Halloween weekend is something Detroiters wait for all year. Is it because the city and its post-industrial landscape is just a bit spooky in it’s own right? Is it the legacy of Theater Bizarre? Whatever it is, there are plenty of parties to choose from depending on your own creepy tastes.
With all the elaborate costumes, dark music and dance moves going on this weekend contributor Hailey Dukes has your weekend’s top picks for a good time. The best event production teams throughout Detroit have been working hard to ensure a spooky weekend full of fantasy, fright and fun!
Friday, October 27th
As if City Club isn’t already spooky enough, Freakish Pleasures is bringing a blowout Halloween bash to the venue on Friday, October 27th. If you’ve been attended their past events, you know that few can keep the pace with these event production experts and this night is no exception, packed with well-known entertainment. The evening will feature sounds from John FM, Ryan Spencer, Real Ghosts, Fit Siegel, Stallone The Reducer, and Ben Mason, filling the unearthly club with the mixed sounds of house, techno, disco and synthwave. With a mix of local and visiting talent, Freakish Pleasures Halloween is sure to draw a huge crowd to the historically hair- raising venue. Grab your Pre-Sale tix by Thursday Oct. 26, or $10.00 at the door (21+).
The Marble Bar is poppin’ almost every weekend, so why would this one be any different? With DJ’s Solar, Lauer and Blair French, the evening has a mix of visiting and Detroit-based DJ’s for a night of dance music and debauchery in store. With big names from San Fransisco and Frankfurt, Germany and Rocksteady Disco’s Blair French, this party is ready to show guests what Halloween in Detroit is all about. With a spacious venue, floor, and newly renovated outdoor patio, The Marble Bar is a perfect place to dance on into the rest of the wicked weekend. (21+) $10.00 early bird tickets are available here.
Saturday, October 28th
Ten years of Haute to Death! Ten years of fun, freedom, flashy outfits and family. Haute to Death founders Ash Nowak and Jon Dones have curated years of art and music and its time to celebrate with a Halloween bash for their monthly dance party. Read more about their decade of debauchery here in our exclusive interview with Jeff Milo.
With costumes heavily encouraged, feel free to dawn your most clever and clownish in a space where you can be yourself, even in costume. With a $5.00 pre-sale tickets ($10 at the door) #H2DX is a super affordable party going on this weekend. Like a mixed bag of candy, Haute to Death music spans styles of New Wave, Post Punk, Italo, Disco, House and more so the music is always a treat. Through life’s ups and downs, Detroit can always count on Haute to Death for a good night out so join Haute to Death in counting ten years of success and hopefully many more. (21+, cash only for entry and drinks) Grab your $5 pre-sale tickets here. [Featured image credit, Jon Dones for H2D, Halloween Edition].
Timeless Music in association with Technoir invites you to a very special live performance at midnight by Los Hermanos from the legendary techno collective, Underground Resistance. Los Hermanos has prepared an extended hour and a half long set fusing Latin and electronic rhythms and soundscapes to pay homage to its original mission of uniting the African American and Latino communities of Detroit in the early days of dance music. The band is made up of historically significant figures in the Detroit electronic music scene who have each gone on to lead internationally successful careers, so having these musicians back together in the same place at the same time is, in itself, a rare treat. In addition, band leader and Multi-instrumentalist Gerald Mitchell will perform selected works with legendary vocalist Billy Love from their forthcoming album, with an immersive art installation by AJOM Studios.
After the live show, the party will honor the Dead and celebrate Life by dancing the night away with DJs Monty Luke, Seth Carter, Anthony Jasper, LadyMonix, Gabe Gonzales and Isaac Prieto. Day of the Dead altars have been constructed for fallen music heroes Prince and Frankie Knuckles. Bring and offering or “ofrenda’ to add to the altar. We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor for what will surely be a night to remember. Tickets are $15 costume /$25 without. Discounted presale tickets are available, party goes from 10pm-5am.
Growing with each new event, Jerk x Jollof has wildly spread as a dance destination. With a taste and network from 8-10p and nightlife dance party from 10p- you can get your snack and Soca on all in the same night. For the Oct. 28th performance, euphonious and soulful duo Cousin Mouth will play during the taste and network part of the night. Consisting of members Alex Burns and Donald Roland, Cousin Mouth has rode a recent wave of performances following their latest release BLUE HAIR this year.
Inspired by the Edgar Allen Poe poem of the same name, the ‘Valley of Unrest’ party will take over The Royce wine bar on Saturday.
While serving fine wines cheeses and spirits, the sophisticated vino destination in Grand Circus Park will host a costume dance party with prizes for best costume and a supernatural music selection by resident DJ Mike Medow.
You guessed it; Interdimensional Transmissions is back with their longstanding Samhain party; and they’ve got some Detroit favorites on display. With artists Erika, Derek Plaslaiko and IT founder BMG on the lineup, TV lounge is bound to bring techno and house to the Halloween function. IT takes on the original name for Halloween with its party title, and some real Detroit OGs will spin throughout the night at Detroit’s hotspot for dancing and mingling.
As many of you know, this Halloween party is a big deal in Detroit as this is one of the city’s most reliable Halloween parties. Samhain XVII is sure to have a packed dance floor and sound-system loud enough to wake the dead –so don’t miss out on IT!
Always party responsibility. If you or your friends have been drinking, call an Uber, Lyft or taxi. Don’t drink and drive.