It’s Back! Here’s How to Enjoy and Navigate Halloween Carnaval

Costumed revelers will again take over Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood this evening as the city hosts its annual Halloween Carnaval, famed for its often-outlandish costumes and throngs of attendees.

The event, which began in 1987 and is billed as the largest Halloween party in the world, will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.

For local residents, it offers entertainment and some challenges.  Among them is getting around town. To accommodate the event, multiple streets will be closed in the area throughout the day, meaning headaches for commuters. According to the city, the following streets will be blocked:

— San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue will be closed all day Thursday, through 7 a.m. Friday;

— Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Holloway Drive/Croft Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday;

— Santa Monica between Doheny Drive and La Cienega, and all side streets in the area, will be closed from 10 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday; and

— La Cienega between Holloway and Melrose will be closed from 4 p.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday.

The dog parks at West Hollywood Park will also be closed all day, reopening at 6 a.m. Friday.

The city will suspend permit parking restrictions from 11 a.m. Thursday through noon Friday, and parking meters will not be enforced between 6 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday. City officials warned people to be aware of where they are parking because meters will be enforced in neighboring Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

As usual, strict rules will be enforced during the event. No alcohol or public drinking is permitted along city streets, and no backpacks, camera cases or other bags will be allowed, although clear plastic bags will be permitted. Weapons and fireworks are also banned, and kids and pets are “strongly discouraged.”