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A roundup of Detroit’s best Halloween parties



Oct. 25-29
Various parties

@ Elekricity
On Wednesday, Oct. 25 is the Bass Mission Halloween Takeover. On Thursday, Oct. 26 is the Paint vs Foam and Zombie Blast. On Sunday, Oct. 28 is the Rave from the Grave and the Massacre on Saginaw Street. On Sunday, Oct. 29 is the Rave of Thrones with DJ Kristian Nairn — better known as to Game of Thrones fans as Hodor.
Times vary (see website for full schedule); 5 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-599-2212; elektricitymusic.com; See website for ticket prices.

Oct. 27
The Ragbirds

@ Otus Supply
The Ragbirds, an Ann Arbor-based Americana band that occasionally dips its toe in electronica and other genres, will headline this two-night Halloween party. Billed as a "Halloween masquerade," the fun includes a costume contest, prizes, and a performance by Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys.
Doors at 8 p.m.; 345 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-6160; otussupply.com; Tickets are $30-$35.

Oct. 27-21
Various parties

@ Necto
This Ann Arbor nightclub is inclusive AF and they're throwing four different Halloween parties just to make sure everyone gets a chance to celebrate. Friday night is the Halloween edition of their weekly Pride night, Saturday their "Frequency" night will get freaky, Monday night is a Devil's Night party, and Tuesday night will feature a live performance by Cash Cash. Friday, Saturday, and Monday nights will include costume contests with cash prizes.
Doors open at 9 p.m. for all parties; 516 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; necto.com; Cover starts at $5 for Friday, Saturday, and Monday, $18-$25 on Tuesday.

Oct. 26-28
Damned: An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness

@ Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom
This evocative exhibition doesn't just offer the gore and lore of Halloween — it's so much more. A number of pieces from international artists will be on view and guests can also enjoy fiery performances. The three-night series begins with the "Darkness" on Thursday night, followed by the "Enlightenment," on Friday. The whole thing culminates with an extravagant masquerade ball on Saturday night.
Doors open at 9 p.m.; party goes until 2 a.m., 715 E. Milwaukee Ave., Detroit; 313-873-2955; thedamnedshow.com; Tickets are $15 on Thursday and Friday, $20 on Saturday.

Creepy Cheapy at the Crofoot. - MIKE PFEIFFER
  • Mike Pfeiffer
  • Creepy Cheapy at the Crofoot.

Oct. 27
Creepy Cheapy

@ the Crofoot
Now in its tenth year, this costume party is widely attended — likely because of the cheap cover charge that gives credence to its name, and the host of local music acts that transform themselves into their favorite big-name band for the night. This year's lineup features the Ill Itches as Weezer, the Messenger Birds & Friends as the Strokes, Broadzilla as L7, Shapes & Colors as U2, and Mike Leslie Band as No Doubt — among others.
Doors open at 7 p.m.; 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac;thecrofoot.com; 248-858-9333; Tickets are $10.

Oct. 27
Motor City Funk Night

@ Majestic Theatre
This annual Halloween party will feature music by Rickey Calloway, Will Sessions, DJ Frank Raines, Eastside, and Mo Manley.
Doors open at 9 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; majesticdetroit.com; Tickets are $5; 18 and older only.

Oct. 27
2017 Halloween Bash

@ CJ Mahoney’s Troy
Join in the spooky fun at this beloved bar — there will be drink and shot specials, plus a DJ spinning hotter-than-hell hits. Wear your most frightful getup to be entered into their costume contest where first, second, and third place winners will take home special prizes.
Starts at 9 p.m.; 2511 Livernois Rd., Troy; 248-273-4600; cjmahoneystroy.com.

Oct. 27
Yeezy Halloween

@ El Club
Grab the Kim to your Kanye and head over to El Club for a Yeezy tribute party featuring Black Noise and DJ Bleek. Partygoers can also take part in a costume contest and win prizes. And remember to heed Yeezy's wisdom: "In the club, always the flyest."
Doors open at 8 p.m.; 4114 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-436-1793; elclubdetroit.com; Entry is free with an RSVP before Oct. 26, $10 afterward.

Oct. 27
Southgate Halloween Party

@ Market Center Park
Never heard of Market Center Park? The pavilion is located on the grounds of an old Montgomery Ward in the Southgate Shopping Center. Now the outdoor event area is run by Crystal Gardens, and they've got plenty of tricks and treats planned for this Halloween bash. Order a ticket in advance and you'll get a free drink, plus all the appetizers you can stuff in your face. Don't forget to dress up — they'll be giving out prizes for the best get-up.
Doors open at 7 p.m., 1361 Eureka Rd., Southgate; 734-284-7307; Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Oct. 27
The Massacre

@ the Whittier
Billed as the wildest Halloween party in Detroit, this one might very well be the largest. The party's footprint will take up two ballrooms within Detroit's Whittier and will employ four DJs to spin the kind of spooky hits that will keep you dancing all night.
Doors open at 9 p.m., 415 Burns Dr., Detroit; 586-945-2301; Tickets start at $20.

Oct. 27
SPSC Boo Bash

@ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Celebrate Halloween at the annual SPSC Boo Bash with over 1,200 guests. Tickets include cover, entertainment, entry into the costume contest, and two 24-ounce beers or two 16-ounce select cocktails. To be considered for the costume contest, arrive before 9:30 p.m. and winners will be determined by audience applause for best group and best individual. Winners will receive league vouchers.
Doors open 8 p.m., 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-733-9999; spscdetroit.com; Tickets are $32 in advance and $37 at the door.

Oct. 27-28
Halloween Bash Weekend

@ The Morrie
The Morrie will be hosting their first annual Halloween event with two nights of costumes, contests, and prizes. The event will feature live bands on the main stage inside The Morrie, and DJ’s outside in the tent playing all night.
511 S. Main St., Royal Oak; themorrie.com.

