if you're not gunning for free stuff, come dressed up according to this year's theme: '80s horror flicks. You can bet Freddy, Jason and more horrifying characters will make an appearance throughout the night.
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.)
Lucha VaVOOM brings its unique mix of “sexo y violencia” to the Mayan (plus occasional one-off shows elsewhere) with exuberant spectacles throughout the year, most notably with its popular Cinco de Mayo performance. See good vs. evil played out in a sinful circus of masked Mexican wrestling, burlesque stripteasing and comedic commentating—Fred Armisen and Patton Oswalt are among those who have lent their opinion to past matches. Fill up on tequila and tamales while you watch Aztec dancers and luchadores like Li'l Cholo and Crazy Chickens.