Celebrating Halloween in Los Angeles

In L.A., where we are surrounded by so many people in the (movie) industry, Halloween is serious business.

For the past several years, local artist/photographer/baker Christine McConnell has taken over her parents’ house and made it over for Halloween.  Last year, her design was inspired by Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas:”

Courtesy Christine McConnell

Inspired by “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (Image Christine McConnell)

This year, she created an even more over-the-top version, inspired by “Monster House:”

Inspired by "Monster House" (courtesy Christine McConnell)

Inspired by “Monster House” (Image Christine McConnell)

Over in Beverly Hills, local real estate agent Michael Libow’s Spadena House (better known as “The Witch’s House”), is perfect for trick-or-treating. Designed by Hollywood art director Harry Oliver in 1920, it’s been carefully renovated and a must-visit on Halloween.

"Witch's House" in Beverly Hills (image Discover Los Angeles)

“Witch’s House” in Beverly Hills (Image Discover Los Angeles)

And of course, don’t forget the West Hollywood Carnaval, the world’s largest Halloween street party:

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval (image Jonathan Moore)

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval (image Jonathan Moore)

But what if you love to party and you’re short on time?  Halloween’s easy, because you can take things you already own and just add accessories.  Here are a few ideas.

See how just one Witch Hat napkin ring transforms this black and gold setting.

Image Kim Seybert

One black skull is all you need on your console table:


Image L’Objet

Same idea on your dinner table with one white skull:

Image L’Objet

If you’ve got a few glass jars in the kitchen, fill them with candy and label them (get your candy here and  free printable label here) to create a Halloween Party “Specimen Table”:

Image Paging Supermom

And for the little ones, keep it simple with Hershey’s Kisses:

Image Sweet City Candy

Happy trick-or-treating!  Click here for more Halloween party ideas.


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