17 Halloween parties happening this weekend that you need to check out
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@ Wheelhouse Detroit
Maybe partying isnt quite your thing, or you want some more options. For the week leading up to Halloween, Wheelhouse Detroit will feature their Haunted Detroit bike tour, which shows off some of the citys spookiest landmarks. The tour costs $30, and youre going to want to bring/rent a hybrid or road bike.
1340 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-656-2453; wheelhousedetroit.com
Oct. 23, Oct. 30
Ghosts of Piquette Tour
@ Piquette Plant
The Piquette Plant, better known as the birthplace of the Model T, has a pretty unique way of bringing history to life. Or rather back from the dead, for that matter. For the Ghosts of Piquette Tour, the plant will be filled with ghosts that will tell visitors about the early days of the factory, and will let them go into the plants dark, creaky spaces. Tickets are $18.
461 Piquette Ave., Detroit; 313-872-8759 Ext. 2; fordpiquetteavenueplant.org
Damned: An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness
@ Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom
As always, the three days of Damned are going to be a party. More than a typical Halloween party, this art exhibit will satisfy those looking for fancy food, a masquerade ball, and an overall high-brow experience. Plus, the events raffle proceeds will go to Burners Without Borders, a charity that helps the homeless by giving out survival backpacks.
715 Milwaukee Ave., Detroit; 313-873-2955; thatdamnedshow.com
The Haunted Banquet
@ Vintage House
This Halloween bash's lineup is headlined by DJ Godfather, DJ Chrome, and Rod Batayeh on percussion and includes a $1,500 cash costume contest, complimentary pizza buffet, fortune tellers cauldron cider from Blake's, an outdoor heated tent, and free rides home within a 5-mile radius.
Tickets $45; Doors at 8 p.m.; 21 and up; 31816 Utica Rd., Fraser; 586-415-5678; thehauntedbanquest.com
Stay & Play Social Clubs Boo Bash
@ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Stay and Play Social Clubs annual Boo Bash is going to be a good time. There are individual and group costume contests, and the prizes are a $400 league voucher for groups, and a $100 voucher for individuals. Tickets are $32, but that price includes cover, entertainment, and three alcoholic beverages. Its a steal.
318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980, royaloakmusictheatre.com
The Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Party & Movie Night
@ HopCat Detroit
Whats this? Whats this? The HopCat will host an entire party devoted to Nightmare Before Christmas! Guests are encouraged to dress up as Jack, Sally, or whoever their favorite character from the cult phenomenon is. Tim Burton fanatics, rejoice. If your costume is good enough, you could be one of the lucky top three who receive a gift card. The event starts at 6 p.m., but the screening wont start until 8 p.m. Its only $4 to get in, so dont skip it.
6 p.m.; 4265 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-769-8828; hopcat.com
Covenfest is back again this year with Rob Zombie vs. Marilyn Manson, Nique Love Rhodes and the NLR Experience (as Missy Elliott), the Scrappers (as the Flying Burrito Brothers), Queens of Noise (Joan Jett/Runaways tribute), and School of Rock (as the Ramones). Covenfest is going to be a great time this year, and as you can see by that lineup, theres something for everyone. The suggested donation to get in is $10, and all proceeds are going to Turning Point, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence.
8 p.m.; 10339 Conant, Hamtramck; 313-873-1117; smallsbardetroit.com
Creepy Cheapy IX
@ The Crofoot
Its creepy, and its cheap. There will be free candy, a candy-eating contest, a costume contest, and a killer lineup. Performances include Ironsnake (as Judas Priest), Courtney and the Hurleys (as Dolly Parton), Shapes and Colors (as My Chemical Romance), Stikyfut (as Radiohead), and many more. If that isnt your thing, there will also be all-night dancing on the patio (Erno the Inferno and Ryan Spencer as DJs), as well as vintage tiki lounge music in the cafe from Sister John Misty.
1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-858-9333; thecrofoot.com
Haunted High Tea
@ The Whitney
The Whitneys annual Halloween Celebration may already be sold out, but their Haunted High Tea is not. This is a treat that you can bring the kiddos along for (adult tickets are $50, and children 10 and under are $30). The Whitneys special guest, Dracula, will be in attendance, and guests will receive a special spooky gift.
4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700, thewhitney.com
@ The Fillmore
Monsters Ball is back at the Fillmore once more with stilt-walkers, illusionists, acrobats, and more. Local DJs like Al Neon and Tommy Holiday keep the party going with sick tunes until 2 a.m. Also, if youre a student at Wayne State, bring your student idea and you can take a free shuttle from the Dunkin Donuts on campus.
2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-5451; thefillmoredetroit.com