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There's two weeks left to get your Halloween costume on lock (here are just some ideas); but first, are your party plans sorted? Just like last year and the year before that, we've rounded up the most stylishly spooky haunts to add to your hit list.
From Hollywood yogi happy place Wanderlust's white party to Cinespia's Rocky Horror takeover of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to SkyBar at the Mondrian's Batman-themed bash, see over 10+ costume-encouraged ragers happening in LA this month and check back for updates.
Saturday, October 24th
What: Hollywood Forever Cemetery's 16th annual Día de los Muertos festival returns from 12pm to midnight and this year's theme is "Shamanic Visions of the Huichol." In addition to Mexican food, arts and crafts booths, and more, expect performances by Lila Downs, El Mariachi Manchester, and others; see the full sched here. General admission is $20 and entry is free until 4pm for seniors 65 and over and children 8 and under; advance tickets are available here.
Wednesday, October 28th
What: Lucha Va Voom's "Mexican Horror Story" show takes over the Mayan Theater starting at 7pm with wrestling matches, aerial performers, contortionists, and wacky antics. Tickets are $40 to $75 and available here; the event's also happening Thursday, October 29th.
Friday, October 30th
What: A Club Called Rhonda's epic Death Becomes Her rager at the recently-revamped The Globe (740 S Broadway) in DTLA promises three rooms of dancing, tons of DJ sets, and (as expected) tons of booze. Tickets are $30 to $50 and available here.
What: DJ Kim Ahn's Night Mass invades The Standard, Hollywood (8300 Sunset Blvd.) with live performances by Basement Jaxx's Vulva and Disclosure's Brendan Reilly, plus DJ sets by the host herself, Josh Peace, and Bath House. The party starts at 10pm and entry is free with RSVP here.
What: SkyBar at the Mondrian (8440 Sunset Blvd.) presents Return to Gotham, a Batman-themed costume bash that takes place Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 2pm both days. Pre-sale tickets range from $28.99 for general admission to $3,478.95 (including fees) for the 12-person Wayne Enterprises VIP package; see all of your options here.
What: The Edison's (108 W. 2nd St.) La Nuite de Diable promises a spooky and stylish soiree with a host of eccentric attractions, including stilt walkers, tarot readers, dancers, and more. The party kicks off at 7pm and tickets are available at the door for $20 with costume or $25 without.
Saturday, October 31st
What: The LA Opera invades the Theatre at the Ace Hotel (929 S Broadway) for a special screening of Universal Studios's Dracula, which will be accompanied by a live performance by famed composer Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet. The event kicks off at 8pm and will be followed by The Black & White Ball, which promises a cocktails, celeb DJs, photo ops, and "other mysterious (tricks and) treats." Tickets are $34 to $160 and available here.
What: Bring the kiddos to Malibu Country Mart (3835 Cross Creek Rd.) for the outdoor shopping center's "Maliboo" festivities from 12 to 2pm. Family-friendly festivities include trick-or-treating and a costume contest, which promises $50, $75, and $100 gift cards to the three best-dressed little ones.
What: Wanderlust Hollywood's Illuminated Halloween (1357 Highland Ave.) kicks off with yoga at 7pm, followed by a mystical celebration at 9pm. All-white attire is recommended and highlights include a sake sanctuary, tarot card and crystal ball readers, and and a dance floor. Score advanced tickets for $22.09 to $37.92 (includes fees) here; otherwise, it's $25 to $40 at the door.
What: Kanye-backed rapper Travis Scott performs at the swanky Roosevelt Hotel's (7000 Hollywood Blvd.) Halloween bash, which takes place from 8pm to 3am. VIP tickets include an open bar at Teddy's from 8 to 10pm, and all partygoers score access to Tropicana Pool, Grand Ballroom, and other spots. Tickets are $85 to $100 and available here.
What: Virgins, beware: Cinespia's 40th anniversary screening of cult-classic Rocky Horror Picture Show takes over the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.). Doors open at 5:15pm and the event feature performances by magicians, jugglers, contortionists, aerialists, and more. Costumes are required for entrance, and the three best-dressed guests will be rewarded with prizes. There'll be a post-screening dance party until midnight; tickets are $25 and available here. Cinespia is also hosting a slew of spooky showings leading up to Halloween; see the full sched here.
What: Venice boutique Vegan Scene (610 Main Street) promises a scary (and cruelty-free) Halloween party from 10pm to 1am, complete with vegan grub by Frankenstand, an open bar, sweet treats by Cup My Cakez, and more spooky haps. Of course, there'll be dancing and a costume party; tickets are $45 and available here.
What: West Hollywood's annual Halloween Carnaval takes over Santa Monica Boulevard from 6 to 11pm. Expect six stages of entertainment, tons of drag performances, and even an appearance by this year's Queen of the Carnaval, RHOBH star Lisa Vanderplump. See the full sched for the free event here.
What: Hard Fest's weekend-long Day of the Dead invades the Fairplex at Pomona (1101 W. McKinley Ave.) with two days of live music and DJ sets from 1 to 11pm both days. The lineup includes headliners like Deadmau5, Hot Chip, and Flying Lotus on Saturday and Skrillex, Gesaffelstein, and a special guest on Sunday; nab tickets ($90 to $290 plus fees) to the 21+ event here.
What: Tim Burton-faved composer Danny Elfman performs music from the goth director's Nightmare Before Christmas at the Hollywood Bowl (2301 Highland Ave.) Saturday and Sunday. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 8pm; nab buy tickets for $29.50 to $255 (plus fees) here.
What: Cool DTLA boutique The Well and Restless Nites take over the pool, ballroom, and basement at Hotel Figueroa (939 S. Figueroa Blvd.) for their stylish Haunted Hotel rager from 9pm to 3am. In addition to creepy characters ready to give partygoers surprise spooks, the bash will feature a stellar lineup of performers and DJs. Check the roster and buy tickets ($30 to $40) here.
What: The Echoplex (1154 Glendale Blvd.) presents Booootie Mashup, an all-night dance party featuring a stellar roster of DJs, go-go dancers, a photobooth, and a costume contest that promises a prize of $200 to three winners. Plus, the first 300 partygoers score free Halloween mashup CDs; tickets are $20 in advance here or $30 at the door.