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This year, Halloween festivities kick off a little early with a Pre-Halloween Hip-Hop Showcase. Goozebumps, Zak Swift, ESSENO, Young Native, Sam Shoemaker Keyz, Damanshen, EzQuizite, Saykred, Junior, Junior Manch Malevolent, and DP Whitebear will all take the stage to get the holiday started right. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312, studioseven.us. 7:30 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. All ages.
One of the most beloved holiday films, The Nightmare Before Christmas, is the inspiration for Can Can’s This Is Halloween. Live music from Balkan-inspired brass-and-drum band Orkestar Zirkonium, cabaret, burlesque, and video-projected sets will bring the Tim Burton–produced story of Jack Skellington and crew to life. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 7 p.m. Oct. 29–30, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. Oct. 31–Nov. 1. $25 and up. All ages. 10:30 p.m. shows are 21 and over.
KEXP’s Spooky Roadhouse Benefit Hosted by Greg Vandy Your chance to catch Americana crooner Bobby Bare Jr. and a live broadcast of Vandy’s program The Roadhouse while benefiting KEXP’s campaign to build a new home at Seattle Center. This will also be one of your last chances to visit Underwood Stables, scheduled to close at the end of the month. Underwood Stables, 4306 Fremont Ave. N., brownpaper tickets.com/event/902812. 6 p.m. $100. 21 and over.
Tint/[Black] 30%25Thursday, Oct. 30
This month, Bushwick Book Club Seattle is taking inspiration from a current pop-culture obsession: Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. Join Nate Bogopolsky and the Bushwick Choir, Ryan Barber, Katrina Kope, Spekulation, Tekla Waterfield, and comedian Emmett Montgomery as they create works inspired by those blood-hungry walkers and the people trying to escape them. With Mark Blasco, Nick Foster, Mike Votava, Brenda Xu. Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., 414-8325, fremontabbey.com. 8 p.m. $10–$16. All ages.
The Jesus Rehab’s brand of melodic garage rock, most recently heard on The Zoo at Night, is the perfect choice to headline this Halloween Bash. Brothers Jared and Dominic Cortese create such energetic tunes that listening to them is like experiencing a sugar high without the stomachache. With Cryptobebelem, Another Perfect Crime. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave. E., 254-2824, thelofi.net. 9 p.m. $6. 21 and over.
For what’ll almost certainly be the year’s grooviest celebration, the Steam Funk Halloween Ball has booked Chicago Afrobeat Project. The eight-piece’s latest, Nyash Up!, is a fun blend of funk, jazz, rock, hip-hop, and orchestra-like arrangements, especially “B.Y.O.B.” and “Inner City Blues Makes Ya Wanna Holler.” With Cascadia ’10, Braxmatics. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $8 adv./$12 DOS. 21 and over.
Tint/[Black] 30%25Friday, Oct. 31
One scary night, two scary-good bands. First up is Duke Evers, the blues-rock duo of Josh Starkel and Kyle Veazey. Then classic country nine-piece Country Lips will end the night on a raucous note with tunes from its latest full-length, Nothing to My Name. Blue Moon, 712 N.E. 45th St., 675-9116, bluemoonseattle.wordpress.com. 10 p.m. $8. 21 and over.
One venue isn’t enough to contain all of Adult Funplex: Haunted Edition. Neumos is hosting THEESatisifaction, Deejay 100 Proof, The Dip, and DJ Beeba; Barboza will feature performances by DJ Swervewon and Jeff Hawk; while Jack the Sipper and Bloody Mary are scheduled for Moe Bar. Adult Funplex is also a costume party. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. Moe Bar, 1425 10th Ave., 709-9951, moebarseattle.com. 8 p.m. Free. 21 and over.
The monthly mashup dance party Bootie Seattle gets into the holiday spirit with Halloween Booootie: A Monster Mashup Spooktacular. Event creator A Plus D and resident DJs Freddy, King of Pants and Destrukt will mix and mash Halloween tunes with hits from the past and present. Get there early; the first 100 people inside receive a Halloween Booootie mashup CD. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 9 p.m. $10 before 10 p.m./$15 after. 21 and over.
