Halloween can't be all scare all the time. Let your hair down and get wild at the most frightfully thrilling Halloween-themed parties, soirées, and get-togethers L.A. has to offer.
Oct. 23, 8 p.m.
UNMASQUERADE: UNMASKING THE TRUTH ABOUT DATING ABUSE
The 5th annual Unmasquerade is a great opportunity to pshow off your awesome Halloween costume, do some dancing, and support a good cause. The event benefits Loveisrespect, dedicated to spreading awareness about dating abuse. Avalon Hollywood. More information
Oct. 25, 9 p.m.
FRED AND JASON’S HALLOWEENIE 8
This star studded event benefits the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles’s Alive Music Project, a program dedicated to spreading awareness about bullying. Schmooze with celebs and support a good cause while rocking your costume on the dance floor. Los Angeles Theatre. More information
NIGHT OF THE LIVING ZOO
Celebrate Halloween the coolest possible way: by dressing up and partying at the Zoo. Night of the Living Zoo is a 21-and-up Halloween extravaganza featuring dark DJs, creepy cocktails, ghoulish food trucks and regular old awesome bands, Batwings Catwings and Edgar Allan Poet. L.A. Zoo. More information
LACMA MUSE COSTUME BALL 2012
Now in its tenth year, the consistently sold-out Muse Costume Ball attracts more than one thousand costume-clad revelers to the museum for a night filled with tricks and treats. Dress to impress and you might be one of the lucky few to be chosen for the annual costume contest, with the winners taking home fabulous prizes. Works of art and exhibitions on view include See the Light—Photography, Perception, Cognition: The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection, John Divola: As Far As I Could Get, plus Bruce Nauman's For Beginners, Metropolis II by Chris Burden, Richard Serra's Band, LACMA's modern art galleries, and more. LACMA. More information
KCRW'S HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE
If you’re looking to get your groove on, this is the Coachella of Halloween parties. Last year more than 3,000 elaborately costumed guests haunted the opulent Park Plaza Hotel as the radio station's DJs spun in various nooks and crannies. This year revelers can also boogie to live sets by Har Mar Superstar, the Lions, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at an event that's a wild mashup of old time carnival, Louis XVI-style gran bal masque, and full-on dance rager. Park Plaza Hotel. More information
80’S PROM HALLOWEEN
Try one of Dog Haus’s signature hot dogs and this 80’s themed Halloween prom. Enjoy live music by the M80s, a costume contest, spiked punch, and immortalize the evening with a prom photo of you and your date. Dog Haus, Pasadena. More information
Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
THE WURST HALLOWEEN PARTY EVER
Party down at the wurst Halloween party. Try a Wesisswurst, Braunschweigner, or Bratwurst and wash it down with a signature cocktail like the Dragon Tail or a Blood Sucking Brady Bunch. Put on a costume for the Wurst Costume Contest and be sure to try the deep fried stuffed hog’s head, which Chef Kris Morningstar will carve using a chainsaw. Ray’s and Stark Bar. More information
MAXWELL DEMILLE’S CICADA CLUB HALLOWEEN PARTY
Dean Mora and his Haunted Orchestra featuring star vocalists Damon Kirsche and Kayre Morrison presents a spooky night of music and mayhem. Dance to the finest tunes of the 1920s and 1930s as Mr. Mora and his haunted musicians take you on a ghostly musical journey! Vintage Costumes suggested! Oviatt Building. More information
213 ZOMBIE CRAWL
Zombies love nothing more than a good bar crawl. Come out for the only event this season that encourages you to drag your feet. Instagram a photo of yourself in costume with a bartender at any of the participating bars to compete in the costume contest. 1st prize? $666, of course. Various locations. More information
Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
This Moroccan themed restaurant offers an erotically tinged Halloween celebration, with interactive entertainment, and suggestive food and drink. Put on your sexiest costume and join the party. Acabàr Restaurant. More information