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Aug 23, 2019








Roots Of Creation Playing at Jewel Oct 27.

Grown-up kid stuff
Halloween nightlife is a Friday/Saturday affair

By Michael Witthaus

Halloween falls on a Monday, which is best left to schoolchildren trick-or-treating. Adults can choose mainly from the preceding Friday and Saturday, when most of the parties happen. Costumes are de rigeur, and most places offer cash prizes for the best, most original, and (obviously) sexiest get-up. Here’s a rundown of choices.

Friday, Oct. 21
Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St., Concord, 224-4600) Rocky Horror Picture Show (Halloween) — two nights (also Oct. 22) Tickets include prop bags, with no outside props allowed. Costumes strongly encouraged. An October tradition is back, a fun, raunchy night out. Ticket includes: prop bags, pre-show fun, costume contest and some special guests joining during the evening.
Salt hill Shanty (1407 Route 103, Newbury, 763-2667) Sirsy at 8 p.m. Annual Halloween Bash  comes early, with prizes for best costumes. Enjoy the dynamic duo that’s greater than the sum of its rockin’ parts.
Saturday, Oct. 22
McIntyre Ski Lodge (50 Chalet Way, Manchester, 703-6955) Pink & Blue Halloween Bash at 7 p.m. $35. The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center present a Halloween party raising awareness for prostate and breast cancers. This fun-filled dinner reception will include dancing, silent auctions and costume awards. Prizes will be presented for best overall costume, best pink costume and best blue costume.
Wednesday, Oct. 26
Rochester Opera House (31 Wakefield St., Rochester, 335-1992) Rocky Horror Show Musical plays Wednesday, Oct. 26, through Monday, Oct. 31, with two shows Halloween night. This multimedia rock musical is a humorous satirical tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s to early 1970s. Show is at 7 p.m. Tickets prices are $14 to $18.
Thursday, Oct. 27
Auburn Pitts (167 Rockingham Road, Auburn, 622-6564) Tribute to Halloween begins at 7 p.m. For Thirsty Thursday Open Mic, come dressed as your favorite musician. Prizes for best costume: third places wins a $25 gift certificate to the Auburn Pitts, second place $50 cash, first place $100 cash. Free munchies.
Jewel (61 Canal St., Manchester, 836-1152) Roots of Creation plays at 8 p.m. This is the first Halloween bash at the newly reborn original live music venue.
Tsongas Center (300 Arcand Drive, Lowell, Mass., 722-8780) Wicked Halloween at 8 p.m. Fluffy costumed DJ Marshmello spins with Slushii also performing. Tickets are $30 to $50 at
Whiskey’s 20 (20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 641-2583) School Spirits at 8 p.m. DJs Shawn White and Nate spin the tunes with cash and prizes for sexiest costumes.
Friday, Oct. 28
3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, 766-3330) Halloween party at 7 p.m. to benefit The Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County. Live DJ, raffle, and prizes for best costume.
Alan’s (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631) Rockin’ Halloween Party/Haunted Halloween Bash at 8 p.m. Cash prizes for best costume, plus other prizes and giveaways. Dancing to DJ Tom McFall.
Area 23 (State Street, Concord, 881-9060) Halloween party with Queen City Soul at 8 p.m. 
British Beer Co. (103 Hanover St., Portwalk Place, Portsmouth, 501-0515) Costume party with Lonely Ghost Collective at 8 p.m.
Bungalow (333 Valley St., Manchester, 792-1110) Manchester Monster Ball at 5 p.m. — it’s a hard-rock Halloween with Thurkills Vision, Lockjaw Smile and other edgy bands performing at this 21+ event. Admission is $10.
Chop Shop (920 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 760-7706) Bob Seger themed Halloween party at 9 p.m. Live Bullet, New England’s tribute to Bob Seger, performs. Costumes encouraged.
Crow’s Nest (181 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 974-1686) Popular rock covers band Bite the Bullet performs at 8 p.m. Prizes for best costume.
Depot Square (downtown Peterborough, 924-6893) Boo Night With Dr. Gasp at 4 p.m. Special outdoor all-ages show from the alter ego of folk singer Dan Blakeslee.
Dover Brickhouse (2 Orchard St., Dover, 749-3838) Amulus and Cloud Nine at 8 p.m. Annual Halloween bash and costume event with prizes, surprises and more. This event is 21+. Admission is $5.
