Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween, drinks and lifestyle billboards around L.A. in October 2014...

The run up to Halloween is certainly a unique time in the skies of L.A., when the streets are filled with billboards for horror movies and video games, spooky theme park and live attraction ads and of course ideas of where to find your perfect costume. Here's a selection of Halloween-themed outdoor ads, plus the drinks and lifestyle billboards also vying for your attention.

Halloween billboards
The Evil Within movie billboard
One of my favourite visuals this month was this creepy clawing hand creative for The Evil Within, a horror video game released just in time for the spooky season, which could easily have been for a movie.
Out of the Closet Halloween vampire billboard
The Out of the Closet thrift stores took advantage of everyone's panic of where to find the perfect costume for Halloween, whether it be a blood-sucking vampire or a funky fashion throwback.
Out of the Closet Halloween costumes for everyone billboard
And the best thing is whilst you get your groove on courtesy of Out of the Closet thrift stores, you're also contributing much needed funds to help fight HIV/AIDS.
L.A. Haunted Hayride billboard 2014
At this time of year there's always lots of billboards around for all those scare seekers who love to get in the Halloween spirit with Haunted Hayrides or zombie hordes.
Halloween Horror Nights zombie billboard
Universal Studios Hollywood once again chose the TV ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead to attract visitors to their theme park at this time of year. If you like this gory creative, be sure to also check out their more sci-fi Alien vs Predator Halloween Horror Nights billboard
Six Flags Fright Fest Scream Bigger billboard
Meanwhile Six Flags amusement park also wanted you to scream bigger on their thrilling roller-coaster rides with their annual Fright Fest.
Disneyland Halloween Time Captain Hook billboard
Over at Disneyland their wicked iconic villains, like Captain Hook and Maleficent, tempted visitors to enjoy Halloween Time at the happiest place on Earth (or should that be the spookiest place on Earth at this time of year).
Disneyland Halloween Time Maleficent billboard 2014
Will you be popping by for a spell this Halloween, or do you have something equally exciting planned.

Technology billboards
Giant T-Mobile selfie billboard
In the world of technology and telecommunications outdoor advertising this giant 'selfie' billboard certainly grabbed my attention this month for T-Mobile, it really does sum up the zeitgeist of a generation at the moment.
Apple iPhone 6 leaf billboard
Other big news is the tech sphere was the launch of Apple's new iPhone 6, which has sold countless millions of the smartphones already. Personally I'm not sure bigger is necessarily better, as it just doesn't fit in my pocket so comfortably and I've only got little hands.
Yellow Pages Crush your to-do list billboard
Also in the world smartphones and Yellow Pages continues to promote its re-vamped YP brand identity and new app with this giant-sized wallscape on the side of the Andaz Hotel in West Hollwyood. Be sure to also check out more from this Yellow Pages Can do that outdoor ad campaign.

Drinks and food billboards
Giant Absolut Elyx Vodka billboard
Once Halloween festivities are over, time starts speeding up to the winter Holiday season with Thanksgiving, the Jewish Holidays and Christmas fast approaching. 

It's no surprise with all this celebrating that alcohol companies are spending big to get your attention and their brands into your hands, like this Absolut Elyx Vodka on the other westbound side of the Andaz Hotel.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label rare gift billboard
Obviously as well as parties, the Holidays are a perfect time for gift-giving and Johnnie Walker Blue Label wants to remind passersby their whisky is the perfect present of rare quality.
Original Light Pilsner Miller Lite billboard
It's also American Football season and there are plenty of beer brands hoping you'll take home a six-pack to watch the game, like Miller Lite.
Coors Light USC Trojans billboard
And there's those brands like Coors Light who make their refreshment proposition even more explicit with their sponsorship of the USC Trojans.
50 years Dan Tana's restaurant billboard
Meanwhile in the world of dining out, it's not often that a restaurant makes it to 50 years, so congratulations to L.A.'s infamous Dan Tana's for their success (especially as their neighbour Palms Restaurant recently closed it doors in West Hollywood after 40 years).

Charity and cause-related billboards
Linda Fondren Fitness Values billboard
Fitness is not something you have to worry about in L.A. as most people are body conscious or taking advantage of the glorious weather to run, cycle or swim outdoors. But it's always share a success story when someone like Linda Fondren encouraged Vicksburg residents to get fit and fight obesity.
UCLA We amend rainbow Pride flag billboard
And being gay it's also nice to see the rainbow flag flying around the city streets, it makes you feel like you live in a place that supports equal rights and is a safe place for the LGBT community. This billboard is for UCLA Law School who advise on LGBT issues and help amend laws for equality.

Travel billboards
Ace of Diamonds Gentleman's Club Vegas bathtub billboard
The billboards for Las Vegas are becoming more and more prominent in the skies of L.A., like this one for Ace of Diamonds Gentlemen's Club, but it's not the first time someone has used this ad creative idea, be sure to also check out Jessica Simpson in a bathtub of diamonds for Zales.
Virgin America radical departure billboard
This past month also saw a lot of advertising for airlines, probably with the Holidays fast approaching. Of course Virgin America always likes to do things a little differently to other airlines.
Delta Airlines Canceling cancellations billboard
Whilst Virgin highlights the way you travel, Delta focuses on their service record and making the flights run on time with this 'Canceling cancellations' runway-themed ad creative.
American Airlines ReLAX New York London billboard
And American Airlines wants its customer to relax on its flights from LAX to NYC and London with this patriotic billboard, which uses words rather than visuals to get its message across.

As you can see with all the movie billboards, Fall fashion billboards, new TV billboards and these Halloween-themed and lifestyle outdoor ads it's once again been a jam-packed skyline in October, bombarding you with multitudes of new ideas and offerings.

Not every billboard is a winner, but I certainly enjoy seeing all these visions in vinyl every month. Come back soon for even more cool billboards that have been tickling my fancy...

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