The Hippo


Nov 16, 2019








Double fun this year for many spots

By Michael Witthaus

 Halloween falls on a Saturday, and many places are making it a two-day event — or longer, like Central Ale House in Manchester, with multiple outdoor showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show beginning Wednesday, Oct. 28. Milly’s Tavern in Manchester is even hosting a hangover party the day after All Hallow’s Eve.

Thursday, Oct. 22
Portsmouth Public Library (175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth, 427-1540) Masquerade and Movie. Vampires vs. Werewolves Costume Party, followed by a screening of the R-rated vampire flick What We Do in the Shadows. Begins at 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 23
Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St., Concord, 224-4600) Rocky Horror Picture Show, $15. Annual tradition plays two nights, with shows for 16+ Friday and 18+ Saturday. IDs will be checked. Tickets include prop bags, with no outside props allowed. Costumes strongly encouraged. Begins at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24
M/S Mount Washington (211 Lakeside Ave., Lake Winnipesaukee, 366-5531) Masquerade Ball. Final cruise of the season, last chance to celebrate on the lake. Best costume competition with lots of prizes. Ticket includes live entertainment and buffet dinner; $54, 21+ only. Begins at 6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 25
Riverwalk Cafe (35 Railroad Square, Nashua, 578-0200) Odds Bodkin, $10. Three bloody wonderful supernatural tales, told by Odds Bodkin with characters, music and wild vocal effects. Begins at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28
Central Ale House (23 Central St., Manchester, 660-2241) Rocky Horror Picture Show. Halloween favorite showing in the courtyard. Begins at 9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 29
Billy’s Sports Bar (34 Tarrytown Road, Manchester, 622-3644) Costume Party. Labatt's promo night, best sports costume wins prize. Begins at 8 p.m.
Central Ale House (23 Central St., Manchester, 660-2241) Rocky Horror Picture Show. Halloween favorite showing in the courtyard Begins at 9 p.m.
Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677) Scary Scary Night. There’s no music, but come in costume and enjoy the vibe at this fine dining and drinking establishment. Begins at 9 p.m.
Drynk (20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 641-2583) School Spirits. Happy hour followed by Halloween party with DJs Shawn White and Mike Mazz. Cash and prizes for sexiest costumes. Begins at 5 p.m.
Tsongas Center (300 Arcand Drive, Lowell 722-8780) Wicked Halloween Day Two. Hip-hop, trap and bass producer RL Grime co-headlining with Big Gigantic, one of the most dynamic acts in live electronic music right now; special guests TBA. Tickets $48-$188. Begins at 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 30
Ashworth by the Sea (295 Ocean Blvd., Hampton 926-6762) Cosmic Weekend. $85 per person, runs through Sunday morning. Evening ParaNormal Walk on Ocean Boulevard; participant is allowed one psychic reading on Oct. 31, with one of three nationally known psychics. Overnight accommodations not included. Begins at noon.
Auburn Pitts (167 Rockingham Road, Auburn, 622-6564) Nicole Knox Murphy. Halloween party at the Pitts. Wear your costumes. Begins at 7 p.m.
Central Ale House (23 Central St., Manchester, 660-2241) Rocky Horror Picture Show. Halloween favorite showing in the courtyard. Begins at 9 p.m.
City Sports Grille (216 Maple St., Manchester, 625-9656) Hallows Eve Party. Karaoke at 9 p.m. with DJ Dave. Come dressed for the Halloween costume contest. First place $100, second $50. Begins at 9 p.m.
Cloud 9 (225 Ocean Blvd., Hampton, 601-6102) Metal Party with Summoned. Death metal costume party ripping it up at the beach. Acts include The Summoned, KillBeast, Conforza, Ironborn, Cryptid Slaughter and Infested Prophecy; $10 at the door. Begins at 9 p.m.
Drynk (20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 641-2583) Freak! Happy hour followed by 21+ Halloween party with DJ Spivak. Cash and prizes for sexiest costumes. Begins at 8 p.m.
