Living in L.A. means the opportunity to take part in the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, which takes place on Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard. It's a good opportunity to see what's big in pop culture.
As expected there were many Sarah Palin costumes as well as Jokers (more than half, of course, in the nurses uniform). I only saw one McCain (with a Palin) and no Obamas (but I heard there was one couple as Mr. & Mrs.)
One of the best costumes I saw was a dead ringer for Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder. I'd forgotten about this possibility. I also had forgotten (although I had thought about it in August) that there might be a Michael Phelps-- saw a couple.
There were at least two Indiana Jones's and I was happy to see that they were older guys-- which made it acceptable. Thankfully, there were no Captain Jack Sparrows!!! Although, unfortunately, some dude thought Austin Powers would be a nifty Halloween '08 costume choice-- I'd rather have seen a Love Guru.
There was a lot of "blast from the past" costumes-- particularly '80s ones: Ghostbusters, Donkey Kong, a girl in a big Rubik's Cube... even a Richard Simmons!
The choice for sexy-girl costumes was spread evenly among the usual ones, with sexy cop maybe just slightly in the lead this year.
Naturally there was a bunch of "No on 8" related costumes (re: a proposition on this year's ballot in the state of California to repeal gay marriage).
The most elaborate and clever costume I saw were two guys dressed as Russians on raised shoes (representing a shoreline) and big chunks representing Alaska around them-- the costume was the Sarah Palin Neighborhood watch. Really wild.