West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

West Hollywood can throw a party, and the bossest and most bewitching one of the year is the infamous Halloween Carnaval. Indulge in some harmless debauchery with good-spirited attendees from around the globe eager to show-off killer costumes and revel in WeHo’s wild nightlife. The street party of 500,000 is a spectacle not to be missed. Expect drag queens, muscle boys, glitter galore and a freaky good time.

Origins

Quick history lesson for you: Halloween is celebrated on October 31 in the US and around the globe in countries like Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The annual ceremonies of Halloween originated 2,000+ years ago by the Celts of Ireland, England, Scotland and northern France. November 1 marked their new year—the end of summer and start of a long, cold winter that many would not survive. They  believed the veil between the living and the dead was thinnest the night before—on October 31—when the ghosts of the dead returned to earth and Druids could best predict the future. The rituals known then as Samhain (pronounced sow-in) over time evolved into the modern day fun fest—and no one does it better than WeHo.

The Deets

Located on Santa Monica Blvd between Doheny Dr and La Cienega Blvd, WeHo Halloween Carnaval takes over on October 31 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Make sure you’re energized—the parties continue in nearby venues all night long.

While the street party is free (no tickets required) and open to the public, it’s best to leave the kids and pets at home. Between large crowds and potential nip-slips, this celebration is on the naughty side.

If the people-watching doesn’t sufficiently entertain, there are multiple music stages along the boulevard blasting live sets and DJ tracks. This year’s performers and Queen of Carnaval are still TBA, so stay tuned for updates.

Alcohol isn’t served or allowed on the street, but don’t worry—you can hit up the participating bars lining Santa Monica Blvd. Rest assured, there will be killer drink specials to sustain your celebratory buzz into the wee hours. You can get your grub on at the many food trucks parked along the street—cheers to drunchies!

Before you go, remember to pack lightly—no backpacks, camera bags or totes allowed. Attendees are asked to carry items in clear plastic bags this year.

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