Street party revelers don movie-inspired costumes
Occasionally Halloween feeds showbiz (e.g., endless holiday-themed sitcom episodes and horror-film re-releases). But in L.A., showbiz unquestionably feeds Halloween.At the annual West Hollywood street party on Oct. 31, movie images were the dominant theme. The estimated 250,000 revelers on Santa Monica Boulevard included, inevitably, men and women elaborately dressed as characters from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Star Trek” and Disney toons, as well as numerous Phantoms of the Opera and nearly as many Zorros (of both genders). But there were also some more distinctive inclusions: Norma Desmond, Austin Powers, a pair of “Pleasantville” housewives (with even their makeup in black and white), two sets of Teletubbies, a “Wrong Trousers” penguin and a woman decked out as an Emmy statuette. Two Cameron Diaz impersonators (both female) were easily ID’d by the “gel” hairdo, and the Tommy Lee-Pamela Anderson team (both male) were easily ID’d by their prosthetic additions. A couple of guys pushed around a VW-sized mockup of the Titanic prow, on which a rather beefy gentleman, dressed as Kate Winslet, towered over a tiny woman in drag as Leonardo DiCaprio, with both yelling, “Woo! I’m queen of the world!” Oh, yeah, there were also the requisite quota of Bill Clinton & Monica Lewinsky imitators and, in another political salute, one woman was dressed as Rep. Sonny Bono, moments after his skiing accident.