There’s no need to fret about the mid-week Halloween date this year because many bars host Halloween parties the weekend before to accommodate the early-rising weekday working folk. Halloween only comes once a year, so check out some of the best Halloween parties in the Twin Cities, scheduled the night of and the weekend before Halloween.
701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
www.first-avenue.comDate: Wednesday, October 31st
First Avenue is known for throwing awesome bashes and Halloween is no exception. Often referred to as the “Best Halloween Party in Town,” this 18+ Halloween party features excellent DJ’d music and a killer costume contest with over $1,000 in cash prizes available. Come dressed to impress as the competition is fierce! The costume contest will be held in the Mainroom and headlined by DJs Soviet Panda, DJ Smitty, Roy Freedom and more. Don’t forget to check out the Record Room for Holla-Ween VI featuring Verb X and Konkrete Jungle in the 7th Street Entry. This year’s Halloween bash will be hosted by Ian Rans, host of TV’s “Drinking with Ian.” Tickets are just $5 in advance and $10 at the door with doors opening at 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by City Pages, so be sure to stop by and get your picture taken at its photo booth.
3090 Southlawn Drive
Maplewood, MN 55109
Date: Saturday, October 27th
This Halloween, the Myth in conjunction with SIMShows.com presents its “Flesh & Fantasy” party which is expected to be one of the biggest Halloween bashes around. A huge costume contest is planned for the evening with $10,000 in cash and prizes available. If you hope to win one of these fabulous prizes, you better don one sexy, creative or downright creepy costume. Many amazing performances are scheduled to keep the party rockin all night long. Doors open at 9 p.m. and admission is $20 for 18+, $10 for 21+ until 10 p.m. and then it increases to $15 after. For those of legal drinking age, drink specials include $3 domestics and rails from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. and $4 domestics and rails from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. If you’re looking for the star treatment this Halloween, VIP service is also available with the purchase of bottle service. Don’t miss out on what is expected to be one of the Twin Cities’ largest Halloween bashes.
331 13th Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
www.331.mnDate: Saturday, October 27th
If big-party nightclub venues just aren’t your scene, then you might want to check out the 331 Club’s annual “Hallo-WHOOMP: ‘90s Dance Party!” The 331 Club is kicking off Halloween early by going back in time with a ‘90s-themed Halloween party. Come dressed in your 90’s best for a chance to win a fabulous prize that will be given away during the club’s huge costume contest. Scheduled acts include Dr. Dallas Dog-Palace, MC Hang Time and more. Slip on a pair of stonewashed jeans, a midriff-baring top, an oversized plaid flannel shirt or a matching tracksuit featuring obnoxiously bright colors, and you’re set to party 90’s style! The best part about Halloween at the 331 Club? No cover, ever. If you are able to go out the night of Halloween, check out the 331’s Halloween evening festivities featuring El Le Faunt and Cantankerous Folk.
3401 Louisiana Ave. S.
St Louis Park, MN 55426
www.parktavern.netDate: Saturday, October 27th
A bowling alley might initially seem like an unusual place to celebrate Halloween, but Park Tavern goes all out for this fun holiday. This year, Park Tavern’s Halloween theme is Hollywood and attendees are encouraged to dress like their favorite (or least favorite) celebrity, super hero or villain for a chance to win cash prizes. Dress up like Snooki or a famous Olympiad and your celebrity impression just might win you some cash. Prize for the best couple’s costume is $300 and a $150 prize can be earned for best female and best male costume. Enjoy $2.75 drink specials, $12 all-you-can-bowl and a free pizza buffet at midnight. DJs Applejews & DJ G of Zappa Entertainment will be spinning the hottest hits all night. This is a 21+ event and there is no cover all night.
Barfly and Skyway Theatre
711 Hennnepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Date: Saturday, October 27th and Wednesday, October 31st
Barfly and the Skyway Theatre always have a crazy, club-style Halloween planned, scheduling the hottest in live entertainment to keep the party going all night long. Not only are festivities planned the weekend prior to, but on Halloween evening as well. Halloween parties from the past have featured dozens of DJs spinning in several rooms with amazing light shows, fire dancers and even more in unique, live entertainment. As always, contests with cash prizes for the best and sexiest Halloween costumes are held, so ladies and gentlemen, don your sexiest, most creative attire for a chance to win big. Barfly’s and Skyway Theatre’s Halloweens are 18+ events. Get your tickets in advance so you don’t miss out on one of the most entertaining Halloween bashes this year.
A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.