Halloween falls on a Friday this year, and you know what that means: You can party all night and sleep past noon on Saturday. If you do have to work a Saturday shift, suck it up with some aspirin and water because Halloween is a night to dress up, let loose and howl at the moon. From zombie trains to dance parties with celebrity DJs, Sacramento has a host of hot haunts for All Hallows' Eve.
Eleven pubs, one night. Kicking off at the Zebra Club (1900 P St.), the 5hundy Halloween Pub Crawl starts at 7 p.m. and continues until midnight, ending at Pine Cove Tavern. No cost to join.
They look just like Buddy Holly and they've come undone. Total Recall, the ultimate 90s cover band, brings you a night of Weezer at Pour House (1910 Q St). The band will play The Blue Album in its entirety. The nerd rock starts at 10 p.m. No cover.
Local musicians raise the greats from their graves at Old Ironsides' Annual Dead Rockstars Show. The music starts early at 6 p.m. and continues all night. No cover before 9 p.m.
Zombies and Aliens
All aboard the Zombie Train in West Sacramento for the two-hour ride of your life. Zombies take over the train for a 90-minute performance. After the show, take photos and mingle with the cast. Shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. with boarding 30 minutes prior at 400 North Harbor Blvd. Passenger tickets are $35 and selling fast.
Join Brad and Janet as they stumble upon the wild world inside the Annual Transylvanian Convention. The Rocky Horror Picture Show plays with a shadowcast at the Colonial Theatre (3522 Stockton Blvd.) Tickets start at $20. Show starts at 10:15 p.m.
If it's too loud, you're at the wrong club. DJ Amy Robbins spins inside “the loudest nightclub in Sacramento” for Heaven & Hell night at District 30 (1022 K St.) Bring your best: The costume contest rewards $1,000 in cash and prizes.
The Gravedigger's Ball held inside the Sacramento Convention Center (1400 J St.) has it all: free 80s arcade games, a retro cover band, a mechanical bull, line dancing, Pensatucky from Orange is the New Black, a wicked scary haunted house and thousands in prizes. Stefon would approve. Tickets are $34.
Looking to bust your best move away from crowds of Downtown Sac? Head to the PowerHouse Pub in historic Folsom (614 Sutter St.). Spazmatics, an 80s cover band, provide the danceable beats.
If you simply want a scare, check out one of the six haunted houses in the Sacramento area.
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