This Year Halloween Fell On A Friday

Posted by Billyjam, October 31, 2014 10:53am | Post a Comment

"This year Halloween fell on a weekend" famously rapped Bushwick Bill in the Geto Boys classic 1991 hit single "Mind Playin' Tricks On Me" (found on their album We Can't Be Stopped). Weekend Halloween years are always the best. With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, there are tons of parties and late night Halloween themed events. This post is a sampling of some of the many things happening today and tonight for Halloween 2014 in the Bay Area, LA, and NYC. First up Amoeba Music is celebrating Halloween once again with a pet costume contest at Amoeba Berkeley at 2pm today. Meanwhile Amoeba San Francisco's varied Halloween festivities begin at 2pm today while 2:30pm is when Halloween festivities kick off at Amoeba Hollywood in a day that includes a charity auction with Jimmy Pardo at 4pm. Check this Halloween @ Amoeba 2014 post for full details on each of the three stores. And if you need assistance in compiling a Halloween soundtrack to listen to, check out Billy Gil's 13 Albums That Are Perfect for Halloween or go back to last year's great guide to Halloween vinyl by Kelly S. Osato: Horror On Wax: Halloween Vinyl Picks.

Ouija Trailer (2014)

This year's new Halloween themed movies include Ouijawhich opened in theaters everywhere last Friday in plenty of time for today's holiday. Starring Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Darren Kagasoff, Bianca A. Santos, Douglas Smith, and Matthew SettleOuija  is the story of a group of friends who "must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board." Note that it is a PG-13 rated film so don't expect the full-on horror core of other Halloween scary movie standards such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Haven't seen Ouija yet but reviews are mostly positive even if it doesn't look totally original in concept. Check local listings for screen times. Alternatives include going back to DVD or Blu-Ray copies of such horror movie staples as Amityville Horror or John Carpenter's classic Halloween.


If you are in New York City, the place to head to is the extravagant annual Village Halloween Parade that happens along 6th Avenue and attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees. It's crazy as in crazy fun and the weather here in NYC today, while brisk, is not rainy or really cold. What's great about it is that if you are in costume you can join in the parade. The parade starts at 7pm. More info. That Manhattan Halloween parade is more adult themed while over in Jackson Heights, Queens the parade is more kid and family friendly. It begins at 5pm and ends at 7pm and takes place on 37th Avenue from 86th Street to 76th Street.

Meanwhile, NYC shows and concerts tonight include BangOn!NYC's spine-chilling event Warehouse Of Horrors promising a "little slice of Sleepy Hallow in a decked out Brooklyn warehouse with three stages of otherworldy beats." Supplying the music will be Twin Shadow, Break Science, Random Rab, plus the US debut of Purple Disco Machine. The event will also have carnival rides, a gory haunted house, a silent disco, and more. See show preview video above for more details. In Manhattan tonight at Andrew W.K.'s club Santos Party House from 11:00 pm to 4:00 am will be The Freedom Party NYC Annual Halloween Bash, which, in addition to a costume party, promises a nice diverse mix of good dance music from hip-hop to house with party rockers DJ Cosi, Marc Smooth, and Herbert Holler. 21+ More info.

In LA stop by Amoeba Hollywood to check out the festivities and stock up on horror DVDs before you head over to Danny Eflman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton live at the Nokia Theatre (happens tomorrow and Sunday too). Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo fame began his musical partnership with director Tim Burton three decades ago back in 1985 when Burton and Paul Reubens invited Elfman to write the score for their first feature film, Pee-wee's Big Adventure. That began a musical partnership of Elfman scoring all but two of Burton's major studio releases.

Elfman even provided the singing voice for Jack Skellington in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas and the voices of both Barrel and the "Clown with the Tear-Away Face." Also happening in LA tonight is a haunted Halloween party at King-King at 6555 Hollywood Blvd with Colette and others at West Coast Soul Events Haunted Halloween. In addition to Colette throwing down funky house and other music, includes spin masters Tony Powell, Ricardo Torres, and Doc Sculley. More info.

Meanwhile up in the Bay Area, in addition to events at the Berkeley and San Francisco Amoebas, there's a slew of great parties and concerts jumping off like Zion I's annual Hella Fresh Fest  at the Metro in Oakland (see recent Amoeblog on this show for details), the Halloween Family Festival at United Nations Plaza from 5pm to 8pm (free, more info 415-674-9701), and a screening of the 1920 silent film classic (with live organ accompaniment) Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde starring John Barrymore at the San Francisco Symphony. Tix $20 + More info or call 415 864-6000. In the East Bay this evening will be the percussion happy party An Extra Action Halloween at the New Parish with the Extra Action Marching Band, Itchy-O Marching Band, DJ Darkat and others. More info. In San Francisco at The Factory on Harrison will be the big costume party Masquerotica Carnaval Mystique with a ton of DJs and special activities. More info.

And finally I leave you with the new Halloween themed music video for the song "Maniac" from East Bay artist DLabrie featuring Fabian Leo. According to the artist, the song tells the "true story" of when "an overzealous female fan goes too far and crosses the line from admirer to stalker."


DLabrie "Maniac (feat. Fabian Leo)" (2014)

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