Costume parties are a blast. So are great concerts. And Halloween gives us the perfect excuse to combine the two. No plans for the spookiest night of the year yet? You'll find plenty of music, monsters and more at these shows.
The city's biggest EDM costume party and concert is at the Aragon ballroom every Halloweekend. This year Freaky Deaky's producers React Presents have (once again) pulled in some of the biggest names in dance music. Flux Pavilion, G-EAZY and Kennedy Jones headline night one (Oct. 31) and Nervo, Kill The Noise and Tchami keep the party going the following night. Remember to dress your best! Tickets for both nights can be purchased here.
If there's one local band that we have faith in to throw a wild Halloween party, it's Mucca Pazza (pictured at top). The most interesting marching band you've ever seen plays Lincoln Hall on Halloween night where they'll also be celebrating their newest album release L.Y.A. Mucca Pazza's gypsy punk is a show not to be missed. Costumes aren't mandatory but we doubt they're discouraged. Tickets are $20. This show is 21+.
Everybody gets to dress up on Halloween, bands included! The Double Door holds its 18th annual Halloween Bash on Oct. 31 with a lineup that will blow your mind: David Bowie and Guns N' Roses?! Well, kind of. Local bands Rebel Rebel, AM Taxi, The Noise FM, Blackbox and Hessler become David Bowie, The Kinks, The Police, Oasis and Guns N' Roses respectively. Tickets are just $10.
David Bowie is all the rage in Chicago since his incredibly well received retrospective exhibit opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art last month. Reggie's just south of the downtown area is throwing a Halloween Bowie Bash not to be missed. A $50 ticket includes a shuttle to and from the exhibit, admission and a post-museum trip party featuring local band Handler covering Aladdin Sane and Station To Station. Best Bowie costume wins $100 in Reggie's bucks, dinner for two and tickets to any future Reggie's show.
This year The Abbey's "Nightmare on Grace Street" is a two-night party that's loaded with funk grooves on night one (Oct. 31) from Soap, EGi and the Chicago Funk Mafia. Night two (November 1st) brings the bluegrass courtesy of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Tickets for both shows are $12 in advance. The show is limited to patrons 21 and older.
Neo-rock and soul group Johnny Chastain & The Heart Beats presents The Rocky Horror revue on Halloween night at The Mayne Stage. Chicago favorite JC Brooks (of The Uptown Sound) will lend his pipes and become Dr. Frankenfurter for one night only. If you plan to be a part of the audience, dress the part! Showing up in costume will knock $2 off of the $12 admission price. Buy tickets in advance here.
Terrible Spaceship are everything you need on Halloween night. The electronic funk-rock-jazz collective bring classic and campy sci-fi films back to life through visual projection. They provide the live soundtrack. TS plays Martyrs on Oct. 31 and tickets are just $10.
The Nocturna All Hallow's Eve Ball is a late night event (doors open at 11:59 p.m. on Halloween) that combines spooky and cool. There's a costume contest, free photo booth, horror flick screenings, creepy decor and dark indie and goth music to set the mood thanks to DJ Lady Sarah. You only have to be 18 years old to hit up this affair. Tickets are $18.