Halloween Roundup: Planning your Hallow's Eve with local music


Screenland at the Symphony is showing the classic Phantom of the Opera this Halloween.
  • Screenland at the Symphony is showing the classic Phantom of the Opera this Halloween.

Ahh, Halloween. The one day of the year where you have a totally legitimate excuse to look as ridiculous and eat as much candy as you want.

Well, actually, these days, October 31 effectively lasts seven days in either direction of its actual place on the calendar. There were plenty debaucheries to be had this past weekend, and the fun is only continuing this week. If you haven't already committed to trick-or-treating - though we understand the glee that accompanies handing out toothbrushes to unsuspecting miniature ghosts, as well as the delight of trying to pass as a teenage werewolf in exchange for all the M&Ms you can carry - we've got a list of plenty other spooky activities that you can get down with.

Mix 93.3 Boo Bash at the Independence Event Center
Tuesday, October 29

Kind of an odd lineup here, with the incredibly cool Metric opening for the... well, opening for Paramore. Seriously, Emily Haines is a babe, and she rocks the stage like a true pro. We're not totally sure how this qualifies as Halloween-themed, except for the part where there's "boo" in the title, but who's splitting hairs? Maybe when the night is over, you'll finally be able to call it between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. California indie-rockers Hellogoodbye kick off the evening. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29.50. Info here.

Tech N9ne at the Midland
Wednesday, October 30

One of the biggest names in rap today happens to be a local one, and there's not a single person in town who isn't a devout member of the Church of Tech N9ne - with good reason. Tech has built his Strange Music record company into a movement all its own. On his recently released Something Else, Tech serves blow after blow of spitfire raps inside an elaborate conceptual framework, and the accolades just keep pouring in. Plus, Tech is pretty scary sometimes. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Info here.

Phantom of the Opera at the Kauffman Center
Thursday, October 31

This might be the most appropriate Halloween event of all. The classic 1925 silent film is the spooky story of a tortured but brilliant organist living in the opera house basement. If you haven't yet seen this masterpiece, the Kansas City Symphony has an ideal offer. On Halloween, they'll be screening the film on the giant screen in Helzberg Hall, and the film will be accompanied by a live soundtrack provided by internationally-renowned organist Aaron David Miller. 7 p.m. Ticket info here

Halloween Party at the Replay
Thursday, October 31

It's always a chore to coordinate your Hallow's Eve schedule, between the parties and the shots and sneaking photos of kids in adorable costumes. You can save yourself the trouble and head to the Replay for a night of ghoulish musical revelry. A whole smorgasbord of local bands will be occupying the stage on that unholiest of holidays, featuring Spirit is the Spirit, the ACBs, Dean Monkey and the Dropouts and Stiff Middle Fingers. Seems like a good excuse to party like a dead rock star. The party starts at 9 p.m. More info here.

Costume Contest at Davey's Uptown
Thursday, October 31

Even if you're one of those grouchy anti-holiday types, you can't deny the good fun and glory of a solid costume contest. Davey's is hosting one such event, complete with cash prizes ($200 for First Place, $100 for Second Place). Even if you lack the creativity or funding to come up with something better than wearing that cat-ear headband you've whipped out for every themed holiday party for the last seven years, this should still be highly entertaining evening. Featuring the sounds of Zero, Counterfeit, Prydial, Wuzz, Plague and Underwater Knife Fight. The party starts at 8 p.m., the costume contest is held at 10:30 p.m. $10 with costume/$12 with no costume. More info here

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