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Inside the Most Insane Halloween Costume Parties Around the Globe

What it’s like to party in New York, Bogotá, Tokyo, and Oaxaca on October 31.

Celebrations in (clockwise from top left) New York City, Oaxaca, Bogotà, and Tokyo
Photographer: (clockwise from top left) Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Company; Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg; Mariana Greif/Bloomberg; Said Karlsson/Bloomberg

Celebrations in (clockwise from top left) New York City, Oaxaca, Bogotà, and Tokyo

When Halloween falls on a Saturday, you know you're in for a treat. Around the globe this year, exclusive, lavish parties marked the 31st of October in a wide variety of styles. Here is a look inside four of the most visually explosive celebrations around the world, from a high-wattage townhouse party in New York to a pulsing club in Tokyo. It's All Hallows Eve as you’ve never seen it before. 

The Invite-Only Townhouse Ticket | Allison Sarofim and Stuart Parr’s Klimt Kaleidoscope Party 

Movie producers Allison Sarofim and Stuart Parr’s annual Halloween party at their stately West Village townhouse has long been a coveted ticket in New York, and this year’s disco-Klimt-themed mashup on October 24 was no different. Bold-faced names such as Naomi Campbell, Demi Moore, Donna Karan, and Tory Burch nursed "Harvey Wallbangers" beneath a sumptuous tent by artist Kevin Bourgeois, while even models (including Lexi Boling and Catherine McNeil) couldn’t resist the allure of an Austrian food truck serving schnitzel on a stick and cones of frites. “I want our guests to have a surreal experience and fall down the rabbit hole,” Sarofim explained. “Sprinkle a little fairy dust.” 

A performer | 11:58 PM
A performer | 11:58 PM
Photographer: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Company
Anh Duong and Vanity Fair's Amy Fine Collins | 10:03 PM
Anh Duong and Vanity Fair's Amy Fine Collins | 10:03 PM
Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com
Demi Moore and Donna Karan | 4:54 AM
Demi Moore and Donna Karan | 4:54 AM
Photographer: Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com
Naomi Campbell | 5:40 AM
Naomi Campbell | 5:40 AM
Photographer: German Larkin
Allison Sarofim | 8:32 PM
Allison Sarofim | 8:32 PM
Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com
Performers | 7:28 PM
Performers | 7:28 PM
Photographer: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Company
Marco Scarani and Carlos Mota | 8:52 PM
Marco Scarani and Carlos Mota | 8:52 PM
Photographer: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Company
Chase Booth | 10:05 PM
Chase Booth | 10:05 PM
Photographer: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Company
Performers | 7:59 PM 
Performers | 7:59 PM 
Photographer: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Company
Tory Burch and Pierre-Yves Roussel | 9:21 PM
Tory Burch and Pierre-Yves Roussel | 9:21 PM
Photographer: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Company
DuoRAW | 9:31 PM
DuoRAW | 9:31 PM
Photographer: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Company
Binx Walton, Lexi Boling, Catherine McNeil, Harry Brant, Peter Brant II, and Issa Lish | 9:56 PM
Binx Walton, Lexi Boling, Catherine McNeil, Harry Brant, Peter Brant II, and Issa Lish | 9:56 PM
Photographer: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Company
Luisa Fernanda Espinosa and Josh Lucas | 9:43 PM
Luisa Fernanda Espinosa and Josh Lucas | 9:43 PM
Photographer: Liam McMullan/Patrick McMullan Company

The Restaurant Rave | Andrés Carne de Res’s Mascarada Descarada

Colombia’s high-octane capital played host on Saturday night to a “shameless mascarade” at the sprawling destination restaurant Andrés Carne de Res in Chia. The labrynthlike venue saw more than 5,000 revelers flood the dance floor in lavish masks and getups, presided over by mummies perched in the rafters. Eighteenth century demoiselles rubbed elbows with red-caped devils (the most inspired costumes earned free drinks and prizes) and more than 100 performers—and by the end of the night, who could tell which was which?  

