Halloween weekend in Boston: Where to party

Too old to go trick or treating (at least without looking like a super creep) but not yet at the age where you’re content to hide in your house with the porch light off as the kiddies pass by, with a huge bowl of candy in your lap? Just too lazy to figure out your own Halloween weekend plans? We’ve got you covered. We rounded up some of the ghoulish parties and All Hallows Eve events going down around town tonight and through the weekend!

Halloween Week at the Brattle Theatre
Brattle Theatre
Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
$12-$15, 617-876-6837
40 Brattle St, Cambridge
www.brattlefilm.org

Forget the costumes, but be sure to bring the candy and catch a couple horrifying double features at the Brattle tonight. The classic venue continues its weeklong stint, dishing out a hefty amount of the most spine-tingling horror movies ever to hit the silver screen, including a special 50th anniversary showing of ‘The Haunting’ tonight.

GRID: A Futuristic Halloween Party
Emerald Lounge
Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
200 Stuart St, Boston
Free, 617-457-2626
www.eventbrite.com

Down for a Tron-Inspired Halloween Bash? Then put on something neon, grab your glowsticks and head to Emerald Lounge. There will be a Best Costume award so bring your A game. The best part about this electo-party…. it’s free!

Lolita Cocina’s ‘Dance With the Dead’ Halloween Party
Oct. 31, 5 p.m.
Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar
$35, 617-369-5609
271 Dartmouth St, Boston
www.eventbrite.com

In the mood for a decadent, Mexican-themed Day of the Dead party? Be sure to make it over to Lolita for a night of dancing, Halloween-inspired cocktail creations and complimentary appetizers til’ 10 p.m. Make take-home memories of the evening in their photo booth and don’t cut corners with your costumes here, folks: $500 in cash will be awarded to the partier with the best costume.

The Misfits Halloween Show
Wilbur Theatre
Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
$25-$35, 617-248-9700
246 Tremont St., Boston
www.thewilbur.com

Boasting a massive catalog of music, a new lineup and an influence that spans the world, the veteran punk outfit will be rocking a Halloween extravaganza — one that will surely make good use of the group’s primal and ghoulish punk stylings. From sampling black and white B horror films in their music to their aggressive style, the Misfits have carved out a unique identity in punk rock, one well-suited for a Halloween throwdown.

RadioBDC Retro Halloween Ball
Oct. 31, 9 p.m.
Ned Devine’s
1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
617-248-8800

RadioBDC plays host to its second consecutive Halloween bash at in Faneuil Hall this year. DJ Julie Kramer (formerly of WFNX — R.I.P.) will be on deck spinning tons of throwback dance tunes and prizes will be awarded all night for best costumes. Did we mention it’s totally free?

Halloween Pub Crawl
Oct. 31, 5 p.m.
$12-$23.63
855-851-0399
www.pubcrawls.com

Don’t want to miss a thing on Halloween night? Then don’t. Hit up all the best bars in Boston on this year’s annual Halloween pub crawl. A ton of Boston watering holes have signed up to add some variety to this year’s Halloween experience. All you need to worry about is your costume, and your stamina, with over 15 bars to hit throughout the entire city. Registration starts at 5 p.m. at Kitty O’Shea’s, Stadium Sports Bar & Grill and Mija Cantina. We hope you ate your Wheaties this morning — this thing is going to be an all-nighter.

The Beehive Zombie Prom
The Beehive
Oct. 31, 5 p.m.
Free, 617-423-0069
541 Tremont St, Boston
www.beehiveboston.com

Resurrect that old prom dress or tux and splash some fake blood all over it for the annual Beehive Zombie Prom. The Beehive’s jazzy atmosphere makes for a fun and hip spot for some tasty eats and libations — and the pursuit of braaaaiiiins. The Beehive will offer dinner specials most of the night, and servers will be decked out in full zombie get-up. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for the best ones. Plus, live music from ’80s cover band SAFETY.

Halloween Bash at the Hawthorne
The Hawthorne
Oct. 31, 9 p.m.
$25, 617-532-9150
500A Comm. Ave., Boston
www.eventbrite.com

Are you a Manhattan, an Old Fashioned or a Redheaded Slut? This year, the Hawthorne is asking partygoers to ditch the usual goulish (or ghoulishly slutty) costumes and come dressed to impress as their favorite cocktail. Don’t worry things will still be suitably Halloween-y, with classic festivities all night, including bobbing for apples, screenings of black-and-white horror movies and live music.

Improv Asylum’s Halloween Show: Night of the Cereal Killers
Improv Asylum
Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
$20-$25, 617-263-6887
216 Hanover St, Boston

Celebrate Halloween with the cast of Improv Asylum when they perform a show about all the best and worst parts of everyone’s favorite spooky holiday. And what’s a good Halloween party without a costume contest. Come dressed to impress! (Bonus points for a funny costume — the Improv Asylum peeps are very, very funny.)

The Head and the Heart
Nov 1 + 2, 6 p.m.
Royale
SOLD OUT
279 Tremont St., Boston
www.ticketmaster.com

These Seattle indie rockers just came out with their second album, “Let’s Be Still,” a colorful collection of tunes that taps into a variety of sounds, from roots rock to some groovier jams. This sextet is undoubtedly known for its indie folk efforts off their first album, but has since crafted a well-rounded and sonic live show. OK, OK, this has nothing at all to do with Halloween — but it’s going to be such a good show!

Zappa Plays Zappa
Nov. 1, 7 p.m.
House of Blues
$25-$75, 888-693-2583
15 Lansdowne Street, Boston
www.houseofblues.com

Of course it’s not as good as the original, but this isn’t your ordinary tribute band. Led by the eldest Zappa son, Dweezil, this group puts on an electrifying live show as it cranks through the musically complex songs of the late Frank Zappa.

Muertos III: A Day of the Dead Fiesta of Local Food and Fantasmic Music
Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Anthony’s Function Hall
$35.00 – $55.00, 617-285-0167
156 Highland Ave, Somerville
www.cuisineenlocale.com

Grab your sugar skulls and get in the Día de los Muertos spirit on Saturday at this Dia de los Muertos fiesta at which guests will enjoy farm-to-table Mexican inspired dishes from Cuisine En Locale. You won’t want to miss the mouthwatering menu that the local cuisine crafters have created, including Taza chocolate chicken mole, tomatillo Stillman pork verde, house-juiced agua fresca and custom made corn ice cream from Toscanini — plus luscious libations from the lovely ladies of Booze Époque.


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