Who doesn’t love Halloween? Whether it’s for the chills, costumes or parties, I look forward to it every year. And I’m happy to say there seems to be a decrease in douchy “1st Annual” parties this year and an increase in events I actually want to go to! By the way, catch me on Carson Daly’s radio show “AMP Mornings” this morning for the audio version of this roundup.
Thursday, October 28
Taste some scary-scrumptious brews with The Beer Chicks at West LA’s TLofts. They’ll be pouring Evil Dead Red, Unibroue Maudite, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale and more!
- 6-8pm. TLofts, 11500 Tennessee Avenue, West LA (map).
Friday, October 29
Villains Tavern Dark Carnival
This Halloween party downtown goes off for two days with tarot card readings, carnival food, a costume contest and even a freak show. There will also be Oktoberfest beers and handcrafted cocktails. But I’m lovin the beer in a bag option, which is $3 brown bags of Schlitz, Tecate and Bud Light.
- Friday-Saturday, 7pm-2am. Free. Villains Tavern, 1356 Palmetto Street, Downtown (map). (213) 613-0766.
**Saturday, October 30
Night of Rising Spirits at Les Deux in Hollywood
The party for cocktail aficionados. All-star mixologists from all over — including Simon Ford, Damian Windsor (Roger Room), Naomi Schimek (First & Hope), Erick Castro (SF) and more — will be hand crafting cocktails. And during the VIP hour from 8-9 they’ll have free appetizers and cocktail punch. But costumes and RSVP are required.
- 8pm. $10. Les Deux, 1638 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Hollywood (map).
Halloween Weekend at Outdoor Cinema
If you like watching scary movies, this outdoor cinema will screen Zombieland in the Cornfields near Chinatown. There will also be bands, food trucks and a full bar. And on Halloween night, they’ll screen The Shining at Exposition Park near USC where you can bring a cooler and outside drinks.
Halloween Pub Crawl in Hollywood
A 2-day pub crawl around Hollywood where you hit up 20 bars and score drink deals like 2-for-1 drinks and $2 draft beers. The crawl starts off at the Pig and Whistle where you check in and get your map and pub crawl paraphernalia. Target bars include The Well, Big Wangs and Citizen Smith.
- Saturday-Sunday, Noon-11pm. $15-$20. Starts at: Pig N Whistle, 6714 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood (map).
**Sunday, October 31
The Edison’s All Hallow’s Eve
For a really classy good time on the big night itself, this party in the swankiest basement bar ever will feature contortionists, dancers, live music and hand-crafted cocktails.
- 8pm. $25 with costume, $35 without. The Edison, 108 W. 2nd Street, Downtown (map).