Note: This is the follow-up to October Events (Part 1), which lists events from Oct. 1-12.
The second half of October is, of course, your favorite and mine — the time for Halloween events! Ain’t nobody throw a Halloween party better than a goth…plus there are other alternative events that become just spooky enough in October to cross the line into goth territory, so the list of appealing events is long. Let’s see what we have to choose from this year!
Thursday, October 13
Think of this as a prelude to set the mood for Halloween party season: Pittsburgh’s deathrock darling, DJ Erica Scary, brings her dark ’80s dance mix back to Belvedere’s Ultra-Dive, 4016 Butler St. in Lawrenceville.
9 p.m. to 2 a.m., 21+
Friday, October 14
Kicking off the list of Halloween parties is the fourth annual CAT-Tivo HOWL-O-Ween Bash to benefit homeless dogs and cats, and this year it’s expanded into a two-day event! As always, it takes place at Cattivo, 146 44th St. in Lawrenceville, and features a pack of local musicians masquerading as different famous dark bands for the evening.
Day 1 is on Friday, October 14, and takes place only on the main level (upstairs). The gothic highlight of the evening is a tribute to The Cramps, featuring members of Mud City Manglers, Love Dumpster, and Submachine.
The rest of the show will be devoted to musicians performing as the following acts: Black Sabbath, Motorhead, ZZ Top, Kyuss, Twisted Sister, Spinal Tap, and The Cars.
Costumes encouraged. Tickets are $7 (or $13 if you want admission for Saturday, too). Doors are at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m., and it’s 21+.
Doors are at 9 p.m., it’s a 21+ show, and the cover is $7.
Yet another spooky event on Friday, October 14 is Hexwork – A Spellbinding Burlesk Revue. This regional burlesque tour makes its Pittsburgh stop at The Parkway Theater, 644 Broadway Ave. in McKees Rocks.
Billed as “a visual feast in honor of October and all things sacred and sexy” the theme this year is a journey through an ancient black forest, full of seductive stories of monsters, wild women, gods and goddesses.
According to legend, the coven for the journey has four faces: Mab Just Mab weaves the web while the holy fool Jim Dandy – Sideshow carries the tread and ecdysiasts Miss V and Eyrie Twilight offer their signature shimmies and creative costuming.
The special guest dancers at the Pittsburgh event are Pookie Pseu and Amoxie Villain. Boom Boom Bridgette will be giving oracle card readings, and Arts & Crafts: Botanica & Occult Shop will be vending.
Doors open at 7 p.m. with hexy flicks on the big screen, early bird drink specials from 7-8:30, and workshops with Mab Just Mab. Show starts at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $13 at the door. Advance tickets are $10 for general admission or $25 for VIP, plus fees, and are available here.
Strangeways presents: Friday Night Fights
10 p.m. to 2 a.m., 21+, $5
Saturday, October 15
CAT-Tivo HOWL-O-Ween Bash (Day 2)
Oh, my darklings, Day 2 of the CAT-Tivo HOWL-O-Ween Bash is the place for us to be. Two floors of madness, and the bands who will be impersonated include Killing Joke, Front 242, The Misfits, Depeche Mode, The Cult, and Duran Duran — not to mention Dead Milkmen, The B-52s, The Go-Gos, AC/DC, and The Jam.
There are three MCs: The infamous Spaz, Kali Ko Kat, and Rocky. Dress as your favorite musical idol — prizes include a $50 gift certificate from Salonika’s Bar And Grill and winners will be announced upstairs at midnight. There’s also a charity craft sale and a raffle, and all profits go to Kopy Kat Sanctuary and The Proper Pit Bull.
Tickets are $10 (or you can get in by paying $13 on Friday to attend both nights — a $20 value). Doors are at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., it’s 21+, and Cattivo is located at 146 44th St. in Lawrenceville.
Friday, October 21
Horror, Disco & Synthwave w/ Antoni Maiovvi
Enter Spirit’s haunted, psychedelic, creep show vault for a night of horror disco, synthwave, witch-house and black techno.
The special guest is Antoni Maiovvi from Bristol UK, who creates hyper-cinematic electro-disco. He is also the co-owner of Giallo Disco Records, a limited 12-inch label that is currently the only home for euro-horror inspired dance music.
Also on the bill are live sets by Variar (Pittsburgh synth-wave) and Morpheus Laughing (Pittsburgh 70s-80s horror meets classic industrial, IDM and R&B). Cutups (Illusions, Wrecked) will spin haunting dance selections.
This venue is Spirit, 242 51st St. in Lawrenceville, and this event happens upstairs in Spirit Hall. While you’re there, you can also experience a new interactive light installation by artist Ian Brill, who created the acclaimed installation Labyrinth in the same space last October.
The evening runs from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. It’s open to those ages 21 and over, and the cover is $7.
Lucy La Bam’s 40RTY Feisty & Fabulous
Also on Friday, October 21, Lucy La Bam of the Smokin’ Betties celebrates her 40th birthday with performances from her musician and burlesque friends on the lower level of Cattivo, 146 44th St. in Lawrenceville
Music will be provided by Venus in Furs (electrorock) and AMRCNDREAMING (alt rock), and there will be burlesque performances from Smokin’ Betties Burlesque, Amoxie Villain, The Mad Muse, and Viva Valezz.
All proceeds benefit the Persad Center (improving the well-being of the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities). Doors are at 9 p.m., show is at 9:30 p.m., cover is $5, and you must be 21 to attend.
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Saturday, October 22
The Black Bat Society presents The Pittsburgh Gothic Halloween Bash 2016. This is the October edition of its Voodoo goth/industrial club night, which happens every month on the third Saturday at Cruze Bar, 1600 Smallman Street in the Strip District.
Assemble your most impressive attire, because there is a cash prize for the best costume! There will also be free giveaways and spooky decor. Admission for this special event is $6 before 9 p.m. and $10 after 9 p.m. The party goes till 2 a.m. and it’s open to those 21 and over.
Thursday, October 27
The event runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is open to those 21 and over. There is no cover and the kitchen open until 1 a.m.
Friday, October 28
Wear your Halloween costume to dance to spooky ’80s dance music! 21+, no cover, free parking. $3 dollar well drinks, beer pitchers.
Andrew the Impaled combines a blend of smart-aleck rock and vaudevillian antics to satiate the most morbid of curiosities.
The Devilishly Undead Duo is what you get when Bryan Vamp teams up with Ambyr Vampyr to present tales of woe, deceit, and madness backed by catchy pop tunes, drum synths, and corsets.
Those Gorgeous Bastards end the evening with their monstrous hard rock sound.
Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9. This event is open to those 21 and older, and tickets are $10. Advance tickets available here.
Saturday, October 29
Distortion Productions, LLC presents its spookiest show of 2016 on Halloween weekend.
Ego Likeness (Metropolis Records) is a darkwave/industrial band from Baltimore that formed in 1999. They are touring with Adoration Destroyed (Cleopatra Records), a dark pop / industrial band from Austin who feature Erik Gustafson of 16 Volt.
Also on the tour for select dates, including Pittsburgh, is Spider Lilies (Distortion Productions), an electro-goth rock band with female vocals from Washington, D.C.