Halloween week means shopping for the perfect sexy, scary, and/or clever get-up that, in 2015, is neither offensive nor suggests appropriation of any race, ethnicity or sexual preference. Yes, figuring out what to be these days (that's both unique and P.C.) has become the scariest part of Halloween. Figuring out where to go should cause less stress, and we're here to help.
Here, we present the best parties in the clubs for those with a witch or demon inside (goth), those who just want to be killed on the dance floor (EDM), those who prefer a fiendish flashback ('70s, '80s and '90s parties), and those who let their sickest kinks come out with wink (fetish). Expect excess in this town no matter where you go or what you go as, but don't risk a real hell night: Get a designated driver or Uber/Lyft (it'll be worth the monster rates this time). And remember, Halloween won't be on a Saturday for another five years — so make it count, creeps!
Thursday, Oct. 29 – Saturday, Oct. 31
TRIO OF TERROR AT SOUND
Can’t decide between wicked super-DJs Lee Burridge (headlining Thursday), Carl Cox (on Friday) and Nic Fanciulli (Saturday) at Sound Nightclub? You can buy a three-night pass to catch all three of ‘em murder the dance floor … if you dare. Or get tix to individual nights online or at the door. At Sound, 1642 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood. More info at soundnightclub.com.
Friday, Oct. 30
DEATH BECOMES HER
A Club Called Rhonda is dead. Dead fierce, that is. The ferocious DJs and wild fashion at this party always make for a dangerous combination. DJs on hand for the Rhonda’s haunted hap: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Soul Clap, Metro Area, Tornado Wallace, The Revenge, Èbony, Samo Sound Boy, Lovefingers, Heidi Lawden, Moscoman, Cromie, Goddollars and Paradise, in three rooms of fabulousness. At the Globe Theatre, 740 S. Broadway St., DTLA. More info.
LOVE & LUST BALL
Combining Studio 69’s kaleidoscopic Cirque Perverse party with Das Bunker’s brutal beats and darkside scene, L&L’s got four different environments to go nuts in, all focused on sexy, fetishy, ravey hell-raising. “Hellraver” and “The Cirque” offer EDM, dubstep, house, trap and DnB; the “Industrial Graveyard” will have electro, industrial, EBM, goth and darkwave; and last but not least, the “Fetish Dungeon” features spanking, S&M, hurt-so-good stuff for the fearless freaks who take it other-level on Halloween. $25 and up. At the Belasco Theater (spooky back alley entrance), 1050 S. Hill St., DTLA. More info at www.loveandlustball.com.
UNDERGROUND DAY OF THE DEAD
In honor of Halloween/Day of The Dead weekend, Underground pays homage to artists and bands that are no longer with us, such as Amy Winehouse, Ian Curtis, Marc Bolan, James Brown, Joe Strummer and The Ramones. Dead bands (with alive members) also count, which makes Supergrass, The Smiths, Elastica, Soft Cell, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Pulp, Oasis, The Cardigans and The Jam all fair game, too. Slideshow and posters featuring deceased rock icons, plus DJs Diana and Larry G. spinning dearly departed indie, new wave, rock and Britpop faves. At Grand Star Jazz Club, 943 Sun Mun Way, Chinatown. More info at www.clubundergroundla.com.
PURE TRASH HALLOWEEN
Lethal Amounts presents an evening of graveyard grooves from two fellows who know how to scare up the dance floor: Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets. Dress to impress or distress. Bela Lugosi costumes will surely be appreciated. Free before 10pm, $5 after. At the Monty, 1222 W. 7th St., Westlake. More info.
Saturday, Oct. 31
Opulent Temple, Steampunk Saloon and the Cruz Coalition offer a bludgeoning of beats, vendor booths and bodacious art and peformance, all driven by sound slayers including: Hatiras, DJ Icon, divaDanielle, EVA, E.Jagz, Janneke, Eliki and Violin Girl, Loomer, Mia Dangerfield, LushBunny, BKWilly, Lowlife, Amore One, Wife and more. A “3D Halloween Spooktacular” is also promised. $20-$30. At Lot 613, 613 Imperial St., DTLA. More info.
