At long last, it’s officially Halloween week. Do you have your costume picked out yet? Yeah, neither do we. But that’s certainly not going to stop us from living it up and getting spooky. Whether you’re looking to stay home, watch movies, and decorate cookies, or dance until dawn inside an Eastside warehouse, there’s something for everybody this weekend - just make sure you plan it out in advance.
This weekend one of our favorite Eastside bars is dressing up as the South’s favorite greasy spoon, Waffle House, and everybody can get in on the fun. From Friday, October 29th to Saturday, the 30th, Thunderbolt will be serving specialty cocktails, booze in mugs, and breakfast for dinner all night long. Costumes are encouraged and vaccinations are required.
We can’t think of many better places to spend Halloween weekend than at Tramp Stamp Granny’s, the rowdy piano bar in Hollywood. They have several nights of great programming lined up, but we’re most excited about The Rocky Wh*re Queer Cabaret on Thursday, October 28th. Hosted by drag performer Jonnie Reinhart, expect a night of singing, dancing, celebrity guest appearances, and a lot of time warping.
The excellent restaurant/bakery in Culver City is offering several kid-friendly activities this weekend. The first is a special Halloween cookie decorating kit, which is available for pre-order and can be done at home or in the restaurant. Secondly, in honor of Dia de los Muertos, they’ll also be selling a special pan de muertos, a traditional Mexican sweet bread.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed Halloween night this year, head to Esters in Santa Monica. The fantastic wine bar is offering special orange wine flights for $25 from 3-9pm on Sunday, October 31st. It includes four different pours, plus a tiny cheesy pairing as well. Come in costume and get a complimentary cocktail.
Club Los Globos
Want to dance until dawn this Halloween? Head to Los Globos in Silver Lake for their annual Monster Ball that begins at 11pm on Saturday, October 30th, and goes until 5am the following morning. Spread across four different rooms, this queer-friendly dance party features multiple DJs and drag performances, go-go dancers, costume contests, and more. Pre-sale tickets are $20 and $25 at the door.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is hosting a daytime Dia de los Muertos festival this Saturday, October 30th from 9am-3pm. The event will feature various altars, art exhibitions, cultural performers, art and crafts vendors, and food provided by Coni’Seafood, among others. Tickets are $40 for GA and $150 for VIP, which gives you access to premium food and beverage options, and special seating.
In the event that you can’t wait until December to start decorating gingerbread houses, head to Huckleberry in Santa Monica. The popular bakery and cafe is selling Haunted House decorating kits for $65 that include candy, sprinkles, icing, cookies, and more. You can pre-order up until October 31st.
There is no shortage of Halloween parties around town this weekend, but the most raucous and wild one is happening at the Globe Theater in Downtown on Sunday, October 31st. This all-night dance party will feature a variety of queer performances, drag queens, and copious amounts of latex. Tickets are $22 and doors open at 10am.