West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
West Hollywood can certainly throw a party, and the most bewitching one of the year is the infamous Halloween Costume 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.
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.
The costumes at this year’s #WeHoHalloween were frightfully good! From zombies to super heroes and beer maids to bananas, the boulevard was chock full of bedecked party goers and loads of bewitching good cheer! Check out the scares in our Halloween photo album on facebook.com/westhollywood. #westhollywood #visitweho
When & Where
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6 to 11 PM
Santa Monica Blvd between N Doheny Dr and La Cienega Blvd
Nearby bars keep the party going late!
NOTE: No backpacks, camera bags or totes allowed. Please carry items in clear plastic bags.
Free and no tickets required!
With big crowds and risqué costumes, WeHo’s biggest party of the year is a bit rowdy for innocent eyes. We do recommend leaving the kids and pets at home.
Since you can’t purchase or consume booze on the street, imbibe at the many Halloween parties. First timer? Make your way to The Abbey—you’ll thank us later ;).
Artist line-ups are announced in early October, so check back. Book tickets and hotels now! You won’t want to miss this party.
What to Expect
With 500,000+, Halloween Carnaval attracts very loud and very proud guests from Australia, Canada, the UK and US. Not a fan of crowds? Head to your neighbor’s Halloween party. This is a global street party like no other.
With so many attending this epic event, traffic is a bitch (plus DUIs are not cool). Take a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft. Pro tip: don’t expect to get dropped off right at Santa Monica Boulevard—set your destination a few blocks away from the festival and walk.
Bring your costume ‘A-game.’ The competition is stiff, but we believe in you!
Events & Parties
While Carnaval is the main event on Halloween, several bars, lounges and venues turn up and partake in the festive revelry. A list of confirmed parties will be available the weeks leading up to Halloween. Be sure to check back here often—we update our listings right up until Halloween.
For global visitors, we highly recommend you book air and hotels ASAP. Cheers!
Directions & Parking
WeHo Halloween Carnaval happens on Santa Monica Blvd between N Doheny Dr and La Cienega Blvd on October 31. You’re invited!
How To Get There
We highly—highly—recommend a ride share service like Uber or Lyft. Let’s be honest—with so many people attending from the US, Canada, Australia and the UK, traffic is a bit of a disaster.
Set your destination as one of the passenger loading zones (designated from 6:00 pm – 2:00 am) on Santa Monica Blvd just west of Orlando Ave. Or on Melrose Ave just east of Huntley Dr.
Public transportation options include The PickUp and Cityline, both with modified routes for Halloween.
Don’t expect to be dropped right at the Carnaval—Road closures surround the boulevard beginning in the wee hours the night before.
These streets are closed at 12:01 am on October 31:
- San Vicente Blvd between Melrose Ave and Cynthia St
- Santa Monica Blvd between Doheny Dr and La Cienega Blvd
- La Peer Dr between Melrose Ave and Santa Monica Blvd
- Almont Dr between Melrose Ave and Santa Monica Blvd
- Robertson Blvd between Melrose Ave and Santa Monica Blvd
Street closures beginning at 4:00 p.m on October 31:
- Santa Monica Blvd between La Cienega Blvd and Holloway Dr
- La Cienega Blvd between Holloway Dr and Melrose Ave
- Southbound turn lanes from Sunset Blvd onto La Cienega Blvd
First come, first served. Public parking is available for a fee throughout the city—as long as it lasts.
- Kings Road Parking Structure: 8383 Santa Monica Blvd
- La Jolla: 1046 Havenhurst Dr
- Orange Grove Lot: 1114 N Orange Grove Ave
- Pacific Design Center: 8687 Melrose Ave
- Queens Road Parking Lot: 8459 Sunset Blvd
- Spaulding Lot: 7718 Santa Monica Blvd
- Sunset Lot: 8775 Sunset Blvd
- 901 Hancock Parking Structure: 901 Hancock Ave
- Palm Lot: 815 Palm Ave
- West Hollywood Gateway: 7100 Santa Monica Blvd