Executive Court Banquet Facility (1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 626-4788) Boomer Halloween Bash at 7 p.m. is a night out of dancing to your favorite ’70s hits, sneaking in some ’80s too — these are the songs you loved before kids and a mortgage. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 
Jade Dragon (515 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-2280) Halloween party with popular cover band The Miner Band at 8 p.m. and a costume contest. 
Penuche’s (96 Hanover St., Manchester, 666-3667) Friday With Frydae Halloween Bash at 8 p.m. is a party hosted by New England nightlife veterans and everyone’s favorite party people, Kyle Frydae, Aaron “Vicious” Parent and Joshua Langlois.
Penuche’s Ale House (6 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-9833) Halloween in the Basement starts at 9 p.m. Look for a rare appearance of My Gay Dads (featuring members of favorite local bands) with special guests Evidence Lies, and Michelle Tilton closing out the night.
Pit Road Lounge (388 Loudon Road, Concord, 226-0533) Dance the night away with cover band Illusion rocking out at 8 p.m. Enter the costume contest to win prizes. 
Racks (20 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 974-2406) Kick off Halloween weekend with Sidipus recording artists Candy Striper Death Orgy & Flood This Earth (featuring Roadkill from WHEB and Rock101’s Morning Buzz). Doors open at 8 p.m. This is a 21+ show. $5 at the door.
Salt hill Pub (7 Lebanon St., Hanover, 676-7855) Seventh annual Halloween Bash features Conniption Fits at 8 p.m. Prizes for best costumes.
Salt hill Pub (58 Main St., Newport, 863-7774) Tenth annual Halloween Bash features Flew-Z at 8 p.m. Prizes for best costumes.
Tough Tymes (221 Rochester Road, Northwood, 942-5555) Halloween party features Dave Berry Band at 9 p.m. This rock, rhythm and blues power trio will appeal to fans of Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top.
Wally’s Pub (144 Ashworth Ave., Hampton, 926-6954) The Bars perform at 9 p.m. Prizes awarded for best costume. This party is 21+. Tickets $15.
Whiskey’s 20 (20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 641-2583) Freaky at 8 p.m. DJs Sammy and Gera spin the tunes with cash and prizes for sexiest costumes.
Saturday, Oct. 29
American Legion Post 51 (Route 125, across from Telly’s, Epping, 679-8320) Halloween costume dance at 8 p.m. Rosie performs, playing classic rock covers with a little rock’n country thrown. Prizes for best costumes, and a 50/50 raffle. $5 admission at the door. A cash bar will be open. 
Arena Sports Bar (53 High St., Nashua 881-9060) 4th Annual Halloween Costume Party features DJ Jason Spivak, with over $1,000 in prizes including Patriots and Bruins tickets. - $5 admission before midnight.
Auburn Pitts (167 Rockingham Road, Auburn, 622-6564) Good Ol’ Halloween Party at 7 p.m. Dress up or dress down for the Auburn Pitts Halloween party featuring music by Rob, Dan & the West End Beat. Prizes for best costume: third place wins a $25 gift certificate to the Auburn Pitts, second place  $50 cash, first place $100 cash. Free munchies.
Bungalow (333 Valley St., Manchester, 792-1110) NH Booking Halloween Bash at 5 p.m. has tables full of free candy. All bands play in costume — Dive Team, ATHOI, Hollow Point, The Waking Life and Letting Go. Costume contest with a grand prize containing tickets to future NHB shows and merch from all the bands playing. Admission is $5 with costume.
Cara (11 Fourth St., Dover, 343-4390) Trick or Treat Halloween Party at 9:30 p.m. Second annual Halloween Hoedown with DJs J-Rawk, Esquaredd and Hoey entertaining. Come dressed to impress; costumes are recommended but not required. This event is 21+.
Chop Shop (920 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 760-7706) Bite the Bullet plays at the 7th Birthday & Halloween Party at 9 p.m., with fun and games, cash prizes, costume contest, psychic readings, dinner and breakfast buffet. $25 admission. Hotel package with shuttle available. 
City Sports Grille (216 Maple St., Manchester, 625-9656) Popular local cover band The Voice performs at 9 p.m. 
Country Spirit (262 Maple St., Henniker, 428-7007) Complete Unknowns perform at 8 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite alter ego and try to stick a dollar on the ceiling if the urge strikes.
Crow’s Nest (181 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 974-1686) Among The Living performs at 8 p.m. Prizes for best costume at this annual Halloween bash.
Derryfield (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880) Come in costume to the Halloween bash hosted by popular cover band Jimmy’s Down at 8 p.m. 
