If you’ve never dreamed of going to the Playboy Mansion, you’ve probably never dreamed at all. Or you’ve at least never seen the place on television. It’s a pretty wonderful place to be when there’s a party happening. And there was on Friday night, and I was there. Holy buckets.
The event was Kandy Halloween, easily the sexiest Halloween party on the planet. Produced by The Karma Foundation, Kandy Halloween is a party that happens for a good cause, with proceeds from this event benefiting DoAsOne.com.
The Playboy Mansion, Halloween and doing good things for other people. It was incredible, and this is what it was like. At least some of it…
We arrived on a shuttle from a parking structure that I mistakenly thought was called “Watts Plaza” at first which then had me briefly wondering how I never knew the Playboy Mansion was right next to the Watts area of Los Angeles. Turns out it was a typo. “Watt Plaza.” It’s in Century City. Whew! The picture above is what that arrival area looked like when the sun went down and the lights came on. It’s definitely not Watts. It also wasn’t the only area of the Mansion grounds that was done up for Halloween.
The skeleton way in the back of this graveyard was a nice touch. Upon noticing it, I made a mad dash for the area and asked people to snap a few pictures of me in my best Halloween poses. However, I have no delusions that any of you want to see pictures of me at the Mansion, so I also asked some women on hand to do the same.
After arriving at the drop off point, we were led around to see some of the more famous areas of the Mansion. Up first was the zoo. There were lots of adorable animals, not the least of which being a couple of monkeys who were in prime picture taking positions. However, something about snapping pictures of caged monkeys on Halloween struck me as a recipe for terror, so I let them enjoy the night in peace. You’ll just have to take my word for it, there are monkeys there.
The next part of the tour took us through an amazing haunted house built right on the grounds just for this event. I snapped the above picture, because it was hilarious. But hold tight, there’s a much better tour of the haunted house coming shortly.
Up next, we visited the “Scare Zone” which was a long walking path populated with scores of people whose only job was to wait for you to walk past so they could scare the shit out of you. Like this guy, for example…
After reaching the end of the scare zone, we were informed that, while we had already received bracelets that gave us access to pretty much anything we wanted to see, we had yet to receive our media credentials and could wait for a bit while they were retrieved. The following is an approximation of the conversation ensued:
Our Group: If we have the bracelets, do we really need the media passes?
Tour Guide: Not really. They just allow you to cut to the front of the line at the haunted house and at any of the bars.
Our Group: We’ll wait.
And with a ticket to jump every booze line in the joint, I was off to the party. Rest assured, there were lots of fun things to do.
Some people wanted to dance…
Some people wanted to pose for group pictures…
And some people just seemed like they wanted to follow this girl around…
It’s because she had a tray of shots with her at all times, you see. Anyone else in the mood to do some girl watching certainly had plenty of options. Behold…
That’s Jaclyn Swedberg. You’ve probably heard of her.
Marketa Janska and Deanna Brooks. You may remember Deanna Brooks from handing out a long string of fantasy football beatings to people last year on The Smoking Jacket.
I honestly don’t remember if this picture was supposed to be this way or if we just jumped the gun and snapped before she was ready. I trust none of you actually care.
Whoa! How did this get in here? That’s not a gorgeous woman at all!
Whatever the case, with time running down and me having an article to write about all of this, I figured I’d try to round up some pictures of that haunted house. Knowing full well that you people aren’t even going to entertain the thought of looking at those pictures without some additional embellishment, I decided to enlist the help of these lovely ladies.
It turned out to be an excellent decision. But first, someone had to break it to the ladies that drinks weren’t allowed inside the haunted house.
Bummer. But the girls were good sports and put up with the momentary drinklessness like champions.
Well that certainly looks terrifying!
There were probably rules about moving through the haunted house in a timely manner that were being violated at this point. But far be it from me to let that stand in the way of a picture like that. And our girl dressed like a Tootsie Roll was just getting started.
Seriously, it was like she had been practicing all week to take these pictures.
After exiting the haunted house, our photographer had to split, which meant my night of working was over and a night of rocking at the Playboy Mansion was ahead. Good times. But I made sure to get a few more pictures before clocking out. They are posted below for your viewing pleasure (click any thumbnail pic to launch the gallery).
Extra special thanks to The Karma Foundation for inviting us to the party and putting together such a great event. Be sure to check out DoAsOne.com for more info on the great charity that reaped the benefits of this magnificent event.
The photographer who accompanied us at the Mansion was Andy Rodriguez, and he was incredible.