The years that Halloween falls on a weeknight is always a bummer for those of us who refuse to age gracefully. For (pseudo)-adults, the holiday’s really about a ridiculous getup and free license to behave badly — and it’s kind of hard to go all out with that when school or work looms the next morning. It’s even more awkward when, as this year, the day falls smack in the middle of the week on a Wednesday. To party the Friday before? Saturday before? The actual day? All of the above?
Luckily, this year you can pick any of those options. Here are 10 music-centric Halloween parties spanning this weekend to next Wednesday. If you’re a hardcore Halloween-er, stay hydrated and take some vitamins.
Idle Hands Presents a Halloween Fiesta with the Dwarves, Saturday, October 27 @ Churchill’s Pub, Miami
Idle Hands Booking has put together a veritable punk rock circus full of messiness this Saturday at Churchill’s. The headliners are the legendary Dwarves — click here to read our interview with the band’s frontman, Blag Dahlia. But the rest of the bill features a smartly selected slate of local acts who rock out while not taking themselves too seriously, either. Opening sets come courtesy of Enough!, Severe Disappointments, Flees, Pool Party, and the Ruins. Entry gets you free Jell-O shots, and costume contests and other party games are planned. Consider the usual real-life zombies around the venue a bonus. Churchill’s regulars, heads up: The first band goes on at 9 p.m. sharp!
8 p.m. at Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door; age 18 and up. Call 305-757-1807, or visit churchillspub.com
Supermarket Creative’s Beam Me Up Halloween Bash, Saturday, October 27 @ Studio 743, Miami Beach
Supermarket’s known for going all out with its annual Halloween party, which in the past has gone with some slightly more gruesome themes (Jack the Ripper and such). This year’s a fun change, with a focus on the Space Age as seen through the swinging’ mod ’60s. Break out your best vintage Pierre Cardin for an evening featuring period-music by local favorite DJs like Lolo, DJ Smeejay, Ess & Emm, the Kid, Mr. Drake, and Bonnie Beats. Enjoy free cocktails from 9 to 10 p.m., the always-creative photo vignettes by Stian Roenning, and more.
9 p.m. at Studio 743, 743 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission costs $15 in advance, $20 at the door; age 21 and up. Visit supermarketcreative.com/beam-me-up-supermarket-creatives-7th-annual-halloween-party-south-beach/
The Hallow Moon Music Festival Haunted Hotel, Saturday, October 27 @ Rick’s Bar, Hialeah
What’s spookier than spending an evening in Hialeah? This party comes courtesy of Qool Productions, the team behind regular, all-local multi-band festivals at Tobacco Road and other venues around town. As at those other events, this one features a huge bill: some 20 bands and 20 DJs across four stages, plus vendors. The top bands to watch here include Hialeah natives Radioboxer, one-man phenom Boxwood, Churchill’s punk staples Riot Agents, and more. This event runs from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., and is all ages until 11 p.m. There’s also a $100 costume contest.
4 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Rick’s Bar, 7707 NW 103rd St., Miami. Admission is $10; all ages until 11 p.m., ages 21 and up afterwards. Call 305-825-1000, or visit facebook.com/events/516574968357038/
Moonfest Block Party, Saturday, October 27 @ Clematis Street, downtown West Palm Beach
Respectable Street, and the other businesses along Clematis St. in downtown West Palm Beach, certainly know how to throw block parties for every occasion. One of the best is the annual Moonfest, when the street closes off to traffic and costumed revelers fill the pavement for a combination concert and pub crawl. Make that a zombie crawl, this year, in which you can dress up as the undead and stagger from bar to bar. Meanwhile, enjoy eight bands on two stages, a food truck pavilion, a DJ dance stage, and a $1000 cash costume contest.
6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Clematis Street, downtown West Palm Beach. Admission is $ in advance, $10 at the door; age 21 and up. Visit moonfest2012.org
Back in Black, Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 @ Space, Miami
EDM heads already know all about this, but it bears mentioning the third annual edition of the largest dance music-centric Halloween party in town. This year, like previous years, draws some serious heavyweights from the scene. Headliners include the legendary Paul Van Dyk, the Crystal Method, Dirty South, Funkagenda, LA Riots, and many, many more — the party spans two days, after all. The only change: Because of inclement weather, it’s been moved from its usual outdoor digs to Space. Everything else is still going according to plan.
