Get a head start on All Hallow's Eve cosplay and horseplay with today's side deal: one VIP ticket to Halloween Eve Preview Night from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on October 30 at Marbella for $14 (a $25 value and a $3 will call fee included). Your VIP ticket gives you access to all four levels of Marbella, and given that dressing up and pretending to be something you're not is an American tradition dating back to the Spanish-American War, you can expect to enjoy killer costumes and top-quality people-watching long past the witching hour throughout the new venue.
As you wander the largest patio in Hollywood and through its more intimate cabanas, don't be frightened if you find yourself rubbing ectoplasmic elbows with the ghosts of Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, ex-Vice President Charles G. Dawes, or Greta Garbo. Back in the '20s, this was the place to cut loose with the latest aviator-inspired dance steps. Since then, the nightclub has gone through a number of names and is now a renovated four-level events facility crowned by a nightclub and restaurant. On Friday, October 30, four giant rooms, each with its own DJ, will be booming with booming music and thousands of booming, costumed revelers.
Attendees are strongly encouraged (but not required) to wear a costume. Become someone else throughout the entire weekend. Ladies can get dolled up in your best variant of sexy: sexy witch, sexy Puritan, sexy German Chancellor Angela Merkel, etc. Guys can dust off that Final Fantasy costume and giant foamcore sword you wore to Anime-Con last year or go as gothic business-casual. Only 1,500 tickets are available through Groupon, so quickly conjure up your coven and add a little Hollywood glitz to your fright-fest festivities this year.
- Try to get on a list for this club or get in line early, because it gets crowded! Once you get in, it's spacious, great music and a nice mixed crowd. – jenmempin, Citysearch
- The VIP area has nice tables, clean white spacious couches, and a great view of Hollywood out the window. The place stayed relatively cool all night, allowing us to dance without getting too sweaty, and the crowd was really friendly. – v00d00ch1ld, Citysearch
Guide to Recognizing Your Monsters
Drinking among throngs of masked revelers has one inherent danger: the more you imbibe, the weaker your ability to differentiate between costumed partygoers and actual ghost-monsters. Use this guide to distinguish between dressed-up drinkers and actual bloodthirsty paranormal specters:
Is the “dracula” surrounded by sexy nurses?
Monster Status: REAL. Only a real dracula is that charming.
Is the “ghost” holding a cup, wearing beads, and slurring its “Boos?”
Monster Status: REAL. You know how ghosts get when they start drinking.
Is the “wolfman” covered in fresh blood and attacking everyone with its sharp claws?
Monster Status: FAKE. Don’t give the fake, bloody wolfman any attention. It’ll only encourage it to continue slaughtering everyone.
Is the “Grim Reaper” on a cell phone?
Monster Status: Unfortunately, REAL. If you can see him, it’s your time.
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