Halloween is on a Tuesday this year, which means we really get to enjoy a full weekend of wild parties, haunted houses, cultural events, and autumnal moments before the actual holiday even starts. If you'd like to combine your typical evening plans with the more thematic elements of the season, head over to these local music shows for a taste of both. We've got everything from your favorite musicians covering their favorite musicians (Decades Cover Night), to a live scoring of a quintessentially creepy classic (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), to what is basically a Halloweentown Coachella (FreakNight 2017). Browse through some of the most notable options below, or continue to our Halloween and music calendars for even more shows.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27
The F-Holes, The Human Flys, Wildcat Rose, Chris Newman, DJ Hubba Hubba
Rowdy Northwesterners the F-Holes take on the legendary Slim's backlot with The Human Flys, Wildcat Rose, Chris Newman, and DJ Hubba Hubba for a Cramps tribute night.
Annual high-key wild-out throwdown FreakNight features two days of live music, dancing, a market, and a darkly neon environment of scary circus attractions, bizarre sideshow marvels, and carnival rides. Artists this year include Adventure Club, Bear Grillz, Benny Benassi, Borgore, Brodinski, Brohug, Bro Safari, Crankdat, Herobust, Infected Mushroom, Justice (DJ Set), Liquid Soul, Malaa, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set), The Upbeats, Walker & Royce, and special guest Kaskade.
Littlefield Organ Series: Halloween Concert
Join the students of UW professor Carole Terry as they perform a free all-ages set of spooky organ classics, including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor on the famed Littlefield Organ.
Noise Complaint: Are You Afraid of the Dark?
See Fred Wildlife Refuge transformed into a haven of ghouls, where you can be your Halloween persona's true self by dancing to tunes from Philadelphia/NYC's Dances With White Girls, with local support from Subset, BGeezy, and Mike Devlin. They also promise tricks, treats, a costume contest, and more secret spooky fun.
SLAY: A Hip Hop Party for LGBT, and People of Color
Save your most killer costume (they strongly suggest dressing up like Beyoncé) for a Halloween edition of SLAY, a hiphop dance party for queer folks and POC. Guests can snap photos in the "Booth of Bass," dance to DJ Automaton and Ronin Roc, and more. A portion of proceeds will benefit relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Un-Masc: Pony Halloween 2017
Pony's annual Halloween weekend spread is here again. On Friday, enjoy a live Performance from the legendary Jackie Hell, and dancey punk and new wave deep cuts thrown down by DJ Sugar and DJ King of Pants. On Saturday, your ghostesses for the evening will be Strawberry Shartcake and Cucci Binaca who will perform throughout the night, along with disco, house and Halloween classics by DJ Kirky and Dee Jay Jack, and a costume contest at midnight.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
11th Annual Come As You Aren't
For the last decade or so, the Skylark has hosted Come As You Aren't, a massive concert party wherein local bands compete to be the ultimate tribute group. Whoever has the best costume and live set wins a major cash prize. This year's contestants include members of Harvey Danger and Fabulous Downey Brothers as Oingo Boingo, Harrison B as The Killers, Dagger Hands as CCR, Vibe as Whitney Houston, Gibraltar as Smashing Pumpkins, Sweet Jesus as Pink Floyd, Young Chhaylee as Al Green, and Teresa and the Wolves as Pat Benatar. Troy Nelson of KEXP will serve as MC, with Johnny Nails, Atticus George-Andrijeski, Lindsay Peyton, and last year's winners Fine Prince as judges for the ultimate crowning.
The Ballard House Party 3 with Grynch
Gear up for Halloween weekend with a live set from local rapper Grynch, and spooky dance beats by Vitamin D and DJ Nphared.
Ceremony presents: Halloween Party Edition
At this Halloween dance party, revel in the best of the '80s (and beyond) on the dance floor. Show that you mean it by sporting your biggest hair and your most glittery outfit.
