Halloween is an evening for fashion or at least careful consideration into planning a well-crafted costume that screams “creative,” “fierce,” “original,” or “over the top.”
For those who are game, it’s time to harness the imagination, morph into an alter ego, or at least prepare for a surprise or two. Frightening phantoms. Campy characters. Maniacal monsters. When those creepies and crawlies come out on this night…you will want to party with them.
Here is a list of places to consider crashing:
BB’s 31st Annual Halloweekend Bash at the Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs is an “outrageous” good time, hailed as the “premier event of the Fall season” featuring three floors, a pool area, and six huge rooms of entertainment with bands and multiple DJ’s including J RAY, DJ Anwaar Hines, Aaron Cortes, Shasta Sowards, and Tommy O’Connor. Held both Oct. 30 and 31. To purchase tickets, visit http://partywithbb.com or call 760-880-1059.
More information: www.hrhpalmsprings.com
Beware of zombies as you head up the mountain to enter the spine-chilling world of the Idyllwild Ghost Town from 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Take a frightening walk that will ignite the senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of a tainted village. If you dare, experience the hair-raising moonlit hayride in search of illusive Forest Beasts.
To purchase tickets, more information: www.idyllwildghosttown.com or 951-659-2638.
Speaking of zombies, downtown Palm Springs will look like a scene from The Walking Dead when the annual Zombie Walk takes place during the Street Fair from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29. Zombies can begin walking from three starting points on South Palm Canyon at Baristo, South Palm Canyon and Arenas (in front of Lulu), and North Palm Canyon and Amado.
Visit www.zombiewalkpalmsprings.com for information and guidelines.
Are you naughty or nice? The Inaugural Sinner & Saint Halloween Ball at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa Costas Nightclub in Palm Desert is your chance to embrace the dark side or transform into an angelic creature. Boasting eye candy, “the Valley’s biggest Costume Contest” and circus acts, this is being billed as the “Hottest and Sexiest” Halloween fix. Hosted by Emmy–nominee Sasha Scarlett and featuring DJ Bella Fiasco, performances include acts by Hells Belle’s burlesque and the band DumbBlonde featuring alums from MTV’s hit series, Making The Band.
More information: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 31, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, 74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, 760-341-2211; www.sinnersaintball.com
Do you enjoy solving puzzles? Then you’re a perfect fit for Escape Room Palm Springs, And no, you won’t be trapped inside a room. The intent is for you and your group to solve a series of puzzles in The Dark Shadows Room or The Saw Room.
For information, visit www.escapeps.com or call 760-779-8888.
Make a reservation for a family friendly Haunted Carriage Ride and tour through old historic Palm Springs from 8-11:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The Mad Hatter turns coachman for the evening, spiriting the brave on a mysterious venture including a brush with the shadows, eerie tales, and photo opps with the Headless Horseman.
For reservations, visit www.bighorsecc.com, call 760-660-8860 or email bighorsecarriages.com
Dress up the kiddos in their favorite costumes to whoop it up for Howl-O-Ween at The Living Desert from 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in Palm Desert. This Halloween-themed celebration will include more than 20 trick or treat stations, a monster maze, pumpkin bowling and decorating, animal encounters, storytelling, face painters, bounce houses, crafts and more.
More information: www.livingdesert.org/event/howl-o-ween/
Photo by Jim Powers
The winning entry at last year’s Halloween Costume Contest on Arenas Road was this fast food trio of Big Boy, Wendy’s, and Hamburger Mary’s with emcee Brian Wanzer.
Halloween Palm Springs: Carnivale on Arenas Road is not your typical graveyard gathering, but a street fest of the very best kind from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 31. This Halloween extravaganza invites guests to have a blast and feel fabulous about giving back to the community in support of Desert AIDS Project, Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, LGBT Community Center of the Desert and Greater Palm Springs Pride. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 to partake in the coveted costume contest and enjoy entertainment talent by Bella da Ball, Machin, DJ Baz, Marina Mac and the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus. VIP tickets holders will be treated to a chill zone area with hosted Ketel One bar and microbrew tastings and other goodies. VIP tickets are $50 each.
More information, visit www.halloweenpalmsprings.com or call 760-409-1530.
For more Halloween events, visit our calendar.
VIDEO: See the highlights of last year’s Halloween Costume Contest on Arenas Road.