Two full weekends of Halloween madness? What's a party monster to do? We say, suck it up (like a vampire) and become a full blown creature of the night.
Trying to keep up with the scary surplus of clubby creep-a-thons and dress-up events in L.A. might kill you, but these parties are worth it! Here, our picks for the best bashes in town. No rest for the wicked indeed...
Friday, Oct. 24
After almost being vanquished from Facebook (by name, anyway), S.F.'s famed queen Heklina has come back from the dead triumphant, retaining her moniker and showing the FB monsters what's what. Now she's ready to re-animate in full, celebrating in L.A. with co-promoter Cody Bayne and her spooky cross-dressing sisters in SoCal! Expect the T-Shack's usual bad taste bonanza and the scariest queen in the biz, the inimitable Christeene. Enjoy DJs, dancing and a very weird, very awesome drag show full of tricks, chicks with dicks and treats. At the Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 9 p.m.- 2 a.m. 21 and over. $15, $20 at the door. ticketfly.com/event/680537
Saturday, Oct. 25
BAR SINISTER'S GHOSTLY EQUESTRIAN BALL
Nobody goes darker or deeper into the decadence of Halloween than this fiendish and fanciful crowd. Sinister joins forces with Bondage Ball again this year, so expect another sinfully horrific happening. DJs Amanda Jones, Tommy and John C. , Jeremy Dawson of Shiny Toy Guns, Bruce Perdew, Matthew Grim, Timmy Six and Danny Graver provide the sounds for the wicked affair, and there will be a costume contest, major macabre decor, pony-themed go-go girls, vendors, and the club's usual fetish fun upstairs. At Boardner's, 1652 N Cherokee Ave, Hollywood, 10 p.m.-3:30 a.m. 18 and over. facebook.com/events/535916243175763/
Like the Sinister scene above, at Dragula, every day is Halloween. Well, almost. This bitches brew from the Boulet Brothers celebrates the devilish side of drag with nightmarish contests and performances 12 times a year, so for Halloween we expect nothing less than a blood bath. A disco bloodbath! Guest "Exorsister" Vicky Vox heads up the queer and queen-filled beheadings. At the Faultline, 4216 Melrose Ave., Silver Lake, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. facebook.com/events/1549805351920396/
One of the biggest and best dress-up and DJ-packed bashes of the season. Read more in our "Lina in L.A." party pick of the week post tomorrow! masquerade.kcrw.com
Wednesday, Oct. 29
At this scorching soiree, the dance room is called the "Palace of Death" and the promoters want to brutalize you with EDM beats and blazing lasers and lights. An explosive "special surprise DJ" on Exchange LA's Funktion One sound system is promised. The capacity here is 1500+, so it probably really will be like hell. At Exchange LA, 618 S. Spring St., Downtown, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. exchangela.com
More Halloween fun ahead...
Thursday, Oct. 30
TigerHeat's gay boy and straight girl crowd, pop-heavy set lists, and Hollywood locale always scare up a good time. For Halloween, their annual costume contest with cash prizes will surely see some pop-tastic get-ups. DJ Ray Rhodes spins Top 40, EDM and hip-hop music videos in the main room, DJ Nelster rocks retro '80s and '90s classics on the haunted level one, and DJ Bip Jeffington throws down hip-hop, trap, twerk and anthems in Bardot upstairs. Plus, they're touting something called a "Cold Storage in the Terror Truck" as you enter the building. Sounds almost as scary as donning a Miley Cyrus costume (so last year). At Avalon, 1735 Vine St., Hollywood, 10 p.m. 2 a.m. 18 and over. facebook.com/events/1692478144311327/
If there is one place that you absolutely should bust out that sexy/slutty get-up for Halloween, it's this one from Perish Dignam and Studio 69. You'll feel over-dressed if you don't. Trust us. The long-running EDM costume-fantasy dance massive celebrates hedonism in its highest form, and Halloween is the ultimate night to cross the line with this Hades-like extravaganza. Lords of Acid headline and tons of DJs will spin before and after. Costume contest, kinky play zones, live art, photo booth, sparking performance art, roaming monsters and more. At 333 Live, 333 S. Boylston, Downtown. facebook.com/events/519098558235822/ or http://www.hellraiver.com/
