In the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill trick-or-treat corridor, we stretch Halloween’s elastic meaning to its limits. This roster touches varied points of the haunted Triangle, but we still haven’t found a band to play at the Devil’s Tramping Ground in Chatham County yet.
Friday, October 28
Boo Hoo Toga Party, Montas.
Celebrate without the trendy costumes by joining in this Greco/Roman-styled party. Costume prizes abound, and Roman/Greek outfits get half door price.
Saturday, October 29
Spooky Halloween Show with Evil Wiener, Anders Magna, Veronique Diabolique, Duke Coffeehouse.
Nobody around here coaxes the spooky out of fairytale pop like our own Evil Wiener. Find them here with Anders Magna and goth-punks Veronique Diabolique. $3/9:30 p.m.
Cake, Jon Nicholson, Nathan Asher & The Infantry, Need to Breathe, outside of Bogart’s and Hi-5.
If you want to go the distance, 96Rock is giving away tickets to this fourth annual Monster Bash. Costume contest and more. 4:30 p.m.
A Howlin’ Good Time with DJs Chris and Zach, Joe & Jo’s Downtown. 10 p.m.
Halloween Party with Electric Sunshine, Slim’s Downtown Distillery.
Scare off the ghouls with the crunchy rock of Electric Sunshine, the new-again project of Eddie Taylor of The Loners.
Buster Groove’s Halloween Party, MVP’s Tavern.
Hear your faves with this six-piece band’s covers of R&B, funk, Motown and rock.
Halloween Bash with Obsidian, Seneca, Slavemachine, Kung Fu Dykes, The Brewery.
Kick it live and scary with some heavy rock from this lineup at the still-kickin’ Brewery. 9 p.m.
Sunday, October 30
Geepers Creepers Halloween Swing Dance with George Gee Swing Orchestra and The Boilermaker Jazz Band, Durham Armory.
Dress to the nines and to frighten when you move across the floor at the biggest swing dance event in N.C. this year. See www.musicanddance.com. $15/7-11 p.m.
Monday, October 31
Halloween Bash with Solaris, How Far Fallen and Inside the Flame , Berkeley Café.
Settle in at the Berkeley for some mid-tempo and hard rock while celebrating the holiday. $3/9:30 p.m.
Urge Overkill with Strange, Stratocruiser, Cat’s Cradle.
Come for the local rock ‘n’ roll starters; stay for the cartoonish antics of the Urgers. $15/9:30 p.m.
Black Angels, Glissade, Kings.
Two bands with a dark, drone-based sonic heft dark enough to make you want to be somebody else most days. $6/10 p.m.
Halloween Pirate Party with Hand of Doom, DJ Twombly, Wetlands.
Get all end of the world with the Black Sabbath tribute group and accurate needle drops. 10 p.m.
Halloween with Evil Wiener and New Town Drunks, Fuse.
EW on the haunted wagon again, this time with Chapel Hill’s own raucous rockers NTD. 10 p.m.
Halloween Party , The Cave.
Drop by the Cave, newly minted as a private club, to continue your love of one of the area’s oldest taverns and holiday traditions. Membership required.
Halloween Bash with The Better Beats Bureau, The Library.
Get right in the thick of things on Franklin Street with this rhythm-oriented set-up. 8 p.m.
Goth-Industrial with DJ Joey , Legends.
This regular Monday night affair gets some extra oomph on Halloween.
All Hallow’s Eve Service with Duke Chapel Vespers Ensemble, Duke Chapel.
Enjoy a spiritual night in Duke Chapel at this event. Free/10:30 p.m.
Halloween Costume Party with DJs Fezmo, Quasimidal, Marco, Tallula’s.
This experienced set of DJs mixes bhangra, reggaeton, techno and house with some dance-pop to keep it movin’ until late. $10/11 p.m.
Appetite for Destruction, Hookers & Blow , Lincoln Theatre.
Every show is dress-up for Guns ‘N’ Roses tribute band Appetite for Destruction, and the same may be said for Dizzy Reed, who brings his post-GNR act to town. $8-10/9 p.m.