Halloween on Melrose: Your Last-Minute Guide

Halloween on Melrose: Your Last-Minute Guide

Whether you started your Halloween planning in May, or are just realizing you have just days to get your butt in gear, the good businesses on Melrose have everything you need – and simply WANT – for this fantastic holiday. Here is your complete guide to all the scary and silly for Halloween.

First things first: costumes. Thankfully Melrose is SoCal’s most edgy and diverse fashion district. Costumes all year long! Plenty of places to find an entire get-up, or pick up a few distinct pieces to elevate your alter ego.

A’S AMERICAN VINTAGEasamericanvintage

A’s American Vintage is perfect for those little details that can make a costume stand out: hats, bags, jewelry, jackets, and delightful themed sunglasses! If your costume requires basics like jeans or tees, you’ll find good prices here.

A’S AMERICAN VINTAGE
7377 Melrose Avenue
323.852.0969
Monday – Saturday, 10a – 8p

 

AMERICAN VINTAGE & AMERICAN REBEL @ SLOW

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American Vintage

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American Vintage and American Rebel have it all going on, inside and outside. From packaged and vintage costumes to makeup and wigs, both shops have many aisles of items as well as rack sales outside. Whatever you want to become, you’ll easily find the pieces at either place.

AMERICAN VINTAGE
7575 Melrose Avenue
323.944.0640
Sunday – Saturday, 10a – 8p

AMERICAN REBEL @ SLOW
7474 Melrose Avenue
323.655.3725
Monday – Saturday noon – 8p, Sunday noon – 7p

 

COSMO AND NATHALIA BLACK

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If your Halloween goal is American Horror Story drama-fashion, Cosmo and Nathalia Black is where you should be. There is no competition in their head piece game; fierce, fancy, and even frightening, the meticulously crafted pieces are nth level costumery. There are beautifully draped, exquisite clothing items to complete a high fashion fright.

COSMO AND NATHALIA BLACK
7563 Melrose Avenue
323.879.9619
Daily 11a – 8p

 

WORLD OF LEGGINGS

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How ‘bout a quick and easy foundation piece? World of Leggings has horror and fantasy-themed leggings and onesies that can show your holiday spirit. They work alone or as the basis for something even more imaginative. Bonus: these fashion basics are year-round style options!

WORLD OF LEGGINGS
7207 Melrose Avenue
323.272.4597
Monday – Saturday 11a – 8p, Sunday 11a – 6p

 

MONSTER-A-GOGO

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Monster-A-GoGo carries its own unique, playful line of scare wear, with plenty of sizes for men, women, and kids. They combine vintage monster imagery with contemporary design for something spooky and special. Don’t forget to check out the bags, patches, hair ties, and other accessories too!

MONSTER-A-GOGO
7361 Melrose Avenue
323.655.7337
Tuesday – Saturday noon -7p, Sunday noon – 6p
OPEN HALLOWEEN DAY

 

ORANGE BONE

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Who doesn’t love a puppy in an outfit? Orange Bone is stocked up on the sweetest canine costumes and accessories. To top it off, on Friday and Saturday (10/29 and 10/30), the store is offering Halloween photoshoots from 11a – 3p; $15 for a digital photo, $20 for a printed one, and a 50% grooming coupon.

ORANGE BONE
7574 Melrose Avenue
323.852.1258
Monday – Saturday 11a – 730p

 

NAIL VILLA

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Every good creature has a decent set of claws, so don’t forget that your nails are a canvas, too. Nail technician Amina has a special affinity for intricate nail art so meticulous and beautiful you’ll consider hiring a personal hand substitute so you don’t ruin it, ever. Come in with ideas or let her channel your dark desires for you.

NAIL VILLA
7201 Melrose Avenue
323.697.5338
Tuesday – Saturday 11a – 7p

 

MANIC PANIC

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Manic Panic makeup and hair color can change your look immediately, costume or no costume. High pigment color from bolds to neutrals to pastels, you can tailor your head canvas to be theatrical, or just the amped up version of you. It doesn’t last forever, but with so many ways to play, who cares?

