BY EVENTSEEKER STAFF
Halloween may still be thirteen days away, but you can find plenty of spine-tingling events in major cities across America. Whether you want to tour a terrifying Victorian mansion, hit up a haunted pub crawl, or get rowdy at a zombie burlesque revue, there are plenty of ways to revel in the macabre spirit of the season. Paying tribute to Triskadecaphobia (the fear of the number 13 for the well-adjusted folks out there), eventseeker has hand-picked 13 eerie events to keep you busy while waiting for the big night.
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OCTOBER 20, 2014 // SAN JOSE, CA // WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE
The spirits behind the Winchester Mystery House offer three different tours to choose from. Each journey ranges in scare level and price, so there’s a tour for every trick-or-treater.
OCTOBER 21, 2014 // CHICAGO, IL // HAUNTED HISTORY PUB CRAWL
Here’s one for the history buff alcoholics. Just kidding, kind of. Visit some of Chicago’s notoriously haunted drinking establishments with supernatural expert Ursula Bielski and discover the chilling stories behind each paranormal space.
Cost: $40, $30 for members
Chicago History Museum Pub Crawls Official Website
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OCTOBER 22, 2014 // SEATTLE, WA // DANSES MACABRES: ALL AMERICAN HALLOWEEN
Get classy this Halloween season with the Seattle Philharmonic. A combination of dance and classical music, the program features a suite from Bernard Herrmann’s Oscar-winning score to “The Devil and Daniel Webster”, the world première of music director Adam Stern’s “Spirits of the Dead” and much more! Don’t let the fancy facade fool you. After all, what’s creepier than a chorus of high-pitched, pulsating string instruments (a la Psycho)?
OCTOBER 23, 2014 // SAN FRANCISCO, CA // LOVE CITY HORROR SHOW
Featuring eight of the city’s up-and-coming bands in a multi-room night club turned rock venue, this mini fest is a perfect way to get weird this Halloween season. Add in some $2 draft beers, discounted admission with costume, and all the debauchery that goes with rock and roll and you’ve got one wild celebration of San Francisco’s underground music scene.
Lineup: Zodiac Death Valley, Hungry Skinny, Down and Outlaws, Strange Hotel, Down Dirty Shake, Growwler, The Spiral Electric, The Deadbeatz.
OCTOBER 24, 2014 // AUSTIN, TX // HOUSECORE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL (OCT.23-OCT.25)
Metal, punk and a lot of fake blood. Avoid the drunk frat guys on Sixth Street and spend the first Friday of Halloween week (yes, it gets a whole week) taking on hardcore music and horror films of all styles and budgets.
See full lineup here.
OCTOBER 25, 2014 // LOS ANGELES, CA // KCRW MASQUERADE BALL
KCRW’s massive costume ball cum dance party returns for its 6th year at the iconic Park Plaza Hotel. Spread over 5 ballrooms, the Masquerade Ball features aerialists, burlesque dancers, a dozen of KCRW’s favorite DJs and a cast of top-tier artists.
Lineup: Bonobo, Tom Vek, Tokimonsta, Les Sins, Hollie Cook, Fool’s Gold, Chris Malinchak, Lucent Dossier, Harlow Gold, Bella-Donnas, Noah & the Megafauna.
OCTOBER 26, 2014 // HOUSTON, TX // SOMETHING WICKED (OCT.25-OCT.26)
This Halloween-themed music festival is for all you EDM fans. With Bassnectar, Kaskade, Dillon Francis and Martin Garrix at the top of the lineup, Something Wicked is without a doubt the biggest pre-Halloween weekend event on this list, let alone in Houston.
See full lineup here.
OCTOBER 27, 2014 // Las Vegas, NV // ZOMBIE BURLESQUE
The title says it all… Zombies. Burlesque. Vegas. This Planet Hollywood show is a nightly production, but spending a Monday night with sexy zombies is also the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit in Sin City.
OCTOBER 28, 2014 // NEW YORK, NY // MOTLEY CRUE + ALICE COOPER, THE FINAL TOUR, AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
On its final foray on the road, Mötley Crüe is coming to New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden. Bringing along fellow heavy metal/hard rock legend Alice Cooper, the band is sure to deliver a theatrical show worthy of its last Halloween gig ever.
OCTOBER 29, 2014 // ATLANTA, GA // ATLANTA HORROR FILM FESTIVAL (OCT.29-OCT.30)
Showcasing independent film from across the globe, the Atlanta Horror Film Festival is much more than a your average horror movie gorefest. Covering a variety of genres from sci-fi thrillers and supernatural dark comedies to cult dramas and animated horrors, the fest is a celebration of striking visuals and indie cinema.
OCTOBER 30, 2014 // SALEM, MA // PORTALS TO THE SPIRIT WORLD
As part of Salem’s annual Festival of the Dead, Portal to the Spirit World is a voyage that no supernatural fan should miss. With the guidance of paranormal expert Rosemary Ellen Guiley, discover the ancient tradition of mirror gazing and, if you dare, drink the dreamlike elixer of herbs and dive into the dark currents of the spirit world.
OCTOBER 31, 2014 // SCOTTSDALE, AZ // HAUNTED HOTEL BALL (OCT.31-NOV.1)
The legendary Haunted Hotel Ball is an annual Halloween celebration of adult fantasy and fright. Two days, three epic partiess, a costume contest and over 20 of Arizona’s top DJs including DJ Tranzit and DJ Slippe. No kids allowed!
NOVEMBER 1, 2014 // NEW ORLEANS, LA // ENDLESS NIGHT VAMPIRE BALL
The day after Halloween is a Saturday, and so the party goes on. Celebrate the Day of the Dead at the Endless Night Vampire Ball. A proper masquerade ball, this party has a strict dress code and some serious competition for best-dressed. so leave your t-shirts and blue jeans at home and go all out for the spookiest of formal balls.
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