On October 25, 2014 the Playboy Mansion halloween party was a huge hit for all those who attended despite logistical problems that left around 500 to 800 guests stranded twice, which will be looked at in pictures and a brief discussion, but before that there is one question begging to be answered…Was that Snoop Dogg? The evening party was a long drawn out marathon of shuttle problems, dropped communication and a lot of security – “Lemme see your wristband!” A sidenote here, the security folks were very helpful and they only shouted to be heard over the din of the hundreds of queuing guests. Starting out at the iconic Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Blvd, the guests were already primed for the main event having been to various pre-Playboy Mansion parties being held at the Roosevelt.
The hotel was heaving with various costumed events not connected to the Hugh Hefner sponsored soiree, one group were attending a wedding in full Halloween regalia. There were several different “businesses” attending the party and they were broken down later by wristband color. If the participant had purple or blue they were allowed to move up in the the shuttle queue at the UCLA parking facility, while green and orange were stuck waiting with no “cutting” privileges.
The shuttle problem started at the Roosevelt itself with the word being that shuttles were being provided from the hotel to UCLA where guests would check-in, get their wristbands and then head on over to the Playboy Mansion. There were some shuttles, but these appeared to be a bit disorganised and different groups took their own vehicles over to UCLA and got ready to check in there. Arriving at the parking garage the first thing that was immediately noticeable was the huge queue outside the building, where costumed guests shivered in the cool night air waiting for the next mini bus to take them to the mansion.
Inside the building there was another long line of guests waiting to check in. Total time spent waiting to get into the 2014 Playboy Mansion Halloween Party was around four hours, total time in the party, where it looked like Snoop Dogg was shooting through the crowd, was roughly three hours. While the wait time was longer than the party itself, the festivities more than made up for the sore feet and frustration levels. The mansion was full to the brim with excited revelers who made the most of their invite.
Another sidenote here, it seems that early in the evening a shuttle either lost a tire or had an axle break. This unfortunate event was said to have occurred in the mansion drive and it blocked the remaining shuttles. After a long time, more transport was laid on and the vast majority of waiting revelers were bussed to the party. When the additional shuttles arrived the crowd broke into spontaneous applause and cheers.
The party itself really was a series of queues where guests lined up to get what they wanted: Shuttles, restrooms, drinks, the Haunted House, the Grotto, drinks, restrooms and shuttles. Inside the Playboy house of fun, there were various sections, each with several bars and either music, lights and dancing people or fake fog, food, and little reserved sections set aside for smaller private parties. There were “private areas” in the main dance section as well, but these were larger affairs and they were set higher than the floor and had security guards at the entrances to keep the uninvited out.
Playboy playmates were everywhere and there were places that only certain groups of people were allowed to access. In terms of people spotting, the main dance area was the place to see who was recognizable and who was not. It was in this heaving throng of people that Snoop Dogg, if indeed it was him or an identical twin or double, made his fleeting appearance. Towards the end of the evening in the mansion, in other words in the wee hours of the morning, the 2014 Halloween party was still going strong and that was the when the rapper, wearing what looked to be a “onesie” was moving deftly through the crowd. If anyone made eye contact with him, “Snoop Dogg” grinned and moved that little bit faster. While there were a number of folks who looked “like someone” at the party, there were many more who did not. The only well known faces were the playmates and the onesie wearing fellow who was a dead ringer for Snoop Dogg. Overall, the party went over a real treat with the guests and despite the long and tedious wait time was incredibly enjoyable. Scroll down the page for some more photos of the themed event.
By Michael Smith
Playboy Mansion Halloween Party October 25, 2014