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 Saturday, October 31, 2015 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 one of the most exciting events of the year,” said West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath. “There will be wonderful performances and entertainment — and of course, people who come out and celebrate Halloween in West Hollywood never hold back on amazing, elaborate costumes. It’s really fun to see the creativity that people bring to this incredible celebration of Halloween and our City.”
This year’s Halloween Carnaval marks a milestone for the City of West Hollywood, as the City wraps-up a year of celebrations to recognize 30 years of Cityhood. In keeping with an anniversary theme, Halloween Carnaval 2015 will pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. First released in 1975, this musical comedy horror film has become an international cult classic film and is the longest-running theatrical release in film history.
West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath and members of the West Hollywood City Council will welcome Rocky Horror Picture Show icon Tim Curry, who will be named the City’s Honorary Mayor. The ceremony will take place at 8:45 p.m. at the San Vicente Stage located at the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevards.
Staged over a one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard/Historic Route 66, this year’s Halloween Carnaval will feature seven areas of exceptional entertainment featuring bands, DJs, dancers, artists, and painters who will entertain wildly dressed crowds for a five-hour one-of-a-kind experience. 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.
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. Additional information is available as a on the City’s website.
Due to the Halloween Carnaval, there will be street closures in West Hollywood on Saturday, October 31, 2015 and the morning of Sunday, November 1, 2015. Main closures are: 1) San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from 12 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2015, to 6 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2015; and 2) Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Croft Avenue/Holloway Drive from 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2015, through 6 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2015. Additional street closure information is available on the City’s website.
The City will suspend permit parking restrictions for Halloween Carnaval from 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2015 to 12 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2015. 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.
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.
A free, safe, and easy way to get to the Halloween Carnaval is The PickUp, which will have a special route for the occasion. From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., The PickUp will head east to go west — Carnaval-bound passengers may board The PickUp at stops on the south side of Santa Monica Boulevard between Kings Road and La Brea Avenue; then, The PickUp will travel west along Melrose Avenue to drop passengers off at Kings Road and Santa Monica Boulevard. From 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., The PickUp will only travel eastbound between Kings Road and La Brea Avenue. During the day, there will be an amended schedule and route for the Cityline shuttle. For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/wehopickup and www.weho.org/cityline.
The City of West Hollywood’s WeHoTV will offer a hosted broadcast of the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval atwww.youtube.com/wehotv with a link provided at www.weho.org. Note: this is a live broadcast and due to the nature of the event, viewer discretion is advised.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval 2015 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 more information about The Rocky Horror Picture Show, please contact Conor Sellers, Director, Publicity at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.