Halloween party guide 2013

BY JAHNA PELOQUIN and MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Updated 10/25/2013

Head out to one of these 17 Halloween parties, performances, art shows, bar crawls or rock gigs.

COSTUME PARTIES & CONTESTS

Costumes in Candyland

It doesn’t sound like organizers modeled this bash after the board game you played with grandma. Rather, the body-paint encouragers were seemingly inspired by the fleshier, Snoop-inhabited candyland depicted in Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” video — because isn’t smutting up childhood relics what Halloween’s really about? The sweets-themed soirée at Muse features a chocolate fountain, all the candy you can handle and music from DJs Brownie, Strangelove, Tink and Travis “Tek” Olson. (9 p.m. Sat. $12-$20. Muse Event Center, 107 3rd Av. N., Mpls., www.kaskaidevents.com.)

Transmission presents I Gotta Rock: A Halloween Dance & Costume Fest

Jake Rudh knows how to throw a mean dance party, and his Halloween edition of Transmission is no different. Last year’s party hit the Varsity Theater’s capacity in two hours. This year it will take on a darkly humorous angle (think Tim Burton, Oingo Boingo and “Tales From the Crypt”), with prizes for best costume, photo booth and music videos projected on the big screen. (10:30 p.m. Wed. Free. Varsity Theater, 1308 SE. 4th St., Mpls.)

Masquerade Fashion Ball

Turns out masquerade parties aren’t just for fictitious Kubrickian sex rings. This assuredly less disturbing ball benefits local nonprofit Smile Network, which performs reconstructive surgeries for children in impoverished countries born with cleft palates. The Halloween night gala at Aria features music from DJ Chuck Chizzle and a burlesque show by Wicked Wenches Cabaret. Guests looking to go Venetian-masked can score a 15-percent discount at Vivo Masks (promo code “Bash2013”). (6-11 p.m. Oct. 31. $25-$75. Aria Events Center, 105 N. 1st St., Mpls., www.eventsbash.com.)

Cocktails at the Castle: Loki’s Halloween Bash

The Halloween edition of American Swedish Institute’s Cocktails at the Castle will transform the museum into a Norse mythology-inspired costume party. That means a make-your-own mask station, food and specialty cocktails, a silent dance party, short Swedish horror films, presentations by the Twin Cities Paranormal Society, ghost stories, live music by Crimes and Strange Names and more. (7-11 p.m. Oct. 31. $15. American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Av. S., Mpls. 612-871-4907 or cocktailsatthecastle3.eventbrite.com.)

First Avenue’s Halloween Party & Costume Contest

Whether you have a serious costume that you think has a shot at winning the $1,000 grand prize or just want to get down with some of the most creatively costumed people in town, First Avenue’s annual party is the place to be every Halloween. This year’s bash features sets from DJ FooLProoF and MC Cloud of Forever Young, DJ Espada, DJ Smitty and Roy Freedom and host Ian Rans. (8 p.m. Oct. 31. $5-$10. 18 & older. First Avenue, 701 1st Av. N., Mpls. 612-338-8388 or www.first-avenue.com.)

  

ARTS

Gods & Monsters 5: Le Grand Horreur

For the annual horror-themed show from artist collaborative Mpls Deth Crew, curator Nate Vincent Szklarski asked more than 40 artists to take on a horror classic — including “Suspira,” “Dracula” and “Driller Killer” — and create an original one-sheet film poster. The opening includes the spooky, experimental sounds of Surgery at the Hands of Machines, Cantankerous Folk and DJ Kool Kanz. (6 p.m. Sat. Free. 17 & older. Thorp Building, 1618 Central Av. NE., Suite 110, Mpls. www.theabstracted.com.)