Executive Court Banquet Facility (1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 626-4788) Pink & Blue Bash. $35. Halloween costume party benefits Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, raising awareness for prostate and breast cancers. Cocktail reception with dancing, silent auctions and prizes for best overall costume, best pink costume and best blue costume. Begins at 7 p.m.
Huntley Mansion (1 Huntley Road, Hanover, 867-5309) The Last of Us. DJ Shara D celebrates the final event of 2015 with the last remaining humans of the Upper Valley. Begins at 7 p.m.
Makris (354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 225-7665) Scott "Snake" Miller & the Hell Jacks. Celebrate Halloween with a group of working-class northerners playing their own brand of southern-influenced rock. Begins at 8 p.m.
One Mile West (6 Brook Road, Sunapee, 863-7500) Halloween Masquerade Party. Prizes for best outfit for individual and groups, and discounts for anyone dressed in costume. Make-your-own-mask table, apple bobbing and pumpkin-painting for kids. Begins at 8 p.m.
Pacific Fusion (356 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-6320) No Guarantees. Hot cover band, costume contest and prizes. Eat, drink and be scary. Begins at 8:30 p.m.
Queen’s Pub & Grille (641 Elm St., Manchester, 622-2979) Halloween party. This new Brit-themed bar and restaurant presents Big Time Band, with prizes for best costume and other giveaways. Begins at 9 p.m.
Red Blazer (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101) Halloween Howl. Chafed performs rock covers; there’s a costume contest with cash prizes and a pizza bar. 21+ with $15 advance tickets available. Begins at 8 p.m.
Riverwalk Cafe (35 Railroad Square, Nashua, 578-0200) Revolutionary Snake Ensemble. Costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional music. Begins at 8 p.m.
Telly's (235 Calef Hwy, Epping, 679-8225) Halloween party. Annual costume party, Bruins tickets and skis to raffle off. $250 cash prize for best costume, $150 for second, $100 for third. Begins at 9 p.m.
Thirsty Moose (21 Congress St., Portsmouth, 427-8645) Jamsterdam. Costume party with prizes going to the top three and beer specials. Begins at 9 p.m.
True Brew Barista (3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776) Halloween Howl. Intown Concord’s yearly Halloween celebration, with all-ages open mike outside in the square, followed by burlesque with Opium and Absinthe inside. Begins at 6 p.m.
Tsongas Center (300 Arcand Drive, Lowell, Mass., 722-8780) Wicked Halloween Day One. Mad Decent founder and Grammy-nominated producer/DJ/musician Diplo performs with Australian-born twin sister DJ duo Nervo, Dutch jungle terror producer Wiwek and 22-year-old producer/DJ 4B. Tickets are $48-$188. Begins at 8 p.m.
VFW Laconia Post 1670 (143 Court St., Laconia, 524-9725) Rocktoberfest. Lunar Nation, Bushpusher, Labor Pains, Jonee Earthquake Band, UFO and Donovan Trio perform. $5 at the door, costumes welcome. Begins at 8 p.m.
Wally’s Pub (144 Ashworth Ave., Hampton, 926-6954) Zombie Ball. Among the Living rocks the house; wear your most formal zombie costume. Begins at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31
Alan’s (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631) Rockin’ Halloween Party. Annual Haunted Halloween Bash costume party features $300 award for best costume, with other prizes and giveaways. Begins at 8 p.m.
American Legion Post 51 (Route 125, across from Telly’s, Epping, 679-8320) Chippy and the YaYas. Cover band playing favorites from the 1960s on up. Prizes for best costumes, 50/50 raffle. $5 at the door. Begins at 8 p.m.
Arena (53 High St., Nashua, 881-9060) Costume party. Two costume contests: In sports bar, best dressed Bruins player wins $200 and a pair of game tickets; $500 best overall costume contest in the nightclub. Begins at 9 p.m.
