Halloween party guide 2013

BY JAHNA PELOQUIN and MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Updated 10/31/2013

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

COSTUME PARTIES & CONTESTS

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

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.)

 

COVER BANDS

Halloween has become synonymous with cover-band nights.

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.)