Don't fear Halloween this year, friends. Yes, there are a lot of choices, but some -- even in Hollywood -- do go beyond the usual slutty costumes and amateur night pandemonium. Many promoters are thinking outside the boobie/boogie box for their Halloween haps, serving up wicked new themes that are sexy in atypical ways. Here, the ones deserving of the loudest screams.
Fri., Oct. 28
Narnia Halloween offers fantasy and fabulousness at La Descarga, the bar behind the magical wardrobe (if you've been there you know what we're talking about). What Cheer Productions brings the beatsmiths (Dan Mancini and Aaron Castle) and the band (Saint Motel) while the bar's bevy of burlesque cast its spell. Two nights: Friday and Saturday. $100 gets you open bar all night. 1159 North Western Ave. www.ladescargala.comTickets and tables at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Erotic fortune tellers, haunted hayride boy & girl lap-dancers, naughty gogo monsters, a costume runway strip off, a mummy massage parlour and live nekkid blood wrestling" are just some of the freaky features of Miss Kitty's World Famous Electrosex Halloween Ball. Performers include Courtney Cruz, Rudeness, Marky Makeup and Miss Kitty's Filthy Family. DJs Barbeau, Xian and Jasten King spin the sinfully sexy sounds. At the Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica blvd. www.misskittysparlour.com
Booby Trap's dramatic and demonic Theatre of Horror, is a haunted house party touting "horrific cinematic moment" art installations and a disco bloodbath on three floors. The Victorian manse will offer music by Blok (live) and DJs Josh Peace, DJ Laura, Louisahhh, Soft Metals (DJ set), Small Pyramids, Chris Cruse, Phyllis Navidad, Anon & Kim Anh and Saratonin. Tickets here.
Mermaids and pirates will haunt the Aquarium of Pacific which opens its doors after dark for a Halloween Night Dive (and dance). Drink, DJs, live art, bands and of course sea creatures create the eerie aquatic ambiance. Free Moral Agents and Restavrant rocks the lobsters, and Thomas Phillip Michael, Dj Digglz, DJ Endor and JP spin tunes. Tickets here.
Sat., Oct. 29
Bootie LA's first ever Halloween Monster Mash offers DJs Paul V. and Shyboy spinning spooky Halloween (boo)tlegs and pop hit mashups. Guests include DJ Freddy aka "King of Pants" (creator of Seattle's original mashup bootleg party FrankenBoot) plus the ravaging display of the dance group known as R.A.I.D. Midnight costume contest. At The Echoplex,1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park www.BootieLA.com
Celebrating Halloween among Tim Burton characters is a nightmare come true for some. At LACMA Muse's Dead Man's Ball, you'll get access to the popular film maker's exhibit, plus performances by She Wants Revenge, Killsonic, DJ Dex, Jeremiah Dead, and Sneaky Nietzsche. Enchanted environments created by Sypher Art Studios and prizes for Best Burton Character, Best Movie Monster, and Most Creative costume round out the arty amusements. Two free drinks tickets with admission.
No weekend brings out the ghoulish gaggles like Halloween, and Bar Sinister remains one of the best bashes from the dark side. At their annual Ghostly Equestrian Ball, fetish super model Masuimi Max performs, rockers Stolen Babies and New Rising Son play, and horses-from-hell style décor take you on an atmospheric ride. Dress decadent, devilish, fetish or futuristic. Costumes encouraged. At Boardner's, 1652 N Cherokee Ave. Hollywood. www.barsinister.net
Disco decadence meets blood sucker bodaciousness at Disco Dracula, an evening of "booze, blood, and buddies." The '70s disco vamp classic Nocturna will be screened, Dublab DJs (Mahssa, Sarah Toon, Shazulla Nebula and Ale) spin live and bands (Violet Tremors, and a zombie ABBA cover band called The Singles) bite into the bash. Arts & crafts, a champagne lounge, costume Contest and dancing 'til dawn round out the fang banger. At the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave. Tickets here.
Sun., Oct. 30
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LADEAD™, Xian Vox, Amanda Jones and Malediction Society present Gears & Teeth, "an anachronistic nightmare of blood and bronze." Steampunk, fetish, vampyric and clockpunk attire is encouraged for this terrorific time-traveling party. Darkwave, Industrial, EBM, Elektro, Noize, Synthpop, Aggrotech, Downtempo, Dubstep and Avant Garde sounds. At Malediction Society, 3100 Wilshire Blvd. For info on all of LADEAD's wicked Halloween haps (there are four, including a doozy called Underworld on Saturday) see www.LAdead.com.
Mon., Oct. 31
A super-duper soiree celebrating Superheroes & Supervillians pumps up Rich Royal's 5th annual Halloween event at Bar Marmont. Come dressed as your favorite hero or villain. Capes and tights welcome. The powers of DJ Daisy O'Dell & Angel Clouthier will send you flying. 8221 W Sunset Blvd. Facebook invite here. :
Mustache Mondays always has its share of dressy Bessies and boy toys, so on Halloween night the looks should be ferocious and the dance floor freaky. As the promoters suggest, just "throw some glitter on it and bloody up that gash!!!" Ball-style costume contest, DJs Total Freedom & Josh Peace, co-host's Cody Bayne, Kim Anh and Scarlett Casanova. At La Cita, 336 Hill St. www.twitter.com/mustachemondays