Tips for WeHo Halloween Carnaval Parking and More

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We know it’s going to be nuts. We know you’re super pumped. So let us help you find the best West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval parking this year. Many LA-natives call it the “people-watching event of the year” because of the outrageous costumes, from hyper-realistic and terrifying, to extravagant and risqué. With an expected attendance of 500,000 people, it’s not really the kind of event you can just wing. Keep reading for the best tips for West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval Parking and More, and get ready for the biggest, baddest Halloween celebration in LA!

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Photo from the 2017 Halloween Carnaval by Rozette Rago via TimeOut.

Parking

Yes, we are a parking app! And we’re going to start by giving you the lowdown on what to do about parking at the Carnaval this year. Chances are you don’t have a friend with an extra space near the route, so your best bet is to reserve in advance with us. You can browse available spaces here and get $10 off when you enter the code HALLOWEEN18 at checkout. But if you have plans to drink this Halloween, please skip the parking and take a rideshare instead! Pro-tip: Have your driver drop you off a 5 to 10-minute walk away to avoid the rush.

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Photo from the 2017 Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade by Justin Rudd via Facebook.

Kids and Dogs

Because of the big crowds and crazy costumes, this Halloween party is geared toward adult humans, meaning kids and dogs are not the intended audiences. We recommend you send your kids out trick-or-treating with friends and turn that porch light off to keep your dogs from barking at every knock at the door. Does your dog have a killer costume this year? Can’t bear the thought of it going to waste? Consider attending the Howl-o-ween costume contest at Amoeba Records, the Doggy Dash 5k in Griffith Park or the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade in Long Beach.

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Photo from the 2017 Halloween Carnaval by Rollence Patugan for Jennifer Emery via Facebook.

Costumes

The Halloween Carnaval is the time to go all out with your costume. Wigs, stilts, crazy makeup, prosthetics–there is no costume or accessory too crazy for this party, so bring your A-game. You can post your photos on your socials with the hashtag #WeHoHalloween for a chance to be featured on West Hollywood’s official feeds. To get a feel for what they share, check out West Hollywood’s 2017 costume gallery. P.S. Check out our post from last year if you need a little costume inspiration.

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Photo from the 2017 Halloween Carnaval by Rozette Rago via TimeOut.

Events

On and along the one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, make the most of your night by taking in all the DJ sets, shows, performances and contests that you can handle. Dance, make new friends, take pictures and marvel at all the amazing costumes. You might also want to stay for the naming ceremony for the Carnaval Queen. Past crowns have gone to the likes of Queen Latifah, Rihanna and Ryan Seacrest.

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Logistics

The Halloween Carnaval takes over the one-mile stretch on Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard, so there are going to be a lot of street closures. Plan ahead to make sure you don’t get stuck in a line of angry drivers dressed as zombies and clowns because that sounds like a Halloween nightmare to us. According to the City of West Hollywood, the street closures are as follows:

Main Closures
  • San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue
    • From 12 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018
      to no later than 7 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Holloway Drive/Croft Avenue
    • From 6 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018
      through 6 a.m. on Thursday,  November 1, 2018
  • Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard and all side streets will be closed
    • From 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018
      to 6 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • La Cienega Boulevard between Holloway Drive and Melrose Avenue
    • From 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018
      to 6 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018
Additional Closures
  • All alleyways between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue
    • From 12 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018
      to no later than 7 a.m. on Thursday,  November 1, 2018
  • Robertson Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue
    • From 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018
      through 6 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Almont Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue
    • From 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018
      through 6 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • La Peer Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue
    • From 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018,
      through 6 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Cynthia Street
    • From 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018,
      through 6 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Sunset Boulevard eastbound and westbound turn lanes onto southbound La Cienega Boulevard
    • From 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018,
      through 6 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018

That’s it from us here at Pavemint! Stay safe, have fun and Happy Halloween!

Header photo from 2016 Halloween Carnaval by Jon Viscott / City of West Hollywood via LA Fire Department.

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