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The Ultimate Guide to Halloween in West Hollywood 2023

Author Ava Dellaira once said, “On Halloween, you get to become anything you want to be.” In West Hollywood, you get to be whatever you want to be every day of the year — and especially on Halloween!

Halloween is the biggest night of the year in West Hollywood, thanks to the famous West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, which returns from a four-year hiatus in 2023. But that event is far from the only reason to celebrate spooky season in WeHo. From glittery ’70s discos to spooky rooftop movies to creepy Sunset Strip bar crawls, grab your costumes, wigs and masks and head to West Hollywood for a frightfully fun Halloween.

Scary Movie Month at Melrose Rooftop Theatre

October 1–31, 2023

Melrose Rooftop Theatre, 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

What’s Halloween without a few spooky movies? Nestled in the West Hollywood Design District, the Melrose Rooftop Theatre offers a unique outdoor cinematic experience that utilizes wireless technology and individual headsets to provide viewers with chillingly clear audio. Throughout October, dozens of Halloween favorites will be screened on the rooftop, including Practical Magic, Scream, Get Out, Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters and many more.

Visitors can purchase general admission tickets for $25, or splurge on the $109 Dinner + Movie for Two, which includes a three-course meal and two cushy bean bag chairs. Attendees must be 21+. More info.

Melrose Rooftop Theatre


October 7, 2023

Hotel Ziggy, 8462 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

There are costume parties, and there are Bodies & Beats costume parties, which mix pro-level body painting, blacklights and DJs for a night like no other. Hosted by the always-buzzing Hotel Ziggy, this party will feature danceable beats by DJs Liquorbox and MFatale into the wee hours. All you need to bring is yourself (and an ID to prove you’re 21+) and let Bodies & Beats’ artists transform you into a moving, glowing “werk” of art. More info.

Hotel Ziggy

Trick or Drink Hollywood Bar Crawl

October 27–31, 2023

Participating bars on the Sunset Strip

Presented by Barcrawlerz, this event gives you access to Halloween drink specials all weekend long, with no cover at participating bars on the Sunset Strip, including The Den on Sunset, Hotel Ziggy, Rainbow Bar & Grill and the Trocadero. Register at The Den on Sunset to get your wristband, then let the creepy crawling begin. More info.

The Hustle: A Classic Disco Halloween

October 27, 2023

Skybar at Mondrian, 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Stock up on glitter and start practicing your ’70s dance moves now, because the dance floor is sure to be fierce at Skybar’s annual Halloween disco. Come live out all your Boogie Nights fantasies, inspired by the music of Donna Summer, Chic, Lipps Inc., Rick James, Chaka Khan and many more. Oversized glasses, hot pants and platform boots are not only encouraged, they’re practically required. 

Tickets range from $20 to $2,000 for a VIP couch table with bottle service for 10 people. 21+. More info.

Skybar at Mondrian - Photo 1


October 28, 2023

Skybar at Mondrian, 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

If disco’s not quite scary enough (or perhaps too scary?), then head to Skybar the Saturday before Halloween for classic chills and thrills at FRIGHT NIGHT. Dress up to impress and hit the floor for your favorite haunted hits at this party that promises to be equal parts spooky and sexy. See ticket prices and experiences here.

A Nightmare on ’80s Street

October 28, 2023

Whisky A Go Go, 8901 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood CA 90069

Jason or Freddy? Chuckie or little Carol Ann from Poltergeist? It’s tough to choose, but you’ll get a little bit of everything at this spooktacular ’80s tribute night. Bands including Max Muscato, Matchhouse, The Wong Quadruplets, The Ne’er-Do-Wells, Until the Sun and Mitchell will perform killer ’80s jams from every genre. More info.

Whisky A Go Go

Halloween Costume Party Night at the Rainbow

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Rainbow Bar & Grill,  9015 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

A favorite hangout of the late Motörhead vocalist Lenny Kilmister, whose life-size statue now presides over the back patio, the Rainbow has seen its fair share of ghoulish and garish outfits over the years. Alice Cooper, John Lennon and other members of the so-called “Hollywood Vampires” have also graced the Rainbow with their iconic fashions. So it goes without saying that the bar’s annual Halloween costume party is a big draw. Enjoy drink specials, prizes and giveaways, culminating in the costume contest at midnight. More info.

Fast Times: Dressed to Kill (KISS Tribute)

October 30, 2023

Whisky A Go Go, 8901 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood CA 90069

For those who want to rock ‘n roll all night (and party every day): Fast Times, the Whisky’s weekly ’80s night, gets a hair-metal makeover with Dressed to Kill, a tribute to KISS. Experience the songs, the theatrics, the hairspray and, of course, the face paint. All ages. More info.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

Tuesday, October 31, 2023, 6–11 p.m.

Santa Monica Boulevard between N. Doheny Dr. and N. La Cienega Dr.

The one, the only, West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is BACK with a vengeance after a two-year hiatus. That’s a lot of pent-up Halloween energy, so expect hundreds of thousands of costumed revelers to pack a one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard on Halloween night. It’s free to attend, but bars and clubs along Santa Monica will be offering plenty of drink specials, live music and more. You can also expect some of the most creative and elaborate costumes you’ve ever seen — ranging from barely there to over-the-top. What else would you expect from Los Angeles’ biggest Halloween party? More info.

A crowd of costumed revelers gathers on Santa Monica Boulevard during the annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. Courtesy of City of West Hollywood.

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