Scary or sporty. Rock or Russian. Whatever your idea of the perfect Halloween party, metro Detroit has you covered. We've rounded up some of the spookiest, largest and most-anticipated events of the haunting season, which seems to get bigger every year at area clubs and bars.
So don't be scared. There's something for everyone.
Necto Halloween: The folks at Necto think one day just isn't enough to celebrate all that wickedness that Halloween has to offer, so they are turning the witching hour into a five-day affair.
Here's the lineup: tonight, College Night Annual Halloween Bash & Costume Contest; Friday, Pride Halloween Party & Costume Contest; Saturday, Halloween Scream & Costume Contest; Sunday, Devil's Night with DJ Breezy; Monday, Goth Industrial Halloween Party with DJ Breezy.
"Each of our nights is very distinctive," Kitora says. "I guess we didn't want to leave anyone out."
9 p.m. tonight-Monday, Necto, 516 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. 734-994-5436.
Haunted in the House: The "Phantom of the Opera" features a tragic love story and a disfigured musical genius, but the Detroit Opera House's event has two floors of music, dancing and circus performers.
Prizes will be given for best overall costume ($500), best couple or group ($250) and best scary costume ($250) at Haunted in the House. Chilling sounds will be provided by DJ Tom T. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Detroit Opera House.
8 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit. 313-961-3500. $40, $80 VIP.
Big '80s Flashback Bash: The 16th annual retro party will revisit the decade of spandex and big hair with local musicians and bands covering music from the '80s.
Twitch, Bruce Bryson, Panic or Pain, Red September and Walkin' Talkin' Toxins are featured. "It's great to revisit the music that inspired us to be musicians in the first place all those years ago," says Peter Schorn of Red September. "It's always a blast!"
Dress as your favorite '80s character for a shot at a door prize and enjoy a variety of scary drink specials.
9 p.m. Saturday, Corktown Tavern, 1716 Michigan, Detroit. 313-964-5103. $6, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Cinderfund.org, a local cat rescue group. Ages 21 and older.
Hellbent II: Hellbent was created last year by promotions company On the Rocks Detroit as a substitute for those unable to attend the esteemed Theatre Bizarre party, which was in danger of being canceled.
"Although we were glad to hear that Theatre Bizarre ended up pulling off their event at the 11th hour last year, we had such a great crowd of our own that we decided to make it an annual event on a different night than Theatre Bizarre," says Kathy Vargo of On the Rocks Detroit.
Electro-fetish rockers Crud will perform Saturday at Hellbent II along with HafLife and DJ Pleasure Kitten. The Doppelgänger Sideshow Circus will provide carnival stunts, and there will be snake charming and other dangerous feats by Shetan Noir. Free pizza will be available at midnight.
There is “something for everyone as long as they enjoy really dark and edgy entertainment,” says Vargo who hopes to double the 300-person crowd they had last year.
8 p.m. Saturday, Russell Industrial Center, 1610 Clay, Detroit. 313-872-4000. $20, $15 at neptix.com.
The Crofoot's Creepy Cheapy Halloween Treat IV: This musical masquerade in Pontiac is known for providing the most Halloween bang for your buck, with more than 15 local acts performing tributes to some of the greatest bands of all time.
Look for Wilson (AC/DC), ChildBite (Nine Inch Nails), Jesse & the Gnome (Radiohead), Citizen Smile (U2), Brain Stew (Green Day), Bahamut (White Zombie), Fawn (Blondie), Golden Torso (Iggy & the Stooges), Pink Lightning (Michael Jackson) and more.
Jesse Shepherd-Bates of Jesse & the Gnome played with the Satin Peaches at last year's event. "Last year the Satin Peaches did the Who, and through becoming Pete Townshend, I was able to delve into not only a totally different playing style, but more importantly a style of writing unlike my own. It was a big brain expander, and stretched the other guys' limits as well. The Gnome and I idolize Radiohead to the extreme, and getting into Thom Yorke's brain was an exciting prospect."
DJs Amy Dreamcatcher, Erno the Inferno, Cupcake Collective, Deep Cutz Charlie, Cedar Lashes and more will spin between bands. 9 p.m. Friday, The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. 248-858-9333. $5.
Haunted Kingdom: The creators of Haunted Kingdom want to break the world record for largest Halloween party, and they'll need nearly 18,000 ghouls and goblins to do it.
