If you’re like me, you just finished elbowing strangers at a party store to get the last beret for your artist costume and are now planning what will certainly be the greatest weekend of the year. (Halloween is on a Friday? What more could you want?!)

Whether you are gathering with friends at a packed house party or photobombing at the WeHo parade, we here at LA Music Blog hope you have a safe, unforgettable weekend celebrating All Hallows’ Eve. The following are my event recommendations if you are looking to pair music with your festivities. Trick or treat!

5) Black Veil Brides and Avenged Sevenfold @ The Wiltern – Saturday, Nov. 1st – Tickets

The Black Mass Tour, presented by Hot Topic and featuring Hollywood’s own Black Veil Brides, Falling in Reverse, Set It Off, and Drama Club, will come through LA this Saturday night. The theatrical headliners, Black Veil Brides, just released a new single, “Goodbye Agony,” which suggests that the Warped Tour favorites-turned-glam rockstars’ upcoming release, Black Veil Brides IV, will be much heavier and metal-influenced than previous releases, the last of which dropped in 2010. Dark rock music? A Halloween must.

4) Marilyn Manson @ The Roxy – Friday, October 31st, & Saturday, November 1st – Sold Out!

Who better to celebrate Halloween with than shock-rocker Marilyn Manson? The frontman has a love for the macabre, and his performance this Halloween weekend will certainly be hauntingly perfect. Manson just released the punk-infused single “Third Day of A Seven Day Binge” off his upcoming album, due out in 2015, so the show may contain some brand-new songs as well as tracks pulled from his twenty-year-plus career. Both nights sold out quickly, but peruse StubHub or head to the Strip and take your chances to see why Manson has such a wild reputation.

3) Queens of the Stone Age and The Kills @ The Forum – Friday, October 31st – Tickets

Queens of the Stone Age have proclaimed that their Halloween performance, packed with rock songs and other Halloween must-haves, will be so scary “you’ll soil your psychological jeans.” The legendary rock band is packing The Forum with all the trappings of a perfect Halloween evening, including a blackout haunted house, carnival games, and even a mariachi band (due to the adult nature of such things, the event is 18+). Check out the retro poster below, and pick up tickets while you still can!


2) Escape: All Hallow’s Eve @ NOS Events Center – Friday, October 31st, & Saturday, November 1st – Tickets

Insomniac, the organization that welcomed me into the world of EDM with my first rave, is holding another Escape festival on Halloween. Huge headliners like Armin Van Buren and Benny Benassi have led to Friday and Saturday single passes selling out (two-day passes are still available), so it’s going to be one packed celebration. Twila Grissom posted her must-see acts for this weekend, and given all the incredible acts listed below, as well as the art installations, haunted houses, and more, yours truly has chosen this as the setting for my Halloween night celebration!


1) HARD Day of the Dead @ Pomona Fairplex – Saturday, November 1st, & Sunday, November 2nd – Tickets

HARD is the biggest of this year’s Halloween weekend festivities, and I have been counting down the days to the fest for months. The event touts killer headliners like Diplo, Calvin Harris, Knife Party, and a rare versus performance of Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz that will certainly bring down the house. Plenty of up-and-coming acts, including my recent favorites Odesza and Seven Lions, will be performing on the five stages, so I’m sure I’ll be running around with friends trying to fit as much EDM into my Halloween weekend as possible, which sounds perfect to me!


So what do you think? Where will you be spending your Halloween weekend? Let me know in the comments!