10:29 PM
10:29 PM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
10:19 PM 
10:19 PM 
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
9:30 Pm
9:30 Pm
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
9:40 PM
9:40 PM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
10:11 PM
10:11 PM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
11:47 PM
11:47 PM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
12:02 AM
12:02 AM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
10:21 PM 
10:21 PM 
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
9:39 PM
9:39 PM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
The interior of the restaurant | 1:07 AM
The interior of the restaurant | 1:07 AM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
10:29 PM
10:29 PM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
10:10 PM
10:10 PM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
11:48 PM
11:48 PM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
10:09 PM
10:09 PM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
10:18 PM
10:18 PM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
1:49 AM
1:49 AM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
10:32 PM
10:32 PM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg
10:51 PM
10:51 PM
Photographer: Mariana Greif/Bloomberg

The Club-Kid Destination | Ele-Tokyo’s Halloween Party

For a taste of Tokyo’s electric after-hours energy, one need only head to nightlife nexus Roppongi, where year-old club Ele-Tokyo (which has seen the likes of Lady Gaga, Neyo, and Akon) threw a costumed bash on Saturday night. The crowd of 2,000 (sporting American-themed getups ranging from superheroes and the Simpsons) danced to EDM inside the gilt-lined interior while a line wound around the block outside. One peek at the flaming bottles of Veuve and impressive light show inside, and the wait, it seemed, was well worth it.  

Kidal | 9:46 PM 
Kidal | 9:46 PM 
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
12:32 AM
12:32 AM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
11:25 PM
11:25 PM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
The interior of Ele-Tokyo | 11:38 PM
The interior of Ele-Tokyo | 11:38 PM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
9:30 PM
9:30 PM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
Kyoko and Miho | 8:43 PM
Kyoko and Miho | 8:43 PM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
9:49 PM
9:49 PM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
10:55 PM
10:55 PM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
AJ and Kelly | 9:55 PM
AJ and Kelly | 9:55 PM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
1:57 AM
1:57 AM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
10:43 PM
10:43 PM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
Misa, May, and Mami | 10:56 PM 
Misa, May, and Mami | 10:56 PM 
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
DJ Gohlem | 12:30 AM
DJ Gohlem | 12:30 AM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
Haruna | 11:10 PM
Haruna | 11:10 PM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
11:20 PM
11:20 PM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
11:33 PM 
11:33 PM 
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
1:50 AM
1:50 AM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
11:24 PM
11:24 PM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg
1:02 AM
1:02 AM
Photographer: Said Karlsson/Bloomberg

The Multi-Stop Soirée | Happy Halloween Oaxaca, Noche de Muertos, and Txalaparta Bar’s Halloween Parties

One stop wouldn’t be enough to encapsulate the rich complexity of Oaxaca’s Halloween celebrations, which combine the best of the state’s indigenous Day of the Dead traditions (sugar skulls, painted faces, paper deorations) and the costumed American blowouts of pop culture. “Happy Halloween Oaxaca 2015,” a 600-strong mezcal-fueled dance party, kicked off the festivities on Friday night, while Saturday evening was best spent following the throng from a Noche de Muertos party at subterranean bar Piedra Lumbre in the city’s Historic Center (where a witch served more mezcal to partygoers) to multi-floor bar Txalaparta to close out the night (make that early morning). 

Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/30, 11:40 PM
Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/30, 11:40 PM
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/31, 12:22 AM
Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/31, 12:22 AM
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
Marco | Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/30, 10:50 PM
Marco | Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/30, 10:50 PM
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
Jose and Pablo | Halloween Night Party, Txalaparta Bar | 11/1, 12:32 AM
Jose and Pablo | Halloween Night Party, Txalaparta Bar | 11/1, 12:32 AM
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/30, 10:25 PM
Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/30, 10:25 PM
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
Isabella | Noche de Muertos Party, Piedra Lumbre Bar | 11/1, 12:55 am
Isabella | Noche de Muertos Party, Piedra Lumbre Bar | 11/1, 12:55 am
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
Adriana and Roberto | Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/30, 11:06 PM
Adriana and Roberto | Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/30, 11:06 PM
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/30, 11:22 PM
Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/30, 11:22 PM
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
Felipe and Verna | Halloween Night Party, Txalaparta Bar | 11/1, 12:14 AM
Felipe and Verna | Halloween Night Party, Txalaparta Bar | 11/1, 12:14 AM
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
José | Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/31, 12:16 AM
José | Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/31, 12:16 AM
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
DJ Sacro Imperio Romano | Noche de Muertos Party, Piedra Lumbre Bar | 11/1, 1:32 AM
DJ Sacro Imperio Romano | Noche de Muertos Party, Piedra Lumbre Bar | 11/1, 1:32 AM
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
Ruben | Halloween Night Party, Txalaparta Bar | 11/1, 12:08 AM
Ruben | Halloween Night Party, Txalaparta Bar | 11/1, 12:08 AM
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
José | Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/31, 12:36 AM
José | Happy Halloween Oaxaca | 10/31, 12:36 AM
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg