Makeup tutorial videos have become an online go-to in recent years, and not just for everyday eyeliner tips. Halloween techniques are a big video staple nowadays, in large part because watching someone transform into an elaborate vampire or monster in under three minutes is a wonder of time-lapse technology.
But time-lapse has other handy Halloween-related uses, especially when detailing where that newly made-up monster or vampire will go to party later on, once their facial foundation has fully dried.
If that online monster is based in LA, chances are good they're headed for the famous West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, one of the world's best-known street festivals.
Best-known and best-attended, that is; the number of attendees bandied about for this Oct. 31 come-one-come-all bash hovers near a half million. The WeHo Carnaval has had 27 years to raise its party profile, of course, and it has the extra two benefits of A) being totally free and B) attracting some of the most creative costumers in the Golden State or beyond.
How, though, does the whole shebang come together in just under a day? A nifty time-lapse video of the 2014 celebration shows the setup starting at 5 o'clock, and, nope, we definitely do not mean 5 o'clock in the afternoon. Staffers are out long before the sun says its Halloween morning hello, as the heavy trusses for the concert stage need to be erected and cones need to be placed and the step and repeat, that de rigueur photo backdrop for any LA event worth its star-wattage, must go up.
Where will you be at 5 a.m. on Oct. 31? If you're helping out at the Carnaval, you'll probably be on Santa Monica Boulevard, setting up the stage for the night's performances. If you'll still be trying to figure out what to go as, costume-wise, we'll guess you'll be awake and online, watching time-lapse monster makeup videos, seeing if you can get the scary eyebrows and zombie cheekbones just right.
Time-lapse video of the 2014 setup: