Halloween might fall on a Tuesday this year, but that won’t stop us from having a good time! There is a lot going on around town, it can be tough to keep up with it all. So we compiled a list of some of the cooler sounding events happening on (or around) Halloween night. Whether you go out or stay in to hand out candy to kiddos, we hope you have fun and stay safe.
Some of the biggest names in electronic dance music are playing Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo on Halloween night, including headliners Odesza (who are just on the heels of releasing their critically acclaimed new album A Moment Apart) with support from Illenium, SOFI TUKKER and Kasbo. 18-plus, 6 p.m., tickets start at $41. Odesza.com/shows for more info. Be sure to read our exclusive interview with Harrison Mills of Odesza RIGHT HERE!
They killed at Concerts in the Park in the summer of 2016, so we’re pumped to see Authority Zero is coming back to town to play the newly opened Holy Diver on Halloween night with support from Mouse Powell and Another Damn Disappointment. All ages, $13 in advance, 7 p.m. Holydiversac.com for more.
Marshall Park will host the popular annual Midtown Halloween Festival and Pooch Parade on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 – 3 p.m. Live music by The Hoots, food from local restaurants, face painting, bounce house, hands-on arts and crafts and much more. Free, all ages welcome.
Lite Brite Productions brings their 11th annual Halloween night party to Country Club Lanes. It’ll be a Beetlejuice-themed event featuring more than 20 DJs, four dance areas, crazy laser light shows, free bowling, movies and more. 18-plus, costume required, 8 p.m., $35 in advance. Facebook.com/beetlejuicer for more.
If you’re looking for something a little more mellow on Halloween night, hit up Two Rivers Cider Company for their Movie & Costume Night where they will be showing The Nightmare Before Christmas and giving out prizes for best costumes. Ride your bike and get $1 off your first cider! Family-friendly, entrance is free, starts at 7 p.m.
Not in love with the idea of going out on a Tuesday night? Can’t blame you, mid-week hangovers are the worst! Check out The Torch Club for their Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 28. Local favorites Mind X will provide the tunes. $8 with costume, $10 without. 21-plus, 9 p.m.
Midnite Events returns with Fright Night 2017, a massive party at Sacramento Convention Center on Friday, Oct. 27 featuring headliners Diplo along with Excision and more. 16-plus, 8 p.m., tickets start at $52. Midniteevents.com/frightnight2017 for more.
Verge Center for the Arts is hosting a “Spooky Figure Drawing Studio” on Halloween night from 6 – 8:30 p.m. They’ll start with short poses and then one long two-hour pose. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Adults only.
If you’re looking for a bar-crawl-meets-haunted-house, you’re in luck. The Crawl of Screams will invade multiple bars on Saturday, Oct. 28, including Mango’s, Republic Bar & Grill, University of Beer and Old Tavern. You’ll get a sweet color-changing cup, one free drink, special prices all night, candy and treats, plus more. Learn more at Facebook.com/crawlofscreams.
The Ooley Theatre in Midtown is currently hosting a famous play written by Gardner McKay called Toyer: An Unavoidable Tragedy, which Variety has called, “A classic mystery that always keeps you guessing on the edge of your seat.” This is a great option for a spooky, fun night out that doesn’t involve a loud bar or nightclub. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, now through Oct. 28, with a special showing on Halloween night as well. Tickets are $20. Emhpros.weebly.com for more info.
**This piece first appeared in print on page 8 of issue #250 (Oct. 9 – 23, 2017)**