Dolly Shakers (38 E. Hollis St., Nashua, 577-1718) Casual Gravity at 9 p.m. Be ghastly and casual at the second annual Halloween bash — wear your eye-popping best costume and win a prize.
Fody’s (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015) DJ Mark Allen Halloween party at 8 p.m. Prizes for best costumes given away at the stroke of midnight, Cinderella. Costume prizes awarded by round of applause.
Fury’s Publick House (1 Washington St., Dover, 617-3633) Multifaceted rock-Americana band Roots, Rhythm and Dub hosts Halloween event at 8 p.m.
Haluwa (Nashua Mall, Nashua, 883-6662) Terminal Velocity (Halloween) at 8 p.m. Cover band plays favorites.
Harlow’s (3 School St., Peterborough, 924-6365) Halloween fright night starts at 8 p.m. The Youngest Sun will be bringing out all of the ghouls and goblins this evening. There will be a best costume contest with prizes and more — be afraid, be very afraid. This event is 21+. Admission is $10.
Hawg’s Pen (1114 Route 11, Farmington, 755-3301) Halloween party with Dave Berry Band at 9 p.m. The rock, rhythm and blues power trio will appeal to fans of Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top.
Hellenic Center (219 Long Hill Road, Dover, 742-9799) Cartelli’s Halloween Bash at 6 p.m. with Mike Waterman and his band Acoustic Radio. $25 admission includes all-you-can-eat Cartelli’s Super Buffet. $10 show-only tickets also available. This huge venue will be decorated to the hilt for Halloween. Raffle and prizes for best costume.
JD Chaser’s (2B Burnham Road, Hudson, 886-0792) It’s Crave’s Annual Halloween Bash with Granite State Rhythm. Dress in your favorite costume and rock out with Crave starting at 9 p.m.
Karma (1077 Elm St., Manchester 647-6653) DJ Midas, SP1 and Reed host a party with costume contest. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes including cash, a Bose speaker, gift cards and more. Drink and hookah specials all night. No cover, starts at 8 p.m.
KC’s Rib Shack (837 Second St., Manchester, 627-RIBS) Cannibal Carnevil at 9 p.m. Boston surf rock band The Derangers performs. Costumes encouraged. No cover.
Lakes Region Casino (1265 Laconia Road, Belmont, 267-7778) Eric Grant Band at 9 p.m. Annual Halloween dance party with costume contest for most original and best costume. Prizes, beer and drink specials.
Midnight Rodeo (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545) Annual Halloween bash with Martin & Kelly at 8 p.m. Prizes for best costume including a free year’s admission to Midnight Rodeo.
Mill No. 5 (250 Jackson St., 4th floor, Lowell, Mass. (978) 656-1828) Halloween Wasteland at noon Vinyl Destination and Bad Moon Shop are teaming up for the Halloween Wasteland. Enjoy a monster movie marathon at the Luna Theater, vintage Halloween decor, horror and monster movie memorabilia, art, and horror/sci-fi VHS and vinyl.
Mountain Meadow Event Center (478 Route 4, Canaan, 769-4093) 21+ costume party at 7 p.m. DJ Eric G from Upper Valley DJ is coming back to play the hottest dance music. $10 cover, or $5 if you are in costume. Costume contest with $100 cash first prize, plus treats and drink specials.
N’awlins (860 Elm St., Manchester, 606-2488) Catfish Howl plays a special Halloween show at 8 p.m.
Pacific Fusion (356 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-6320) No Guarantees (Halloween) at 8:30 p.m. Costume contest and prizes. 
Paradise Beach Club (322 Lakeside Ave., Laconia, 366-2665) Annual Halloween bash with Fighting Friday at 8 p.m. and over $1,000 in prizes for scariest, sexiest, funniest, best couple, group and most original (must be original idea and handmade) costume. Admission $13 in advance, $15 day of show. 
Patrick’s (18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841) Costume party with Crunchy Western Boys at 8 p.m. Bring a nonperishable food donation for St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry and get entered into a raffle.  Costume contest winners announced at 11 p.m.
Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535) Popular cover band Stunt Double Riot at 8 p.m. Costume contest and other fun.
Penuche’s (96 Hanover St., Manchester 666-3667) Amos Fortune brings its charismatic fusing of elements of driving rock, melodic folk, cool funk, and dirty electric blues to a downtown Halloween party.
Pitman’s Freight Room (94 New Salem St., Laconia, 527-0043) BYOB party with Jodie Cunningham Band at 8 p.m. Jodie is a modern rock-edged country artist who delivers a blend of cover songs and original material. $20 admission. 
