Welcome to Halloweek! Because Halloween falls on a Monday, it feels like we have an extra long weekend of shows leading up to the holiday. We’ve dug through the massive lists of expertly-listed shows (which is actually just us screwing around on Facebook) and found a host of ways to get your spooky on. Here are the Halloween-themed events leading up to the big day.

Halloween Hootenany with Unfit Wives

Unfit Wives / Photo by Fally Afani
Saturday, October 29 | 5:00 p.m.
Venue 1235
Genre: Roots Rock, Americana, Bluegrass
Age: All ages
Costume Contest: Yes
This is the second year Lawrence’s rowdiest bluegrass babes have thrown a Halloween get-together, and we’re pretty excited to see this again on the calendar. Last year, the band’s costumes were so well-done and the night was a gleeful affair. Unfit Wives are a roots band, but they’re also a party band, and nobody parties like these gals.
It looks to be a family-friendly event due to early set times and kids getting in free. They’ll be joined by Womanish Girl and Plead the Belly out at Venue 1235 in North Lawrence.

Lizard Brain Trust’s Hell Raising Release Party

Lizard Brain Trust
Lizard Brain Trust
Friday, October 28 | 7:00 p.m.
The Bottleneck
Genre: Punk, rock
Age: 18+
Costume Contest: Yes
For those of you ready to rock, The Bottleneck is hosting a local lineup full of punk heavy-hitters. Lizard Brain Trust is sort of an ensemble of musicians from previous punk acts (featuring members of Dead Girls, Stiff Middle Fingers, and Podstar). They’ll be bringing along Gemini Parks, Late Night, and Local Darling.

Horned Wolf / Godzillionaire / The Soiled Doves / Bleed the Victim

Horned Wolf / Photo by Fally Afani
Friday, October 28 | 10:00 p.m.
The Replay
Genre: Metal
Age: 21+
Costume Contest: I mean, it’s a metal show. Everyone’s going to have face paint on.
Well well well, if it isn’t our old friend: CHAOS. Last year’s Halloweekend show featuring Horned Wolf was one for the books. It was outrageous! A face full of metal! Nonstop headbanging! Sick guitar solos! And some guy’s hair got caught in the ceiling! Halloween is when the metal bands tend to come out and howl at the moon, so this will be a can’t-miss show, whether you’re into metal or not. Shows like this are for everyone.

Other notable Halloween events:

Constellations Vibrations plays Original Motion Soundtrack to NOSFERATU
Tuesday, October 25 | 10:00 p.m.
Emo Nite Halloween Edition
Saturday, October 29 | 9:00 p.m.
The Granada
Genre: Emo
LXKS Presents: The Halloweekend Show with JL / XV
Friday, October 28 | 9:00 p.m.
Genre: Hip-hop
Elisha Israel & AZ-ONE Halloween Party
Saturday, October 29 | 9:00 p.m.
Genre: Reggae

Bags Spookytime Song-a-thon
Saturday, October 29 | 11:00 p.m.
Kaw Valley Public House
Genre: Nobody knows

Sweeping Promises / The Whiffs / Thighmaster
Saturday, October 29 | 10:00 p.m.
The Replay
Genre: Rock, Grunge

BongoTini Pre-Halloween Show
Sunday, October 30 | 7:00 p.m.
Kaw Valley Public House
Genre: Lounge/Cocktail music, conga-line FUN

Cheery / Luxem, Sauders, & Dixey / Flash Floods Halloween Matinee!
Monday, October 31 | 6:00 p.m.
The Replay
Genre: Indie, rock



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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