Move over, Christmas, because Halloween is the most wonderful time of the year…for partyin’. If you’re familiar with how we do, then you know the drill. We’re going to give you the lowdown on all the hot parties you should consider when making your plans for this weekend. We’re breaking it down by category so there will be something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to dance or for a more unique experience – it doesn’t matter. The only rule is that this is no low-key weekend. This is about as big as it gets when it comes to throwing down in Pittsburgh, so buckle up, get your costumes ready and get your sugar buzz on because it’s time to get freaky!
If you’re looking to dance here are a list of options that will keep you moving and on your feet. These parties are some of the most high-energy of the bunch, so if you plan on wearing some elaborate, bulky costume that’s going to get in everyone’s way and prevent you from bustin’ a move, you might want to think about doing something else. Serious partiers only. Let’s boogie!
Devil’s Night 4 at the Cantina – Detroit’s Frankie Bank$ and Pittsburgh’s own Edgar Um will bleed you out with dance tunes galore. FREE before 9PM. $5 with costume. $10 without.
Fright House 7 at Eclipse – All the former Z:Lounge DJs are getting back together to host a benefit for the Leukemia Lymphoma and Myeloma Society. Rumor has it there’s also a special guest DJ from New York.
Haunted Midnight Run – $35 includes a pre-party buffet at Whim in Station Square, a bus trip to Haunted Acres Manor and an after party at Whim. Giddy up!
Devils Night at Static – Features the hottest house music to wake the dead spun by resident DJ Strobe and our homie Mad Tom Brown. $250 cash costume contest. $5 after 11.
12th Annual Last Chinatown Inn Halloween Party on This Earth, Ever – The Humanaut boys are known for throwing a banger of a Halloween bash each year at Chinatown Inn. The carpet perfectly compliments the mood. There is also a costume contest and some complimentary grub included with your $15 admission.
This next batch of recommendations contains more unique party options. These one-of-a-kind events are what everyone looks forward to each year and offer guests an experience they can’t find anywhere else.
Evaline – If there is only one party you attend this year, make it this one. Their decor is the stuff of legend. Presales have sold out but $40 after midnight and $20 after 2AM tickets are still available. Yes, the party goes all night.
The 13th Annual Halloween Hoo-Ha – While this party is celebrating its 13th year, this is the first we’ve heard of it. We don’t know what to expect, but their witty description has us intrigued. Presales are your only option to attend, as they won’t be selling tickets at the door.
Drawn of the Dead – The night begins with a screening of Night of the Living Dead Reanimated and will be followed by the Toonseum Halloween Party. There will be a costume contest and Halloween-themed adult bevs. Donations are greatly encouraged, as this is a fundraiser for the Toonseum.
Down & Derby Dead Disco – Join Lazercrunk DJs Cutups and Keeb$ and get the chance to couple skate with the bride of Frankenstein!
The last round of suggestions are more low-key, though we aren’t claiming that Halloween weekend is ever tame. If you are going out with a conservative or chill bunch, these haps are probably your best bet.
Midnight Radio: Pittsburgh Ghost Stories – Celebrate Halloween with this macabre installment of Midnight Radio with musical guest, the mistress of the macabre herself, Phat Man Dee! Produced by downtown theater company Bricolage, their Midnight Radio series attempts to evoke the spirit of the past, staging radio shows of an era from long ago.
Seven Springs Halloween Costume Party – If you’re looking to get away, consider making the trek to Seven Springs. $60 single/$100 per couple admission includes “Monstrous Hors d’oeuvres” from 9p-11p, two drink tickets per person, music and entertainment with DJ Adam. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes including scariest, best couple or group, most original and best overall.
Trannies, Grannies, and the 11-Foot Frankenoprah – Hop on down to Stage AE for a costume contest with prizes. Dj Scottro will be on the decks with live performances from Karmin and Outasight. This event is $25 and all ages.
BBT Halloween: There There & The Dressed Frets – Throw on your costume and join local band There There and The Dressed Frets for an evening of live entertainment, as well as $3 well vodka drinks from 7-9, and then 1/2 off micro/import drafts from 9-11.
What are YOU doing this year? We hope it’s something good. And as always, remember to have a safe and happy Halloween!