Arrowhead Ski Area (18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, 542-7018) Halloween Hauntfest. Sweet Fire BBQ hosts a zombie walk with food and adult beverages. Music from Rumors of Betrayal, Don’t Cross The Streams, Ana Sapphira, Reverser, Hadrons Collide, Orchids & Orchards, Al Young Da Hunch, David Williams with Dylan Tenney of Dylan Tenney Magic. $15 in advance. Begins at 8 p.m.
Breezeway Pub (14 Pearl St., Manchester, 621-9111) Costume contest party. Hosting a drag show on the 30th followed by a fun party on the big day. Begins at 8 p.m.
Carlo Rose Cigar Bar (10 Bridge St., Pelham, 751-8077) Granite State. Hip-hop heroes perform; come in costume. Begins at 8 p.m.
Central Ale House (23 Central St., Manchester, 660-2241) Rocky Horror Picture Show screens outdoors followed by Queen City Soul. Begins at 8 p.m.
Chameleon Club (11 Fourth St., Dover, 343-4390) DJ party. DJs entertain at the Chameleon Club on Halloween night. Call for more details. Begins at 8 p.m.
Chen Yang Li (520 South St., Bow, 228-8508) Sinister Sister (Halloween party). Rock from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Wear a costume Begins at 9 p.m.
Chop Shop (920 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 760-7706) Wildside Halloween Bash. $10 dinner & breakfast buffet, costume contests with cash prizes, psychic readings (call to schedule), giant Twister board and pumpkin-carving contest. Hotel/shuttle package available. Begins at 9 p.m.
City Sports Grille (216 Maple St., Manchester, 625-9656) Halloween Ghoulactic Special. DJ Ken hosts lights, music and tons of fun starting at 10:30 p.m. $17 per person; $5 off in costume. Costume contest at midnight. $25 prize for each best, funniest, scariest and cutest costume. Begins at 9 p.m.
Country Spirit (262 Maple St., Henniker, 428-7007) Other’ns. Fun band performs; come dressed as your favorite alter ego and prepare for a really rough morning on All Saints Day. Begins at 8 p.m.
Crow’s Nest (181 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 974-1686) Among The Living. Prizes for best costume. Begins at 8 p.m.
Daddy’s Pizza (50 Pleasant St., Claremont, 542-9177) Moose in the Marsh. Rock covers, come in costume. Begins at 8 p.m.
Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880) Jimmy’s Down. Popular cover band hosts Halloween bash; come in costume. Begins at 8 p.m.
Dover Brickhouse (2 Orchard St., Dover, 749-3838) Amulus, Elephant and Gigantic Ant. Annual Halloween bash and costume event. Begins at 8 p.m.
Drynk (20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 641-2583) Scream. Happy hour followed by 21+ Halloween party with B Money and Shawn White. Cash and prizes for sexiest costumes. VIP tables available. Begins at 8 p.m.
Fody’s Tavern (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015) Hunter. Youthful, original band hosts 21+ Happy Halloween Ball, costume contest combined with a unique version of the “Monster Mash.” Begins at 8 p.m.
Fury’s Publick House (1 Washington St., Dover, 617-3633) Kenny Brothers Band. Call club for party details; multifaceted rock and Americana band hosts. Begins at 8 p.m.
Gary’s Restaurant (38 Milton Road, Rochester, 335-4279) Spiral Circus. $10 cover without costume. First place wins $500; second place, trip for two to Las Vegas three days and two nights with two-for-one airfare. Begins at 8 p.m.
Haluwa Lounge (Nashua Mall, Nashua, 883-6662) Bad Medicine. Cover band plays favorites. Begins at 8 p.m.
Harlow’s Pub (3 School St., Peterborough. 924-6365) Youngest Sun Halloween Fright Night. Popular band bringing out all the ghouls and goblins; costume contest with prizes and more. $10, 21+. Begins at 8 p.m.
Hungry Buffalo (58 Route 129, Loudon, 798-3737) Fuzz Boxx. Chris Duval’s bash with Concord band playing covers and originals. Begins at 8:30 p.m.
JD Chaser's (2B Burnham Road, Hudson, 886-0792) Crave. Annual Halloween Bash, with GOZ211 opening; dress in your favorite costume, and rock out with Crave. Begins at 9 p.m.
