WeHo scales back traditional Halloween celebration

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Independent Staff Report

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city may have canceled its Halloween Carnaval this year, but that doesn’t mean things will be quiet here Oct. 31.

The city sent out a press release last week announcing that Halloween will be celebrated throughout the community at its many entertainment venues.

The city is asking local businesses to host celebrations on a small-scale basis and has approved the waiver of special event permits and associated fees for businesses hosting Oct. 28-31.

The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce also has published a “Halloween in WeHo” guide with an extensive list of West Hollywood businesses — including bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels, galleries, collectives, and more – to promote Halloween costume contests, dance parties, movie screenings, food and cocktail specials and other events to celebrate Halloween.

First launched in 1987, West Hollywood’s Halloween celebration is rooted in the city’s diverse culture and community. What became known as the city’s Halloween Carnaval grew year after year into an annual gathering of phenomenal costumes, entertainment, culture and self-expression with thousands of people in attendance each year.

In 2021, the city launched an alternative Halloween experience that encouraged entertainment venues and businesses to celebrate with the community.

There will be no street closures or changes to parking regulations on Halloween or during the weekend preceding Halloween. The city recommends ride-sharing services and transit options.

The PickUp, the city’s free weekend ride, runs on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. and on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to its regular service, the PickUp also will run on Halloween from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Details are available by visitingwww.wehopickup.com.

Up-to-date details about Halloween 2022 will continue to be available at www.weho.org/halloween.

 

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