If you’ve had your fill of tedious trick-or-treating trips and lackluster haunted houses, there are dozens of live events taking place this Oct. 31 that will help you get through the holiday in style.
‘Halloween Concerts’ from Coast to Coast
One of the most highly anticipated Halloween concerts this year comes from the jam band, Phish. The group has become famous for its “musical costumes,” wherein the members perform a full-length album from one band on Halloween. This year’s event will be the group’s first for the holiday in three years. In the past, Phish has performed The Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street” in 2009 (sample below), The Velvet Underground’s “Loaded” in 1998, and The Beatles’ “White Album” in 1994. As of Oct. 7, this year’s musical costume hasn’t yet been announced, but fans are already buzzing about the Oct. 31 concert that will kick off a three-night stint at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
On the other side of the country, Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton will pair live orchestra performances of Elfman’s original compositions with visuals from the films he’s scored such as “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and “Corpse Bride.” The concert series, running from Oct. 29-31, also will mark Elfman’s first live performance in the U.S. in more than 15 years. Please note that no masks or prop weapons are allowed at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live during any of these performances.
Justin Timberlake to Kick Off Solo 20/20 Experience World Tour
On Halloween, the Bell Centre in Montreal will play host to the start of Justin Timberlake’s first major solo trek in six years. Though nothing is guaranteed, Timberlake is known for his versatility as a performer, so fans may just be treated to a unique cover of the Halloween variety at the tour-opening show. The 20/20 Experience World Tour is packed with North American dates set to extend into the early months of 2014.
Other Concerts on Halloween
In addition to Timberlake, you’ll also find the Dixie Chicks entertaining fans in Canada on Halloween. The country trio will play a rescheduled date at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary as part of the Long Time Gone Tour. Meanwhile, stateside on Halloween, Drake’s Would You Like a Tour will be in Washington, D.C., Florida Georgia Line’s first headlining tour will be stopped in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and further south in Orlando, Fla., Nine Inch Nails will perform its brand of industrial rock at the Amway Center.
Bengals vs Dolphins in Miami
Week 9 of Thursday Night Football will pit the Cincinnati Bengals (sporting holiday-appropriate colors) against the Miami Dolphins. If you’re planning to travel to the game, Vivid Seats, the Official Fan Travel Partner of the Miami Dolphins, has plenty of packages to make your visit to Miami as comfortable as possible. Click HERE to view specifics and to make a purchase, contact a customer service representative by calling 1.866.827.7093 for more information.
Home Openers for the NBA’s Bulls and Clippers
The 2013-14 NBA season officially opens on Oct. 29 with a trio of matchups, including road games for the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers, who will then compete again a couple nights later in their home openers on Halloween. The Bulls will host the New York Knicks at the United Center, where Derrick Rose is expected to finally return to action after spending all of last season recovering from an ACL injury. For the game, a promotional glow wand will be handed to fans 21 and older, while supplies last.
On the West Coast, the Clippers will make their debut at the Staples Center on Oct. 31 to face the division rival, Golden State Warriors. Under captains Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Clippers will begin their quest to defend last year’s Pacific Division title in what is sure to be an entertaining matchup.
NHL Matchups Heat Up the Ice
Six NHL teams will be in action on Halloween including a pair of East Coast matchups featuring the Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers and Anaheim Ducks at Boston Bruins, and rounding out the evening in the west will be the Nashville Predators at Phoenix Coyotes.
Broadway Buzzing with New Productions and Old Favorites
If you’ll be in the Big Apple on Halloween, Broadway has plenty of theater performances to keep you busy. The revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” officially opens on Oct. 27, and ongoing previews of the production have been a success. Starring real-life married couple Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig as the play’s unhappy (and adulterous) couple, this new production of “Betrayal” presents an interesting, authentic dynamic between the two main characters.
If you’re looking for something more in the Halloween mood, the classic “Phantom of the Opera,” is currently celebrating its 25th consecutive year on Broadway, and also can be viewed in movie form on Oct. 31 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. You also can take the family to see magic in “Matilda the Musical” or the witches of “Wicked,” which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on Broadway on Oct. 30.