PICS: Halloween’s Must-Scream Shows

With Halloween lurking right around the corner, we shine a light on the most spooktacular live-music events in town.

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Is there a better way to kick off Halloween week than with Rocket From the Crypt, Ceremony, Death Valley Girls, El Vez and more at House of Blues on Friday, Oct. 25? We think not. Doors are at 9 p.m. and tickets start at $30.
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Looking for some EDM to kick off your festivities? DJ legend Benny Benassi headlines Omnia San Diego on Oct. 25. Doors are at 9 p.m. and tickets start at $20.78.
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Also on Oct. 25, the Casbah (whose owner, Tim Mays, looks pretty sharp as KFC's Colonel Sanders) gets into the spooky swing of things with a costume party featuring a load of tribute bands! ADD/C play Cheap Trick; the Alright, Alright, Alrights play the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Thieves Like Us perform New Order; and the Spice Pistols will be in the Razzmatazz Room! Doors at 8:30 p.m., tickets are $15 plus fees.
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There is no better time to witness the costumed action comic punk group Peelander-Z in person (with local openers the Touchies and Kitty Plague) than at their Oct. 25 show at the Merrow. Doors are at 8 p.m., and tickets are $12 plus fees.
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"The Mad Tea Party" invades the Hard Rock Hotel downtown on Oct. 26, with fives rooms across three decked-out floors with EDM duo Dada Life (pictured) and more than 15 other DJs! Tickets start at $60.
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"The Godfathers of Hardcore" themselves, Agnostic Front, celebrate the 35th anniversary of "Victim in Pain" at Soda Bar on that Saturday as well. Doors at 8 p.m., tickets are $25 plus fees.
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WCKD Village returns to East Village on Oct. 26 with a six-block takeover featuring Trey Songz, T-Pain (pictured), LA Riots, Donald Glaude and more! General admission tickets start at $40 with several VIP options available.
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Also on that night: Acclaimed alternative-folk artist Devendra Banhart headlines the Observatory North Park. Doors are at 7 p.m., and tickets are $28.50 plus fees.
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Parq presents "Parq Freak Show: A Horror Story" -- five rooms of music and two nightclubs -- on Oct. 26 with the Stafford Brothers and 10-plus DJs.
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The Merrow gets campy with Heart Bones (featuring A Giant Dog's Sabrina Ellis and Har Mar Superstar, pictured) on Saturday, too! Doors are at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15 plus fees.
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The Loons (pictured) and Love Revisited take us back in time at the Casbah on Oct. 26. Doors are are 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 plus fees.
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Capping off Saturday's concerts? Hozier headlines the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre -- maybe it's time to bust out that nun costume since we're heading back to church.
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Get into the heavy Halloween mood with Eyehategod, Negative Approach, Sheer Terror, Final Conflict and the Accused A.D. at the Casbah on Oct. 27. Doors at 8 p.m., tickets are $30 plus fees.
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Ra Ra Riot are always ready to cause a ruckus -- they're at the Belly Up on Sunday. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $18 plus fees.
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Also on Oct. 27: Dream Theater bring their beloved technical prog-rock through the recently opened Magnolia in El Cajon. Doors are at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $65.
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Lagwagon and Face to Face (pictured) provide a one-two punk punch at the Observatory North Park on Oct. 27. The show is all-ages, doors are at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $30.
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Ease into Halloween week with the smooth sounds of Saintseneca at Soda Bar on Monday, Oct. 28. Doors at 8:30 p.m., tickets are $12 plus fees.
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...or head over to the Belly Up for one of the most compelling singer/songwriters to emerge in recent memory, Lucy Dacus, the same night. Doors are at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $18 plus fees.
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The Internet's Steve Lacy performs a much-anticipated solo show at the Observatory North Park on Oct. 29. The show is all-ages, doors are at 7 p.m. and tickets are $30.
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Also on Tuesday night: Justin Townes Earle folks his way through the Casbah. Doors at 8:30 p.m., tickets are $30 plus fees.
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Break out your best costumes for OK Go (who are sure to be clad in something colorful) at California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
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"The Night of the Dead" overruns the Belly Up on Oct. 30 with Easy Wind performing classic Grateful Dead selections. We'd like to think Kenny Powers (aka Tim Pyles, left) would dig it. Doors at 7 p.m., tickets are $14 plus fees.
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Gramatik, OPIUO and Balkan Bump rip through the middle of the week at the Observatory North Park with a Wednesday night show. Doors are at 6:30 p.m., and tickets start at $25.
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The Spill Canvas headline Soda Bar the night before Halloween proper. Doors at 7 p.m. $20 plus fees.
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Prime time for sorcery: Soda Bar hosts Old Man Wizard, Witch Ripper, Forming the Void and Mezzoa on Halloween! Doors at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $8.
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Yeaaaaah: The one-and-only Lil Jon rocks Omnia San Diego on Halloween night! Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets start at $20. Okaaaay!
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Also on deck for Oct. 31? TR/ST headlines the Observatory North Park. Doors at 7 p.m. $17 plus fees.
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There are few better ways to celebrate Halloween proper than with U.K. punk legends the Adicts (who, of course, dress up every night). The show is all-ages, doors are at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $20.
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Looking for a post-holiday celebration? Go see Dinosaur Jr. at the Observatory North Park on Friday, Nov. 1. Doors are at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $32.50.
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And last but not least, celebrate the last day of Dia de los Muertos with Dia de los Deftones with its namesake band, along with Chvrches, Gojira, JPEGMAFIA, Youth Code, Hum and Brutus at Petco's Park at the Park on Saturday, Nov. 2.
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