The Five Best Halloween Parties in St. Louis


This weekend was just the warm-up lap for that Tickle-Me Elmo costume. - JON GITCHOFF
  • Jon Gitchoff
  • This weekend was just the warm-up lap for that Tickle-Me Elmo costume.

Last minute, very important update! It's here! Happy day, everyone. And ho buddy do we have just the celebratory update to this here official RFT recommended Halloween show list: A bunch of punks and rock & rollers are going to do cover sets on the second floor of 2720 Cherokee. To wit, from the Facebook event:

SEX PISTOLS - (members of Glass Teeth, Corbeta Corbata and The Saints) WIRE - (Trauma Harness) WARSAW - (Shaved Women) JAY REATARD - (members of Sam's Club) NEW YORK DOLLS - (Bad Dates / Cherry) THE STOOGES - (members of Bug Chaser / Warm Jets USA) RUSTED SHUT - (Catholic Guilt)

It starts right at 8 p.m. and donations will be accepted.

That most excellent of holidays -- the one where we get to dress up in goofy costumes, the one where it's considered par for the course to vandalize your neighbors' houses, the one where strangers give children candy and everyone is cool with it -- HALLOWEEN is nigh! Skeleton decorations blanket the country, candy fills Walgreens by the truckloads and I've already heard "Monster Mash" too many times. (Note: Once is too many.)

This year we thought we'd give you a heads-up about some of the more interesting Halloween-themed shows in town tomorrow. Get a costume and get out there!

See also: -The 10 Best Costumes of Booty Halloween 9 -25 Creepiest Metal Album Covers -Slideshow: A Nightmare on Locust Street at Lumen

Dropkick Murphys 8:00 p.m. October 31 @ The Pageant - $25-$30 Boston Celtic-punk warriors Dropkick Murphys playing the Pageant on Halloween itself! It is probably a happenstance result of tour routing, or maybe DM knows what St. Louis does: that the Pageant is one of the best venues in the country, and that this town knows how to party. Come dressed up, but please note: A kilt is not a costume. (DH)

Adult Fur-Space Music Video from Civil Ape on Vimeo.

South City Halloween Dance Party 9:00 p.m. October 31 w/ Adult Fur, AtM/Mastermind Einstein, Palace, Bear Hive @ Off Broadway - $5 / $8 Lineups don't get more diverse than this, but it all hangs together nicely. The electronic weirdness of Adult Fur will pair well with the energetic hip-hop of AtM (after all, the former has done production work for the latter). Palace brings its ABBA-ready chops, and Bear Hive is quickly nailing down one of the most solid indie rock live sets in town. So even if you come for the Halloween thematics, you'll likely stick around for the music. (KM) The Crow's Nest Halloween Party 8:00 p.m. October 31 w/ DJ Lil Danzig @ The Crow's Nest - Free After the closing of Rue 13, DJ Lil Danzig (a.k.a. Shawn Morrissey of the Humanoids) has found a new Wednesday night home in the Crow's Nest. Consider it a pretty safe bet that you'll hear some old Misfits jams, and remember to dress in costume! (DH)

Stag Nite Halloween Party 9:00 p.m. October 31 w/ Little Big Bangs, Devil's Satans, Ellen The Felon @ Crack Fox - $5 In this special HAUNTED edition of Stag Nite, the Little Big Bangs will be playing as Nine Inch Nails with special guest star Johnny Vegas! The Devil's Satans warrants mentioning as well, as it is a one-night-only supergroup formed specifically for this occasion to play everyone's favorite Halloween songs. And Ellen the Felon is worth mentioning too, because duh! (DH)

Love-O-Rama Apoc-O-Lips 9:00 p.m. October 31 w/ Bruiser Queen, 18andCounting, Spectator, Fire Dog @ St. Louis Skatium - $10 We may well have saved the best for last. Make sure your costume allows for mobility, strap on some wheels and head south. There are few parties as joyous as Love-O-Rama parties under any circumstances, and this one should be a particular blowout: The lineup is as diverse as it is talented -- you can find plenty of words gushed in the backlogs of this blog about all four acts performing. The world may end in a couple months, but at least we'll have gone out in style. (KM)

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