Looking for something different to do this Halloween season, besides the usual haunted attractions and corn mazes? Yes, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll spend this spooky holiday, whether you need to make travel plans or grab tickets for these hot events before they sell out. Here are five great events with a Halloween or macabre theme that are perfect for celebrating this fall favorite, and worthy of traveling great distances.
It’s a Detroit Thing
Detroit boasts two of the best Halloween events ever, with the first being the notorious all-night event, Theatre Bizarre. This legendary event started as a huge, illegal party held each year on private property where city officials looked the other way until a few years ago when someone finally decided to crack down on this legendary event. The party now resides indoors at the Masonic Temple, but features a huge selection of bands, art performances, and freak show entertainment that runs all night long. A costume is mandatory.
It’s a shame the original Theatre Bizarre wasn’t allowed to continue, as it was a year-round labor of love by the property owners. They converted some real estate in one of Detroit’s many rough neighborhoods into an outdoor stage and carnival midway featuring original vintage carnival poster art by one of the owners. Legend has it the party cost about $70,000 to put on every year in its original form, and all of that cash was funneled into the production.
The original Theatre Bizarre was a thing to behold, as you can see from the slideshow below, but the party’s still rocking at the Masonic Temple and now revelers can get a little more risqué with their costumes without the freezing cold. This is definitely not a child-friendly event.