Ugh are we seriously still talking about Halloween? Everyone cheated this year going out every night of last weekend in a different variation on the “sexy [blank]” Halloween costume. At one point I saw three different Wonder Women simultaneously struggling to stumble down 17th Ave. S.W. There was also a man on stilts. No costume just stilts.
If you’re still not sick of this month-long buffoonery and haven’t yet figured out that the best way to spend your time is at home with a big bag of Oh Henrys and some hacked American Netflix there are plenty of options for you with the end result of fighting over cabs with a man in a full-body penis suit.
Thursday October 31 is the official All Hallows’ Eve so it’s the main night that you should be working on the next day’s booze ’n’ candy hangover while dressed like an overgrown child.
There’s the weekly Wonder Years party taking over Commonwealth with DJs Heebz and Tokyo . Might I suggest that you take the party’s name literally and dress up like characters from The Wonder Years ? Bonus points for a Kevin Arnold/Winnie Cooper couples costume.
Even the venue Wine-Ohs will be dressing up for Halloween hiding its jazz bar identity to portray a scuzzy rock hangout with an appearance from Edmonton mainstays Whitey Houston alongside Teenagers From Mars a Misfits tribute band with members of Bleachers Falcon and The LBJs and Horsecrime one of the bands cobbled together at Sled Island’s recent Rock Lottery.
Over at Republik Saskatchewan folk rock outfit The Deep Dark Woods will perform selections from their recent album Jubilee alongside guests The Sumner Brothers . Wool pants-clad folkies may or may not be dressed up like members of Mumford & Sons for the occasion — you may have to ask them.
If you’d prefer some alien-themed debauchery fish out your best X-Files wares and/or “Take Me To Your Dealer” T-shirt and/or E.T. costume and hit up the Hifi Club for its “Alien Autopsy Party” headlined by eclectic B.C.-based DJ Mat the Alien . Be good.
There’s no major theme but Broken City’s Halloween party is a contender for having the best title of the evening with its “My Boo Boo Hip Hop Hollaween.” The event features DJ Pump Teddy Celebration and friends dropping rap R&B and reggae classics.
Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without bands covering other bands and Local 510 is the spot to be. Members of Cold Water Hex-Ray Stalwart Sons and The Soft Option among many others will cover songs from Fleetwood Mac (as Fleetroyd Mike ) ABBA (as BAAB ) and Bob Seeger (as Sob Beeger and the Silver Mullet Band ). With classic rock this smooth you may as well bring mom and dad.
On Friday November 1 Halloween may be over but that just means it’s time for Palloween. The Palomino’s fifth annual party will play host to Vancouver’s rising dandy demigod Johnny de Courcy who’ll play his perfect poppy rock ’n’ roll alongside Jesse & the Dandelions and Zackariah & the Prophets . Plus if you somehow haven’t gone out for Halloween yet you can probably nab a cheap costume from the discount bin.