You spent all those hours brainstorming the perfect costume, now it’s time to show it off. Get your killer clown or sexy ear of corn (it exists) get-up on and head to one of these Halloween parties. Candy not included.
Heaven and Hell
Lots of bars have DJ sets and costume contests on Halloween and that’s fine, but a few people get more creative, which is even better. Lucky Strike Lounge and Lanes has two themed floors for their Halloween bash, one “Heaven” and one “Hell.” If you want to bowl, you’ll have to go in on a group ticket.
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Lucky Strike Lounge and Lanes, 1336 Chestnut St., $5-$20, www.bowlluckystrike.com
Walk the Dead Carpet
At this Halloween party, you’re encouraged to dress up as your favorite dead celebrity or TV/film character. As if to tempt you to toe the “too soon” line, the event poster shows the motley crew who’ve passed this year, from Shirley Temple to Joan Rivers to Casey Kasem. Will you dare? How can you not? Make it a tribute!
Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub, 150 South St., $5-$20, www.paddywhackspub.com
Boo2! Halloween Concert and Dance Party
DJ Statick provides bookending sets for this concert by a 12-piece costumed band called Boo, led by trombonist Steve Tirpak and performing a range of covers in styles including blues, R&B, jazz, rock and hip-hop. You’re encouraged to wear you own costume — and dance!
Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St., $10 suggested donation, www.philajazzproject.org
Halloween at the Haunted Hotel Monaco
It’s hell downstairs in the hotel and heaven up at the indoor/outdoor Stratus Rooftop Lounge. There’s an open bar for the first hour (10 to 11 p.m.) and Halloween-themed cocktails all night. As with Zee Bar, we’re expecting the costumes here to be of the sexy variety.
Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut St., $25-$30, www.stratuslounge.com
This bar party may not take place on Halloween, but it starts Saturday at 10 p.m. and runs until 6 a.m. on Sunday, so that makes up for the imperfect timing. So if the season — or that Monster Energy Drink you just chugged — has got you feeling diabolically energized, this is the place to be.
Zee Bar, 100 Spring Garden St., $20-$30, 215-922-2994, www.zee-bar.com