BareBones Halloween Extravaganza

BareBones Productions’ signature event rings in its 20th year. The Extravaganza is a visual feat of DIY ingenuity from more than 250 artists, puppeteers and volunteers, with performers donning handmade papier-mâché masks of various creatures. It’s an experience that combines larger-than-life puppetry with performance art, live music by the Brass Messengers and the Poor Nobodys, and a dose of pagan spiritualism. (7 p.m. Sat., Sun. and Oct. 31-Nov. 2. $5-$10 donation. Hidden Falls Regional Park, Mississippi River Blvd. S. at Magoffin Av., St. Paul. www.barebonespuppets.org)

Great Pumpkin: An Interactive Halloween Art Installation

For most of us, pumpkin decorating amounts to little more than crudely carved jack-o’-lanterns. But Public Functionary’s Halloween party will make you want to put down that steak knife and pick up a paintbrush. Artist-designed pumpkins will be on display, along with trick-or-treating stations, DJs, slow-mo video and photo booths and face-painting stations. Snag your own artful pumpkin for $25 a pop at www.fundly.com/great-pumpkin by Wednesday; proceeds benefit the gallery. (4-10 p.m. Oct. 31., 5-10 p.m. Nov 1. Free. Public Functionary, 1400 12th Av. NE., Mpls. www.publicfunctionary.org/great-pumpkin.)

Twin Cities Horror Festival II: The REVENGE

The Twin Cities’ theater scene shows its spooky side with seven new shows spanning storytelling, dance, music, theater and even magic. Shows include the Coldharts' musical theater piece "Edgar Allan" inspired by Edgar Allan Poe; Four Humors' riff on whodunits, "The Murderer Did It!"; and Farrari McSpeedy's nod to "House on Haunted Hill," "SpookyTown." (Oct. 31-Nov. 9. $13-$15, $70 festival pass. Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Av. S., Mpls. 612-340-0155. www.tchorrorfestival.com.)

 

BURLESQUE

Le Cirque Rouge’s MASQUERADE BALL

If you like your scares with a side of flesh, there’s plenty of titillation to be found this Halloween. Burlesque troupe Le Cirque Rouge holds court at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall’s Halloween ball, which will include tarot card readers and the Switchblade Sideshow. (8 p.m. Fri. $15-$100. Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul. www.amsterdam­barandhall.com.)

Naked Ghouls Reading

The Naked Girls Reading series gets rechristened Naked Ghouls Reading, with lovely naked ladies (strategically obscured by books) such as burlesque bombshell Queenie Von Curves reading spooky classics. (8 p.m. Wed. $20. Ritz Theater, 345 13th Av. NE., Mpls. www.nakedgirlsreading.com.)

 

BAR CRAWLS

Minneapolis Haunt

If your idea of Halloween is hitting as many bars as possible in costume, you’re in luck. Downtown Minneapolis bars host this haunted bar crawl at Aqua, Cowboy Jack’s, Pourhouse, Brothers and others, with exclusive drink specials and an after-party at Whisky Park with DJs, live music, costume contest and a haunted house. (8-10 p.m. Sat. Check-in at Pourhouse, 10 S. 5th St., or Aqua, 400 1st Av. N. $15-$25. www.minneapolis­haunt.com.)

Lowertown Boos Crawl

St. Paul’s Lowertown is the setting for the sixth annual Boos Crawl, traveling through spots such as Barrio, Black Dog, the Bulldog, Hat Trick Lounge and Señor Wong, with perks including a free drink at each location, a raffle and cash prizes for best costume. (7 p.m. Sat. $20. www.blackdogstpaul.com.)

 

COVER BANDS

Halloween has become synonymous with cover-band nights.

Icehouse: All-star band Hookers & Blow, specializing in deep tracks in the soul pantheon, headlines a Halloween Costume Bash. (9 p.m. Sat., $10.)

Lee’s Liquor Lounge: Power-pop quintet the Humbugs ape Semisonic, indie-rocker Ben Cook-Feltz and band cover the Jayhawks, folkie Stacy K does Dylan, and eight-piece funk band PHO plays Prince. (9:30 p.m. Oct. 31, $5.)

Triple Rock: The “9th or 10th” annual Halloween cover-band show stars bands performing as Guns N’ Roses, Slayer, Danzig, Dio and the Sex Pistols. (8 p.m. Oct. 31, $8-$10.)

Turf Club: For their Halloween Roxxtravaganza, the ’70s vinyl-loving Hot Roxx DJs host the Blackberry Brandy Boys playing cosmic country covers, Mauled Glass as Alice Cooper, Tramps Like Us as Bruce Spring­steen and Wangs as Wings. (9 p.m. Nov. 1, $8.)