Hitting up strangers for candy is fine and good, but there’s so much more to Halloween than trick or treating. From haunted houses and deranged hayrides to spooky concerts and masquerade balls, the Halloween season offers intrepid event-goers a bloodcurdling bounty of hair-raising events.
To help you make the most of the fiendish festivities this year, we’ve rounded up Halloween happenings in LA, NYC, Chicago, and Denver that will leave you screaming for more. Check out hand picked goodies, and for more great fall events head over to our October events guide.
Lucha VaVOOM Halloween Madness – Oct 26 & 27
Don’t miss the spooky smackdown at LA’s iconic Mayan Theater as Lucha VaVOOM puts a Halloween spin on its action-packed mix of Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque, and comedy.
Watch Tim Burton’s Halloween classic under the stars with a live performance of the soundtrack featuring Danny Elfman, the composer of the film’s incredible score and the voice of Jack Skellington. He’ll be joined on stage by three other Nightmare voice veterans – Paul Reubens (Lock), Catherine O’Hara (Sally), and Ken Page (Oogie Boogie). All hail the Pumpkin King!
Haunted Hayride – nightly through Oct 31
The theme for this year’s Haunted Hayride in LA’s Griffith Park is Secret Society, and you can bet there will all sorts of creepy, cult-y scares in store. In addition to the hay wagon fun, guests can get lost in the shadowy Dark Maze, trick or treat in the suburb of Hell, and explore the haunted village of Purgatory.
New York City
The B-52s Halloween Scream – Oct 29
The B-52s are known for their wacky lyrics, wild outfits and off-the-wall performances, and their annual Halloween show takes their flair for the far-out even further. Dance the night away to new wave classics like “Rock Lobster” and “Roam” at the band’s first Webster Hall performance in more than three decades.
The Monster Ball 2016 – Oct 29
This annual costume party at Stage 48 is one of the city’s biggest and most popular Halloween bashes. With its combination of world-class DJs, hot MCs, and late night revelers in the craziest costumes, it’s a total clubber’s paradise.
New York Haunted Hayride – nightly through Oct 31
You don’t have to be on the West Coast or in the boondocks to enjoy a haunted hayride – NYC has its very own, located a short hop from Manhattan on Randall’s Island. We can’t imagine a better spot for a haunted attraction – Randall’s Island was home to an eerie insane asylum and a burial ground in the 19th century.
Chi-Town hip hop heads will be flocking to The Promontory this Halloween for a killer cash prize costume party featuring a performance by Bushwick Bill of the famed Geto Boys and beats by DJs Mark Flave and Jay Illa.
Experience John Carpenter’s bloodcurdling horror classics at Chicago’s historic Thalia Hall, a grandiose former opera theater that could star in a scary movie of its own.
The Infamous Stringdusters: Big Top Halloween – Oct 28 & 29
The bluegrass heroes are heading to Denver this Halloween for two nights of fingerpicking goodness featuring music by The Funky Meters, The Magic Beans, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, and The Lil’ Smokes. If their spooky stagewear doesn’t leave you with goose bumps, their scary-good musicianship will.
Grizzly Rose Halloween Ball – Oct 29
When it comes to Halloween, country music hotspot The Grizzly Rose means business — this year the beloved venue is offering up $1000 cash for best costume, $500 for second, and $200 for third. With stakes that high, you better believe there’s going to be some jaw-dropping looks at this year’s ball.
View more things to do in October and on Halloween with our handy October events guide.