Halloween in Los Angeles is by far its own creature, especially since it is the mecca of the entertainment industry. Luckily, I was able to spend my Halloween in West Hollywood, and boy was I in for a treat.
West Hollywood is known for their outrageously festive Halloween Carnival. This year approximately 500,000 people filled the streets all decked out in elaborate and unique costumes. While my friends and I were on the hunt for a bar, the crowd grow very hostel, this was our cue to check out a bar off the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd and La Cienega Boulevard. I was sold immediately when I saw their sign that said they celebrate happy hour all night. I am always down for $3 beer specials. Of course, the beer was cheap, and reminded me of Busch but you cannot go wrong when it comes to $3 beers in Los Angeles. Deals here are hard to come by.
Later in the night, my friends and I decided to check out the bar Hamburger Marys. The service was quick especially for how packed it was. Drinks however were pricey, for two beers, I paid $16 dollars while my friend paid even more for her beer and a shot. Like I said, deals are hard to come by. The vibe of the place was great too, except for the bathrooms. People were definitely not going to the bathroom in there that is for sure.
My suggestion is to skip Weho’s Halloween celebration if you are not a fan of crowds because partygoers grew angry at times. I witnessed multiple people punching and pushing their way through the crowd. The vibes were not good at all, I almost felt like it was an accident waiting to happen.
Sadly enough, I was right. The cause of the pushing and shoving while I was in the crowd was due to an ambulance trying to make its way through the crowd. From what I believe, the ambulance was carrying a man named Gilbert Estrada, whose costumed engulfed in flames while he was in the middle of the crowd. He was later pronounced dead at Cedars- Sinai Hospital after succumbing to his injuries. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire. Please keep his family in your thoughts, and hope that answers come forth on what truly happened.
On a brighter note, West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnival is an event I would say to attend once in your life because all of the costumes were amazing.