MANIC PANIC
7378 Melrose Avenue
323.951.1513
Monday – Friday 11a – 7p, Saturday noon – 8p, Sunday noon – 7p

 

THROUGH YOUR SKIN

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Maybe you DO want something permanent. Through Your Skin has just the thing: Halloween flash art through October 30. Everything on the specially-designed flash sheet is $50. As one of the most highly rated tattoo shops on Melrose, you’ll be in good hands with owner Kristi Williams or any artist on duty.

THROUGH YOUR SKIN
7353 Melrose Avenue (upstairs)
323.655.7107
Monday – Thursday noon – 9p, Friday and Saturday noon – late, Sunday noon – 7p
CLOSED ON HALLOWEEN

 

NEW PROFANITY

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New Profanity is all about the dirty and demonic details this Halloween. With an entire new wall of pins, you can pay homage to pop culture favorites like “Beetlejuice” and “Psycho” or collect cute enamel monsters. Check out the sexy, dark photography collection “Nightmare on Melrose” by Douglas Edward while you’re there.

NEW PROFANITY
7418 Melrose Avenue
323.420.7779
Monday – Saturday, 11a – 7p

 

REVOLUTION RECORDS

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Need some tunes to get in a dark and stormy mood? Looking for the perfect party soundtrack? Head over to Revolution Records for a deep selection of goth, punk, metal, and horror soundtrack albums, in impeccable vinyl format. While you’re there, look up (literally) for a finely cultivated selection of vintage tees from artists in the genres.

REVOLUTION RECORDS
7305 Melrose Avenue
323.424.7205
Daily noon – 8p

If you’re hosting a Halloween party, or want to have some unique and festival décor, or maybe you’re just someone who likes to be surrounded by dead stuff, there are plenty of marvelously morbid gift and décor shops on Melrose with just the wrong things.

 

SPITFIRE GIRL

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Doll parts, creepy antique pictures of people who might be ghosts, insects encased in acrylic, skulls and eyes on everything! There’s a Victorian elegance to many of the Halloweeniest things at Spitfire Girl – those Victorians had a real thing about death – but  there’s also a unique playfulness about incorporating such things into daily décor.

SPITFIRE GIRL
7401 Melrose Avenue
213.896.9282
Daily 11a – 7p

 

PUZZLE ZOO

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Maybe your taste leans toward pop culture collectibles. Look no further than Puzzle Zoo for great additions to your bookshelf or mantle display. Chucky, Leatherface, and characters from The Walking Dead are some of the great figurine selection. And of course, Funko’s adorable horror toys are well-stocked.

PUZZLE ZOO
7547 Melrose Avenue
323.782.1020
Daily 11a – 7p

Now that you’ve got your costume and home all set for Halloween, you might want to get out and enjoy some frightful fun on Melrose.

60Out ESCAPE ROOMS

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60out Escape Rooms is the newest addition to Melrose’s rich and diverse entertainment scene. There are two rooms to challenge your team: Grandma’s Masterplan, and Ghost Ship, in which you need to break a spell before becoming part of the ship’s cursed crew.  Ghost Ship has a holiday special: show up in costume and get $20 off.

60Out ESCAPE ROOMS
7270 Melrose Avenue
310.478.8444
Daily 10a – 1130p

 

YOU PAID TO DIE @ THE GROUNDLINGS

Last year it sold out completely, and you’ve only got ONE more chance to see it on Halloween night. You Paid To Die* Tonight (*laugh) is an original scare sketch comedy that comes with warnings!: must be 21+, there will be smoke, strobes, and screaming, AND you might get wet. Your $20 ticket includes a drink, so it’s fair.

GROUNDLINGS
7307 Melrose Avenue
323.934.4747
HALLOWEEN 8pm

 

ANTONIO’S

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From Halloween night through November 2, Antonio’s will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos with its yearly festive, reverent event. The restaurant practically transforms with colorful traditional Day of the Dead decorations. Special menu items are added (must-try mole!), there’s a costume contest, and plenty of music.

ANTONIO’S
7470 Melrose Avenue
323.658.9060

 

WINCHELL’S DONUT HOUSE

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And finally, it’s not Halloween if you don’t have some treats. If you’re gonna have treats, might as well be big, once-a-year splurges, like these demonically delicious donuts at Winchell’s. Festively decorated and perfect any time of day (and the shop is open 24/7), might as well get a platter full and stay up all night watching Chiller.

WINCHELL’S DONUT HOUSE
7158 Melrose Avenue
323.938.8578

Deborah Brosseau

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.