Friday, October 26, 2012
Best spooky concerts in DFW on Halloween weekend
It’s time to break out your best costume and let your freak flag fly. There are plenty of musically-inclined events this weekend and through Halloween, so you are bound to get your money’s worth from that costume you’ve been planning to wear since the day after last Halloween.
Denton Day of the Dead Festival: Saturday
Taking place outside on Industrial and Hickory Street near downtown Denton, the city’s Day of the Dead Festival will feature all the things that we love about fall including delicious autumn foods, costume parades, and remembering dead people. When Denton throws a party, the city does it in style. The day-long festival will also have live music brought to you by locals, spooky storytime, daredevil side show circus acts, arts and crafts, a zombie dash, and even a coffin race.
2012 Downtown Plano Feastival: Saturday
A Great Pumpkin Race will be going down at Plano’s Haggard Park during the city’s annual downtown feastival, which will also feature a vintage car show, local artist and merchant booths, and live music all day. For the Great Pumpkin Race, participants will bring their creatively decorated pumpkins, complete with axels and wheels, to race down 15th Street. At the end of the day, Texas musician Cas Haley will bring his easygoing tunes to the main stage.
Ghostland Observatory: Saturday
Each year, Ghostland Observatory makes its way to Dallas from Austin for the annual Halloween concert. They won’t disappoint with their upbeat, unforgettable show that's full of energy and lights. All you need to do is bring yourself. Costumes preferable.
Cedar Springs Block Party: Saturday
The biggest Halloween Party in DFW returns on Saturday night as DJs fill your ears with beats while drag queens out-do each other for the top prize for best outfit of the night. The annual Oak Lawn Halloween Street Party will feature a costume promenade, where all the most fabulous costumes can be seen in all their glory before the big street party kicks into high gear. It's free to attend and goes from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Make sure you get to the 3900 block of Cedar Springs early since the street party sets record attendance each year.
Costume contests: Wednesday
If you happen to wander back to Cedar Springs on Halloween night, costume contests will be held at S4, JR's, and Sue Ellen's at 11 p.m. Winners from each club will then go for a final round at midnight at S4 where they will compete for cash and prize packages, which include a pair of domestic coach American Airlines tickets and more.
Halloween Hoedown: Wednesday
Get ready to let your inner hillbilly out at Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar on Halloween night as the barkeeps sling Stillhouse Moonshine cocktails and local indie rockers Dovetail fill the air with their sweet retro tunes. The best hillbilly costume will walk away with a special prize, so wear those overalls you have been keeping just in case they come back in style.
Freaker’s Ball: Wednesday
- Verizon Theatre
1001 Performance Place
Grand Prairie, TX
- Age limit: All ages $19.99 - $57.50
Local radio station 97.1 The Eagle’s annual Freaker’s Ball has the best and most ghoulish lineup in town on Halloween night. Shock rocker Marilyn Manson along with Rob Zombie and Korn’s Jonathan Davis will take the stage and raise hell with their devilish sounds. Break out the corset and black lipstick: All of DFW’s goths will be coming out to play.
There are two shows worth noting that have nothing to do with Halloween. First, Justin Bieber plays AAC on Monday, which is the opposite of spooky. (I wonder how many fans will dress as Justin Bieber?) Also, a mega-concert featuring Alanis Morissette, Adam Lambert, Gavin DeGraw, and Philip Phillips is Monday night at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie.