Halloween is on a Monday this year, and some local bars have decided not to wait to celebrate. Several will be throwing their big bashes with food, drink and costume contests over the weekend.
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Here’s a guide to some of the Halloween parties being thrown at local bars and venues:
Friday, Oct. 28
Central Standard Brewing, 156 S. Greenwood: “Halloween at CSB” happens from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and will include performances by three bands: rock groups Herd of the Huntress and Pretend Friend and experimental jazz ensemble Daydream. The brewery encourages costumes and will offer prizes for the best couple/group costume and the best overall costume. Admission is free, and partiers must be 21 or older.
Care to Dance Studio, 1019 W. Douglas: This dance studio is putting on its 10th annual All Hallows Eve Bash from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. The party will feature an appearance by a local dance crew that performs the dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Admission is $12 a person. Costumes are encouraged but not required.
Shamrock Lounge, 1724 W. Douglas: A $5 cover gets you into this Halloween Party with live music from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
River City Brewing Company, 150 N. Mosley: This Old Town bar will have a Saturday party featuring music by Lucky People and a costume contest with a $250 cash prize. It’ll also offer drink specials. A $5 cover starts at 7 p.m.
Club Rodeo, 10001 E. Kellogg: Club Rodeo’s party is on Saturday and will feature music by the band Flashpoint, a costume contest and half-price drinks until 9 p.m. The music starts at 9:30 p.m.
O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 2405 W. 31st St. South: This south-side bar is putting on its fifth annual Halloween party with drink specials, a costume contest and more. It starts at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Headshots, 6140 E. 21st St.: This bar’s Halloween party will feature a costume contest and drink specials. It starts at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Peerless, 919 E. Douglas: The Old Town bar will have its party starting at 9 p.m. Saturday and will have music by Nightgeese, Timmy Tutone, Driscol and Ghost Hands. It’ll offer $2 black-and-orange Jell-O shots and $8 smashing pumpkin cocktails. Admission is $5 or free with a costume.
Rain Cafe and Lounge, 518 E. Douglas: This bar’s Big Gay Halloween Party will feature $5 Long Island iced teas. It starts at 8 p.m. Saturday.
J’s Lounge, 513 E. Central: This bar will have “scary-oke,” a live DJ and a costume contest at 11 p.m. with cash prizes. It starts at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Walt’s, 5534 W. Central: This bar’s 2016 Halloween bash will feature music by DJ Montano, food and drink specials, a costume contest and prizes. It starts at 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Artichoke, 811 N. Broadway: The eighth annual Halloween Masquerade Party at the Artichoke will feature music from Shawn Craver, Joshua Luper and Caleb Eastman. Admission is $5, and masks are encouraged. It starts at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Steel Bar, 221 N. St. Francis: Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday for Steel’s “Spooktacular,” which will feature DJ You Know Who. Admission is $5 with a “good costume” and $10 with a “bad or no costume.”
Oeno Wine Bar, 330 N. Mead: The annual Halloween bash on Saturday will feature a costume contest with a $100 prize and music by DJ Cez and DJ PM.
Loony Bin, 215 N. St. Francis: The comedy club is putting on a “Monster’s Ball” on Halloween, Monday. It will offer half-price drinks from 8 to 9 p.m., a comedy show at 9 p.m. and music by DJ Magnum throughout the evening. A costume contest will award cash prizes for the funniest costumes. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance at loonybincomedy.com or the Loony Bin Box Office, which opens at 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 316-618-4242.
Rock Island Live, 101 N. Rock Island: This Old Town bar’s third annual Haunted Island Halloween party will start at 9 p.m. on Halloween night and will feature music by Marcobiotics Plus G-Note, a costume contest with cash prizes and more. Admission is $5 with a costume, $10 without.