Philanthropists, famous people and party freaks join forces at this Dia de los Muertos party, themed in black and white at Hollywood Forever, always one of the best Halloween bash locales. Entertainment includes singer Gavin Turek and DJs beeFOWL, DJ Six Seven and David Vincent Wolf. Champagne courtesy of Veuve Clicquot. In the Masonic Lodge of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. 21 and over. Tickets start at $175. www.unicefusa.org/LAMASQ
JOHNNY COFFIN HALLOWEEN BALL 4
The Coffin Case king and Cahuenga's coolest and creepiest come together for this annual monster mash hosted by Rosemary's Billygoat's Mike Odd, with burlesque by Mosh, music by The Heathen Apostles (featuring Chopper from The Cramps) and DJs Johnny 99, Casper VonDJ and yours truly. $1,000 in prizes for King/Queen of the Ball. At St. Felix, 1602 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 9 p.m.- 2 a.m. Free. facebook.com/events/1502644096668740/
This two-night extravaganza is billed as “Skybar presents Strange & Unusual, an interactive experience for the recently deceased,” referencing the famed Tim Burton flick. Set designs by New York production team Landed and installations by photo booth faves The Bosco promise to capture images of you and your friends in this "come-to-life 4D party." Sounds by Eric Sharp, Whitney Fierce and Diallo. Two nights: Thursday, Oct. 30 and Friday, October 31st. At the Mondrian Hotel, 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. mondrian.nightout.com
Friday, Oct. 31
WELCOME TO THEIR NIGHTMARE
Haunted hi-jinks galore are sure to go down at everyone's favorite Eastside hell-house, HM157. The line-up is so good, it really is frightening: Prince Poppycock, Thee Earwigs, Bloody Death Skull, Count Smokula, Christopher Wonder, a Klaus Nomi tribute, DJ Howie Pyro.... and so much more. This one's a weirdo house party no other! 3110 N. Broadway, Lincoln Park. https://www.facebook.com/events/935464853135911/
Halloween at the Roosevelt returns for 2014, covering over 40,000 square feet of the rumored-to-be-haunted hotel property, including the Tropicana Pool, the Blossom Grand Ballroom, Teddy's (after 10 p.m.) and the historic lobby. Sounds by DVBBS, Adam Auburn, SNBRN, Kedd Cook, David Bullock, Shanto, Klaypex, Maikol, Astley and Katarina. Expect to see Hollywood Blvd. stripper-store costumes in frightening abundance. At The Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. www.kicktickets.com/los-angeles/91506/2014/10/31/halloween-at-the-roosevelt-hollywood-roosevelt-hotel
LACMA COSTUME BALL
L.A.'s artiest Halloween shindig, LACMA's 11th annual "Costume Ball: The Living Museum," invites guests to attend dressed as great works of art and dance the night away. Warp Records presents a night of music from Oneohtrix Point Never (recording artist and composer Daniel Lopatin) and Thug Entrancer. Three prize packages will be awarded, chosen by acclaimed Hollywood costume designers. Plus, there's an after hours, late-night tour of the museum, which includes sneak peeks at two exhibits not yet open to the public: Art of the Samurai and Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s. At LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 9 p.m.- 3 a.m. $60 for LACMA Muse members, $80 for LACMA members, $100 for non-members. www.lacma.org/event/costume-ball
MISS KITTY'S HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN BALL
Dare to enter Miss Kitty's whorehouse of horrors this year and you will be rewarded with one helluva rager. DJs Josh Peace and Ambrosia Salad, spooky performances, horror mazes, carnival games, lap dancers, bobbing for apples (in blood), a costume contest, and a meet and greet with horror legend Clive Barker are all on the bill. At the Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.. Over 21. facebook.com/events/795379800524603/
Saturday, Nov. 1
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The launch of Audiofly's first "Supernature Showcase," this demented dance-o-rama will create a "supernatural forest for your exploration" and feature two dance floors with DJs Luca Bacchetti, Droog, Dance Spirit and Bedouin on the decks. Featured local artists include Plastic Love, Low Tide, Tara Brooks, Anton Tumas and Human Resources. At Lot 613, 613 Imperial St., Downtown, 9 p.m. - 4 a.m. www.minimaleffortla.com