We may be too old to trick-or-treat, but that certainly doesn’t stop us from getting into the Halloween spirit and throwing back killer cocktails in costume. Here in L.A., the options are monstrous, so we’ve done some research and rounded up the most frighteningly fun Halloween events with “spirits” you won’t want to miss.
Haunted Hospital Halloween Party
Originally dubbed the Golden Sun saloon – purchased in 1905 by president Teddy Roosevelt – the iconic property re-opened in Downtown L.A. as the Golden Gopher in 2004. The bar is turning into a Haunted Hospital for a wild Halloweekend, featuring a wild costume contest. Enter by 10:30 p.m. for your chance to win $50 or $100 to use towards your tab at Golden Gopher. Behind the bar, the asylum staff will serve up specialty cocktails like the Code Blue. Blood Transfusion, DNR, and Brain Hemorrhage.
When: Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Golden Gopher, 5151 W. 7th St., Los Angeles
Hotel Figueroa Giorgio’s Halloween Takeover
This Halloween, the iconic Hotel Figueroa brings bewitching revelries to life in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles with various Halloween festivities including a night of supernatural debauchery on Saturday, Oct. 26 with Giorgio’s – an unforgettable night of disco-infused mystery. Presented by the delectable world of Bryan Rabin and Adam Bravin, Giorgio’s is taking over the entirety of the hotel, creating three exclusive rooms where guests can expect the unexpected. What better place to experience a private haunt than at the historic nearly-century old hotel? Halloween enthusiasts can celebrate and imbibe with October cocktails like Bloody Marias, Wizard’s Tea, Morgue-A Rita, Witch’s Brew, Poison Apple, all whilst taking in the views of the hotel’s coffin-shaped pool.
Tickets: $35 for general, $55 for VIP with access to Upstairs of Rick’s, and expedited entry. Table and bottle service also available for purchase.
When: Saturday, Oct. 26
Where: Hotel Figueroa, 939 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles,
House of Spirits
Step inside the House of Spirits — a haunted cocktail soiree that is unlike any other party in town! Freely roam a mysterious mansion and experience a night of macabre magic, sinister séances, tarot readings, strange roaming specters, live music, hidden secret games, giant Ouija boards and, of course, themed cocktails. Each inspired by a specific room in the mansion so explore the property and ty them all. The event sponsored by Don Julio, Top Chio and put on by Secret LA.
When: Now through Saturday, Nov. 2
Where: Between DTLA and Culver City. The address of the mansion is still a secret.
Tickets: $60 to $65, Ages 21+
Nights of the Jack
Nights of the Jack has returned to King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas now through Nov. 3. Angelenos will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a Halloween wonderland, filled with thousands of hand-carved Jack O’Lanterns at this ranch, which is steeped in history. Legend has it that in 1824, at the top of the Calabasas grade on the original El Camino Real, a rancher from Oxnard spilled a wagonload of pumpkins while en route to Los Angeles. Sometime later, hundreds of pumpkin seeds sprouted alongside the road. As a result of the surprising event, the area was dubbed Las Calabasas—”the place where the pumpkins fell.” Nights Of The Jack is more than your traditional Halloween attraction. Vast grounds of intricately hand-carved and illuminated pumpkins will welcome visitors as they make their way through the half-mile trail around the ranch. This year, in partnership with Nickelodeon, the event features a special “SpongeBob SquarePants” installation, which brings to life fan-favorite SpongeBob characters and iconic Bikini Bottom places through an illuminated pumpkin display, as well as an “Are You “Afraid of the Dark?” pre-show tent space to include twisted surprises, along with an interactive augmented reality experience. The grounds will also feature a live pumpkin carver, gift shop, food trucks from some of Los Angeles’ most popular dining destinations, “The Spookeasy Bar” Nights of the Jack, which will serve traditional alcoholic beverages as well as specially crafted Halloween cocktails, and tons of other “Instagrammable” moments for all to enjoy.
When: Now through Sunday, Nov. 3
Where: 26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas
After its highly successful first year
Tickets: $27 for adults (13 years old and up) and $22 for children (3-12 years old). Children 0-2 years old are free.
Halloween Carnival Party at L.P. Rooftop Bar
Unleash your wild side under the moonlight! On Oct. 26, West Hollywood’s E.P. & L.P. transforms into a carnival-themed Halloween party on the L.P. Rooftop, reveling in Fright Night festivities. To set the mood for a spirited evening, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., ghoulish offerings include a premium hosted open bar, with E.P.’s signature cocktails, well spirits, beer, wine, and passed appetizers.
