For your spooks with some sass, the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is not only one of the most remarkable seasonal events in the Los Angeles area, but it just might be the most wickedly exceptional Halloween festival in the world!
WARNING: The following post contains a few photographs of devilish and cheeky costumes taken from the West Hollywood Halloween parade that may be considered provocative. No nudity (this is a public event in the street monitored by police, after all!), but definitely some skin!
- 1 West Hollywood Halloween Festival
- 2 WeHo Stomping Ground
- 3 Food Trucks and Music Stages
- 4 No Dolla Makes Me Holla
- 5 The Party Don’t Stop
- 6 Best Costumes in LA
- 7 Things to Know About LA’s Best Halloween Festival
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West Hollywood Halloween Festival
With enough light-hearted debauchery to make your party goblin squeal, the West Hollywood Halloween festival attracts a solid half a million party people, dressed to the nines in some of the most elaborate, witty, and, of course, downright raunchy costumes you’ll be honored enough to see.
In fact, the West Hollywood Halloween festival is such a crucial LA bucket list item, some consider a visit to the carnivalesque affair essential to be considered a true Angeleno.
Los Angeles is notorious for its less-than-stellar public transportation, so you’re DEFINITELY going to want to rent a car or take an Uber (use my link or promo code laurenw27403ui to get a FREE RIDE).
WeHo Stomping Ground
The largest street Halloween festival on the planet, the West Hollywood Halloween festival claims Santa Monica Boulevard as its stomping ground for the evening, between N Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.
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Food Trucks and Music Stages
It’s this mile or so West Hollywood stretch in which you can partake in some Bachanalian fun (October seems to be the month of drunkenness, after all), enjoy the spectacle of the Halloween festival parade, feast on some delicious munchies from the plentiful street food trucks and food vendors, and visit some of the several music stages scattered across the closed-off street. Here you can witness the crowning of the Halloween Queen and dance your witchy booty off to DJ’s and live music. It’s no mystery why the event is often considered LA’s best Halloween festival.
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No Dolla Makes Me Holla
And what makes LA’s best Halloween festival even better? The West Hollywood Halloween Festival is FREE. The Halloween street festival is all-ages, and everyone is invited (no, it’s not a gay-only event!), but you really probably should not be bringing children or dogs!
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The Party Don’t Stop
The Carnaval itself will start at 6 pm and finish at around 11 pm, but the party doesn’t stop there. The numerous bumping bars in West Hollywood will satisfy your late night Halloween party thirst (and will be available during the festival, as alcohol isn’t allowed on the street itself). Check out this list of nearby Halloween parties in WeHo to work out your plan of attack ahead of time.
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Best Costumes in LA
What can you expect to feast your eyes on? Drag queens? Duh. Massive group costumes? Yes, and they’re a hit! Costumes with some biting and hilarious political commentary? Most definitely. The most muscles on a man you’ve ever seen? Um yes, this is West Hollywood. Hysterical takes on pop culture? Do you even have to ask?! And of course, your standard slutty (fill-in-the-blank) from the ladies (and the boys—and some of those in between!). Clap your hands, Los Angeles!
Male beer guts and tutus, furry heeled pandas, dancing dinosaurs and wolves, twerking dead presidents, 7-foot-tall feats of engineering and design, juicy-bottomed green fairies, and almost certainly a horde of staggering touped Trumps can be found twirling their way through the fantastic event.
From the campy to the creative, you’ll find some of the best costumes in LA at the West Hollywood Halloween festival!
Things to Know About LA’s Best Halloween Festival
- At least 4 stages can be found throughout the festival, showcasing bands, performances, DJ sets, and prize contests.
- This is a popular event: 500,000 people (or more) will be in attendance. So if crowds aren’t your thing, you should plan for a different event!
- The festival will be held from 6-11 pm, after which the event itself will be shut down by police, but bars will be open until late. But remember, the later you arrive for the festival, the more of a nightmare traffic and parking will be!
- The West Hollywood Halloween festival will take place on a 1-2 mile-long closed-off stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard between N Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.
- So Bring Comfy Shoes! You will most likely be doing a lot of walking, standing, and dancing, and you don’t want those stilettos to interfere with your fun!
This is LA, after all.
- Most people will be driving, so if you rent a car, keep in mind street parking will be near impossible to find, and will be pretty much all gone by 7 pm. To find street parking before 5 pm, you’ll need to look several blocks away and walk the rest of the way.
- Parking lots will cost about $20. But remember, the event is free! The parking fees go towards cleanup and security for the event.
- Recommended parking places: the Beverly Center (it will be a mile walk to the event, but traffic won’t be as bad when you’re trying to leave later!) and the Pacific Design Center.
Alternative Ways to Get There
Do NOT drive if you intend on drinking. Here are some DUI-free options you can use to enjoy the festival with some peace-of-mind!
- Take a rideshare service like Uber (use my link or promo code laurenw27403ui to get a FREE RIDE) or Lyft. You will need to set your drop-off point a few blocks away from the Halloween festival and walk the rest of the way.
- Stay at a nearby hotel (look for West Hollywood, Melrose, Hollywood or Beverly Hills) or Airbnb. No traffic, parking fees, or DUI’s. Voila!
- Take the bus: For about $1.25 you can take a bus that will save you the $20-30 bucks on parking. From the bus stop, it will be a short half a mile walk downhill to reach the festival. You’ll still want to leave early to avoid the hellish traffic. Words of warning: Plan your return bus time carefully! You would hate to be waiting outside in the cold (well, cold for LA) for an hour waiting for your bus to show up. While this is the cheapest option, keep in mind that the buses can get very busy during the festival and may reach capacity quickly!
- Food trucks and food vendors will be readily available throughout the festival, but there’s nowhere to sit (other than the street curb). Prices aren’t cheap, and lines can get long, which will suck up valuable time that you could be spent having a blast!
- We recommend you eat beforehand (maybe at one of these 15 dope places to eat in LA or using one of these Groupon LA deals or Groupon Hollywood deals), then enjoy one of the cheap bacon dog vendors on the street on your way out!
- Port-a-potties will be available throughout the festival.
- Check out the city of West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval Safety Tips.
- Security for the event will be provided by police, who will be found everywhere.
- THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR KIDS AND DOGS! The festival is a crowded event, and (especially smaller) dogs may not be safe walking through the drunken crowd. While the event is all-ages, many attendees will be drinking and wearing provocative costumes, so bringing your kids is highly discouraged.
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