Decades Cover Night
Halloween parties were made for bands covering other bands! One of the best things Black Lodge does every year is the Decades Cover Night, wherein "Seattle bands will blast you with nostalgia and freakish vibes" by covering songs from roughly the last five decades. This year sounds promising, with Miscomings as the GoGos, Male/Female as Le Tigre, Softboys as Hole, Post/Boredom as White Zombie, Chris Cheveyo with his backing band as Prince, Haunted Horses and He Whose Ox Is Gored joining together as Interpol, Difficult Children as the Smiths, members of Darto as Spacemen 3, and members of Half-Breed as the Cranberries, with additional features by members of Fabulous Downey Brothers, Harvey Danger, Two-Headed Doggo, Medium Weekend, PROOFS, and FEED.
Hey Now! Halloween Edition
Sweat out all your insecurities about your seasonal music taste at the Halloween edition of Hey Now!, the Neumos official dance night for the spookiest version of all your guiltiest pleasures, including tracks by Carly Rae Jepsen, Blink 182, The Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Nelly, Aaron Carter, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber, Ashanti & Ja Rule, Fall Out Boy, Usher, and many more.
Let the resident spirits of the Kremwerk-Timbre Room Complex take you deep down into the underworld of drag performance and low-end dance music with a weekend full of stage flair thanks to your hosts Cookie Couture and Americano, and spooky selections by Jasenka, Julia Planet Disco, Kid Amiga, Lady Auds, and Snapdragon.
Mamma's Cave Halloween Bash
Retro rock booking coven Mamma's Cave will be hosting the annual Lo-Fi Halloween Bash, with live rock and punk sets by T-Rox, Babraham Lincoln (Wayne's World cover band), Red Martian (covering Kraftwerk), Kurly Somthing, Voycheck, and assorted DJs spinning ghoulish tunes.
Shadows: Toro Y Moi, Sango, Romaro Franceswa, Qreepz, Chong the Nomad
The creatives behind Upper Left offer an avant-garde take on Halloween with Shadows, a showcase for beats that go bump in the night. Local production guru Sango is our city’s answer to J Dilla, with a prodigious output of head-nodders and foot-stompers alike. His Rio-inflected beat concoctions have single-handedly influenced a Brazilian music genre all the way from Seattle. Toro y Moi is best known for his chillwave crooning, but for a taste of his eclectically groovy DJ sets, check out his repeat appearances on Boiler Room. GREG SCRUGGS
We Will Rock You: HalloQueen with 1-2-3-4!
Seattle's foremost Queen tribute band HalloQueen hits the stage with "We Will Rock You," their power-surge glam rock act aimed towards this Halloween season. They'll be joined by Ramones cover group 1-2-3-4!
Zombies don't sleep, and neither should you at this 12-hour party. With three rooms of music, guests can dance to house and electronic music from San Francisco's Atish and Galen, as well as a very hearty lineup of local artists like Wesley Holmes, Xan Lucero, Griffingrrl, Errant Sons, and many others.
OCTOBER 28 & 31
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Removed as they are from the modern moviegoing experience, silent movies possess a special kind of hypnotic otherwordliness—and few are stranger than Robert Wiene's 1919 Expressionist masterwork The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Characters creep and scurry through an demented painted landscape In this tale of a malevolent fairground "doctor" and the unfortunate sleepwalker who murders at his command. Conrad Veidt's haunted eyes struggling open in his emaciated, heavily made-up face is one of the quintessential moments in horror cinema. Don't miss your chance to see this film with a score by Wayne Horvitz, performed live by the Wayne Horvitz Ensemble.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29
Death By Stereo 4: Halloween Havoc Beat Battle
In this competition, local producers lay down the tracks and duel it out one-one-one, in recognizable face-off fashion. This year's performers include Feezable The Germ & WebbWavvy, Wirerim, Tieren Simon, and Bonez, with special guest DJs Krescendo and Joy Reyes. Costumes are highly encouraged.
