Author: Caroline Olsen-Van Stone
At the WeHo Halloween carnival, a long stretch of Santa Monica Blvd is blocked off for about 500,000 hooligans (and GHOUL-igans!!!) who, for the most part, are costumed to celebrate All Hallows Eve. The male body is definitely the focal point of the evening, so be prepared to view lots of pecs, abs and gluteus maximi. I saw a group of very professional angel divas in drag, catwalking a half block one after the other. They drew quite a crowd. There were also a group of men dressed as scantily-clad brightly-colored bunnies, complete with furry ears, feet and thongs.
The street is alive and all of the bars and clubs will be open. I recommend going to as many of these as possible, because you will see more that way.
Try to make sure your whole gang is costumed because you will get more positive attention. There is also a lot of live music on at least three official stages, and many opportunities for celebrity sightings. The last time I was there, Ryan Seacrest was named the event’s Queen for a Day. There is so much good people-watching- just make sure the friends who join you will enjoy that, too.
Also, drive with people who are good at driving and parking in absolute mayhem and traffic. Alternatively, you can take public transportation, (try Metro Rapid for faster times to WeHo).
The WeHo Halloween Costume Carnival takes place on Halloween night from 6p.m.-11p.m. on Santa Monica Blvd between Doheny and La Cienega. There are other events going on starting Oct 23.
Check out the Web site at http://www.weho.org.
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