No matter how creepy and cool the costumes may be, a Halloween party ain’t a party without music. But do you really want to suffer through the “Monster Mash” again? Skip the canned playlists and celebrate the spooky holiday with awesome DJs and live music. Put on your Donald Trump wig or Hillary Clinton business suit (or whatever it is you’re wearing) and hit one of these upcoming ‘fly fright-fests around the country.
To get you started, our buds at WillCall collected some graveyard jams. If you couldn’t tell by now, we’re really into Halloween.
New York, NY
The most terrifying thing about Halloween in New York City is deciding which party to hit. From a four-night “spooky mansion” concert experience to a “spooktacular dance party,” fans in the Big Apple have no shortage of options. Which one will you choose? The suspense is killing us!
10.28: Spooky Mansion: A Four Night Halloween Concert Experience with Dueling Rabbits (Bad Rabbits DJ set) + more TBA – The Paper Box, Brooklyn, NY ($45+)
10.29: Spooky Mansion: A Four Night Halloween Concert Experience with Talib Kweli, Alissia + more TBA – The Paper Box, Brooklyn, NY ($45+)
10.30: Spooky Mansion: A Four Night Halloween Concert Experience with Blue Hawaii (DJ set) + more TBA – The Paper Box, Brooklyn, NY ($45+)
10.30: Halloween Party with Strange Talk, Intergalactix and Germans – Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY ($13+/$15+)
10.31: Claptone presents The Masquerade – Verboten, Brooklyn, NY ($20-30+)
10.31: The Jane Hotel’s Annual Halloween Party – The Jane Hotel, New York, NY (starting at $40+)
10.31: Halloween Bash & Bowl – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY (No cover)
10.31: Spooky Mansion: A Four Night Halloween Concert Experience with guests TBA – The Paper Box, Brooklyn, NY ($45+)
Pardon us if referring to Beantown as “Boo-ston” is corny, but the city’s got us in the Halloween spirit. And with so many EDM ragers going down at Royale Nightclub, it’s got us in the spirit to pump our fists, too!
10.29: Nervo Halloween – Royale Nightclub ($30+)
10.30: Royale’s Haunted Manor with DSK CHK – Royale Nightclub ($20+)
10.31: Royale’s Haunted Manor with Breeazy – Royale Nightclub ($25+-30+)
Don’t get too excited when you see “Nude Beach Halloween” listed below. It’s not an actual beach, and you definitely should keep your costumes on. Yeah, we’re kinda bummed, too.
10.24: The 2015 Philly Zombie Prom – Trocadero Theater ($12-17+)
10.24: Nude Beach Halloween – Bourbon and Branch ($5+)
10.30: The Dead Milkmen Celebrate Halloween – Trocadero Theater ($22-25+)
10.31: Dracula’s Ball with Combichrist and The Birthday Massacre – Trocadero Theater ($22-25+)
10.31: Halloween at MilkBoy – MilkBoy ($10+)
10.31: Vampyr (movie) – International House Philadelphia ($9+)
Washington, DC/Baltimore, MD
Forget the clubs, the DMV is taking the party to the campgrounds for the two-night Nightmare Festival. But if that sounds a little too much like the set-up for a slasher flick, try the Halloween Circus or Halloween Comedy Spectacular, instead.
10.29: Halloween Rally: Glow Edition – Power Plant Live, Baltimore ($25-30+)
10.30-31: Nightmare Festival (Weekend Pass) – Ramblewood Campgrounds, Darlington ($130+)
10.31: Nightmare Festival (Saturday only) – Ramblewood Campgrounds, Darlington ($85+)
10.31: Grassroots Comedy DC Presents: Spooky Scary Halloween Comedy Spectacular – DC9 Nightclub, Washington, DC ($10+)
10.31: The Mini Halloween Howl – The Hamilton, Washington, DC (Free)
10.31: U Hell Halloween Party with Gent & Jawns – U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC ($15+)
10.31: The 2015 Halloween Circus – Black Cat, Washington, DC ($10-12+)
Hip-hop, deep house, rock, Motown and a “Japanese action comic punk” band. Halloween in Chi-Town is like any other weekend: an awesome celebration of music.
10.30: Hustlepalooza TrapRave Halloween Party with OG Maco, ShowYouSuck and Big Homie – Reggies Rock Club ($20-25+)
10.30: Exquisite Corpse Ball – Beat Kitchen ($10-12+)
10.30: Monster Mash – Tonic Room ($6+)
10.31: Peelander-Z, Mad Conductor and The Symptoms – Reggies Music Club ($10-12+)
10.31: Halloween Extravaganza XI – Beat Kitchen ($8-10)
10.31: J. Phlip, Golf Clap, Alinka and Jevon Jackson – Primary Night Club ($12-15)
New Orleans, LA
NOLA’s got a reputation as one of the most haunted cities in America, so you know the city has to come correct. With parades and parties starting a week early, we’d say they’re doing it right.
10.23: Ross Halloween Party with DJ Cloud and DJ B Dot – Republic NOLA ($40-45+)
10.24: Krewe of BOO!’s Monster Mash 2015 – Mardi Gras World Float Den ($30-100+)
10.24: Metropolitan’s Haunted Halloween with 3LAU, Grandtheft and more – The Metropolitan Nightclub (starting at $15+)
10.31: Hell’s Gala with RL Grime and SBCR – The Sugar Mill (starting at $32.50)
San Francisco, CA
A 14-piece tribute to Michael Jackson, a ghost ship party with giant art installations, and a two-day EDM blowout? San Francisco gets the award for the most eclectic Halloween celebrations.
10.30: Foreverland’s Thriller Halloween Ball – Bimbo’s 365 Club ($22+)
10.30: BOO! with Flosstradamus, Oliver Heldens, The Magician and more – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (starting at $69.50)
10.31: BOO! with Nicky Romero, Seven Lions, Will Sparks and more – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (starting at $69.50)
10.31: Club 1994 Halloween Party – Rickshaw Stop ($16-25+)
Los Angeles, CA
The City of Angels and its neighboring towns become one big not-so-saintly playground. Hit one of these ‘fly functions and repent on Sunday morning.
10.24: Hip Hop Halloween – Alex’s Bar, Long Beach (Free)
10.24: 16th Annual Dia de los Muertos – Hollywood Forever, LA ($20+)
10.31: The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Cinespia Presents at Hollywood Forever, LA ($10-25+)
10.31: The Trapp Show – Los Globos, LA ($25+)
10.31: La Noche de Los Muertos – El Cid, LA ($20-400+)
10.31: Halloween Party with DJ Brown Mamba – Troubadour, LA (Free)
10.31: Halloween Booootie LA – Echoplex, LA ($20-30+)
Oh Portland, only you would celebrate this monstrous holiday with folk music and swing bands. Never change.
10.31: Shakey Graves: Halloween Show with Tennis – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall ($30+)
10.31: The Midnight Serenaders 6th Annual Swingin’ Halloween Bash – The Secret Society ($15+)
10.31: Underdog Halloween Bash 2015 – Wonder Ballroom ($10-50+)
10.31: fEARnoMUSIC’s Halloween Extravaganza – Mississippi Studios ($10-20+)