Halloween in Hollywood turned out to be a mixture of what I expected and the unexpected. I expected to see lots of adults in full costume, celebrating as if they were kids! I expected there to be a diverse offering of parties that were promoted as the biggest, most exclusive, and having a celebrity guest. I didn’t expect to find a reasonably priced party to attend in the middle of Hollywood. I also didn’t expect to see thousands of people in the streets of West Hollywood. It was a learning experience, albeit a fun learning experience!
I didn’t see as many adults in costume as I expected but they were plenty. On our way to breakfast, a woman at our hotel was dressed like a character from Harry Potter. I’ve never seen a Harry Potter film so I can’t tell you which one. By night, there were plenty of folks un costume parading past the Capitol Records building to stand in long lines for the area’s hottest parties. It was so L.A! It wasn’t even 10:00 and the streets were packed!
I couldn’t tell who a real cop was or who was just wearing a costume. That’s what makes Halloween so much fun—I couldn’t figure out what was real and what was fake. My costume was a bigger hit than I expected. As I made my way through the streets, random strangers seemed intrigued by my oversized butterfly wings and glitter mask. My costume didn’t have a name, but it caught a lot of attention.
After getting haggled by a club promoter on the streets, we decided to take him up on his offer. $15 to get into The Study, a club decorated with shelves of books up to the ceiling. Me being a writer, I took it as a sign that this was where I belonged. Not to mention, the promoter ensured us we would have a good time and be able to smoke inside. I had long quit smoking, but a party where anything goes sounded fun!
We couldn’t beat $15 for entry, especially in Hollywood, and on Halloween! An expectation had been shattered. You don’t have to shovel out big dollars to have big fun in a big city! Don’t be fooled! After hanging out with strangers and making some new friends, we decided to hit West Hollywood. We expected the bars to be filled but we didn’t expect for the entire strip to be inundated with thousands of people.
West Hollywood was packed with people and it was almost impossible to get a drink. Almost! You know we made it happen! We didn’t make it home till nearly 5AM, after leaving West Hollywood, in what felt like a mission to escape! I would definitely recommend Hollywood for Halloween, if you’re anywhere in the area! Check out my vlog for video footage of Halloween in Hollywood.
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