Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Life isn't a drag at West Hollywood's annual Halloween Carnaval...

Today is a big day for America with the all-important Presidential Election, but before you get bogged down in propositions and voting forms be sure to enjoy this fun-filled collection of photos from West Hollywood's Halloween Carnaval which is sure to put a big smile on your face.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval drag
I think this massive annual event has become my favourite night of the year. It's far more fun than New Year's Eve and a chance for everyone to dress up and have a laugh with thousands of other likeminded folks (yes, that is me as Zombie Wonder Woman).
Drag flight attendants WEHO Halloween Carnaval
With the Pan Am series on TV last year there were lots of in-flight attendants twelve months ago, but it was still a popular look along Santa Monica Boulevard this October.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval witches
As always in West Hollywood there were also some good witches and evil witches filling the streets.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval drag costumes
Plus lots of elaborate costumes, from glam geishas to pink flamingos and historical queens.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval costumes 2012
What you don't always see from these photos is how intricate some of these costumes are and how well they light up at night to create a real spectacle.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval flame costume
Talking of spectacle, you can't beat this deep sea diver costume (although 'costume' seems such an inadequate word to describe this clever, creative installation).
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval deep sea diver costume
He must also live pretty close, with a bit of storage space, as that's not something you merely throw on and casually walk to the boulevard in.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval clowns
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval costumes 2012
There were also lots of familiar fancy dress costumes like clowns, angels, nuns and priests in attendance, plus if Madagascar 3 proved anything, you can't go wrong with a rainbow afro wig.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval costumes 2012
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval angels
There were also some costumes inspired by the great outdoors, like this Park Ranger and grizzly bear duo.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval park ranger bear
Plus this rather windswept fellow that makes for a great bit of comedy theatre.
Windswept West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
I also love how friends come to party at the Halloween Carnaval in their group themed costumes, although I'm not sure how you eat, drink or breathe in these colourful lycra outfits.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval lycra costumes
And there's always those fabulous people who know how to find the right spot and work a crowd.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval drag 2012
And that's sadly it from this year's Halloween festivities where everyone comes together, young or old, gay or straight, angel or devil.

Be sure to check out all the cool costumes and fun folk at this year's WEHO Halloween Carnaval and let the countdown begin until 2013's spooky season.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval goers
Until then, go out and vote for Obama (otherwise that would be a real life nightmare)...

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