Jewel (61 Canal St., Manchester, 836-1152) Foreigner’s Journey. Double cover band headlines Halloween show. Begins at 8 p.m.
Kathleen’s Cottage Irish Pub (90 Lake St., Bristol, 744-6336) Halloween Pirate’s Ball. Guinness team will be on hand celebrate. Begins at 8 p.m.
KC’s Rib Shack (837 Second St., Manchester, 627-RIBS) Disco Halloween Bash. With no Rezidudes reunion this year, DJ SOB is playing all the good stuff. It’s a Studio 54 Revival, so dress swanky. Begins at 9 p.m.
Lakes Region Casino (1265 Laconia Road, Belmont, 267-7778) Jodie Cunningham. Country-themed party with contest for costumes. Prizes, beer and drink specials. Begins at 9 p.m.
Looney Bin Bar & Grill (554 Endicott St., Laconia, 366-2300) Great Pumpkin Challenge and Halloween Pre-Game Party. Costume prizes, ghoulish treats and specials. Begins at 6 p.m.
Midnight Rodeo (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545) Annual Halloween Bash. Ryan Brooks Kelly plays rock and country. Prize for best costume is a free year’s admission to the club. Begins at 8 p.m.
Mole Hill Tavern (789 Gilsum Mine Road, East Alstead, 352-2585) Nines Band. Next to last show for this band. Costume isn’t mandatory but do it anyway. The Nines are dressing up. Begins at 8 p.m.
Mountain Meadow Event Center (478 Route 4, Canaan, 769-4093) 21+ costume party. Adults are taking back Halloween; DJ Eric G spins a mix of old favorites. Costume contest with cash prizes for first and second place. $10 ticket includes hot hors d’oeuvres, candy and baked goods (while they last). Begins at 7 p.m.
N'awlins Grille (860 Elm St., Manchester, 606-2488) Special Halloween show with Catfish Howl. Begins at 8 p.m.
New England’s Tap House Grille (1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137) Groove Cats. Jumping blues rock and pumpkin-painting; come in costume. Begins at 8 p.m.
Paradise Beach Club (322 Lakeside Ave., Laconia, 366-2665) Annual Halloween Bash. Tigerlily rocks with over $1,000 in prizes for scariest, sexiest, funniest, best couple, group and most original (must be original idea and handmade). $12. Begins at 8 p.m.
Pasta Loft (241 Union Square, Milford, 672-2270) DJ Mikey B Dance Party. All new Country Strong Saloon at the Loft offers costume contest and dance party. Begins at 8:30 p.m.
Patrick’s (18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841) Cody James Gang. Free raffle entry with non-perishable food donation for St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry; costume contest winners announced at 11 p.m. Begins at 8 p.m.
Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535) The Clones All Hallow’s Party. Fun music and interesting prizes like a folding logoed bike, lift passes and case for best male, female and couple costumes, along with most creative. Begins at 8 p.m.
Pit Road Lounge (388 Loudon Road, Concord, 226-0533) Stray Dog. Cover band playing classic rock tunes, with prizes for best costume. Begins at 8 p.m.
Pitman’s Freight Room (94 New Salem St., Laconia, 527-0043) Halloween dance with the Racky Thomas Blues Band. Traditional Chicago blues, acoustic country blues, gospel. Begins at 8 p.m.
Portsmouth Gas Light (64 Market St., Portsmouth, 430-9122) Halloween Bash. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. One cover gets you access to the deck featuring the RC Thomas Band plus unlimited access to the nightclub featuring DJ Koko P and a $1,000 cash prize giveaway for best costume. Begins at 8 p.m.
Press Room (77 Daniel St., Portsmouth, 431-5186) Doctor Gasp 13th Halloween Special. Soggy Po’ Boys kick it off downstairs, followed by upstairs horror from Dr. Gasp, Dan Blakeslee’s Halloween alter ego. This is the place that started all of Doctor Gasp’s haunting. Begins at 8 p.m.
