The Best Underground Shows To Catch This Halloween

This Halloween season, you don’t want to miss these spook-tacular events.

If you’re in any of these big cities during the most boo-tastic holiday of the year, avoid the crowds of people dressed as sexy kittens or something dumb-but-dead. From underground punk shows to dance-offs and haunted hops, these events are reserved only for the cool cats.

Take the Haunted Hop in NYC in Brooklyn’s Knockdown Center, where BTRtoday spent their Halloween last year. This venue is a scream on its own. It’s an old glass factory whose spooky rooms are adorned with blown out windows and dilapidated walls. Last year’s show featured live bands, a costume contest, dancing, palm reading and scary movies. This year it’s supposed to be all that plus lots more.

Check out these eerie events coming to a city near you.


Rock ‘N’ Roll Halloween At The Gutter 10/27

Wear your spookiest bowling shoes, get a pitcher of cheap beer and enjoy some live bands as you dance, drink and bowl.

Zuli Release Show 10/28

BTRtoday actually had a ticket giveaway via their socials for this awesome record release show. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss out next time.

Shannon & The Clams at Baby’s Alright 10/30

These guys put on a wild show every time, with doo-wop undertones and surfy punk rock vibes. They’re sure to be in full-on Halloween costumes.

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Jonathan Toubin’s NYNT Haunted Hop 10/31

Jonathan Toubin is a world renowned DJ who knows how to get anyone in the room moving and grooving—this event will be him plus so much more.

Elsewhere Halloween Grand Opening 10/31

From the owners of Glasslands and now the operators of Popgun Presents, comes Elsewhere. A brand new venue with multiple rooms located in Brooklyn’s Bushwick, NY. This is their opening night and they’ve got Battles and many more to play.

New Orleans:

The Candy Coochie Show: Spooky, Sexy Edition 10/27

A night of spooky burlesque, comedy and, of course, live music.

Mod Dance Party 10/28

A bar located in a house that’s cozy but spooky AF. If you’re not scared out of your mind, you’ll end up dancing with a ghost by the end of the night.

Big Freedia Presents Bounce Night at One Eyed Jacks 10/30

A native of New Orleans once told me, “go to anything at One Eyed Jacks.” So, of course you have to get their for their Halloween special.

Hanted Haus and The Nevernaughts 10/31

What’s a Halloween without a goth-punk show? The Circle Bar in New Orleans is here to make sure you get one.


Jonathan Toubin’s NYNT Haunted Hop 10/30

Another Toubin event, but this time in the brotherly city of Philadelphia.

ZombieBeats: Halloween Dance Party 10/30

This used to be the bar to go to when I was in college and wanted to dance to The Ramones. They’ve got a photo booth and the bathrooms are perfect for making BFFs in. Dress like a zombie and dance your limbs off.

Are You Afraid Of The 90s? 10/31

At the same venue as the above, but this time it’s ‘90s Halloween-themed. And as a former Philadelphian, ‘90s parties are always da bomb in this city.


The Growlers Six Festival 10/28-29

The Growlers are already a cool band on their own, and now here they are throwing the music festival of the year. Headliners include The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse and Guided By Voices.

Minty Boi’s Halloween Party 10/31

I’m just a huge fan of Sloppy Jane, which includes members of Animal Show. They live in NYC, but they’re going to be on the West Coast to give you guys a Halloween rager.


Ariel Pink w/ Bite Marx 10/28

This event is in a larger venue than the rest, but Ariel Pink is awesome. Don’t miss out.

A Very Petty Halloween 10/31

A Halloween event for the late Heartbreaker. Bring your strongest Petty impression and dance your sorrows away.