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Wild West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval Guide

Carol Kay

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Each year, the City of West Hollywood hosts its incomparable Halloween Carnaval, one of the most unique- and crowded- Halloween gatherings in the world.

This year’s West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval will take place on Thursday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on a one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.

The event is free and open for all to enjoy, but children and pets are discouraged from attending due the inevitably dense crowds. Parking won’t be easy, either- while there are parking structures in the area, they won’t be cheap, and good luck getting in! We recommend checking out the designated ride share drop off locations here.

West Hollywood Carnaval 2018

West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval was launched in 1987 and is rooted in the foundation of the City’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.

Be prepared to pack light: 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).
  • No weapons, fireworks, or drones will be tolerated.

Of course, in order to accommodate such a huge party, there will be street closures in West Hollywood on Thursday, October 31, 2019 and the morning of Friday, November 1, 2019. Main closures are:

  • San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 12:00 a.m. midnight on Thursday, October 31, 2019, to no later than 7:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • All alleyways between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 12:00 a.m. midnight on Thursday, October 31, 2019, to no later than 7:00 a.m. on Friday,  November 1, 2019.
  • Santa Monica Blvd. between La Cienega Blvd. and Croft Ave. / Holloway Dr. 
    from 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 through 6:00 a.m. on Friday,  November 1, 2019.
  • Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Blvd. 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • Robertson Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • Almont Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • La Peer Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Cynthia Street 
    from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • La Cienega Boulevard between Holloway Drive and Melrose Avenue 
    from 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 2019, to 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • Sunset Boulevard eastbound and westbound turn lanes onto southbound La Cienega Boulevard 
    from 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.

For more information about the Halloween Carnaval, check out visitwesthollywood.com or call the City of West Hollywood’s Halloween Hotline at (323) 848-6503.

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