If you spend all year fantasizing about what your Halloween costume is going to be, you're probably stoked that the holiday is right around the corner. From weaving your way through terrifying corn mazes to stuffing your face with candy, there's a lot of ways to celebrate.
Those who prefer Halloween filled with live music or selections from a DJ might wanna check out one of these 11 shows and parties where bands and beats abound. Many of them have costume contests, too. And that outfit idea you think is so great could get you some cash or prizes.
Sixth Annual Two-Day Punk Rock Halloween Bash
When: Friday, October 27, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 28, at 7 p.m.
Where: Yucca Tap Room
Wow, what a lineup! X, Devo, Social Distortion, and Misfits all on one bill? Well, sort of. This annual Halloween event has area musicians and groups performing as some of their punk rock favorites. And yeah, they’re probably gonna dress up like the bands they’re covering, too, for a full Halloween experience. See sets by faux versions of Rancid, The Cramps, and G.G. Allin, too, along with others mentioned.
Inkenstein Halloween Bash
When: Saturday, October 28, at 8 p.m.
Where: Inkenstein Tattoo Company, in Glendale
The folks at Inkenstein love to throw a party. And this Halloween event is a chance for you to dress up, enter the costume contest, and see if you can win a prize. Lifesize Monsters will perform, along with other bands TBA. Phoenix Slope Records will co-host, and DJ John Rose from westside record store the Record Room will spin. This is a kegger for those 21 and older.
Trap or Treat Teen Halloween Party
When: Saturday, October 28, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Where: Celebrity Theatre
Fresh Empire presents this teen-friendly party featuring live music from Ali Tomineek. Power 98.3 will also be helping entertain attendees, along with some special guests. Like any good Halloween party, this one will have a costume contest with prizes for winners. The event offers free refreshments, too.
Fright Club with the Echo Bombs
When: Saturday, October 28, at 9 p.m.
Where: Rogue Bar in Scottsdale
Local band Echo Bombs are ready to celebrate the Halloween holiday by giving you a night to party and celebrate with a soundtrack provided by area rockers. They’ll play a set, of course, and the rest of the multiband line-up includes Phantom Party, Weird Radicals, and JJCnV.
When: Wednesday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Trunk Space
Get rowdy just days before the actual Halloween holiday with a bunch of fast ‘n’ ferocious punk bands. Join Kill Your T.V., Zero Degrees North, Simple Malfunction, and Overpriced America for some mid-week fun that should energize you through the weekend.