Each year, the City of West Hollywood hosts its incomparable Halloween Carnaval — one of the most unique Halloween gatherings in the world.
The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval will take place on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard. Children and pets are discouraged from attending because of dense crowds.
“The annual Halloween Carnaval is always such an exciting event,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman, “I’m amazed each year by the imagination and talent that go in to creating elaborate and inventive costumes. The joy of the crowd is palpable and the celebration is a wonderful testament to the City of West Hollywood’s creativity.”
Staged over a one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard/Historic Route 66, the Halloween Carnaval will feature several areas with live DJs who will entertain wildly dressed crowds for a one-of-a-kind experience.
West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman and members of the West Hollywood City Council will host a brief program at approximately 8:45 p.m. at the San Vicente Stage located at the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevards.
The City invites Carnaval-goers to get into the spirit and show-off costumes by uploading photos to social media sites with the hashtag #wehohalloween.
In order to ensure a safe Halloween Carnaval for everyone, the City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station are reminding attendees about important safety guidelines — no alcohol or public drinking will be allowed; no backpacks, camera cases, tote bags, etc. will be permitted (clear plastic bags will be allowed); and no weapons or drones will be tolerated. Kids and pets are strongly discouraged. Festival-goers should remember — If You See Something, Say Something.
The City of West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval was launched in 1987 and is rooted in the foundation of the City of West Hollywood’s diverse culture and community. Each year, the event is a gathering of phenomenal costumes, entertainment, culture, and self-expression with a myriad of observers, revelers, exhibitionists, and performers. People come from all over the region to take part in the fun.
Due to the Halloween Carnaval, there will be street closures in West Hollywood on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 and the morning of Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Main closures are:
- San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from 12 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, to 7 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017;
- Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Croft Avenue/Holloway Drive from 6 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, through 6 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017;
- Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard and all adjacent side streets just to the north and south of Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny and La Cienega from 12 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, through 6 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017; and
- La Cienega Boulevard will close to northbound/southbound traffic in the vicinity of Santa Monica Boulevard at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
Additional street closure information is available on the City’s website at: www.weho.org/visitors/events-in-the-city/halloween-carnaval/street-closures. Due to street closures, there will be modifications to CityLine and CityLineX routes on Halloween day — details can be found at www.weho.org/cityline.
The City will suspend permit parking restrictions for the Halloween Carnaval from 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Parking meters will be waived citywide from 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to 2 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Carnaval-goers are reminded to observe the boundaries of West Hollywood. If parking occurs in the City of Los Angeles or in the City of Beverly Hills, all parking restrictions must be strictly observed. Public parking will be available at lots throughout the City for a fee; lot location and price information is posted on the City’s website at: www.weho.org/visitors/events-in-the-city/halloween-carnaval/parking-information.
The City encourages Carnaval-goers to leave cars at home, to carpool, or to use public transportation options. Metro offers several transit options to get to West Hollywood. A trip planner is available at www.metro.net.
The City will offer Carnaval-goers three free transit options to help get to and from the Halloween Carnaval:
- CityLineX (Modified Service) – will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Hollywood and Highland to Santa Monica Boulevard/Sweetzer Avenue;
- Hollywood Link (Special CityLineX Service to and from La Brea Only) – will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. between Hollywood and Highland and Santa Monica Boulevard/La Brea Avenue. (Connect to The PickUp’s Special Service from the stop at La Brea, on the south side of the street, to reach the Halloween Carnaval); and
- The PickUp (Special Service) – will run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard and will stop at all regular eastbound stops between Sweetzer Avenue/La Brea Avenue. Once the PickUp reaches its La Brea Avenue stop, it will take an express route west toward the Halloween Carnaval via Melrose Avenue to its special Halloween stop on Kings Road/Santa Monica Boulevard. From 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., The PickUp will only run eastbound from Kings Road/Santa Monica Boulevard to La Brea Avenue/Santa Monica Boulevard.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval 2017 is sponsored by the City of West Hollywood and produced with Authentic, a branded entertainment and experiential marketing agency that has enjoyed a successful partnership around Halloween Carnaval and other City events for many years.
For additional information about the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, please visit www.weho.org/halloween or call (323) 848-6503.
To contact the City’s Communications staff during the event, please call (323) 513-7861 or (213) 248-1391. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.