When: Saturday, Oct. 26 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: E.P. & L.P., 603 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Tickets: $65 early bird special; $75 for general. Includes appetizers, open bar, and no wait. Table and bottle service also available for purchase. Post 10 p.m., it’s business as usual on the rooftop.c
Scary Movie Month at Melrose Rooftop Theater
Even if you can’t make it L.P.’s Halloween party on Oct. 26, you can still get into rooftop spirit. Melrose Rooftop Theatre at E.P. & L.P. will be screening scary movies all month long for Halloween. Scary Movie Month includes spooky favorites like “Hocus Pocus,” “Scream” and “Carrie”. Together with a killer backdrop of the Hollywood Hills, a custom menu by E.P.’s Head Chef Sabel Braganza, and specialty cocktails alongside individual headsets, guests can expect a one-of-a-kind, eerie cinema experience. Screenings begin at sundown with most films running from 8:30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. In addition to the individual headsets with wireless technology provided to guests to maximize the cinema experience via a state-of-the-art Da Lite 16’ x 19’ screen, the theatre will have a concession stand with all beloved movie snacks, including popcorn, candy, and ice cream, a cinema cocktail program, plus some very Instagrammable décor to make your friends insanely jealous.
When: All Month Long In October
Where: E.P. & L.P., 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
Tickets: $27.50 – $65
Atrium’s All Hallow’s Eve Bash
Los Feliz’s buzziest new neighborhood restaurant, Atrium, will take part in the Halloween shenanigans this year by giving out candy to all of the little trick-or-treaters passing by early in the evening along Vermont Avenue. As the evening progresses, from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., the restaurant will serve up an array of specially-prepared spooktacular bites from Executive Chef Hunter Pritchett. Menu items include Scary Hot Bat Wings (crispy chicken wings, ghost pepper glaze, yuzu ranch), Ghoulie Crab Rangoon Tostada (crab, spicy mayo, green tobiko),, Haunted Burger (blended patty, blood red queso dip), Pumpkin Puke Hummus (pepita hummus, creepy carrots), Dracula Cookie (chocolate chip -red bloody jam, marshmallow, almond fangs), Witches Fingers (almond cookies, marshmallow fluff dip) and Count Chocula-te Cupcakes (vanilla frosting, assorted candies). Beverage Director Jordan Young adds to the amusement with spirited cocktails including the Nightmare on Vermont St. made with gin, Drambuie, Krogstad, Atrium Gloog, orgeat, lemon and angostura and the Devil’s Daughter made with Los Javis, Rucolino, Zirbenz Alpine, Pimm’s No.1, pomegranate-chai cordial, lemon and smoke. Eastsiders can stay put on historic Vermont Ave this year, don a truly terrifying costume, and enjoy All Hallows’ Eve with friends and neighbors alike well into the night.
When: Thursday, Oct. 31
Where: Atrium, 1816 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles
Shipwreck Cove Halloween Party
Argh mateys! Get ready to party like a pirate at the newly opened The Backyard of Chez Jay, an iconic Santa Monica spot which has served locals, celebrities and visitors since 1959. Guests will not want to miss this beachside bungalow transformed to a haunted Shipwreck Cove Halloween Bash! Dress to impress in your most clever costume and enter The Backyard at Chez Jay Costume Contest! The best boo-tiful costume will win a $100 gift certificate to Chez Jay and second best will win a $50 gift certificate! Creepy, and delicious, craft cocktails are covered at The Backyard at Chez Jay. Sip on Captain Jay’s Punch mixed up with Bacardi, Ramazotti Amaro Liqueur, pineapple juice, lime juice, and topped with a goslings dark rum float and a gummy worm garnish. Howl at the pale moonlight, “dance till you’re dead,” and treat yourself to tantalizing bites and beverages shipwrecked by the beach at The Backyard at Chez Jay this Hallow’s Eve. RSVP at thebackyardhalloween2019.eventbrite.com
When: Thursday, Oct. 31
Where: The Backyard at Chez Jay, 1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
Magic/Bar Halloween Party
Prepare for the most magical of evenings and a celebration of the spooky illusions at Magic|Bar in Encino this Halloween. Led by bartender/magician extraordinaire Benjamin Schrader, the Magic|Bar Halloween Party ticket will include a world-famous magic show featuring Jonathan Levitt, a glass of “spooky” punch (red wine, Pur Likor Spice Blood Orange Liqueur, simple syrup, orange juice, Angostura bitters, green apples, and orange slices), deliciously eerie finger foods like Rice Chicharron with “bloody” beet mustard and a “trick or treat” dessert prepared by owner/Pastry Chef Margarita Kallas-Lee. Additional creepy cocktails available for purchase include the Phantom Fizz made with Sipsmith Sloe Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda; Gruesome Sour made with bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white and float of red wine on top; Boo-levardier made with bourbon, La Quintinye Sweet Vermouth and Campari; Fairy Dust made with Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino, Citadelle Gin and lime juice; and Grim Reaper made with Giffard Creme de Cassis, Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila, lime juice, ginger syrup and top soda. There will be two seatings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
When: Thursday, Oct. 31
Where: Magic|Bar, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino
Tickets: are available for purchase, $80/person.
