It’s the most wonderful time of the year (for some of us): Halloween! Whether you celebrate it for the costume and candy, the creepy and the crawly, or the season and spirituality, Halloween is a holiday that has a little something for everyone. And naturally, so do the shops on Melrose Avenue. If your Halloween includes gift-giving, Melrose has you covered with cool ideas for all ages.
Let’s start with the gold standard of pop culture co-opting a holiday for gloriously gruesome results: John Carpenter’s masterpiece, Halloween. Carpenter curated graphic novel anthologies called Tales for a Halloween Night. He’s launching the third in the series at Golden Apple Comics, where you can also get signed copies of the first two.
GOLDEN APPLE COMICS
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
The Mistress of the Dark, Elvira, is the ultimate horror hostess. For almost 40 (!) years, she has been inviting terror junkies to the dark side with a sharp wit and sexy sass. Monster A GoGo is THE place to gogo for official Elvira merchandise. From pencil skirts and t-shirts to jewelry and handbags, the pop culture icon has a perfect gift for any fan.
MONSTER A GOGO
7361 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
In Hollywood, there are good nightmares, and there are brain-scarring nightmares. For either, there is a collectible at Puzzle Zoo. If you love Tim Burton’s charmer, The Nightmare Before Christmas, pick up a trio of Jack Skellington mini head-knockers. If Freddy Krueger is your dream guy, put an action figure on your night stand, we dare ya.
7551 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Not all masks are for parties and trick-or-treating. Some are works of art that make for beautiful home décor. Maya Hollywood has an incredible selection of imported masks from all over the world. Colorful and unique, the faces run from abstract to joyful to a little bit scary, from human to animal to spirit.
7360 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Patches and pins are so very in, and make great Halloween gifts. New Profanity has a solid selection of iconic and pop culture images that are perfect for this holiday. Check out the cute black kitties, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and for the most bent of minds, a Donnie Darko must-have.
7418 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
An all-ages holiday requires gifts for all ages. Spitfire Girl has some great options for kids and adults alike. Kids will definitely love the Bag of Eww Gross! that comes with gummy eyeballs, a whoopee cushion, and fake poo. Adults will love the Gold Spirits Flask, perfect for dispensing whatever you drink to raise the dead.
7401 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
The spiritual part of Halloween is the remembering of the dead. Some people believe this is the best time of year to reach through the veil to contact them. From House of Intuition, pick up the tools that will help: pink danburite crystal used to connect with spirit guides, Mojuba (homage to the ancestors) incense blend, and a dressed candle.
HOUSE OF INTUITION
7449 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046