Generally, I agree with Hannah that house parties are generally the place to be on Halloween. Mainly because they sure beat the hell out of venue-sponsored Halloween parties that charge you $30 just to mill around a room with a bunch of strangers and pay for booze all night. Especially when you could've been drinking on the cheap at someone's house milling around with people you actually know, or might know through someone else.
Still, there are a few worthwhile events that are gonna be worth checking out this weekend:
Devil's Night (Friday, October 30)
Zombie Apocalypse Halloween Party with Mad Rad, Champagne Champagne, Sap'n, Darwin, DJ Swervewon at the War Room, 9 p.m., $10
Obviously, that Capitol Hill "ban" on Mad Rad hasn't stuck, as the band's playing this weekend's zombie Halloween shindig at one of the venues from which they were supposedly 86'd earlier this year (and let's not forget that Chop Suey show). It's all to those venues' benefit., because "hipster" hip hop or no, if you're looking for a packed-out, totally off-the-wall experience this Friday night, the War Room is the place to be, and I am confident that it'll sell out, so don't make this your last stop of the evening. I also suggest you don't get too attached to your costume, or wear last year's, because I promise you, it will be thrashed by the end of the night.
Part drag show, part Misfits cover band, Glenn or Glennda? is a Halloween institution. If your costume is already beat to hell from Mad Rad, you might as well finish the job at the Funhouse tonight. Bonus points if you're a dude dressed like a lady, or the other way around.
For the underage among us, the U.S.E. show at Vera will probably be the best place for dancing, and if you were so inclined to check out Glenn or Glennda? as well, it's close enough so that the overage can conceivably hit two birds with one stone and still make it to the obligatory house party later.
Clockwork, Grayskul, Sonny Bonoho, Sadistik, XP & JT Funny Money at Club 131 (that's at 131 Taylor Ave. N) at 9 p.m.
This hip hop show is actually a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, which is why the cover charge ($20-$300) is steep. But if I know these guys, you'll get your money's worth.