It’s all hands on deck for one of L.A. scariest celebrations. It’s that time of year when the Dark Harbor descends upon the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach. The ship, along with its parking lot, is converted to be part of the yearly eerie experience. The Halloween haunt features six terrifying mazes, over 200 heinous monsters there to scare, rides, live shows, a haunted hookah lounge and a virtual reality 4D Panic experience. Dark Harbor has four secret bars masked in menacing darkness, waiting to be uncovered. Stumble upon the demented delights brewing within The SideBar, Overboard, The Line Up, and Fathom 6. You can also take a break in the exclusive RIP Lounge located above Dark Harbor, where you can rest in peace with a ghost-eye-view of the entire event with the occasional monster encounter. The upgrade includes R.I.P. Lounge Access, two drink tickets, redeemable in the R.I.P. lounge and access to an all you can eat taco bar.
When: Now through Saturday, Nov. 2
Where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach,
Haunted Halloween Week at Toca Madera
The West Hollywood modern-Mexican institution known for its bold shared plates and farm-to-glass cocktails will be celebrating Hallow’s Eve and Day Of The Dead with a week of programming to entice, scare and delight guests. A spooky specialty menu of dark-hued food items such as Mexican Truffle Empanadas or Pan-Seared Cod with squid ink ancho chile sauce will complement cocktails created by bartender Charity Johnston, known for her over-the-top serves. DJ sets from artists include Farralone, Mark Chill, Casey Kiss and more will spin throughout the week and transport guests to a world unknown. Come Halloween, guests will revel in a special Dark Circus-themed party with cocktails and programming in conjunction with Azunia Tequila and Avion Tequila transforming the space with fire breathers, stilt walkers, tarot card reader and more. The following night, Dia de Los Muertos, live and immersive entertainment will feature face-painting, fire dancers, and ghoulish Spanish guitar players complete with a new set of speciality cocktails provided by Casamigos and Cuervo Reserva La Familia to cap off the week-long celebrations.
When: Friday, Oct. 25 to Friday, Nov. 1
Where: Toca Madera, West Hollywood, 8450 W. 3rd St.
Big Lebowski Brunch
Party like The Dude in Downtown Los Angeles at Preux & Proper’s 2nd Annual Big Lebowski Brunch – a Halloween celebration fit for His Dudeness that really ties the room together!. Beginning at noon, leave it to Preux & Proper Owner Josh Kopel, Partner and Executive Chef Sammy Monsour and Beverage Director Kassady Wiggins to present a Halloween Brunch that will succeed your highest dreams with themed drinks, delectable dishes, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, and lotta what-have-yous for all the die-hard Dudes, Dudettes and Duderinos out there. Wiggins has all The Dudes and Dudettes covered with cocktails kicking-off with One Hell Of A Caucasian White Russian Frozen Daiquiri made with Effen Vodka and St. George Nola Coffee Liqueur. If one parties too hard on Saturday and needs a bit of a pick-me-up on Sunday, they can start the day by Enjoying My Coffee comprised of Knob Creek Bourbon, cold brew coffee, Stoneground Guerrero Chocolate, cream and Miracle Mile Orange Bitters, or a Good Sarsaparilla made with cardamom and clove-Infused Tito’s Vodka, vanilla bean, and ginger sassafras simple. Like the rug, beer can really help tie things together, so guests can also knock back some Oat Sodas; refreshing ½ dozen Miller High Life Ponies on ice.. As for those El Duderinos who are ready for eats and treats this Halloween, they will enjoy gourmet “The Big Lebowski” themed plates, such as the “I Told That Kraut A Thousand Fucking Times I Don’t Roll On Shabbos” House Andouille Nachos. Next, indulge on Monsour’s “Those are good burgers, Walter,” an In-N-Out style 2×2 or the “You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me,” a BBQ fried chicken bánh mi with pig trotter terrine. So, slip on your comfiest smoking robe, call your best bowling buds, and head to Preux & Proper where the Dude abides with damn good dishes, day-drinking, and all the Halloween fun you can handle.