MISS KITTY'S HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN BALL
If the Boulet Brothers' sex-and-blood-drenched Dragula party wasn’t enough for you, come back for more (and we mean more) with this macabre mega-bash. Miss Kitty’s 15th annual dance and dress-up orgy, hosted by Clive Barker, features a fully produced and interactive haunted mansion club experience, live horror shows and stage productions, monster slave dancers, sadistic carnival games, a grand costume competition, a meet and greet with Barker and demented DJs Barbeau, Nelstar and James Cerne shaking things up in two rooms. $20 pre-sale tickets or $25 at the door. At the Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. More info.
MINIMAL EFFORT HALLOWEEN
According to the peeps at M.E., Belasco Theatre may be haunted, so the music might not be the only thing to possess your body, though with this monstrous line-up you wont care: Agoria, Miss Kittin, Hunter/Game, John Wander, Human Resources, Saand, Blond:ish, Adana Twins, Finnebassen, Kimou, Adam Auburn, Modus, Anja Schneider, Rodriguez Jr. (live), Re.You, Sabo, Kevin Anderson b2b Rybo, Out of Hand, Far Away, Sage Caswell, Daniel T, Cooper Saver, Moon, Jen Ferrer, Jake Jenkins, Jonny Mons, Masha and Alison Swing. $70 and up. At the Belasco, 1050 S. Hill St., DTLA. More info. Tickets available exclusively via Resident Advisor.
Mrs. Fish’s retro rager features live sets of 1970s-themed music by Crystal Starr & the Bowties and dance floor freak-outs from DJ Phatrick. Seventies disco and funk fuel the floor all night. Creative '70s costumes will win a cash prizes and get captured by roaming black and white shutterbugs. Free. At Mrs. Fish, 448 S. Hill St., DTLA. More info.
Retro hocus-pocus drives the dance party at Club 90s with three areas of dancing: Bipjeffington and Jason Lavitt spin everything from the '90s on video on the main floor; Bruce Perdew spins old-school hip-hop (1990-2005) upstairs; and in “The Chamber,” DJ Maddin spins a dark mix of post-punk, new wave, '80s, '90s and goth. Nineties costumes highly encouraged, with special prizes for best. Haunted photobooth; limited edition buttons; '90s horror visuals. $10-$15. At Los Globos, 3040 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. More info.
SINISTER GHOSTLY BALL
Every day is Halloween at Bar Sinister. The long-running, black-cloaked bacchanal has a scary good line-up this year, natch: Live music by Heathen Apostles, In Letter Form and Swarming Orchids outside, while DJs Tommy, Satoki, John C. and Rocky spin the wicked wax to murder the dance floor inside. There will be plenty of sultry guests from the worlds of fetish and goth fashion, film and nightlife prancing amidst the club's always-killer haunted décor. Midnight costume contest with cash prizes. At Boardner's, 1652 N. Cherokee Ave., Hollywood. Tickets and more info at www.barsinister.net.
Another biggie for the dark-minded denizens of L.A., Hex gathers goth faves from LADEAD (Los Angeles Darkside), such as Malediction Society, Disko.Nekro, and Warlok for a sexy, hexy séance on the dance floor. Sounds include industrial, EBM, electro, synth-pop, aggrotech, witch house and techno, all spun by Dead’s decksters Xian Vox and The Baron along with Sister Circuit, Michael Stewart, Liz O, Gabe Reanimator, Krieg and others. They also promise a nightmare visual installation to haunt your dreams, sexy go-go ghouls, a punk rock patio, a fetish and erotic play area, and more. $10-$30, plus $10 additional charge for those not in costume. At Club Monte Cristo, 3100 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown. More info.
Featuring a live performance by Travis Scott, Halloween 2015 at the Hollywood Roosevelt will offer plenty of haunted twists and turns, as it once again takes over the entire building, which has long been rumored to harbor the ghosts of dead celebs. DJs, lethal libations and surely some of the most revealing costumes in town ensure an American horror story in more ways than one. $120-$200. At the Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. More info at www.thehollywoodroosevelt.com.