Halloween is one of the few holidays adults can enjoy just as much as kids. But the days of walking outside traversing the neighborhood for candy are long gone, and instead we’re left with a staggering multitude of potential party options. Save the stress and anxiety for the Halloween mazes, as we’ve taken the liberty of compiling LA’s spookiest and sexiest Halloween parties into one awesome list. Read on for the 10 Best Halloween Parties in LA:
10. Exchange LA with Andrew Rayel
If you’re not the biggest fan of decking yourself out in full-on spooky garb on Halloween and just want to dance to some great music, Andrew Rayel at Exchange Nightclub has got you covered. If you haven’t heard of Andrew Rayel, just know that he’s often referred to as the modern day Mozart and unofficial heir to the EDM throne (currently occupied by Armin van Buuren). Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets from mainstream music in the US, its only a matter of time before Rayel bursts into the American consciousness as he kicks off his first tour in the United States.
9. Halloween Luresday
When you cross a world-class DJ with Nightclub&Bar’s 2013 Mega-Club of the Year, its no surprise you get one bumpin’ Halloween party. While Lure is great even on a regular day, you can be sure that the eclectic Don Diablo will make full use of the 50,000 watt stereo system and mind-blowing LED wall to make this a Halloween to remember (or not).
8. King Tut’s Tomb Halloween
If sexy Cleopatras, Egyptian Queens and Drink-mixing Pharaohs sound like an excellent reappropriation of Egyptian culture to you, then start wrapping yourself in toilet paper and pack some pocket sand for the 6th annual King Tut’s Tomb Halloween party! Costumes are optional (although definitely encouraged) and great music is a given. LA’s top DJ’s will be spinning their best mixes of Top 40’s, Hip-Hop, and Dance music until 2am and the most awesome costumes can be expected to victoriously return home with prizes.
7. Hollywood Monster Night
Billed as the biggest Halloween party in LA, Hollywood Monster Night boasts sexy Go-Go dancers and the best costume contest in the city. Over 1,000 partygoers are expected to fill the artfully scandalous Emerson Theatre with scandalously artful costumes. Rage to mind-blowing music amplified to epic, almost ridiculous levels over the world-class funktion one sound system and dance the night away with your fellow monsters.
6. Santa Monica Zombie Crawl
For those of you looking for a more interactive Halloween experience, limp on over to the 2nd annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl. The rules are pretty simple: dress like a zombie, keep arms extended, drag one leg, and deliver vicious snarls to all who dare stand in your way. Hundreds of zombies are expected to rise from the dead and shamble their way through 8 participating bars. Thirsty zombies can expect $4 drafts and $5 shots, although its unclear whether brains will be on the menu.
5. KCRW Masquerade
If you’re looking for something a littler classier than a regular costume party (or even just a regular costume party masquerading as a classy party), saunter over to the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel on Oct. 25 for KCRW’s 6th annual Masquerade. With over 5 ballrooms and hordes of burlesque dancers, aerialists, and stilt walkers, the KCRW masquerade promises a party outside of your regular experience. Grace your ears with music by the likes of Bonobo, Tom Vek, and Tokimonsta. This party sells out every year, so don’t drop the ball on these tickets!
4. Dia de Los Muertos
Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at the most fitting place imaginable: Hollywood Forever Cemetary. The Dia de Los Muertos festival has been going strong for the past 14 years and shows no sign of stopping. Enjoy vibrant traditional processions, performances by Grammy Award winning artists, and Aztec ritual dances throughout the evening.
3. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios
Okay, so Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios isn’t exactly a Halloween party, but it’s such an awesome event that it’d be a shame to leave it off this list. Buckle your britches and get ready to scream your lungs out in the Alien vs. Predator maze. Or test your luck in the new American Werewolf in London attraction as you’re being ruthlessly stalked by—you guessed it, werewolves. It’s not exactly a dance party, but running through menacing crowds of clowns, zombies, vampires, and assorted monsters will still leave your heart pounding like an 808 on overdrive.
2. West Hollywood Carnaval
While many other parties may claim to be the “largest party in LA” only West Hollywood Carnaval can claim to be the largest Halloween street party in the world. Every year over half a million people congregate on the streets of Santa Monica Boulevard to take in the eccentric sights and sounds of Halloween Carnaval. Take the chance to coordinate creative group costumes with your friends and enjoy live music from multiple stages.
1. Haunted Hayride
LA’s Haunted Hayride is the most acclaimed Halloween attraction of the year, so even if its not a party per se it still merits a top spot on the list. Brave the horrors of the hayride trails as hellish abominations keep you jumping in fright, or head to purgatory to re-enact nightmarish scenes from your favorite horror movies. This year also features new scare zones: the seven sins sideshow and the house of the horsemen. Both are guaranteed to make your skin crawl.
Which one of these events are you most excited to go to? Let us know in the comments below!