Each year, the City of West Hollywood hosts its incomparable Halloween Carnaval — one of the most unique Halloween gatherings in the world. With an estimated attendance of several hundred thousand people, the Halloween Carnaval is the world’s largest Halloween festivity. Akin to Times Square in New York City on New Year’s Eve, it is one of Southern California’s largest events of any kind.
The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval will take place on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard. Children and pets are discouraged from attending because of dense crowds.
“West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval is always so much fun,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister. “Every year I’m amazed at the creativity that people put in to their costumes for the festivities. Halloween on Santa Monica Boulevard brings together people from all over the region and it’s an incredible affirmation of our community’s inventiveness and originality — it’s part of what makes West Hollywood extraordinary!”
This year’s Halloween Carnaval will celebrate the disco era that paved the way to the City’s incorporation in 1984. Staged over a one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard/Historic Route 66, this year’s Halloween Carnaval will feature several areas with live DJs who will entertain wildly dressed crowds for a five-hour one-of-a-kind experience.
West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister and members of the West Hollywood City Council will host a brief program at 9 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. There will also be photo stations at the Carnaval to capture images for display at www.facebook.com/wehocarnaval.
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. The event has grown year-by-year into an annual 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 and even travel from domestic and international spots to take part in the fun.
Due to the Halloween Carnaval, there will be street closures in West Hollywood on Monday, October 31, 2016 and the morning of Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Main closures are: 1) San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from 12 a.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016, to 7 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016; and 2) Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Croft Avenue/Holloway Drive from 12 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016, through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 — in addition, La Cienega Boulevard will close to North/South traffic at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016. 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 Halloween Carnaval from 11 a.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016 to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. 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 https://www.metro.net/service/advisories/update/special/508/.
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 La Brea Only) — will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. from Hollywood and Highland to Santa Monica Boulevard/La Brea Avenue. (Connect to The PickUp’s Special Service from the stop at La Brea 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 and 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.
Additional information is posted on the website for The PickUp at: www.wehopickup.com.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval 2016 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.