By now you should have your costume picked out (a red sweater and mustache a la Ken Bone, perhaps?). But where are you gonna show it off—and shake it off? That’s where we come in. We’ve rounded up some of the flyest fright fests across the country to ensure that your Halloween weekend is as lit as a jack-o-lantern.
Thanks to a popular sketch comedy show, Portland gets pegged a hipster haven. If that’s the case, then there’s something in the kale, because Stumptown definitely knows how to party.
10.29: The Midnight Serenaders Halloween Bash with Bridgetown Sextet & The Starella Sisters – The Secret Society ($15+)
10.31: The Eternal Grey Tour with $UICIDE BOY$ – Wonder Ballroom ($20+)
10.31: Dusky: Outer US Tour – 45 East ($10+)
BAY AREA/CENTRAL COAST
For a tech playground like the Bay Area, it’s only fitting that the region celebrate with some of the biggest names in electronic music—from Giraffage and Josh Pan at the Freaker’s Ball in Santa Cruz to DJ Dan and The New Deal at Ghost Ship in San Francisco.
10.28: Come Play With Us: Tiga, TEED, and more – The Midway, San Francisco ($29+)
10.28: Total Trash Halloween Bash – Eli’s Mile High Club, Oakland ($5+)
10.28: 21st Annual Halloween Freaker’s Ball – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz ($30+)
10.29: 21st Annual Halloween Freaker’s Ball – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz ($30+)
10.28: Ghost Ship Halloween: Atlantis – Pier 70, San Francisco ($55+)
10.29: Ghost Ship Halloween: Atlantis – Pier 70, San Francisco ($55+)
10.29: Wake the Dead – Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley ($31+)
10.31: A Masquerade Ball with The Mystic Braves – The Chapel, San Francisco ($18+)
10.31: Zack Bateman and the Coal Minds – Yoshi’s, Oakland ($17+)
With such a vibrant Latino culture, L.A. is the spot for Day of the Dead celebrations. Hollywood Forever hosts one of the biggest and the best with Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead on Oct. 29. However, just down the road in San Diego is a raging two-day party headlined by Disclosure and Justin Martin. That’s a tough call!
10.29: Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead – Hollywood Forever, L.A. ($20+)
10.29-30: Groundwater with Disclosure, Justin Martin and more – Petco Park, San Diego ($54+)
Don’t sleep on the southwest. In fact, it’d be impossible to. From a sonically pummeling punk and metal lineup at Tucson’s Southwest Terror Fest to Prayers’ “cholo goth” at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix to the Mala Luna festival in San Antonio—featuring Travis Scott, Steve Aoki and G-Eazy!—the region is bringing some serious noise.
10.22: Southwest Terror Fest – 191 Toole, Tucson ($30+)
10.28: Prayers – Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix ($20+)
10.29-30: Mala Luna Music Festival – Lone Star Brewery, San Antonio ($89+)
10.31: Fidlar with SMRS and The Frights – The Rialto Theatre, Tucson ($20+)
Thinking about dressing up as Harley Quinn or the Joker? Step your game up because there are some big bucks at stake out here. St. Louis’s carnival-themed Freakshow has a $5,000 prize package up for grabs while Kansas City’s Dead or aLive! has $15,000 in prizes for the taking.
10.29: Freakshow – Ballpark Village, St. Louis ($25+)
10.29: Halloween: Dead or aLive! – KC Live!, Kansas City ($25+)
NEW YORK/PHILLY/NEW ENGLAND
You won’t find any zombies on the dance floor around these parts, because a requisite The Rocky Horror Picture Show screening and EDM heavyweights such as Oliver Heldens, Above & Beyond, Tritonal, and Claude VonStroke will make you feel more alive than ever.
10.28: Above & Beyond Halloween – Pier 94, New York, NY ($55+)
10.28: Oliver Heldens Presents Hi-Lo-Ween – The Brooklyn Hangar, Brooklyn, NY ($41+)
10.28-29: Nightmare Festival with Tritonal, Claude VonStroke, and more – Ramblewoods Campgrounds, Darlington, MD ($65+)
10.29: Halloween: Dead or aLive! – Power Plant Live, Baltimore ($5+)
10.29: Boogaween Costume Ball with Booga Sugar – Mercury Lounge, New York, NY ($10+)
10.30: The Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary Screening Party – College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT ($27+)
10.31: Dracula’s Ball with Stabbing Westward – Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA ($24+)