When I moved
out to California, one thing came to my mind real fast: I wonder if they
know how to celebrate Halloween out here? After all, California isn't
exactly the kind of place I associate with Halloween. It's always been
more of an East Coast thing in my head - what with the weather getting
colder, all the leaves changing colors and places like Salem, MA that
really know how to do Halloween right. Well, I spent my October 31st with
a last minute decision to attend
the 2006 West Hollywood Costume Carnival and it was easily one of the most
entertaining Halloweens I've ever had.
For those of
you who don't know about it; roughly 400,000+ people descend on Santa
Monica Boulevard every Halloween for what's probably the largest costume
party on the West Coast. The street is completely shut down from 6pm - 2am
so that everybody can walk around in costume for the biggest
people-watching event of the year. And yes, West Hollywood has its fair
share of gay guys who already wear "costumes" on a daily basis, so you can
imagine just how crazy their Halloween ones were. Seriously; no matter how
good you think you are at making Halloween costumes, you just can't outdo
the gay guys.
while we walked around in costume, I managed to snap a bunch of photos
from the event that I figured you'd like to see. They're not all totally
safe for work, so consider yourselves warned. Enjoy the costume
Right around 6pm, crowds arrived and walked under the giant spider.
The stage where many
costumes went on display that night. Yours truly sang
the "Believe it or Not" theme song from the Greatest American Hero
Any guy who takes the time
to make a light-up Tron suit is AOK in my book.
(and no, it wasn't
the infamous "Tron guy" from the internet)
A bunny, a guy in a Batman
suit that must've cost a fortune, and probably the only girl in a Catwoman
suit (out of 50 or so) I saw that night who could actually pull it off.
Re creeped the hell out of
so many people with her "ghost" costume that night.
You couldn't even see her eyes (without the flash) which made it extra
I'm sure you've all seen
this guy before, but it was a real surprise just
randomly bumping into him in the middle of the whole Halloween carnival.
Miss Chiquita and her
bananas were getting attacked by
someone who I can only dub as "ass woman".
The Incredible Hulk wasn't
looking too angry tonight.
Some photos you just can't
write a caption for.
Others, you just try to erase from your memory... even though you know you
Considering how there were
2372 Jack Sparrows, it was nice to see a different costume from the movie.
Plus, it looked 50 times better than all the Sparrows put together.
The Pillsbury Doughboy
almost walked right over me. Why? because he had no real eye holes, I shit
you not. Now THAT is dedication to your costume. Walking around,
completely blind with only your two guides to point you in the right
If I was really a hero,
she'd still be alive instead of a ghost. :(