Halloween for grownups: A supernatural party guide

Metal Echo

While Halloween used to be a simple time when I was young when kids dressed up and ransacked the neighborhood for free candy, these days it’s become full-on party central for adults.

Dreu Murin Productions kicks off the celebrations with the Zombie Cabaret at the Hard Rock in Stateline, Nev., with shows Oct. 27 to 29.

Saturday, Oct. 29
Local hard rockers Metal Echo take the stage at Alibi Ale Works Incline Public House in Incline Village, Nev. for the Alice in Alibiland Halloween, staring at 7:30 p.m. Enter a fantasy world of weird, dark and demented people at this Alice in Wonderland-themed shindig, as rock enchantress Kandy Xander leads her unadulterated tribute band through a spectrum of heavy metal, grunge and alternative.

If you’re in the mood for some good-time booty-shaking, head over Brockway Summit to Alibi Ale Works Truckee Public House’s FunkoWeen for the soul, rock and hip-hop of Reno funk stars Tha Exchange and Local Anthology, starting at 9 p.m.

FiftyFifty Brewing in Truckee hosts its Zombie Prom with live music from Rogue followed by DJ Tastecult. Zombie attire is required.

Back at North Lake Tahoe, Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que hosts local reggae band Pipe Down for a Halloween Party. There is a costume contest with prizes, so come wildly creative. The party kicks off at 8 p.m.

Superlative 80s cover band Tainted Love serenades the bizarre Creeper’s Ball at Crystal Bay Casino at 9 p.m. in Crystal Bay, Nev.

This in not to be confused with the 43rd annual Freakers Ball at Bally’s Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nev. at 9 p.m., Tahoe Sierra’s largest and longest-running Halloween party. This year’s spectacle will feature two simultaneous parties with DJs, go-go dancers, laser lights and a coveted $10,000 prize for best costume.

Proper Vibe Productions is throwing an electronic dance music costume party starring Chmura, Comisar, DownsquareZ, Zev and Vibetree at 8 p.m. on the South Shore. Vendors, painters, two stages and sorcery by interactive visual artist Illusion Weaver add to general trippiness of an evening at the American Legion Hall.

The Hard Rock hosts the Blood Ball starting at 10:30 p.m. with a $15,000 Costume Contest and festivities late into the night.

Monday, Oct. 31
On Oct. 31, Whiskey Dick’s Saloon presents the Zombie Luau with roots rockers Mother Stingray with Lindsay and the Cheeks at 8 p.m. for a rebellious night of costume and dance.

Right down the road, The Loft hosts its sixth annual Halloween Bash featuring DJ and producer Cary White, better known as Groove Cartel at 10 p.m. The former drummer of Israeli electronica duo Infected Mushroom supplies the beats for a pop-up ultra-lounge and costume contest into the wee hours.

Get your costume ready, buy your tickets early and prepare to party.