Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. What began as a fondness for all things spooky led to an obsession with horror movies, and twenty-some years later, here I am still indulging in my favorite aspects of the holiday (Hocus Pocus and Michael Myers, to name a few) as much as humanly possible.
Next to scary movies and fictional characters, what’s the best way to celebrate the Halloween season? By attending a costume party, of course. This year, instead of throwing a shindig yourself and stressing over the details, check out the following frightful fiestas taking place in Metro Detroit throughout Halloween week:
Friday, October 25
Crow’s Nest Bar and Grill, 6166 N. Canton Center Rd., Canton, is hosting a Halloween party beginning at 9 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, and live Sporcle trivia will be held from 10 p.m. to midnight. As with every Friday night at Crow’s Nest, Three Olives cocktails cost only $3 after 9 p.m.
Trick of Treat at the Finn is kicking off the trio of Halloween celebrations at Blackfinn, 530 S. Main St., Royal Oak, at 9 p.m. A costume contest will award a $250 gift card, and $3 you-call-its will be served until 11 p.m. Blackfinn is hosting not one but three Halloween celebrations this year—an additional costume party will be held on Saturday, October 26, and a VIP Party on Halloween night. Both will feature even more cash prizes and giveaways!
O’Tooles, W. 5th Ave., Royal Oak, is celebrating Halloween for an entire week, beginning on the 25th and running through the 31st. You’re encouraged to dress up all week long, and different Halloween shot specials will be served each night. To top off the festivities, O’Tooles’ annual Halloween night party will take place on the 31st at 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 26
Masquerade of the Red Death is invading the Crofoot, 1 South Saginaw Rd., Pontiac, at 7 p.m. The 18+ event will recreate Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death right before your very eyes! You’ll see everything from dancers to hypnotists to sideshows to palm readers. Keep in mind; masquerade style dress is required to enter. Tickets cost $18 (general admission), $23 (VIP ticket) or $65 (deluxe VIP).
Haunted in the House is a fun-filled party held to benefit the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit. The 21+ party begins at 8 p.m. and will feature two floors of music, performances by the Detroit Circus, snacks, a DJ and more. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the individual with the best costume, so get creative! General admission tickets cost $35 in advance ($40 the day of), while VIP tickets cost $75 prior to the event ($80 at the door).
Luna, 1815 N. Main St., Royal Oak, is presenting its annual Halloween Bash featuring “ghoulish drink” specials all night long and $2 you-call-its until 11 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for both best and worst costumes (Miley’s of the night, I’m looking at you). A Halloween Dance Show will also be held on October 31, featuring the Luna dancers and complimentary drinks from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday, October 30
B. Nektar Meadery, 1481 Wordsworth St., Ferndale, is celebrating Devil’s Night 2013 with a special release party from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will feature new meads, food from the Green Zebra food truck, a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and more. The 21+ event will also feature prizes for best costumes.
Thursday, October 31
Nightmare on Fifth Street is glorifying Halloween night at Fifth Avenue, 215 W. 5th Ave., Royal Oak. The event will feature the bar’s usual Thursday night drink special—Power Plays—when for three times a night, for a twenty-minute period, all drinks cost just $2. There will also be a costume contest with $1,500 in cash prizes awarded!
Wrestlemania Halloween Party at the Dot is a themed Halloween event unlike any other, and will be held at Green Dot Stables, 2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit. This costume party calls for attendants to dress up as his or her favorite WWF wrestler from the 1980s. Awesomely ridiculous? Yes. An unforgettable way to spend Halloween? You betcha. The party starts at 8 p.m. and food and drink specials will be available until close.
Whichever celebration(s) you choose to attend, be sure to have a spooktacular good time! And, as always, celebrate responsibly.