Queen City Ballroom (21 Dow St., 2nd floor, Manchester, 622-1500) Costume dance party. Wear your best costume or come in street clothes, but come out dancing. It’s a potluck, so bring some tasty finger food or a dessert. Dance party and pre-dance lesson is $10 per person, free with QCB October membership. Small prizes for best costumes in a variety of categories. Begins at 7 p.m.
Queen’s Pub & Grille (641 Elm St., Manchester, 622-2979) Halloween party. This new Brit-themed bar and restaurant presents Sheddlane, with prizes for best costume and other giveaways. Begins at 9 p.m.
Racks Bar & Grill (20 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 974-2406) DJ Dennis. Dance party with costume contest. Begins at 8 p.m.
Red Door (107 State St., Portsmouth, 373-6827) DJ Ryan Obermiller. Costume contest at midnight, winner receives $100 bar tab. Probably pouring Champagne for guests as well. Begins at 9 p.m.
Ri Ra Irish Pub (22 Market Square, Portsmouth, 319-1680) Monster Halloween Bash. Tim Theriault performs at this party; costume contest with prizes. Begins at 9 p.m.
Riverwalk Cafe (35 Railroad Square, Nashua, 578-0200) Dead Beat costume party. Band bringing the music of the Dead to life with with a love and passion for the Dead vibe and the jam band sound; $10. Begins at 8 p.m.
Rochester Opera House (31 Wakefield St., Rochester, 335-1992) Rocky Horror Show. Two Halloween night shows for this multimedia rock musical, a humorous and satirical tribute to the science-fiction and B horror movies of the late 1940s to early 1970s. First show at 7 p.m.
Rockingham Ballroom (22 Ash Swamp Road, Newmarket, 659-4410) Dance party. The largest wooden dance floor in New Hampshire hosts the Don Altobello Band. Begins at 8 p.m.
Rudi’s (20 High St., Portsmouth, 430-7834) Mike Stockbridge Trio. Celebrate Halloween with good food and great jazz. Begins at 8 p.m.
Salt hill Pub (7 Lebanon St., Lebanon, 448-4532) 14th annual Party from Hell. Celebrate with Wherehouse, the Upper Valley’s most celebrated band. Costumes and Halloween attire strongly suggested, with great prizes for best costumes. 21+ with ID required. Begins at 8 p.m.
Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246) Halloween party. Back-room party with prizes for best costume and other giveaways. DJ Myth spins Top 40 hits and requests. Begins at 9 p.m.
Stone Church (5 Granite St., Newmarket, 659-7700) Adam Ezra Group’s Halloween Bash. These acoustic rockers bring it. $16 advance, $20 door. Begins at 8 p.m.
Thirsty Moose (21 Congress St., Portsmouth, 427-8645) Oskar Wylde. Costume parties with prizes going to the top three and beer specials! Begins at 9 p.m.
Thirsty Turtle (8 Temple St., Nashua, 402-4136) Casual 6. The popular cover band’s first Halloween show, and their first time at the Turtle. Begins at 9 p.m.
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100) Gallagher. Non-smash show, so if you come in costume, your hard work won’t be covered in watermelon juice; $40-$50. Starts at 8 p.m.
Turismo (55 Henniker St., Hillsborough, 680-4440) Sound Entertainment. Carved pumpkin contest, Halloween-themed drinks and food, and the question “how scary can you look?” Begins at 6 p.m.
Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230) Off Duty Angels. Halloween costume party with prizes. Begins at 9 p.m.
Wally’s Pub (144 Ashworth Ave., Hampton, 926-6954) The Bars. Halloween party 21+. Prizes for best costume. Tickets $15. Begins at 9 p.m.
Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722) Michael Troy. Halloween party, costume contest with prizes and drink specials all night long. Begins at 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 1
Milly’s Tavern (500 Commercial St., Manchester, 625-4444) Still Well Angel’s Halloween Hangover. Third stop starts at 3 p.m. with Those Alone, Flight of Fire and White Knuckle Blowout. $10 admission with candy and a costume contest for the kids. Begins at 3 p.m.

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