Top five Halloween 2011 events


Crowds gather on Santa Monica Boulevard during last year’s West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval. Courtesy of Jonathan Moore

Katie Grayot

Crowds gather on Santa Monica Boulevard during last year's West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval. Courtesy of Jonathan Moore

West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval

Yearning for an exciting, inexpensive Halloween idea this year? Look no further than the world-renowned West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval.

Experience Halloween like a kid again. Dress up and join the masses parading down Santa Monica Boulevard.

The five-hour masquerade starts at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 and officially ends at 11 p.m., but Santa Monica Boulevard will remain closed from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.

West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval, one of the world’s largest Halloween events, is known for its colorful characters and collaborative creations.

This trick-or-treat event probably won’t hand out candy, but it’s a fun way to dress up and dance in the streets with good company.

West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval
Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 at 6 p.m.
Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood

Halloween Freak Fest 5 at J Lounge

Freaks, beats and treats is the theme at the J Lounge this Halloween. The fifth annual Freaks Fest will be taking over the J Lounge in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

This year, Freaks Fest 5 features an indulgence of entertainment, including dance floors, DJs, carnival games and freak shows. Terrifying freak-show headliner Morgue Morgen will premier at 11:30 p.m.

Across the three dance floors, seven DJs will spin the latest top house beats in the spirit of Halloween. The Freaks Fest will be holding a $1000 sexiest costume contest so feel free to get freaky and wear your Halloween best.

Presale tickets are $35 online until Friday and $40 if purchased Saturday. VIP tickets jump to about $100, but includes VIP lounge champagne till 12 a.m., sponsored Fluff Ice appetizers, concession tokens, game tokens and open Jintro and Hite bar until 10 p.m.

The J Lounge features two floors, three bars and a 10,000-square-foot patio.

Halloween Freak Fest at J Lounge
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at 8 p.m.
1119 South Olive Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Halloween Heaven & Hell at Ecco Ultra Lounge

Party like a rock star at the Heaven & Hell feature Halloween scene at Ecco Ultra Lounge in Hollywood.

The two-day event explores a heavenly party on Friday, Oct. 28 and one hell of a bash on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m both nights.

Club Ecco will have food, fright and fun with $500 in cash and prizes for costume contests. So dress up, dance and enjoy a symphony of the hottest music from DJs Hollywood Rox and Daniele Travella.

Admission is $30 at the door, $25 presale and $40 for a two-day pass if you dare to venture to both Heaven and Hell. You can also purchase the Lucky 7 ticket, a $150 price for seven people.

Halloween Heaven & Hell at Ecco Ultra Lounge
Friday, Oct. 28 & Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at 9 p.m.
1640 North Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028.

Haunted Halloween at the W Hotel in Hollywood

Haunted house meets luxury at the W Hotel Haunted Halloween in Hollywood this weekend.

The prestigious five-star W Hotel is transforming Station Hollywood and its Living Room into the ultimate haunted house on Saturday, Oct. 29 and Monday, Oct. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Hip-hop music and terror comes together in the multi-room haunted house featuring various dance floors with the top club music montages.

The W Hollywood is for 21 and older only with an all cash bar. General admission is $40 for Saturday and $20 for Monday with VIP exclusive table options available. Costume attire is preferred.

Haunted Halloween at W Hollywood
Saturday, Oct. 29 & Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 at 9 p.m.
6250 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(near the Hollywood and Vine subway station)

Halloween Night Dive at the Aquarium of the Pacific
Enjoy the melodic tunes of live bands with mesmerizing sea critters at the Aquarium of the Pacific Halloween themed Night Dive Friday, Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This is not your average aquarium visit. This event will add nature’s own creepy crawlers to the cocktail party at the Long Beach aquarium.

The Aquarium of the Pacific will open after-hours for this squirmy Halloween show. Over 11,000 creatures, jellyfish, bat rays and sharks will accompany you as you soak up live entertainment from bands Free Moral Agents and Restavrant.

While there won’t be any actual diving, the aquarium will host a live art exhibit of 25 artists with stencil murals by Ben Koffman of L.A. Mural Font.

The 18 and older party is $12.95 for non-aquarium members and will serve alcohol to those 21 and up with valid ID.

Night Dive at Aquarium of the Pacific
Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at 7 p.m.
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802.

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