There's a slight fall chill in the air, and haunting decor is popping up in and around restaurants and bars seemingly overnight.
There's no mistaking it - it's the witching season in Santa Monica, and Halloween party events are shaping up to be at their wicked best.
With All Hallow's Eve rapidly approaching, it's time to start planning your costume - and where you'll be wearing it. Here's what Santa Monica has to offer this Halloween Weekend 2021.
Two free drinks, more than five-plus venues, a $1,000 costume contest, a free after party - all are on tap at the Halloween Bar Crawl, Saturday Oct. 30, 2021.
"Our crawls are often called 'Make Your Own Adventure Crawls," according to event organizers. "The reason for this is that we have bars, drink specials, and other things going on, but we don't have a set agenda."
We don't have a "bar 1, bar 2, bar 3" format because most of the time, our crawls are so large that many of the bars are not large enough for the whole group. If 500 people show up to one bar simultaneously, you would have to wait an hour to get one drink.
The Crawl starts at Cabo Cantina on the 3rd Street Promenade, 1240 3rd Street Promenade, between 4 pm - 6 pm. Bars confirmed for this year's Crawl, each with drink specials, include: Britannia Pub, Cabo Cantina, Oasis by SWG, Lula Cocina Mexicana, The Anchor, and O'Brien's Pub.
A free After Party begins at 10 pm at a venue to be determined, with a special guest DJ. Enjoy a spook-tacular night out with drink specials. Location: Cabo Cantina, 1240 3rd Street Promenade. Tickets $12.50 - $15.
There is no need to be a landlubber: Halloween party events this year include the Marina Del Rey Halloween Haunted Blood Vessel Cruise.
Dance the night away with 400-plus party people on a vampire-themed cruise featuring top L.A. DJs, two levels of house music, and three decks on which to mix, mingle, and drink in the gorgeous view of the MDR harbor skyline. Expect a massive party with plenty of breathing room.
The four-hour party begins at 8 pm aboard The Entertainer, one of Marina Del Rey's most luxurious yachts; the three-hour cruise around MDR harbor at 9 pm. Dress Code: Costumes are not required but are strongly encouraged. No weapons will be tolerated, including toy: swords, knives, and or guns. Location: 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey. Tickets: $35 - $250.
Ready for the boos? It’s Halloween Weekend Pubcrawl party time on Saturday 30th October 2021. Expect dastardly drink deals, possessed party leaders.
Get the Halloween Pubcrawl party started with registration at Barney’s Beanery from 1 pm - 8pm and the party continues until 2 am. Expect some of Santa Monica's best bars and clubs to be on the crawl map, with all cover charges included.
Enjoy exclusive drink deals including $4 drafts, 2-for-1 mix drinks, and $5 spooky shots throughout the night. Go out with a bang with VIP entry to an exclusive, free after party (TBA). Playing trick or treat all night, we’ll be causing frights and scares, getting gasps and stares, as we rock West L.A like it’s never been rocked before. Location: Barney's Beanery, 1351 3rd Street Promenade. Tickets $5 - $30.
With so many hot Halloween party events to choose from, Santa Monica is the place to be in October. As always, be safe, and if you plan to drink, plan your transportation home prior to getting the Halloween party started. Happy Hauntings!