Let us repurpose one of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps taglines as a preface: “Reader beware: You’re in for a scare!” Like an overflowing candy bucket, there’s a plethora of Halloween-themed celebrations to add to your to-do list this October 31. And just like Grandma’s assortment of sweets, you’ve got options—from death metal bands, rappers, DJs and everything in between. Better grab some candy to power you through everything the evening has in store.
Get the party started early at Brooklyn Bowl with Kalamazoo, Michigan-based bluegrass rockers Greensky Bluegrass, then stick around for a performance by eclectic jam band quartet Twiddle. The only rule: BYOC—bring your own candy corn. (At the Linq, noon, Vegas.BrooklynBowl.com.) Speaking of jam bands, the crème de la crème of moody, eclectic improvisation, Phish, concludes its Halloween run at MGM Grand Garden Arena. See if the quartet honors tradition and comes in costume. (In MGM Grand, 7:30 p.m., MGMGrand.com.) Twang not your thang? Head to the Bunkhouse Saloon and catch early-aughts indie-rock greats The Appleseed Cast. “Great Lake Derelict” is sure to hit those feels. Even if you’re dressed as the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, you’ll be able to feel some emotion. (124 S. 11th St., 8 p.m., BunkhouseDowntown.com.) “Dead and Gone” will take on a new meeting when prolific Atlanta rapper T.I. performs the hit on Halloween night, bringing all the ghosts out at Drai’s. (In The Cromwell, 10:30 p.m., DraisNightlife.com.) Looking for the musical equivalent of a swift punch in the face? Hit up Las Vegas Country Saloon, where British grindcore pioneers Napalm Death will be serving-up the bone-shaking, headache-inducing fury. Trust us, they’ll melt your face off in the best possible way. (425 Fremont St., 8 p.m., LVCountrySaloon.net.)
Steve Aoki slammed the brakes on his cake-throwing gimmick last year, but maybe he’ll throw candy when he mans the decks at Jewel. (In Aria, 10:30 p.m., JewelNightclub.com.) Speaking of sweets, our favorite costumed DJ, Marshmello, spins at Surrender. We wonder if he’s got fans ambitious enough to dress as him. Will the real Marshmello please stand up? (In Encore, 10:30 p.m., SurrenderNightclub.com.) White noise is a large part of Steven Spielberg’s 1982 thriller Poltergeist, but it’s also the name of the second single off Disclosure’s debut album, Settle. Settle down with one of electronic music’s biggest duo’s at Light for the Forbidden Ball. Now that we think of it, those high-pitched keys do kinda sound spooky. (In Mandalay Bay, 10:30 p.m., TheLightVegas.com.) Thankfully, Halloween falls on a Monday this year, so you can head to Marquee for Marquee Mondays with Galantis. The Swedish electro-house duo is known for their single “No Money”—which also happens to be the name of a scary situation. We’re getting the shivers just thinking about it. (In the Cosmopolitan, 10 p.m., MarqueeLasVegas.com.)