"A few years back we researched and contacted Guinness ... to organize and break the largest Halloween party," says promoter Jody Haddad. "We plan on having Guinness officials on site to help us achieve that goal."
Last year, the Haunted Kingdom drew more than 3,000 people to the 65,000-square-foot Suburban Collection Showplace. The record for Largest Halloween Gathering stands at 17,777 participants at an event organized by the New Orleans Saints and NBC Sports and held at the Superdome in New Orleans last October.
"I believe we have an amazing product," Haddad says. "Our sound, lighting, entertainment and production are truly state-of-the-art. We take a room with four walls and for one night only, produce this massive event from the ground up. You really can't find anything that compares to it."
Haunted Kingdom, now in its fourth year, will feature entertainment by DJs Mike Anthony, Matt A., Chrome, Gene and DJ/VJ Chris Anthony.
10 p.m. Saturday, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi. 248-348-5600. Tickets are available at www.HauntedKingdom.com.
Devil's Night Goat Roast: Two goats, five bands, five bucks. That's the tagline for the Devil's Night Goat Roast party that features music from Snakewing, Demonsweat, Sros Lords, Goat Toker and Other Sister. The roast will feature cider drinks, mulled wine, succotash, vegan food and you guessed it: roasted goat.
5 p.m. Sunday, Nancy Whiskey's, 2644 Harrison, Detroit. 313-962-4247. $5.
Russian Halloween 2011: Those who pull out all the stops for their Halloween costumes this year have a chance at a payday Saturday at Russian Halloween at iLounge.
$500 will be awarded to the person with the best getup, and $250 will be given for the best couple or group costume.
The themes for Russian Halloween have ranged from "Back in the USSR" to "Crazy Circus" in the past 12 years. This year, the creators chose to do a "Time Machine: Past and Future Characters" party.
"With this theme, we are giving people an opportunity to dress up as someone they've dreamed to be -- be it a czar or a princess or some futuristic character," says event co-organizer and DJ Jenny La Femme, who will bring the Russian, Euro, house and Latin beats to the festivities Saturday.
9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, iLounge, 65 E. Huron, Pontiac. 248-333-2362. $10 with costume, $15 without.
Kelly's Halloween Bash: Blues & BBQ are the theme at this haunted event.
Music by Motor City Josh is featured indoors while a pig roast is the main attraction in the outdoor space.
The venue will be decked out in spooky Halloween décor and guests are expected to come dressed to impress as well. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best couple and the best solo costume.
9 p.m. Saturday, with music at 9:30 p.m. Kelly's Blues Bar, 2403 Holbrook, Hamtramck. 313-872-0387. Free.
Hostel Detroit Halloween Soiree: Take your scare tactics to a whole new style -- and level -- when film comes to life at the Bosco Saturday.
Back by request, the Detroit area exclusive Hostel: Halloween Soiree by Cinematik and 6 Salon will feature not only a new trailer of the latest horror franchise film installment—“Hostel” part 3—but also thrilling sounds by DJ Tom T. Host Nickola Shreli, who is also one of the film’s stars straight out of Detroit, along with Gary Sibley and event producers Cinematik have invited guests to preview the film to be released this December.
Bottle service and valet parking are available at this free event, but costumes are mandatory. Reservations, which are the only way to get this exclusive invite, can be made through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 p.m. Saturday, the Bosco, 22930 Woodward, Ferndale 248-541-8818.
Bowling Spook-Tacular: Bowling, costumes and athletes Louis Delmas of the Detroit Lions and Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons will take over the Star Lanes on Halloween night.
Bring your “A” game and a creative costume to the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak where the fundraiser will offer players a bowling tournament, DJ tunes, a costume contest and meet and greets with the Detroit teams.
Delmas, founder of the Louis Delmas Foundation, says the event embodies the players’ commitments to helping children through their foundations. “With commitment and diligence, our foundations will benefit youth not only in our hometowns, but also in the City of Detroit.”
Help decrease poverty, promote quality education, eliminate bullying, and assist families affected by alopecia areata and in the Dominican Republic by supporting the Charlie Villanueva Foundation, as well.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at bowlingspooktacular.eventbrite.com. For more information contact Tatiana Grant at 248-514-9620 or email@example.com.
7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. Monday, Emagine, 200 N. Main St., Royal Oak 248-414-1000.