Let our 2014 Halloween guide clue you in to some of the best live concert and sporting events scheduled for Oct. 31 this year.
Phish Halloween Concerts Set for Las Vegas
2014 will mark 20 years since the first Phish Halloween events with a musical costume took place in New York. At that 1994 concert, the band performed The Beatles’ White Album in full and began a beloved tradition for fans. It’s still up in the air whether or not Phish will put on a musical costume at the upcoming shows in Las Vegas after the band changed up last year’s Halloween concert by performing its latest album, Fuego, in full. Either way, fans in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena from Oct. 31-Nov. 2 are sure to be in for a great show from these quirky musicians.
Spend a Bewitching Evening with Fleetwood Mac in Washington, D.C.
One of the best non-traditional Halloween events on the East Coast this year will be the Fleetwood Mac Washington, D.C., concert. Stevie Nicks has always had a fascination with witches that’s appropriate for the holiday--she even guest-starred on the witch-centered season 3 of American Horror Story. Plus, the band is sure to perform her song about a Welsh witch, “Rhiannon,” one of Nicks’ biggest songwriting hits for Fleetwood Mac.
Garth Brooks Lexington Concert Run to Begin on Halloween
The Garth Brooks World Tour will only spend two nights at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., but you can experience all the excitement of the first evening by attending one of two concerts scheduled for Oct. 31. If you don’t have any other Halloween events planned for the night, head straight over for the early show at 6:30 p.m. EST. Fans can also catch a late Halloween concert at 10:30 p.m.
Other Halloween Concerts Across the U.S.
East Coast hip-hop fans will have cause for celebration on Halloween, as the annual Powerhouse concert will bring a stacked lineup of T.I., J. Cole, Ne-Yo, and more to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. In the Midwest, Belgian DJ Hardwell will bring his polished beats to Chicago for a set at the UIC Pavilion. Music fans in the South will have a wide selection of Halloween events to choose from this year: Eric Church is set to bring his The Outsiders World Tour to Memphis, Tenn., this night, while a dual bill of Slipknot and Korn will headline Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas. Out west, California-based rock group Queens of the Stone Age will headline the L.A. Forum in Inglewood.
Chicago Bulls Home Opener, Lakers Host Clippers in Los Angeles
This Halloween, basketball fans will descend upon the United Center to watch the Chicago Bulls’ home opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The much anticipated matchup will mark LeBron James’ first United Center game in a Cavs jersey since the 2010 Playoffs. On the West Coast, another heated matchup will see the Los Angeles Lakers host Hallway Series rivals, the Clippers, at Staples Center. The Lakers will be looking for revenge after last season’s string of three consecutive defeats at the hands of the Lob City team.
U.S. Grand Prix Practice Rounds to Kick Off Halloween Weekend
If you’re a racing aficionado, your preferred Halloween events this year will probably be centered on the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The 2014 U.S. Grand Prix will begin its three-day stay at the state-of-the-art racetrack on Oct. 31 with two practice sessions, and then continue into November with one final practice session and qualifying sessions on Saturday. The final race of this fierce Formula 1 competition will take place on Nov. 2.