Spend an evening dancing in the dark surrounded by plants and light installations. Light artists include Brandon Eller, Liquid Light Wizard, MOKEDO, and Robin Mallory, with DJ sets provided by Nora Posch and Sharlese Metcalf of False Prophet.
The Villalobos Brothers Day of The Dead Party
Celebrate the Day of the Dead with contemporary Mexican ensemble the Villalobos Brothers, who blend rich Mexican folk music with mesmerizing jazz and classical harmonies.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 30
Long before The History Channel broadcast its first cheesy historical reenactment, the Danish director Benjamin Christensen read the infamous Malleus Maleficarum (or "witch-hammer"), a 15th-century guide to black magic for German inquisitors, and decided to endow it with cinematic life. Häxan (1922) is actually a rationalist semi-documentary, focusing on the dangers of superstition and prejudice. But after seeing a few of his bug-out witch-sabbath sequences, you might be excused for speculating that Christensen just needed an excuse to freak people out. And he did—the film was even banned in the US. Just to make this fearsome Halloween treat totally irresistible, Dangerknife (aka Nico Sophiea of somesurprises and Darb Aduor of Leviathan Worship Service) and friends will be improvising an appropriately dark score.
Moon Honey, Wall of Ears, Prom Queen
Acid rock and indie folk project Moon Honey will expand their rabid pastoral sounds for a Ballard crowd as the headlining group for "Halluciween," a psychedelic holiday experience with bill support from Wall of Ears and Prom Queen and a freak-out dance-off contest to cap the evening.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31
The Bowie Ball with BowieVision
Local beloved tribute group BowieVision, which features members of Dudley Manlove Quartet and Purr Gato, plus saxophonist Brian Bermudez, will transform the Croc into a glam rock paradise with a night of wild Bowie hits, and a light show and video backdrops for bonus dazzlement. If you need help with the costume contest, the Glitter Squad will be providing makeovers.
The Good To Die/Seattle Passive Aggressive Halloween Night Rager
Punks like Halloween too so the crew behind Good To Die Records and the Seattle Passive Aggressive are throwing a weekday rager with live sets from Old Iron, Fucked & Bound, and Pisswand.
Joe Doria Halloween Special
Joe Doria's funkified organ-centric jazz trio will play Tuesday night like usual except this time it will be the Halloween edition (so, extra spooky), and a celebration of 14 years and counting of this group busting out the jams.
Love Vigilantes, She's Lost Control, The JV
Spend your Halloween night masquerading as someone else at the ultimate tribute night, with New Order cover band Love Vigilantes, Joy Division cover band She's Lost Control, and dance pop group The JV.
Stop Biting Halloween Party
Stop Biting has been a blazing hive of hiphop activity since June 2004. Every last Tuesday at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, b-boys and b-girls gather for what has become a major talent magnet in Seattle's hiphop ecology. Head to the back room and marvel as dancers twirl, headspin, giant step, shuffle, glide, spasm, uprock, pop, lock, and commit dozens of other athleticisms while DJs drop nonstop gems to inspire the action. This Tuesday, don a costume and get two bucks off of your cover for this Halloween edition that will feature sets by Zac Hendrix, OCnotes, Eugene Fauntleroy, Suttikeeree, Geoff with a G, absoluteMadman, AC Lewis, Magicsean, Introcut, and additional guests.
Tacocat, Tres Leches, Spesh, DJ El Mizell
Tacocat seem to be dodging the rumors that they’re moving to Los Angeles/New York/anywhere other than Seattle pretty well by playing a couple of PNW gigs recently (although there’s no way to know for sure… is this true, Tacocat?). This Halloween show will mark their latest Seattle performance after their glorious, bubble-filled Bumbershoot performance. I imagine that tonight’s performance will entail all the best aspects of that Bumberset, including glitter, bright colors, and remarkably catchy ditties about day-to-day life. However, expect Tacocat to bring spookier and scarier vibes tonight. ANNA KAPLAN