Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’
A Cemetery Worth Visiting on a Halloween Private Tour
Talk about Halloween decorations, some of the very best in the world must be the ones we show our Los Angeles private tour guests as we drive through some of the fanciest neighborhoods in and around Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Some of these homes go all out for a real “spooky” experience. A good example is this cemetery that we discovered as we were pointing out some of the beautiful celebrity homes we like to visit with our custom tour groups. We didn’t count or photograph all the grave markers but there were many more than what you can see in this picture. Some Hollywood special effects after dark, maybe a loudspeaker playing the Mephisto Waltz or Night on Bald Mountain, and this could be the best of the best for Halloween house hunting. Our After Dark tours generally focus on neon and nightlife in Los Angeles, sometimes the Griffith Observatory to observe the stars above Hollywood but at this time of year, Halloween, we look for the wonderful yard displays designed to be seen when the sun goes down.
Our Private Tour Guests Are Dressed as Tourists
This snapshot captures a moment between lines of Hollywood visitors examining the stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame so we can clearly see Yoda, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson (and Red Sonja?). The actors dress up and parade along Hollywood Boulevard every day of the year making a living from the tips proffered by curious folks from all over the world having their pictures taken with these characters. We do it all the time as a regular part of our Los Angeles private tour service if our guests want to. The photographs are generally funny and definitely impart a sense of “Hollywood” into their tour photo album. Of course the kids love it. There are a couple of other locations around Los Angeles where these costumed characters are evident when it is not Halloween. As for today, Halloween, expect wild costumes everywhere. Maybe not as professional or practiced, without the dance moves and the funny accents, but all in good fun. Happy Trick or Treat, everyone!
Nothing Like a Private Tour to Experience
Beverly Hills Ghosts
What was spooky enough after sunset as we drove down Sunset Boulevard through Beverly Hills was almost spooktacular on another private Los Angeles tour early on the morning after Halloween. As the mist lifted we saw dead ghosts floating in the trees and witches impaled by broomsticks halfway up palm trees. Skeletons immobilized by the brilliant golden Southern California sunlight shifted in the slight breeze. Cobwebs sagged from the dew and giant moribund spiders glistened. Our guests discussed Walt Disney’s Fantasia and its realization of Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and could hear in their minds the morning bells ringing to Ave Maria and calling the faithful after a night of macabre revelry. Beverly Hills does Halloween well and celebrity pedigree almost takes a back seat to which mansion has a better nightmarish display. We know entire neighborhoods that compete with spookhouse decor and can create a custom luxury tour through Los Angeles visiting all these neighborhoods.
Costumes Welcomed on our Private Halloween Tour
Looking for something fun, something weird and something eerie to do on Halloween when you are visiting Los Angeles and Hollywood One of the best, most elegant, most extravagant parties is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Halloween Ball. This museum, which should be a daytime part of any travel itinerary in our grand city, hosts a wild masquerade evening on All Hallows Eve just for Angelenos (and friendly visitors). While an adults only event, the licentiousness of other Los Angeles events (we will write about them later) is not evident here though there are plenty of grownup libations available. Glamor, glitter and graciousness will greet you and make your evening splendid. With Academy Award winning costumers judging the contest and significant prizes being awarded our private Los Angeles tour guests deciding to attend will see incredible and amazing creatures and imaginary beings as well as authentic-looking historical figures and some very bizarre characters and horrific manifestations of the human persona (and not so human). Galleries will be open, too.
A Favorite Halloween Beverly Hills Tour Stop
This residence is beloved by everyone who drives through Beverly Hills around the time of a major holiday. The homeowners must have a giant garage just to store all the decorations. Halloween is a real treat as you can see. But Christmas, Easter and Independence Day all rate a drive by….and we do, daily, multiple times. Our private Los Angeles tour guests delight in the extent of the decorations and we always stop for photographs. We know enough places to take our guests on special decoration tours for both Halloween and Christmas. These homes certainly do add something special to what we ordinarily see in Hollywood and at the beaches and all those grand places in between.
Our Private Tour Guests Want a Classy Halloween
One of our favorite West Hollywood restaurants is Fig & Olive on Melrose Place. They are hosting, along with Veuve Clicquot champagne a Halloween dinner party where you can dress to impress for fun. The posters from each of the Yelloween partners give all the details. Make your reservations now, get your costume together and prepare for a real Halloween treat.
West Hollywood, Hollywood, Beverly Hills – we tour in all these neighborhoods and keep track of what is happening there so that our guests can decide on things to do after their private Los Angeles tour.
Private Los Angeles Tour – oooo Scary!
Ready for what a major movie studio and theme park can do to scare the *&^% out of you on Halloween and for days before and after? Then you need to dress up and make your way to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights any evening during October (plus a few days after the 31st). The studio’s backlot has been set aside for horror filled zombified mazes based on the successful Walking Dead series. There are also Scare Zones with familiar horror themes (Chucky, The Purge, Walking Dead, Black Sabbath’s new album “13”). There are some lighter corners of the studio just for fun like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. And, of course, there are the rides (Transformers, Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic Park, The Simpsons). We spend a lot of time (during the day) with our private Hollywood tour guests on the Universal VIP Tour but that is before the evil transformation of the studio that night brings.