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The THUMP Guide to Your 2014 Halloween Shenanigans

Here are the spookiest parties, raves, and club bashes across the country. Don't forget your kandi.

Tricks, treats, and whole lot of freaks—Halloween weekend truly is open season for everyone with a predilection for the bass and a nice pair of dancing shoes. With the summer months a distant speck in the rearview mirror, this is one of the last weekends of the year for us all to run around like costumed madmen before the winter winds ruin everything. So take this roundup of the country's finest bashes as a helpful rave-hand that will lead you to partying supremacy. From Cityfox in New York City to HARD Day of the Dead in Los Angeles, Tiësto in Vegas to Green Velvet in Chicago, it's a safe bet that there's something in here for every kind of after-hours vampire. Now just fill your pockets with candy (or kandi), and dance like a rave fiend through the spookiness.

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LOS ANGELES
** **THUMP's Picks:

  • Cirez D (Eric Prydz) - October 31 / Sound Nightclub (tickets) 

Eric Prydz's techno alter ego is a fitting choice for the #darkest night of the year. The brooding, hypnotic loops that have defined his Mouseville imprint will only intensify the freaky masks on the dance floor. If Prydz's recent holographic show at Madison Square Garden was anything to go by, this will get scary. Our safety word will be "rave pumpkin."

  • HARD Day of the Dead - November 1 & 2 / The Fairplex (tickets)

The day after Halloween is when this shit really gets started, as HARD's Día-De-Muertos-themed extravaganza sets up shop in Pomona. This lineup features the likes of Eric Prydz vs Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Claude Von Stroke, and buzzing mysteryman Zhu, who will be making his first appearence this side of the Pacific Ocean.

  • INFERNO – Pre Halloween Bash!  - October 29 / Exchange LA 
  • Lee Burridge - October 30 / Sound Nightclub 
  • Blood Moon: Hoj, Inferno - October 31 / Secret Location (West LA - Tickets)
  • Yelle with Lemonade & Maral (DJ Set)  - October 31 / The Fonda 
  • UZ, TWRK, special guest Antiserum, LooKas ​ - October 31 / Avalon 
  • ​Chuckie's Haunted Hellhouse - October 31 / Create Nightclub 
  • Escape All Hallows Eve  - October 31 & November 1 / San Bernardino 
  • Deep Dish - November 1 / Avalon 
  • ​Duke Dumont & The Magician - November 1 / Exchange LA

NEW YORK
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THUMP's Picks:

  • Cityfox: A Life and Death Halloween Showcase - October 31 / TBA Brooklyn Location (tickets

Building a club from scratch in a warehouse is no easy feat. But somehow, the boutique partygoers at Cityfox pull it off each time. Their Life & Death label showcase with Mind Against, Tale of Us, and Thugfucker promises a sensory overload. If you're looking to get your membranes rearranged, this is it. Maybe everyone will dresss up like a fox.

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  • Sankeys Halloween (Brooklyn Grand Opening) - October 31 / Sankeys Brooklyn (tickets)

The Brooklyn re-entry of Ibiza clubbing institution Sankeys has been the talk of New York nightlife for some time now. And what better time to storm New York's hardest-partying borough than Halloween night? The Tribal Sessions crew, helmed by Jozef K and Greg Vickers (in a five hour set!), will bring things deep and dirty. Here's your chance to be a part of nightlife history… possibly in a full-body rabbit suit.

  • Shade Saves: Matrixxman, Physical Therapy - October 31 / TBA Brooklyn
  • Halloween Weekend Devils Night: Classixx, Le Youth, Chordashian  - October 30 / Verboten
  • Dance.Here.Now – Miss Jennifer  - October 30 / Cielo
    ​Input: Shiba San, Wuki - October 30 / Output 
  • Halloween: Wolfgang Gartner  - October 31 / Pacha NYC  
  • Adventure Club Halloween  - October 31 / Pier 94 
  • Boo! Halloween: Knife Party, DJ Snake, Tommy Trash, & more - October 31 / Barclays Center 
    [Event moved to Pier 94!, all tickets purchased to Boo! will be honored]
  • Halloween : Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano w/ DJ Politik  - October 31 / Marquee  
  • TOCA – Les Carbonell, Sid Vaga  - October 31 / Cielo 
  • Just Boo Yourself: Danny Tenaglia, Rissa Garcia  - October 31 / Output
  • Halloween Weekend All Hallow's Eve: Lee Burridge, Monkey Safari, Christian Loffler  - October 31 / Verboten 
  • Mister Saturday Night: Mister Halloween Night and The Masonic Temple of Doom - October 31 / Brooklyn Masonic Temple 
  • ​The Bunker LTD Halloween: Silent Servent 8 Hour Set - October 31 / Trans Pecos
  • ​Halloween with Taimur & Fahad - October 31 / TBA Brooklyn 
  • ​Deep Dish Halloween - October 31 / Space Ibiza NY  
  • ​Music On  - Halloween NYC (Marco Carola) - October 31 / Cipriani 42nd St  
  • ​Dark Disco: Tiki Disco with Eli Escobar, Lloydski, Andy Pry - October 31 / 88 Palace 
  • ​Halloween Night with Derrick Carter - October 31 / Le Bain 
  • ​BangOn! NYC presents: Warehouse of Horrors 2014 - October 31 / TBA Brooklyn Location 
    Check Yo Ponytail Tour: The Presets, Frankie Chan - October 31 / Warsaw

