Top Halloween dance parties and horror shows

Halloween starts tonight! It’s time for the last-minute costume scramble and the big decisions re: what to do with yourself once you’ve squeezed into that sexy elf / over-sized Bane get-up. See Cult MTL‘s devilish dozen suggestions here.

Corpusse, playing Bistro Araucaria
Halloween has begun to rival New Year’s Eve in this city, and as a result there are tons of options for live music, dance parties, costume balls, theatre and film, tonight (Friday) through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Go here for comprehensive Halloween listings, but for real recommendations, scroll down slowly and see!

Live music & DJ nights


Friday, Oct. 26

No Vacancy #4 Haunted Motel
Check in to the Halloween edition of this monthly bass-tastic jam, feat. DJs Poirier & the Salivation Army getting all ghoulish on decks.
Venue: Royal Phoenix
Style: dancehall/bass music

Mook Life’s Super Spooky Halloween Party-jam, Gros Chilling
Yes sir, it’s DJs Tommy Kruise, Vincent Pryce, Pro-V and Sagewondah spinning, and the best costume wins “prizes” (“a Mook Life gift bag filled with broken bottles, blunt roaches and used condoms”).
Venue: A ‘Shop
Style: Hip hop

Neon Halloween
I Love Neon knows a little something about dance parties, so if that’s what you want, that’s what you’ve got, with a DJ set by Zombie Nation and primo local DJs Jordan Dare, Thomas Von Party and Shanie Miotto. Huge bonus: open bar, just like New Year’s.
Venue: LaMouche
Style: Electronic:

Saturday, Oct. 27

Children of the Grave
It’s a Pop Monrtreal dance party with cover bands Raw Power and Back Stabbathhh (feat. local alt legends past and present, like the Spaceshits, les Sexareenos, Metalian, Abyssed, Dirty Beaches, USA Out of Vietnam and Black Feelings), not to mention DJs fine fine music by DJs Choyce, Lynne T and Raf K.
Venue: Rodos
Style: classic punk/metal

Halloween Voodoo in the Satosphère!
Oh the sights you’ll see! Do Halloween in the dome, with dancefloor bangers by DJs A-Rock, Shaydakiss & Why Alex Why?
Venue: SAT
Style: hip hop/pop/electro

Transylvania Twist
Presented by Nevermore a Night to Die For, it’s a true black&blue goth do with undead tuneage by the Crypt Club (live) and DJs Uriel and Faith.
Venue: Katacombes
Style: goth/new wave:

Wednesday, Oct. 31

Get a fill of monster madness with motivational screamer Corpusse, limbswanderedalone, gambletron, Star Hunters, DJ Other People’s Music.
Venue: Bistro Araucaria
Style: noise/electronic/experimental

A Cult Halloween!
Drink up with Goose Hut and “Taylor Swifter” + DJs Parklife, Fixyourbitrate, Amyl Nitrate and the rest of the Cult MTL crew.
Venue: Royal Phoenix
Style: indie/pop/rock/dance

URockaoke Halloween Bonanza
Share the stage with fellow costumed crooners, cooers, screamers, bellowers and torch song singers at the only live-band karaoke party in town.
Venue: Il Motore
Style: mixed bag

Stage & screen


The Rocky Horror Picture Halloween Ball

Over five years, Neighbours Productions has been perfecting their horror theatre spectacles to immerse participants in a “sinister, psycho-sexual” spectacle, a guided house of haunts not recommended for the squeamish. Théâtre Ste-Catherine (264 Ste-Catherine E.) nightly at 8 p.m. through Oct. 31, $20 (“to get out!”)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball

The classic Rocky Horror experience continues with screenings of the 1975 film, a live cast on stage, emcee Plastik Patrik and a crowd full of costumed freaks shooting water pistols and throwing toast, toilet paper and newspaper. See the site, linked above, for instructions and further details. Imperial Cinema (1430 Bleury) Oct. 26, 27 & 31, 8 p.m. & 11 p.m., $17.95/$19.95

Spasm Film Festival
The annual eyeful of cinematic horror, already in progress, climaxes tomorrow night with a final round of blood, guts and screams on screen, and an old-school Halloween ball. Check their Friday/Saturday programming and party details. Various locations

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