January 23, 2020 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Halloween in WeHo

Each year, the City of West Hollywood hosts its incomparable Halloween Carnaval, one of the most unique Halloween gatherings in the world.

This year’s carnaval will take place from on Halloween night form 6–11 p.m. on a one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.

Any veteran WeHo party-goer here’s a lot more to it than just showing up ready to party. Here’s EVERYTHING you need to know:

Photos: Morgan Genser.

STREET CLOSURES

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.

PARKING/TRANSPORTATION

The City will suspend permit parking restrictions for the Halloween Carnaval from 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 to 12 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019. Parking meters will be waived citywide from 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 to 2 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.

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.

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.

The City will offer Carnaval-goers two free transit options to help get to and from the Halloween Carnaval:

  1. Cityline (Modified Route) — Cityline Commuter, which connects riders to and from the Metro Red Line Station in Hollywood (stop is located on Highland Avenue, South of Hollywood Boulevard), will run a modified route between Hollywood and Highland and Santa Monica Boulevard/Kings Road via Santa Monica Boulevard from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; and
  2. The PickUp (Special Service) — The PickUp will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard and will stop at all regular eastbound stops between Sweetzer Avenue/La Brea Avenue. Once the PickUp reaches its La Brea Avenue stop, it will take an express route west toward the Halloween Carnaval via Melrose Avenue to its special Halloween stop on Kings Road/Santa Monica Boulevard. From 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., The PickUp will only provide eastbound service from Kings Road/Santa Monica Boulevard to La Brea Avenue/Santa Monica Boulevard.
Photos: Morgan Genser.

SAFETY TIPS FROM THE CITY:

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.
  • Kids and pets are strongly discouraged.
  • Festival-goers should remember — If You See Something, Say Something.
Photos: Morgan Genser.

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

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