In the words of Bill Hader’s beloved Saturday Night Live city correspondent Stefon, “This Halloween Bash has everything!” A costume contest, drink specials, door prizes, and DJ Sharadawn. Human suitcase not included. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $5–$25. 21 and over.
Every performance is like a Halloween show for hair-metal quintet Platinum Spandex. The “best-looking band in the entire Northwest” plays tunes by Winger, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, and Iron Maiden while decked out in leather, long hair, and, yes, Spandex. ’80s attire is encouraged for the audience, too. Hard Rock Cafe, 116 Pike St., 204-2233, hardrock.com. 9 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS. 21 and over.
If you can’t spend Halloween with Prince, spend it at this Halloween Show with the next best thing: Purple Mane. Led by Robbie Luna (Panama Gold), this Prince cover band has mastered all his hits, including “When Doves Cry,” “Darling Nikki,” and of course “Purple Rain.” With Future Shock. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery. 9 p.m. $12. 21 and over.
Wayne Horvitz has one busy night planned for the Royal Room Halloween Party, beginning with his Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble providing a soundtrack to the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari before it celebrates the release of their new album, At the Reception. A performance from its Electric Circus, which reworks soul and rock jams, closes the night. The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., 906-9920, the royalroomseattle.com. 6 p.m. $5 and up. All ages.
Like zombies and raising money for a good cause? Then Seattle Teen Music and the Seattle School of Rock have your Halloween plans covered. Zombie Prom is your chance to show that the undead have a compassionate side, with proceeds benefiting the School of Rock Scholarship Fund. The night includes live music, a raffle, and prizes for best costume. Salmon Bay Eagles Club-Upstairs Hall, 5216 20th Ave. N.W., 783-7791, salmonbay eagles.com. 7 p.m. $5 under 21/$10 adults. All ages.
8th Annual Come As You Aren’t finds some of the best local musicians performing as, well, they aren’t. This year’s event features Snaketopus as Puscifer, Furniture Girls as Faith No More, the Hoot Hoots as Queen, Star Anna as Joan Jett, and Hobosexual as AC/DC, among many more. Judges include KEXP’s Sharlese Metcalf and Minus the Bear’s Matt Bayles. Skylark Cafe, 3803 Delridge Way S.W., 935-2111, skylarkcafe.com. 8 p.m. $5. 21 and over.
FreakNight 2014 How better to celebrate Halloween than with some of EDM’s top performers? Chicago DJ Kaskade will headline Friday night, while Netherlands-born Tiesto will keep the party going Saturday. With Alesso, Dillon Francis, Etc!Etc!, Lets Be Friends, Monty Luke, Nervo, Planet of the Drums, Zeds Dead, and others. WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 381-7555, wamu theaterseattle.com. 6 p.m.–2 a.m Fri., 4 p.m.–midnight Sat. $180 and up. Through Nov. 1. 18 and older.
Expect a mix of covers and originals at the NWHC Halloween Ball. Milwaukee’s Cross Me and Dallas-based Vulgar Display are stopping by as part of a West Coast tour, and, according to the event page, sets of Drake and E-Town Concrete covers will open the show. With Paradise. Vera Project, 305 Warren Ave. N., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. 6 p.m. $10. All ages.
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Halloween gets hardcore at Metalween 2014. Hosted by Nadamucho.com’s Metal Mike, aka Mike Spine (At the Spine, the Beautiful Sunsets), Metalween will include songs by Black Sabbath, Helmet, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, and others played by the likes of Maiden Seattle, Metameric, The Valley, and the Chasers. With At the Spine, Trentalange, the Spider Ferns, Patrick Galactic. Skylark Cafe. 7 p.m. $8 in metal costume/$10 without costume. 21 and over.
KEXP’s Greg Vandy puts a spooky twist on his show with Haunted Roadhouse: Day of the Dead 2014. Sandwiched between DJ sets from Vandy, locals like Baby Gramps, Prom Queen, and Evening Bell will perform haunting Americana, folk, country, and blues tunes, all in honor of All Hallow’s Eve. With Bill Patton, Inly, Corespondents, Eleanor Murray, Ethan Lawton, Mike Dumovich, Dean Johnson. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 9 p.m. $8. 21 and over.