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Halloween in Los Angeles can be overwhelming; so many parties to attend, so many elaborate costumes to catch our eyes. While the costume party madness began for us over a week before the big day, the festivities didn't kick into full gear until Thursday night. Read on for what we did and who we saw…

Dance Right at La Cita

Photographer Colin Young-Wolff headed down to La Cita on Thursday night where Dance Right brought in super-hip Ed Banger DJ So-Me and locals Acid Girls for a pre-holiday bash that was highlighted by a surprise set from Drop the Lime (Trouble and Bass). Check out his slideshow here.

Grimm Fairytale Ball

Credit: Erin Broadley

Credit: Erin Broadley

Friday night, Erin Broadley hit up the Grimm Fairytale Ball at Xian Vox's popular goth club, Ruin. Xian and DJ Pumpkin (Wandering Marionettes) served up spooky dance floor treats to a crowd of impeccably costumed club kids. Check out more photos in the slideshow here, and read “Eight Great Reasons Why Goth Clubs Are the Only Place to Spend Halloween.”

Bow Wow Ween

Credit: Shannon Cottrell

Credit: Shannon Cottrell

On Saturday morning, canine L.A. had its chance to join in the Halloween spirit at Bow Wow Ween, hosted by Much Love Animal Rescue. Take a look at Shannon Cottrell's photos here.

Halloween in West Hollywood

Credit: Patrick Range McDonald

Credit: Patrick Range McDonald

It was the party of the year and Patrick Range McDonald was there. Check out the street scene from another epic Halloween in West Hollywood.

Hard Haunted Mansion

Credit: Timothy Norris

Credit: Timothy Norris

Hard returned to The Shrine for this year's Haunted Mansion event. Over the course of two nights, thousands of LA party people danced to the hottest techno sounds from Deadmau5, Justice and more. Timothy Norris was there to photograph both Friday and Saturday night. Also, read Anna Webber's “HARD Haunted Mansion: Closest We've Been to the Third Reich.”

Dirty Projectors at Echo Park Rec Cen

Credit: Erica Zora Wrightson

Credit: Erica Zora Wrightson

Brooklyn-based Dirty Projectors spent Halloween in Los Angeles, where the band played back-to-back gigs at Echo Park Rec Cen. Erica Zora Wrightson gives an account of the night.

Phish at Empire Polo Field

Credit: Jeff Miller

Credit: Jeff Miller

Meanwhile, out in the desert, Phish brought in the masses for a three-night stint at Empire Polo field. Jeff Miller reports on the first two nights.