Oct. 28
J's Penalty Box

This Ferndale sports bar will be offering drink specials all night long including $4 Fireball shots, $4 22-ounce domestic drafts, and $3 Halloween bombs. The costume contest will be judged at 12:3o a.m. and first, second, and third place winners will take home prizes.
Starts at 8 p.m.; 22726 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-398-4070; jspenaltybox.com.

Oct. 28
O’Connor’s Halloween Bash

@ O’Connor’s Public House
This east side Irish bar really knows how to do Halloween right. In fact, they claim to have the biggest and longest running themed bash in the entire city. Frightening festivities include two full service bars, a live band beginning at 10 p.m., a costume contest with cash prizes, and a free buffet starting at 12:30 a.m.
Starts at 10 p.m.; 324 S. Main St., Rochester; 248-608-2537; oconnorsrochester.com; no cover.

Oct. 28
The Hideout’s Annual Halloween Party

@ the Hideout
This Clawson bar has it all — huge TV screens, games, and a heated lounge for smokers. This Halloween they’ll also host DJs, offer “spooky good drink specials,” and have a costume contest with prizes like a 50-inch smart TV, a surround sound system, and a $50 gift card.
Starts at 9 p.m.1110 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson; hideoutclawson.com.

Oct. 28
Tony Arzadon

SCL will be hosting its first ever Halloween party, featuring DJ Tony Arzadon and DJ Prevu. A costume contest will also take place, with a $1,000 cash prize, so get creative
Doors open at 10 p.m., 401 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak; 248-977-6229.

Oct. 28
Nightmare on Woodward

@ Bleu Detroit
Not all of us are bottle service people and that's OK. But, if you enjoy sipping a bottle of bubbly while snuggled up in a private booth, this is the Halloween party for you. We suspect there will be lots of sexy bunnies and sexy witches and sexy kittens and maybe even a sexy Hillary Clinton or two. The frightening festivities will be augmented by music from Joe Palazzolo, Robbie Rio, Klees Element, DJ Sasha, Grade A, and Nuevo AKA Eddie Bandz. Head in early to participate in the costume contest, but pace yourself — this party goes until 4 a.m.
Doors open at 9 p.m.; 1540 Woodward Ave., Detroit; bleudetroit.com; 313-974-7799; Tickets start at $10.

Oct. 28
Halloween Town Festival

@ Russell Industrial Center
Hosted by Kollege Town Events, the festival brand says this will be the first annual event. The Russell Industrial Center will turn into a 40,000 square-foot Halloweem extravaganza, with three stages, DJs, drinking games, food, a live haunted house, a costume contest with a $500 prize, and more.
Doors open at 9 p.m.; 1600 Clay St., Detroit; kollegetownnow.com; Tickets start at $20.

Oct. 28
Garden of Evil

@ The Garden Theater
Fortune tellers, performances, and treats and tricks — this party will have it all. Special VIP packages for a table of 10 are available for as much as $2,250.
Doors open at 9 p.m., 3929 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-450-3363; gardenofevildetroit.com; Tickets start at $25.

Oct. 28
Monster's Ball Detroit

@ The Fillmore Detroit
This annual event welcomes more than 1,500 guests to enjoy macabre entertainment by stilt walkers, aerialists, acrobats, illusionists, and fire and freakshow performers — plus, a midnight pizza buffet.
Doors open at 9 p.m., 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 248-543-1000; monstersballdetroit.com; Tickets start at $40; 21 and older only.

Oct. 28
DC Coney's Halloween Rewind Party

@ The Baltimore Gallery
Taking it back, Host DConey, presented as the #DetroitJoker, will be turning the night up with nothing but nostalgia. DJ Coolbreeze will provide the sounds to jump the crowd from today's jams to the greatest hits of the '90s and '00s. Prizes will be awarded to the best blast-from-the-past costumes.
Doors open at 9:30 p.m.; 314 E. Baltimore Ave., Detroit; 313-768-6017; eventbrite.com; Tickets are $10-$12; 21 and older only.

Oct. 28

@ Patrick J's Irish Pub
DJ, drink specials, and a costume contest with a $200 gift card prize.
Doors open at 9 p.m.; 3052 Twelve Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-268-3909; patrickjsirishpub.com; no cover.

Oct. 30
Fright Fest

@ Majestic
If you're a Juggalo, you've already got your face paint prepped for Hallowicked — it's taking place at the Russell Industrial Center this year (see below). While you're at it, you might as well spend Devil's Night in your Juggalo best too. This Halloween show will star horrorcore duo Twiztid, with L.A.R.S., Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Prozak, the R.O.C., Whitney Peyton, and Andrew W. Boss.
Doors open at 6 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; majesticdetroit.com; Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Oct. 31
Boo Bash

@ Fillmore
You've got one last chance to wear that genius Halloween costume — choose wisely. If you're into raving all night, this is the party for you. Afrojack, Flosstradamus, and Jonas Blue will all spin during this costume party and concert hybrid. They get the party started pretty early, so you can head over right after leaving the office.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; thefillmoredetroit.com; 313-961-5451; Tickets start at $35.

Oct. 31

@ Russell Industrial Center
The best is saved for last. On the night of All Hallow's Eve in the city of Detroit, Insane Clown Posse's yearly festival of fright promises to be a "menacing, authentic Detroit Juggalo ghetto funhouse." The party promises "mad contests," a bath of blood, a Juggalo gladitorial contest, Dark Carnival games, a basketball tournament with G.H.O.S.T., and a 17 Moon Beams after party. Whoop-whoop!
Doors open at 2 p.m.; 1600 Clay St., Detroit; fusionshows.com; Tickets are $35.

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