Halloween is a lot like New Years Eve; you want to attend the ideal party but you're always nervous the invite will never come. Take charge this year and let your friends follow the lead by attending one of these musically charged Halloween affairs.
Just one thing: don't forget your costumes to any of these events!
Freakeasy Presents "The Day of the Dead" at the Metro/Smart Bar
Burlesque meets circus freaks meets cabaret meets a dash of everything else at this multimedia, all building party at joint Wrigleyville venues the Metro and Smart Bar. Local house music pros like Phuture, Gene Hunt and Justin Long will take to the tables while performers roam, live art comes to life along the walls and fire artists light up the area outside of the venues. It's sure to be one of the most cutting edge parties of the Halloween season and tickets are just $17 in advance.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Halloween Edition at the Music Box Theatre
Fans of The Rocky Horror Picture Show often hail Halloween as the best time of the year to relive the iconic musical. Nobody else in the city brings it back to life quite like the Music Box does though. In addition a screening of the film, live performers will accompany your experience and your expected to help out as well! They don't hand you a prop bag along with your ticket for nothing. Think you'll be the only one dressed in character? You're thinking wrong. Music Box will screen Rocky Horror on Oct. 25, 26 and 31 this year. All screenings are expected to sell out. Tickets are on sale now for $12.
Halloween Flashback Party at Martyrs
Terrible Spaceship is one of the most entertaining live shows this writer has seen from a local band. The band lays down electronically-infused funk jams over a backdrop of recycled ‘60s-era sci-fi and horror film footage. And the flashback feel goes all night long with openers The Lincoln Squares and Diana and the Dishes playing songs off Nirvana's Nevermind and Michael Jackson's Thriller, respectively. Tickets are a steal at $10.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute at Martyrs
If you just can't get enough time warping in on Halloween night, finish out your celebration Saturday with a live performance of the beloved cult classic with Tracer Bullet featuring Chicago's funk/R&B golden boy JC Brooks on vocals playing the part of Dr. Frankenfurter. Tickets--$12--will benefit The Night Ministry aiding Chicago's poor and homeless. Local bands Absolutely Not and The Dyes(playing a tribute set to The Cramps) will open up the night.
Freaky Deaky at the Aragon
Local dance music promoters React Presents are bringing back this Halloween party for its fifth year with another packed lineup. Fresh off his hard grooving (free) release DJ/producer GRIZ will take the stage on night one, Oct. 25, along with party rocking rapper Danny Brown. The following night will be headlined by Swedish artists Dada Life. In addition to their performance, the eccentric duo will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the largest pillow fight. Tickets for night one are $30 and night two will cost you $38.
17th Annual Halloween Bash at the Double Door
In the music world it's customary for bands' "costumes" to come in the form of their music. It's a tradition that's been around for a decade and a half at this popular Wicker Park venue. It's a two night affair starting on the 31st that will feature local bands playing cover sets of artists like Janis Joplin, KISS, The Cars, Fleetwood Mac and more. Tickets for each night are $10. For more info and to learn who's playing who, visit the Double Door's website.
Country Halloween at Cubby Bear
You wear boots and a ten-gallon hat everyday of the year, not just Halloween? We think we've found something that will be up your alley. Wrigleyville bar Cubby Bear is throwing a rootin' tootin' country-themed Halloween with Rockstar Rodeo heating up the stage. Who ever said Halloween and line dancing can't go together? If you're low on dough, this party's free!
Halloween Booze Cruise with Bloodiest
The Chicago Reader and the Empty Bottle come together to throw a scary Halloween bash at sea! A $40 tickets gets you aboard the Tall Ship Windy, BBQ from Blackwood, wine, Goose Island beers and a bonecrushing show from local psychedelic metal act Bloodiest. For more info and to buy tickets, visit the Empty Bottle's website.
Jukebox of the Dead...Reanimated! at the Hideout
Interested in what adult contemporary and soft rock hits would sound like if they were originally meant to be played at a funeral? Dethholz will answer the question this year at the Hideout when they resurrect their simultaneously playful and morose "Jukebox of the Dead" show after two years of silence. You can buy tickets in advance for $12.
Halloween Hell Night at Township
Leave it to Chicago to produce bands perfectly fitted for frightening Halloween tunes. Aptly named Creepy Band headlines the Logan Square cafe/venue on Halloween this year with their eerie church organ meets rock n' roll music. Similarly dark but totally talented local bands Killer Moon and Edgar Allan Ectoplasm will also perform. Buy tickets in advance for $8 or come dressed in costume and pay just $5 at the door!
Boneshaker at Redmoon Theater
Hot dog grilling on a fire candelabra, an underwater shadow puppet world, a fire-breathing organ, an indoor swing park and roller skate rink. Redmoon Theater's Boneshake Halloween party is perhaps the only place in Chicago you'll be able to find all of these elements in one place this year. Complete with complimentary food and drink as well as a performances from Chicago's only 30-person marching punk rock band, the acclaimed Mucca Pazza, this party will not only shake but delight your bones as well. Tickets to this event are $75.