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LAS VEGAS

THUMP's Picks:

  • Tiësto  - October 31 / Hakkasan at MGM Grand (tickets)

Say what you want about uncle Tiësto, but you know in your heart of hearts that seeing the EDM kingpin in one of the world's most mega of mega-clubs, Hakkasan, in the hedonistic capital of the world, Las Vegas, on the most debaucherous night of the year, Halloween, is going to be totally off-the-walls epic.

  • Carl Cox  - November 1 / Haze at Aria (tickets)

With Cox in town, something tells us the day after Halloween will be just as naughty as everything coming before. Taking place at one the more off-the-beaten-path venues, Haze, Carl will do what he does best: transport the room into his own dance music arc of Biblical proportions. Imagine yourself as an animal, carefully selected to rebuild humanity. Or just what's left of the previous night's hungover rave-zombies.

  • DJ Snake  - October 29 / Surrender at Encore 
  • Laidback Luke  - October 29 / Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay
  • Calvin Harris, Burns  - October 30 / Hakkasan at MGM Grand 
  • DJ Irie  - October 30 / Drais Rooftop Nightclub 
  • DJ Five  - October 30 / Tao at the Venetian 
  • Zedd  - October 31 / XS at Encore 
  • Dash Berlin  - October 31 / Marquee at Cosmopolitan 
  • Quintino  - October 31 / Drais Rooftop Nightclub 
  • #Lightmare feat. Nicky Romero  - October 31 / Light Nightclub at Mandalay 
  • R3hab  - October 31 / Life Nightclub at SLS
  • Diplo - October 31 / Surrender at Encore 
  • GTA  - October 31 / Haze at Aria 
  • Afrojack  - November 1 / Hakkasan at MGM Grand 
  • Chuckie  - November 1 / Marquee at Cosmopolitan 
  • Kaskade  - November 1 / XS at Encore 
  • #Lightmare feat. Krewlla  - November 1 / Light Nightclub at Mandalay 
  • Borgore  - November 1 / Life Nightclub at SLS 
  • Dia De Los Muertos hosted by Eva  - November 1 / Tao at the Venetian 
  • Dillon Francis  - November 1 / Surrender at Encore 
  • Steve Aoki, Chainsmokers  - November 2 / Hakkasan at MGM Grand 
  • Skrillex  - November 2 / XS at Encore 
  • Richie Hawtin  - November 2 / Life Nightclub at SLS

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CHICAGO

THUMP's Picks:

  • Paradigm Presents Halloween 2014: Apollonia, Tiga vs. Audion - October 31 / Lacuna Lofts (tickets)

When two of dance music's biggest acts of the moment join forces for brain-skewering DJ sets, you don't say no. And when Parisian super-group Apollonia decides to join in the fun and add some grooviness, turning away would just be plain foolish.

  • Hardwell  - October 31 / UIC Pavilion (tickets)

You know how we feel about "the DJ Mag list." But politics aside, this is still one of the biggest DJs in the world, playing in a space big enough where you can move around and not get your toes stepped on by a dude dressed up like Tony The Tiger. Sounds greeeeeat right?

  • MAKJ  - October 29 / Studio Paris 
  • Green Velvet - October 31 / Soundbar
  • Knee Deep in Chicago: Hot Since 82 - October 30 / Spybar
  • TF Thurs with DJ EZ - October 30 / Primary
  • Classixx (DJ Set) - October 31 / The Mid
  • Freaky Deaky Night 1: Flux Pavilion, Kenny Jones  - October 31 / Aragon Ballroom 
  • Paradigm presents Halloween 2014: Apollonia, Tiga vs. Audion - October 31 / Lacuna Lofts
  • Freaky Deaky Night 2: Nervo, Kill the Noise  - November 1 / Aragon Ballroom

MIAMI

THUMP's Picks:

  • Luciano - October 31 / LIV (tickets)

With its endless array of models, champagne showers, and Kardashians, LIV is a staple of the glitzy Southbeach nightlife scene. On Halloween, the Swiss/Chilean mainstay Luciano will preside over the VIP scene with his endless erray of heart-grabbing rhythms—not to mention the dude's unsatiable cigarette consumption. Come for the music, stay because the paparazzi swarm outside won't let you leave.