Portsmouth Gas Light (64 Market St., Portsmouth, 430-9122) Festival of Witches at 8 p.m. The Deck will feature Jamsterdam performing from 7 to 11 p.m. while the Nightclub will feature DJ Koko and a best costume contest with $1,000 in cash and prizes. Pay $12 online or $15 at the door for unlimited access to both the deck and the nightclub.
Press Room (77 Daniel St., Portsmouth, 431-5186) Dr. Gasp at 8 p.m. Beneath the mask of this phantom is New England folk musician Dan Blakeslee with his unique bag of original songs of Halloween oozing with vampires and ghastly creeps. $7 to $10. 
Racks (20 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 974-2406) Preciphist at 8 p.m. Costumes are optional. No clowns please.
Red Blazer (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101) Halloween Howl After-Party with By Request at 8 p.m. $15 admission. Costume contest and cash prizes, with DJ Maddog also.
Red Door (107 State St., Portsmouth, 373-6827) Halloween with cocktails and tight grooves as popular area DJ Ryan Obermiller spins tunes at 9 p.m. Come in costume and win the contest.
Revolution Tap Room (61 N. Main St., Rochester, 244-3022) Halloween Skary-oke at 8 p.m. It’s a Halloween karaoke event. Show up in costume and ready to rock. Prizes for the best costume, performance, singer, with a prize package worth $200 from Tall Ship Distillery.
Ri Ra (22 Market Square, Portsmouth, 319-1680) Lestah Polyestah at 9 p.m. This party is all about funk, old-school, dancing, seriously awkward ’70s clothing, laughing and gooood times.
Rockingham Ballroom (22 Ash Swamp Road, Newmarket, 659-4410) Dance party at 8 p.m. Experience the largest wooden dance floor in New Hampshire. Come in costume and and enjoy music by Perfect Match. No outside beverages. Full cash bar and complimentary coffee and tea. $14 admission.
Salt hill Pub (2 West Park St., Lebanon, 448-4532) Upper Valley band Wherehouse begins at 8 p.m. at this 14th annual Halloween Party from Hell. Food and drink, tricks & treats, and top-notch, danceable live rock ’n’ roll courtesy of Scott, Jason, Shane, and a few guests thrown in here and there. Costumes and Halloween attire strongly suggested ... great prizes for best costumes. The event is 21+ - ID required.
Savory Square (32 Depot Square, Hampton, 926-2202) Mel & John 3rd Annual Halloween Party at 8 p.m. Mel & John perform.
Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246) Halloween Party at 9 p.m. Party kicks off at 9 in the back room. Prizes for best costume. Giveaways. DJ MYTH (Chris Bennett) is gracing the backroom bar with his presence and skills on the turntables. Playing top 40 hits and requests.
The Local (2 E. Main St., Warner, 456-6066) Annual Halloween Bash with The Dobros starts at 8 p.m. Rootsy music mixed with Halloween fun.
Thirsty Moose (21 Congress St, Portsmouth, 427-8645) Love Sounds at 9 p.m. Beer specials, and costume party with prizes for the top three.
Thirsty Turtle (8 Temple St., Nashua, 402-4136) Halloween bash at 9 p.m. with Caught Flies, Nick the Barbarian, and Chanticlear.
Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230) Boneshakerz at 9 p.m. Halloween costume party with prizes for best and other categories.
Wally’s Pub (144 Ashworth Ave., Hampton, 926-6954) Prospect Hill’s Halloween Bash at 8 p.m. with costume prizes and music from Wayland, Thurkills Vision, Planeside & Hunter. $15 advance.
Whiskey’s 20 (20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 641-2583) Scream at 8 p.m. DJs Shawn White and EP spin the tunes with cash and prizes for sexiest costumes.
Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722) Halloween party at 9 p.m. sponsored by Magic Hat. Costume contest with prizes for first, second and third place, and drink specials all night long.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Breezeway Pub (14 Pearl St., Manchester, 621-9111) Hallowscream Show starts at 8 p.m. The theme is Violencia Part II – They’re Coming For You. Tickets are $10. See DJ Chris Topher for tickets or PayPal to
Monday, Oct. 31
Stone Church (5 Granite St., Newmarket 659-7700) Wild Eagle Halloween Party at 8 p.m. Regular blues session; wear a costume and bring an instrument for a spooktacular night of music. Open jams begin at 8:30 p.m. 

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