12 p.m. Saturday, October 27 to 11 p.m. Sunday, October 28 at Space, 23 NE 11th St., Miami. Admission is $75 to $99 in advance via wantickets.com; age 21 and up. Visit wantickets.com/Events/111464/Back-in-Black-Dirty-South-PVD-Funkagenda-LA-Riots-The-Crystal-Method-More/
Hallowynwood, Saturday, October 27 @ the Armory Studios, Miami
Fittingly for Wynwood, this first annual Halloween shebang takes a multimedia approach to the celebration. That means a gallery of appropriately themed art, courtesy of Miami’s Independent Thinkers, as well as a marketplace featuring food and wares from local businesses. Local acts Beatmachines and Krisp headline the live music portion of the event, and DJs John from Jolt Radi, Aleah Axiom, and Jason Boogie spin the tunes throughout the rest of the night. There’s also an all-ages costume parade and best yet, this whole event is free, free, free.
6 p.m. to midnight at the Armory Studios, 572 NW 23rd St., Miami. Admission is free; all ages. Visit hallowynwood.com
The Church Pre-Halloween Apocalypse, Sunday, October 28 @ the Vagabond, Miami
The Church is probably the only long-running goth party in town that isn’t actually depressing in the wrong way. This is where you can come to see a well-dressed, actually diverse crowd and dance to newer dark tunes alongside the old proper classics — and not just the same playlist of the 20 greatest hits. For this special pre-Halloween edition, we fully expect the visuals and getups to get extra turned up. Oh, and considering this is put on in conjunction with fetish party Submission, if you want, you can atone for your sins in the on-site mini dungeon. Music comes from residents and favorites Danny Bled, Dracula’s Daughter, Ray Milian, and more.
10 p.m. Sunday, October 28 at the Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. Admission is $10; age 21 and up. Call 305-379-0508, or visit thevagabondmiami.com
Dark Side of the Moon, Monday, October 29 @ Delano Beach Club, Miami Beach
Poplife returns to the Delano for its monthly full moon party, with a little extra twist this time around. The theme is darker, costumes are welcome, and the musical talent hails from out of town: The headliner this time is Atlanta-based DJ favorite Treasure Fingers. Gather outside for this early part of the evening, which also features a drum circle, fire dancers, and other performers. After midnight, the party moves inside to FDR, with sounds by DJs Ruen and Mad Lynx. Yes, there’s a costume contest, too.
9 p.m. at the Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is free; age 21 and up. Visit facebook.com/events/547069588642749/
Plan B From Space, Wednesday, October 31 @ Churchill’s Pub, Miami
The ongoing regular Wednesday ladies’ night at Churchill’s this week rolls with a horror/space theme. The lineup of live bands, naturally, includes talented women: Holly Hunt, Crucial Taunt, and, uh, the cleverly named Andrew WK2. DJ Alex Caso spins between sets, and yeah, he’s a man, but we hear he loves women, too.
9 p.m. Wednesday, October 31 at Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Admission is $3; age 21 and up. Call 305-757-1807, or visit churchillspub.com
Splatter-Rama is Fort Lauderdale’s best — and only! — monthly party mixing up schlock horror movies and live music. This month, the crew here goes extra over-the-top courtesy of a performance by Miami’s Otto von Schirach, a guy who truly knows gross. The whole thing’s at C&I Studios instead of Cinema Paradiso, and goes down on actual Halloween night rather than Splatter-Rama’s usual Sunday. Von Schirach will perform during intermission, between the tow films on the bill, the classic, disgusting Re-Animator and Night of the Creeps. Another bonus: For everyone over 21, there is open bar all night long.
8 p.m. Wednesday, October 31 at C&I Studios, 541 NW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $10 with a costume, $15 without; all ages to enter, 21 to drink. Visit facebook.com/events/354898687935937/