Halloween is my favorite time to dress up in a whimsical costume and join friends at a fun restaurant and pub-crawl to people watch, sip some frothy brew, and nibble on spooky treats. Here are my favorite spots in So Cal in 2016 –
- Pre-Halloween Beer Tasting Event-
Paper or Plastik Café is hosting The Craft of Beer on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. The café offers some of their finest hand-selected California beers from their in-house beer and wine curator, Mikey Mikell. Sitting is limited and tickets can be purchased for $15 at the door. Imbibers receive a selection of 10 two oz. pours of various California craft beers and 10% off dinner in the café afterwards.5772 W. Pico Blvd.
- Hyperion Public’s Halloween – The Ouija boards are coming out and spirits will invade Hyperion Public in Silver Lake and Studio City on Monday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. The adults-only event begins with chilling tunes by DJs and a “Headstone Happy Hour” all night with $6 drink specials. Try the Necronomicon, Not Dead Just Old Fashioned or Rabid Moscow Mule. Tecate and PBR are $3, and Bud Light and Corona are $4. Sip house wines and well cocktails while sinking your fangs into spiced nuts, marinated olives, fries and grilled cheese sandwiches for $6 or less. Heartier fare includes crispy shrimp tacos, Hyperion buffalo wings, spicy blueberry wings, sliders and Asian steak lettuce cups. Wear a costume for a chance to win Hyperion Public gift cards. The fun continues until 2 a.m. 2538 Hyperion Ave., (323)761-6440; 12969 Ventura Blvd., (818)464-3750.
- Santa Monica Zombie Crawl – On Saturday, Oct. 29, makeup artists will help participants transform into authentic-looking zombies at the Santa Monica pier before the Santa Monica zombie crawl. Pre-order a wristband for $12 or buy one at the door at Rusty’s Surf Ranch for $15. Participating zombies will walk through the city beginning at 6 p.m. and enjoy spooky food and drink specials at the Santa Monica pier, along Ocean Avenue, at the Third Street Promenade and along Fourth Street. Rusty’s Surf Ranch, Big Dean’s Oceanfront Cafe, Del Frisco’s Grille, Ye Olde King’s Head, Cabo Cantina, Barney’s Beanery and West 4th/Jane will offer food and drink specials. An official zombie after party is at 1212 Santa Monica on the Third Street Promenade. 256 Santa Monica Pier. http://www.zombiecrawlsm2016.eventbrite.com.
- Halloween Skybar at the Mondrian LA – Enter a special “Labyrinth Ball” on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Skybar at the Mondrian LA with music by Diallo & Audiomoe. On Sunday, Oct. 30, the Skybar hosts a special performance by the David Bowie cover band, The Band Who Fell To Earth. The Skybar will be transformed with lace, pearls and dripping wax candelabras. Get lost in a playground of masked fairies and goblins while dancing the night away. On Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, enjoy an exclusive screening of “Labyrinth” at 7:30 p.m. followed by a DJ set from 9 p.m. to closing. 8440 Sunset Blvd., (323)848-6025.
- A Night of 100 ‘Pee-Wees’ at MiniBar – Minibar is holding a Halloween party on Monday, Oct. 31, and everyone must come dressed as Pee-Wee Herman. The fun starts with happy hour at 5 p.m. followed by the party at 8 p.m. Themed drinks include The Large Marge, The Big Adventure, The Au Revoir Simone and more. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 6141 Franklin Ave., (323)798-4939.
- Join a Fun ‘Crawloween’ – The Downtown Los Angeles-based ACME Hospitality Group is holding a walking pub crawl to four different venues on Monday, Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Each establishment is a cover-free epicenter of paranormal activity with spiked cocktails, $5 punch and wicked themes. Sixth Street Tavern features a “Witches” gathering, while Beelman’s Pub will hold a 1990s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” event. Party through the rabbit hole at Library Bar’s “Alice in Wonderland” soiree, and chop it up with the walking dead at Spring St. Bar’s “Day of the Dead” uprising. Each bar is offering a signature sinister cocktail for $7 all Halloween weekend through Monday, Oct. 31. 600 S. Spring St., (213)622-1022; 630 W. Sixth St., Ste. 116-A, (213)614-0053; 630 W. Sixth St., (213)614-1900; 626 S. Spring St., Ste. B, (213)622-5859.
- Westside’s largest Halloween party – WOK-ing Dead at Wokcano Santa Monica returns Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. It’s one of the largest parties with a costume contests, food and drink specials from 8 to 10 p.m., and zombie dance-off. Advance tickets are $20 for general, and $30 for VIP front of line access at http://wokcanohalloweensm2016.eventbrite.com. 1415 5th St. (310)458-3080.
- Spooktacular Halloween Gathering – Michael’s On Naples features a rooftop Halloween costume party on Monday, Oct. 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy a chef’s buffet, welcome glass of Veuve Cliquot Champagne, and a ladle of Belvedere Poltergeist punch, a spirited drink created by mixologist Christian Justice, plus dancing and a DJ for $50 per person. Guests must be 21 and older and dressed in a costume. 5620 E. Second St. (562)439-7080.
- Fun Movie and Food Event – To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the twisted fairytale film “Pans Labyrinth,” Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Westlake Village and Cinépolis Pico Rivera have partnered with SquaredCo events to present guests with a spirited moviegoing experience to celebrate on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. Guests receive film-themed Snapchat filters; exclusive food and drink specials; film themed trivia and a chance to win prizes. The first 75 guests at each location will receive a spooky Pans Labyrinth mask. Tickets for the film screening are $22 for adults and $20 for seniors. 180 Promenade Way, Westlake Village and 8540 Whittier Blvd. Pico Rivera. http://www.cinepolisusa.com.
- Stranger Things Weekend at E.P. & L.P. – Starting Friday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m., West Hollywood’s modern Asian dining destination takes Halloween to new heights atop the expansive 5,500-square foot L.P. Rooftop. To set the mood for a spirited weekend, wear a Halloween costume or come as you are to participate in the festivities that include an E.P. Ouija board, flickering lights surrounding the rooftop, and 80’s synth driven classics from a ghetto blaster DJ booth. All weekend, the bar will be serving three, limited-run 80’s inspired neon Upside-Down cocktails created by Beverage Director Adam Nystrom. Sip a Winona Wallbanger made with vodka, Galliano, blood orange, clove, and cinnamon. The Hawkins is made with Indiana iced tea house spirit blend, citrus, soda, vanilla and boba. The third cocktail is the Upside Down house rum blend made with Citron Sauvage, passion fruit and pineapple. The event wraps up on Oct. 31. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd. (310)855-9955.
- The Chapel at the Abbey – David Cooley, owner of The Abbey Food & Bar, West Hollywood’s most iconic gay bar, opens The Chapel at The Abbey for Halloween weekend. It’s a completely separate venue from The Abbey, yet flows together with a cohesive aesthetic. The Chapel’s church theme offers dark stained wood throughout, stained glass windows, gothic lighting features, religious-and medieval-themed statues, and a DJ booth inspired by a pulpit. Purchase a daily or weekend wristband on the website http://www.theabbeyweho.com/home. 692 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)289-8410.
- Halloween Bash at the Shade Hotel – Manhattan Beach will transform to a hair-raising Halloween hotspot on Saturday, Oct. 29. The hotel is decorate with Halloween decorations, and features a DJ, handcrafted cocktails, and a costume contest starting at 8 p.m. Guests who come dressed in their best sinister styles might win a gift certificate to Zinc@Shade, the hotel’s craft kitchen and modern lounge. Bottle service is available for guests. 1221 N. Valley Drive. (310)546-4995.