I start getting this same angst around this time every year, and end up fantasizing about big Halloween events and costume parties and the like. But year after year...after year...I never have any opportunities and up doing nothing worthwhile. I want very much to go to a couple sizeable events at Halloween time "for reals", with awesome costuming and all that, and don't want yet another year to go by without, so I'm on the hunt once again for ideas.
I'm starting early so I can start working on designing and building costuming ahead of time if necessary. There's no real point in investing the time and effort in building any if there might not be an opportunity to make use of it.
Children-oriented events like Mickey's Halloween Treat really aren't a viable option I don't think. A large-ish-scale event of the sort that's geared toward older folks but suitable for everybody and not too formalized would be the most appealing maybe, and where there's relatively little chance of bad behavior in crowds and such. Adult-only events aren't all that appealing either (bars/clubs), but I'm not closed to them. The past couple years I've just gone downtown, but that's mostly a bar-hopping/clubbing crowd and a little too severe for my tastes.
Maybe those in/around the LA area might know of some things in your area. Several years ago I saw a brief news clip about a big outdoor Halloween[?] event called "Carnivale" or something like that, in LA I believe, but further inquiries and research haven't turned up anything.
I'd like to hit up a few events if possible. I reeeeeeeley want to finally do something this year. Help me Conversers of the Mouse; you're my only hope