If haunted houses aren’t your thing, there are still plenty of events that will put you in the Halloween spirit. Here are a few of my recommendations:
1.) Wicked – As one of the most popular musicals of the past decade, Wicked tickets are a great way to celebrate October with the whole family. Share in the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Good in this prequel to The Wizard of Oz. A Tony Award-winning production, Wicked will not disappoint. It may even give you few good costume ideas for Halloween!
2.) Potted Potter – If you’re a diehard Harry Potter fan, then Potted Potter should be a top priority on your Must-See Shows list. Creators Dan Clarkson and Jeff Turner summarize all seven Harry Potter books in just 70 minutes. They even play a game of Quidditch! Their hilarious performance will make you fall in love with those timeless novels all over again, creating magic for fans of all ages.
3.) Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – You’ve probably seen the film version starring Johnny Depp, and although I love Johnny, the theater version of Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is about one hundred times better. The score will be stuck in your head for days and you may think twice about getting a haircut, but this musical thriller is an all-around delight.
4.) Slayer – It wouldn’t be Halloween without a little controversial thrash metal. As one of the “Big Four,” up there with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax, Slayer is a classic among metal acts. They’re touring the U.S. this fall with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, so if you need to mosh it out, Slayer tickets are the way to go.
5.) Phantom of the Opera – This classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is the longest running show on Broadway with over 10,000 performances under its belt! The plot involves an opera ghost, an underground cavern, a masquerade ball, and phantom terror, containing just the right amount of fun and fright for the upcoming holiday. Based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 horror novel, The Phantom of the Opera is a celebrated work worthy of its many awards, so if you’ve never seen it, now’s the perfect time.
6.) Marilyn Manson – Born Brian Hugh Warner, this alternative singer is the champion of all things strange. Marilyn Manson will be performing Halloween night in Hollywood, so if you’re in the area or need a vacation, check him out at the Roxy Theatre! He’s sure to put on an unforgettable show.
7.) Fleetwood Mac – Lead singer Stevie Nicks has long been the subject of mysterious rumors. Though she denies any religious affiliation, she is famous for her long black shawls, mythic lyrics, and haunting voice that have led many to think she practices Wicca. Her music’s copyright label is called Welsh Witch Music, which references Fleetwood Mac’s allusive song “Rhiannon.” She even played a witch on the third season of American Horry Story: Coven. Though her witchy ways are merely gossip, Fleetwood Mac is the band to see this fall.
8.) Evil Dead: The Musical – Based on the cult classic film series, Evil Dead: The Musical is a roaring good time that has generated world-wide productions. Currently on its U.S. tour, Evil Dead: The Musical is a hilarious take on the original films, poking fun at the 1980s franchise of horror movies.
9.) Theresa Caputo – Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever wanted to speak to someone on the “other side”? Theresa Caputo, star of Long Island Medium, claims to make these spiritual connections. She’s currently touring the country offering her insightful readings to select audience members, and it’s quite a sight to behold. Her personality alone is enough to fill a room, so if you’re curious and want to witness her skills, check her out this season for a ghoulish surprise.
10.) The Rocky Horror Show – Another cult classic, The Rocky Horror Show has been a favorite among many for decades. It was adapted into a film in 1975, but it’s a totally different experience live. Rocky Horror is famous for its audience participation, and you may want to check out a beginner's guide if it’s your first time. You will most likely be marked with a “V” for Virgin, and you’ll find many theater-goers in costume with props in their purses to throw at designated times, including toast, rice, toilet paper, etc. Be prepared for the fourth wall to totally be broken down!
11.) Cirque du Soleil – A true freak show, Cirque du Soleil boasts immensely talented acrobats, actors, contortionists, dancers, and circus performers. There are many shows to choose from, all with equally compelling stories, and I highly recommend seeing at least one of their breathtaking productions during your lifetime.
12.) The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County – John Mellencamp? Stephen King? Sounds interesting, right? Their play, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, is a southern gothic tale that’s sure to send chills up your spine this season. With a killer soundtrack from Mellencamp and a horror plot from King to make you squirm, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County tickets are a great way to spend an autumn night.
13.) Jekyll & Hyde – Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, the stage adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the same thrilling tale in the form of a musical. It is both a study on the dichotomy of good and evil and the ideal gothic fable. Jekyll & Hyde will entertain and forewarn as the story of a mad scientist and the monster within plays out.
14.) Alice Cooper – He’s back! If you want to see a chilling rock show, Alice Cooper is the best choice. Known for his stage antics that have previously included electric chairs, baby dolls, fake blood, and guillotines, Alice Cooper tickets are your best bet for shock rock. His inspiration comes from horror films to produce concerts that are both creepy and theatrical. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is known for his face makeup and loud costumes as well, making his concert an awesome pick for screams this Halloween season.
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