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  • Midnight Magic, Psychemagik  - October 31 / Bardot (tickets)

If you fancy something a little funkier, make the trip to Bardot for fun-loving live disco outfit Midnight Magic in tandem with another staple of the disco edit world, Psychemagik. The preferred costume for the evening will be gold chains and bell-bottoms. Something tells us the chest hair will be overflowing.

  • Fedde Le Grand  - October 30 / Passion Nightclub
  • Hector - October 30 / Treehouse 
  • Baauer, Boys Noize  - October 31 / House of Blues Orlando
  • Sven Vath, Audiofly  - October 31 / Moore Building 
  • Robbie Rivera, Armand Pena  - October 31 / Grand Central Miami 
  • Lil' Jon, Brass Knuckles, Crespo, heRobust, Grandtheft, Tyler Sherritt, Borgeous, Caked Up  - October 31 / Sunset Cove Ampitheater 
  • Figure  - October 31 / Ampitheater Event Facility 
  • Damian Lazarus, Danyelino, Ms. Mada, Hardline  - October 31 / Trade Nightclub 
  • Cedric Gervais, Dave Sol  - October 31 / Story Miami

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THUMP's Picks: 

  • Mad Hatter's Ball: AlunaGeorge, The Range, Bob Moses - October 31 / 1015 Folsom (tickets)

This party will be a formidable mix of underground sounds and ridiculous outfits, fittingly coming together in one of San Francisco's best homes for dance music. Sure, people get weird on Halloween. But this is San Francisco and it's the Mad Hatter's ball. Up your weirdness game or get out.

  • Rusko - October 30 / 1015 Folsom
  • Mad Hatters Ball: AlunaGeorge, The Range, Bob Moses - October 31 / 1015 Folsom
  • Spookfest: Chromeo, Alesso, Gareth Emery - October 31 / Oracle Arena & O.Co Coliseum
  • Night of the Living Bass: Funkagenda, Sydney Blu - October 31 / Mighty
  • Ghost Ship Halloween Asylum: UNKLE, DJ Afrikaa Bambaataa - October 31 / Pier 70
  • Lights Down Low Halloween: Eats Everything, Dusky, Benoit & Sergio - October 31 / Mezzanine
  • Public Works Halloween: The Martinez Bros, DJ Sneak - October 31 / Public Works
  • Cuff: Amine Edge & DANCE, Sirus Hood - October 31 / Cuff
  • Dia De Los Muertos: Rob Garza, Bells & Whistles - November 1 / Public Works
  • Eye Heart Halloween: Wolfgang Gartner - November 1 / Mezzanine

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AUSTIN

  • Dia de los Muerto Party: Catz 'N Dogz - November 1 / It'll Do Club 
  • #Project301 Dia De Los Muertos Celebration with Booka Shade - November 1

DETROIT 

  • Catz N Dogz Halloween: Justin Martin, Catz N Dogz, Gabi - October 31 / Elektricity
  • Bassnectar: Bassnectar, Kill Paris, Son of Kick - November 1 / Masonic Temple

PHILADELPHIA

  • RL Grime - October 30 / The Electric Factory
  • Zebra Katz - October 30 / The Dolphin
  • The Glitch Mob, Chrome Sparks / October 31 / The Electric Factory

SAN DIEGO

  • Bass Tribe: Tokimonsta - October 30 / Stage
  • Haunted Harrah's: 3Lau, Justin Jay, Designer Drugs - October 31/ Harrah's
  • 3vol at the Prado: Finnebassen, MANIK, Ardalan - October 31/ The Prado
  • Fngrs Crssd: Sweater Beats - October 31 / Bang Bang
  • Haunted Halloween Carnival: Carnage, DJ Cobra - October 31/ Hard Rock Hotel

SEATTLE

WASHINGTON D.C. 

  • Klingande with Monkey Safari - October 30 / U Street Music Hall
  • Lucifer's Forest Halloween Special: Tom Trago, Farid, Navbox, Raffi - October 31 / Flash
  • U Hell Halloween Party: Breach - October 31/ U Street Music Hall
  • RL Grime - October 31 /  9:30 Club

Stay safe out there!