Halloween: the celebration of ghouls, haunts, candy, and spooky happenings. Whether you’re trick or treating, going to costume parties, or heading to a show, know that your favorite touring bands and artists are somewhere coming up with cool ways to celebrate the holiday with their fans.
Check out our top five favorite Halloween concert moments below, then make sure to track them on Bandsintown!
In 2017, Travis Scott announced an intimate concert in the Bronx after touring and headlining festivals extensively. The show sold out almost immediately, and fans mobbed over barricades to scream “butterfly effect” with Travis, who was soaring above the crowd with his now-infamous bird.
It’s no doubt that emo kings Panic! At the Disco would worship the holiday of All Hallows' Eve. In 2006, they covered the beloved song "This is Halloween" from the classic film The Nightmare Before Christmas. A year later, they conjured up another ode to Halloween, performing “It’s Almost Halloween,” for which they also released a very campy music video. Watch them perform the song live below!
Every October, alternative group Jukebox the Ghost tour the country, reimagining songs by Queen. Dubbed Halloqueen, the band performs two sets—one filled with their wide repertoire, and the other where band members Tommy Siegel, Ben Thornewill, and Jesse Kristin dress up and perform as Freddie Mercury, Brian May, and Roger Taylor. It’s not just a tribute, but a vivid experience as Thornewill recounts, “It's ok to get weird and own it -- And you can still be catchy.”
Referenced in both Riverdale and the 2001 film, Josie and the Pussycats, the cool cat trio make a perfect Halloween costume. Indie legends Charly Bliss dressed up as J.A.T.P. for a show, and then again when collaborating with Sadie Dupuis. Here they are covering "Three Small Words" in Brooklyn back in 2017.
What if your dad came to your assembly and performed with his band? What if your dad was also in Red Hot Chili Peppers? Legendary drummer Chad Smith surprised his son (and the rest of his high school) while dressed up, performing their hit “Can’t Stop.” It sure made for a delightfully spooky surprise.
Who rocks out at 9:30am at my kids’ school?....We do! pic.twitter.com/O7Pza6iXnm— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) October 31, 2018