In the days leading up to Halloween, Los Angeles-based hospitality companyThe H.wood Group was throwing parties all weekend long.
Among its slate of the city’s most lavish venues, Poppy had a kick-off party on Oct. 27, Shorebar threw a haunted Halloween party on Oct. 28 and Bootsy Bellows featured a Ty Dolla $ign performance on Oct. 29— just a few events from the full lineup of festivities.
But something felt missing.
“We noticed that there was gonna be a void on Halloween night,” The H.wood Group co-founder and owner John Terzian explains over a phone call on the afternoon of Halloween.
So on Oct. 31, Terzian co-hosted A Spooky Halloween Night at Delilah with DJ Zack Bia and Stas Karanikolaou. The invite-only, costume-mandatory party welcomed Lil Nas X, Ricky Thompson, Megan Fox, Machine Gun Kelly, Diplo, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Sommer Ray, Marsha Molinari, Chantel Jeffries, Bronny James, Adam Lambert, Anwar Hadid, Tyga, Tana Mongeau, Todd Gurley, Wiz Khalifa, Addison Rae and Omer Fedi, among others.
“We really wanted to make Delilah completely different and super private and have it be a thing where it’s really our friends and their friends having a good time,” Terzian says. “To me, music and people make the party.”
Guests also went home with elevated trick-or-treat bags made in collaboration with Terzian, Bia and MSCHF, which featured a curated assortment of custom MSCHF candy goodies inside a signature orange Hermès bag.
Known for its modern day supper club meets the Roaring ‘20s environment, Delilah transformed for the evening to embody a “haunted house-type of feel.” Surrounded by draped cobwebs and skeletons, attendees danced the night away, sipped cocktails and posed for pictures in the back-corner photobooth.
The 2022 Delilah Halloween party was significant for Terzian, who noted how he rarely throws personal parties anymore.
“Even though we've been back from the pandemic, this is one of the first private events that Zack and I are doing for a holiday like this,” Terzian says.
“I'm a big fan of Halloween,” he later adds. “I think people get really excited for holidays and it's like the precursor holidays. I always refer to Halloween as the Thursday of the week. Friday and Saturday are the weekend, but people get excited Thursday night because the weekend is coming. Halloween starts it all. It's also just one of those fun holidays for going out. I have to say that I have always been a big fan of it in that regard and we've always wanted to do something like this.”
Wanting to be sure the Delilah party did not compete with other friend’s events, planning began months in advance.
“I think it's good and fun to do,” Terzian explains. “We get caught up a lot in the big nightclub thing or the massive event thing. I mean, it's what I do for a living, [but] it's also good to have small, personal ones.”
For the special event, it was clear that out of all of the The H.wood Group’s impressive portfolio of L.A.’s premier venues, Delilah was the spot to be. Terzian describes the celebrity-favorite West Hollywood establishment as a “safe haven for privacy.”
“It makes all of our guests and our close friends feel comfortable,” he says.
Known for its no-photos policy, iPhones were tucked away and, instead, party photographers snapped, as Terzian puts it, “old school photos.” There’s no need for social media buzz when all that matters is word of mouth.
“I really always look at it as a puzzle,” Terzian says about throwing successful parties. “It comes down to just people from different walks of life. Usually there’s myself or my team and their friends who are usually the common denominator, but everyone's like a piece of the puzzle. And so to me, I really mean it when I say that the people and the music combo make a party because at the end of the day, that's really what's going on in those four walls.”
See more of the party below.
Delilah is located at 7969 Santa Monica Blvd 90046.
Photography by: Photos by @samuelnw and @nathanialgray for Delilah/The H.Wood Group