The Most Extravagant Ways To Celebrate Halloween In LA

In a city where dressing up is the norm, Los Angelenos love going all out on Halloween. From the giant West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval parade that takes over the city, to the numerous Halloween film events, to pumpkin cocktails or haunted mansions, Los Angeles offers a wide variety of events for any taste. And meanwhile celebrities come out in full force for private parties or to support worthy causes, one-upping each other on Instagram over who had the best costume of the night.  Here are the most anticipated events in the City of Angels.

La Belle et La Bete & Halloween After Party

La Belle et La Bete
La Belle et La Bete

Photo Credit: LA Opera

Jean Cocteau‘s 1946 cinematic feast La Belle et La Bete set the bar for fairy tale film adaptations. Roger Ebert called it “one of the most magical of all films” for good reason. It’s stunning visuals transport the viewer to another place in time where love conquers all. LA Opera will present three viewings of the film at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, complete with a new live score by Philip Glass and four vocalists conducted by Michael Riesman. It will be an evening to remember as tickets on Oct. 28 include admission to the Ace’s Beastly Ball. And tickets on the 31st night include admission to the Halloween After Party complete with an LA Opera Costume Contest.

Unicef Masquerade Ball


Photo Credit: Clifton’s

Each year around 800 VIPs flock to the Unicef Masquerade Ball. This year the party, a celestial soiree, will go down on Oct. 27. Find your most decadent mask and be prepared to shell out for tickets, which benefit UNICEF‘s emergency funds and the empowerment of Syrian refugee women in Jordan. The ball takes place at Clifton’s Republic, which recently underwent a $10 million renovation, with five floors of wonderful oddities from bison taxidermy to a bronzed meteorite. Clifton’s multiple bars, including a tiki bar, will offer specialty cocktails to fuel late-night dancing. And this year’s live acts include Betty Who, Le Youth and Eric Zayne.

The Edison Presents Cabaret de L’Enfer

The Edison
The Edison

Photo Credit: The Edison

The Edison is the place in LA for Burlesque and Vaudeville. Set inside LA’s very first power plant in downtown LA, built more than a century ago, the venue is an incredible setting that mixes past and present, using many artifacts from the original building. This Halloween, you can expect an incredible night with an underground party, Cabaret de L’Enfer, that promises “attractions diaboliques” from around the world to summon the Halloween spirit of yesteryear. There will be stilt walkers, dancers who defy gravity, and some of the best cocktails in the city. Costumes are not optional.