Muse's Halloween Ball at LACMA
Muse is one of the largest Halloween parties in Los Angeles, taking over the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the weekend. The big draw is the crowd, a creative bunch who take their costumes seriously. There is always something amazing and creative. This year the theme was "Heroes and Villains."
This year they were pouring absinthe and absinthe cocktails along with the usual assortment of drinks at the open bar. Unfortunately they still don't have sufficient bars and the waits were pretty long. A few years ago when we commented on the limited food and the long lines for drinks, someone related to Muse expressed their regret, but pointed out that it is a small not-for-profit and they do the best they can to make it a fun event on a limited budget. Luckily, the people in line are fun so you just have to pretend you are mingling rather than waiting.
There was a live band this year, and they presented the costume contest much earlier, both big improvements. One of the best things about this event is that you can also peruse select galleries, a definite bonus. This year their exhibit was "The Battle for Good in India's Comics" In the end, what makes this event great are the grandiose surroundings and the friendly, creative crowd. It will always be a must-do Halloween event for us.