Every Halloween, throngs of people decked out in spooky, silly, sexy and just plain over-the-top costumes descend on Santa Monica Boulevard for the annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, a street party like no other. First launched in 1987, the event has grown year by year into an annual spectacle of entertainment, culture and self-expression, with approximately 500,000 revelers, exhibitionists and performers taking part in the fun.
Come indulge in some harmless debauchery as local bars brew up eerily good drink specials while live bands and DJs blast high-energy jams. Believe us when we say there’s no better people watching – anywhere.
Dress (Up) to Impress
Ever seen a T-Rex tearing up the dance floor with a space alien? Or a (nearly) life-size Stay Puft Marshmallow Man roaming the streets? In a city famous for special effects and movie magic, no costume is too fantastic or far-fetched at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. This grown-up costume party is definitely an event to see and be seen, so start planning your costume early!
Santa Monica Boulevard Comes Alive
It’s alive…it’s alive! Santa Monica Boulevard, that is. This stretch of Route 66 is one of the liveliest neighborhoods in L.A., and the epicenter of the city’s LGBTQ community. Even on a normal night, you can pretty much always count on a party on The Boulevard. Explore Boystown bars and clubs, amazing restaurants and tons of trendy shopping, all within an easy walk.
Halloween Carnaval FAQs
Check the City of West Hollywood website for updates on this year’s Halloween Carnaval, and get the answers to all your questions about the event here:
Where is the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval?
Halloween Carnaval is an annual public event that takes place on Santa Monica Boulevard between North Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.
Is there an admission fee?
Admission to the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is free and no tickets are required.
Are children or pets welcome?
There is no minimum age requirement for the Halloween Carnaval, but 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.
What can I bring?
No backpacks, camera bags or totes are allowed at the Halloween Carnaval. For everyone’s safety, please carry items in clear plastic bags. (Or, just carry an ID and credit card with you.)
A Few Insider Tips:
- With so many attending this epic event (plus DUIs are not cool), take a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft. But don’t expect to get dropped off right at Santa Monica Boulevard—set your destination pin a few blocks away from the festival and walk.
- Bring your costume A game. The competition is stiff, but we believe in you! Post a picture with #VisitWeho to Instagram, and we might repost it.
- You can get your grub on at the many food trucks parked along the street, or drop into any of our Santa Monica Boulevard restaurants still serving!