When: Sunday, Oct. 27 at noon
Where: Preux & Proper, 840 S. Spring St., Los Angeles
Halloween at Skybar
Skybar at Mondrian isn’t throwing one Halloween party. It’s throwing FOUR, all with a different theme. The festivities kick off Thursday, Oct. 24 with the eerie-themed Black MagicNight Market where guests can shop local vendors while sipping cocktails. Dust off your bell bottoms and groove to the ’60s vibes at Hollywoodstock on Friday, Oct. 25. On Saturday, Oct. 26, the massive bar and lounge beckons California partiers to a live DJ-led Journey To Candyland dance party in its Halloween den of vice and sweet treat. Finally, on Wednesday, Oct. 31,enter a world of fantasy and candy to fulfill your sweetest desires at the Sugar Rush Candy Crush party. Costumes aren’t just encouraged, they are required. Really looking to misbehave? Opt for one of Skybar Mondrian’s Halloween VIP table and bottle packages for exclusive table service and other perks.
When: Thursday, Oct. 24 to Thursday, Oct. 31
Where: 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, sbe.com/nightlife/brands/skybar, @skybarla
LA Haunted Hayride
The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park has been a scary staple on the local Halloween scene in 2009. This year, the park has been completely reimagined with a 1980s theme and transformed into the retro, haunted town of Midnight Falls. Throughout the hayride, and supporting scare zones including The Midnight Mortuary haunted house and Roadkill Ranch and Trick Or Treat mazes, guests will encounter terrifying creatures and screams. There is also a mini escape room and a twisted Town Square area with live music, devilishly delicious bites and creep-approved cocktails. Keep your eyes peeled for some famous faces among the frighted. Adam Scott, Lana Del Ray, Ashley Tisdale, Pete Wentz have all hit up the LA Haunted Hayride this year.
When: Now through Saturday, Nov. 2
Where: Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles
Ticket: $34.99 to $109 per person
For Angelenos who are still looking for something spirited to do this Halloween, West Hollywood cocktail destination, Bibo Ergo Sum, will transform into an immersive tiki experience, dubbed Trader Sum’s. For one night only, guests are invited to enjoy an evening of enchantment and revelry, featuring inventive cocktails, costume contests and surprise giveaways. Served by their talented zombified bar staff, the evening’s cocktail selection will feature a complimentary welcome punch, flaming boilermakers, tiki classics, savory snacks and large format offerings for groups, with a special mojito-tini service starting at 11 p.m.
When: Thursday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.
Where: Bibo Ergo Sum, 116 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles
Nightmare on Hope Street
Prank, LA’s first walk-up bar specializing in organic, non-GMO bar food and terpene cocktails, allows guests to sidle up to the bar directly from the street, making it the perfect location for a block party. Prank will be hosting Nightmare on Hope Street from 4 p.m. to midnight encouraging attendees to come in costume to enjoy a free drink ticket, play games, sip on spooky cocktails, listen to live jazz music, and more. Admission to the block party is free.
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Prank Bar, 1100 S. Hope St., Los Angeles
Stephen King’s ‘IT:’ A Musical Parody
Rockwell Table & Stage introduces a spine-chilling and ghastly, yet comedic spin on Stephen King’s “IT,” as a part of the Rockwell Musical Parodies series. Spooky enthusiasts have the opportunity to experience the hysterical take on the frightening classic that is guaranteed countless, shrieking laughs. Running every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. and Sundays at noon until Nov. 23. Rockwell Musical Parodies’ rendition takes inspiration from both the original 1990 classic film and the 2017 re-make, as well as the novel that started it all, ensuring an epicly frightful experience. Known as Los Angeles’ premier musical parody venue, Rockwell continues in producing the utmost professional entertainment with electrifying vocals, side-splitting comedy, and notable cast members, from Broadway to on-screen and beyond. Stephen King’s “IT” A Musical Parody is no exception to the high-level shows many have come to adore and anticipate. There is also a special “IT” inspired menu with cocktails that are only offered during show times.
WHEN; Now through Sunday, Nov. 23
WHERE: Rockwell Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles
Tickets start at $25.
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