As many of you have heard, our fun West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval has been cancelled for 2022 and it is not being recommended for 2023. I believe I have figured out a way to save our Halloween Carnaval so we can have it every year forever beginning next year in 2023.
What is West Hollywood without our beloved Halloween Carnaval? Our city has been
known for hosting this fun event since it first began in 1987, and has grown from a small community block party to a worldwide destination which boasts an attendance of up to 500,000 participants on Santa Monica Boulevard on Halloween night.
In the 2022 West Hollywood city budget review, it says: “Halloween Carnival is a $2 million, one-night event. 60% of costs are directly for Public Safety. The City Council Events Subcommittee did not recommend including it in the two-year budget.”
We can re-invent West Hollywood Halloween by doing something easy and clever. First we rope off the streets and charge an admission price of five dollars if you are in costume and ten dollars if you are not in costume.
Then we add a competitive costume contest:
- FIRST PRIZE BEST COSTUME: $10,000
- SECOND PRIZE: $5000
- THIRD PRIZE: $2500
This sets the stage for many people to really go all out and come up with amazing
costumes to compete.
If we look at the numbers from previous years, we can make an educated guess of perhaps 200,000 coming next year to West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval 2023. So if 100,000 arrive in no costume to the largest Halloween event in the world they pay $10 each for admission, that equals $1,000.000. The other 100,000 that arrive in costume paying $5 that equals $500,000, so the city makes $1.5 million dollars in revenue off this Halloween event.
Then the city and council cannot claim or complain that it is too costly. The numbers may be over 200,000 people coming to the event next year which means it may be a revenue making event for the first time in our city’s history.
West Hollywood Halloween is saved!