SNAP SHOTS! It’s the WeHo Halloween Carnival 2018 in Pictures


It’s a scary time to be out and about in a massive crowd–especially at night, amongst strangers who are encouraged to be anonymous and wear a mask, but that did not deter a sea of people from hitting up Santa Monica Boulevard in the heart of West Hollywood’s Boystown to partake in this year’s WeHo Halloween Carnival on Wednesday, October 31.

According to WeHo Mayor John Duran, the crowds added up to approximately 400,000 people. That number can be up for debate–especially if you’ve attended the carnival when numbers supposedly reached the 500,000s, according to reports in previous years—however, considering the apprehension to not get blown up by a pipe bomb, or get caught in a rain of bullets, the numbers were impressive, even if the number of people who actually dressed up this year, were not.

WeHo Halloween Carnival 2018 – Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES
WeHo Halloween Carnival 2018 – Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES

Even more impressive was the fact that no arrests were made on Halloween night. The evening was not free from incidents. There were several occasions when an emergency vehicle parted the sea of bodies to get to someone in need of medical attention, but this year’s carnival was peaceful and without major incidents.

The City of West Hollywood crowned drag queen legend Alyssa Edwards as this year’s Queen of the Carnaval. Edwards aka Justin Johnson made a name for herself on “RuPaul’s Drag Race–“Back rolls!?” She currently stars in the Netflix reality series Dancing Queen. The docuseries follows Edwards as Justin in his hometown of Mesquite, Texas, where he manages his highly competitive Beyond Belief Dance Company, as he prepares young students for an intensely competitive season on the stage, all the while he juggles his dance life, drag life, family life and love life.

Photo courtesy of Al Fielder – Instagram handle @aafielder

The Weho Halloween Carnival was successful in keeping everyone safe. There was plenty of police presence, and the spectacle was scaled down this year, compared to previous years. Gone were the musical concert performances from the artists of our youth, like EnVogue and Salt n Peppa. There was also that year when Mr Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, was a headliner (that was just wrong), and even though there were more revelers than actual costumes on the street, there was still plenty to see from this year’s Halloween.

Photo courtesy of Al Fielder – Instagram handle @aafielder

Congratulations to the City of West Hollywood for another amazing Weho Halloween Carnival.

Here we have the carnival from three different lenses. Photos from photographers Mike Pingel, Al Fielder and Paulo Murillo.


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Paulo Murillo
Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings close to 20 years of experience in LGBT media and more than two decades as a West Hollywood resident. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. Murillo’s work has appeared in numerous print and online publications. He was a contributor to LGBT magazine IN Los Angeles. He is known for the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, in which he covered breaking news and local events in the City of West Hollywood. His recent work has been published in the Los Angeles Blade and his articles, essays and photographs can also be seen on the pages of THE FIGHT Magazine. He started “The Share” feature for THE FIGHT, which spotlights members of the Los Angeles recovery community who share about their sober journey. He can be reached at

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