Let’s face it—“elegant” may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of Halloween. But just because your trick or treating days are over doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a sophisticated Halloween night out—sans outlandish antics.
From masquerade galas at Tudor-style mansions to a costume contest judged by acclaimed film designers, we’ve listed our picks for hauntingly haute fêtes in and around the city.
LACMA Muse Costume Ball
Saturday, October 26 – 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Haunted by the ghosts of old Hollywoodland, the 10-annual LACMA Muse Costume Ball is an alluring and imaginative soiree celebrating ingenuity and creativity on all levels. Guests are expected to bring their artistic A-games as costume designers Judianna Makovsky of “The Hunger Games,” Julie Weiss of “Hitchcock,” and Daniel Orlandi of ”Down with Love” judge the best Oscar-worthy costumes. The bewitching red carpet bash continues with a performance by Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes, Theophilus London spinning until 1 a.m. and Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group haunting the after party. Tickets are available online and at the door. Parking is included with admission and is available at the Pritzker Garage located on 6th Street.
Halloween at the Roosevelt
Saturday, October 26 – 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
While the Hollywood Roosevelt has had its share of celebrity haunts—from Marilyn Monroe to Montgomery Clift—that shouldn’t stop you from terrorizing the hotel yourself at its Veuve Clicquot shindig featuring entertainment by DJ Polotik, Bobby French, and many more.
Masquerade Gala at Historic Greystone Mansion
Wednesday, October 30 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
905 Loma Vista Drive
Despite rumors of haunted spirits lurking throughout this historic Beverly Hills, Tudor-style mansion, guests will recognize its iconic location from “Entourage”, “There Will Be Blood” and a number of films and movies that have featured Greystone Mansion. In true Hollywood fashion, the mansion will open its doors to a masquerade gala where guests will be treated to an exclusive viewing of its magnificent rooms created by top interior designers while sipping on cocktails and “Taste of Beverly Hills” hors d’oeuvres.
Veuve Clicquot “Yelloween” Soiree at Fig & Olive
Thursday, October 31 – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
8490 Melrose Place
Wine and dine ‘til your ghoulish heart’s content during Fig & Olive’s spellbinding French Riviera-inspired three-course prix-fixe dinner and exclusive enchanted after party. With a glass of Veuve Clicquot in one hand and a pumpkin spice martini in the other, toast the golden night away in a “Yelloween” party unlike any other in the city.
The Edison presents Cabaret de L’Enfer
Thursday, October 31 – beginning at 7 p.m.
108 W. 2nd St.
Be prepared to experience the unique, the unusual and the wondrous as The Edison resurrects the dark spirits of Halloween past at its eerie festivities. With an extraordinary selection of Attractions Diaboliques featuring apparitions and gifted eccentriques from across the globe, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to experience a legendary night beneath the ground in the fires of eternity.
Halloween-Themed Menu at Melisse
Thursday, October 31 – beginning at 6 p.m.
1104 Wilshire Blvd.
You won’t find tricks—just treats—at this acclaimed French bistro offering a Halloween inspired menu by none other than Chef Josaih Citrin. Enjoy a romantic evening or a ghoul’s night out while enjoying squash ravioli, Hokkaido scallops, potato-crusted Rhode Island skate wings, and devil’s gulch quail.