The Viceroy, Santa Monica
This big bash by the beach -- usually with around 1,000 guests in attendance -- boasts five bars, two dance floors with two different DJs, a “professional” psychic, and a costume contest, which will be hosted by a guy who’s been on both The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. (What a time to be alive.) Costumes are required for entry but, even though the party is hosted by matchmaking service Three Day Rule, single status is not.
W Hotel, Hollywood
This double-venue Halloween fete taking place across two of the hotel’s bars – Station Hollywood on the patio and The Living Room in the lobby -- will feature three DJs, dancing, candy, and cocktails via the cash bar, all going till 2am. Organizers are also offering VIP tables, booths, and bottle service available, along with a $2,000 cabana for 12 in case you’re dressed up like a baller and really want to live the part. If you want to come back for more, there’s a big masquerade ball up on the rooftop on the 31st.
Price: Tickets range from $63 for GA to $2045 for the top-of-the-line VIP cabana for 12.
Little Tokyo (Downtown)
The DTLA hood will host Halloween activities throughout the month including multiple movie screenings as part of the Haunted Night in Little Tokyo Film Festival, a pumpkin patch, and neighborhood ghost tour. The haunted happenings close out with a big block party boasting plenty of food offerings, a beer garden sponsored by Wolf & Crane, retail pop-ups, live music, and a costume contest.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (Downtown)
Boyle Heights History Tours historian and community organizer Shmuel Gonzales will take participants on special Halloween walking tour to share LA’s haunted history. The three-hour tour (and we know how those usually end) will hit the city’s centuries-old pueblo, multiple burial sites and cemeteries, the Avila Adobe, and Union Station, and share ghost stories, tales of infamous killings, and other creepy tidbits.
If you’re looking to give your holiday a lot more fun and a little less fright, you’ll want to hit the biggest Halloween party in LA... or pretty much anywhere, given the 500,000 revelers who show up annually to do said reveling in costume on the streets of WeHo. Yes, it’s crowded and it takes a bit of planning to get there (one word: rideshare), but being part of this big old block party -- complete with DJs, a parade, and the crowning of the annual Halloween Kings and Queens -- is something you’ve got to do at least once during your time in LA. Note that there’s no drinking allowed out in the street, so you’ll need hit one (or more) of the many, many area restaurants, bars, and clubs if you care to imbibe. Keep your eyes peeled for our updated guide to how you can make the most of the Carnaval.