Philly heats up for Halloween


Halloween is upon us again, giving the good people of Philly another opportunity to dress up and stalk the night in search of a spooky good time. No matter what kind of entertainment you are into, you can find a Halloween-themed event in the days leading up to All Hallow’s Eve that will make it worth your time to dig out the makeup and don a costume.

Setting the stage

You can scare yourself silly when PHIT Comedy sketch-house team The Decoy presents “The House on Decoy Hill,” featuring a spooky new batch of sketches that explores the intricate lives of monsters, guaranteed to have people doubled-over in laughter or fright, through Oct. 28 at The Adrienne Theatre Second Stage, 2030 Sansom St., second floor;

The Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers host a Halloween-themed performance fundraiser at which costumes are optional, featuring food, drinks and fun, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at The Sculpture Courtyard, 1714 N. Mascher St.;

Dino’s Backstage and The Celebrity Room celebrate Halloween spirit with a Silver Screen Halloween Party hosted by Michael Richard Kelly with The Tom Adams Trio. Guests can come as their favorite actor or movie character to win the costume contest, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at 287 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside;

Communing with the (wine and) spirits

Food and drink enthusiasts can check out the Halloween extravaganza at aMuse restaurant, whose Masquerade Affair features costume contests, themed cocktails and a live performance by internationally renowned DJ Mateo Difontaine 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 28, 1421 Arch St.;

Craft-beer lovers should head to Manayunk Brewery’s Haunted Brewery Bash, featuring two floors of entertainment and DJs, a heated covered outdoor patio, drink specials, VIP Open Bar and costume contests 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 28, 4128 Main St.;

In the Gayborhood, check out Mischief & Mayhem, the Halloween party from Back 2 Basics that returns after a three-year hiatus with DJs, a costume contest and killer decorations, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 28 at CiBo, 1227 Walnut St.;

If you find yourself in New Hope, don your best medieval attire and saunter over to the Cub Room at the New Hope Lodge. The venue is hosting Medieval Malice starting at 8 p.m. Oct. 28, with drink specials and a costume contest;

Halloween parties

Aqimero hosts a Halloween event for a good cause with its Pink Masquerade in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The elevated event will serve as an alternative to the typical Halloween soirée, with pink lighting, food, music and a lively, ambient atmosphere in a lounge setting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, 10 Avenue of the Arts. Pink attire is encouraged but not required;

Philadelphia’s longest-running Halloween tradition returns with Henri David’s “Halloween the Ball,” a night of fantasy, horror, originality and complete decadence, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 31 at Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 N. 17th St. For more information or tickets, visit Halloween, 1329 Pine St., or call 215-732-7711.

SpiN Philadelphia presents Day of the Dead, a Halloween-night party featuring music by Philly DJs, professional face painters, costume contests with cash and prizes and more, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 31, 211 S. 15th St.;

We can’t hear you, Halloween!

On the music front, there are a number of Halloween-night events guaranteed to send you home with ringing ears to keep your sweet tooth company.

English electro-indie rockers Alt-J land in Philly 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St. For more information or tickets, call 215-625-3681.

World Cafe Live is pulling double duty on Halloween, starting with “Flannel: A Grungy ’90s Halloween,” an alt-rock tribute band grinding out classic tunes by Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Green Day and Alice in Chains, 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Downstairs, power-pop rock band Jukebox the Ghost presents its Third Annual Halloqueen, at which audiences can rock out and enjoy a costume contest, 3025 Walnut St. For more information, call 215-222-1400. 

Pennsylvania gothic metal-core group Motionless in White brings its Graveyard Shift Tour to town 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at The Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. For more information or tickets, call 800-745-3000.

Goblin, the Italian prog-rockers known for their horror-movie scores for cult classics like “Suspiria,” “Deep Red” and “Dawn of the Dead,” sets the mood 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. For more information or tickets, call 215-232-2100.

We hope you have a lovely evening of tricks and treats out on the town this week. Have fun and stay safe.