Amy Winehouse, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charlie Sheen, Captain America, Lady Gaga as Jo Calderone, Beyonce and Jay-Z; these are just a few of the celebrity scandal-inspired costume trends we predict to see during our favorite of local holidays: Halloween.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to break out those barely-there booty shorts and scheme up an innovative costume because Halloween is just a few weeks away. Although we’ve barely come to accept that summer is actually over, top San Diego clubs are already starting to announce their 2011 Halloween party plans. From FLUXX to Ivy Nightclub and the entire Hard Rock Hotel, our favorite venues always go balls to the wall come Halloween, and this year is no exception. Halloween falls on a Monday, and while that may bum you out, we encourage you to look at the glass as half full. This means a four-day weekend of holiday madness, complete with live celebrity performances, the world’s best DJs, and the city's hottest costume-clad locals.
LED Presents Deadmau5 at Petco Park – Friday, October 28
News Flash: The October 26th Deadmau5 show at Soma has been canceled and recreated in the form of the most massive Halloween party San Diego has ever seen. LED Presents and Follow the Music are bringing Deadmau5 to Petco Park on Friday, October 28, for the second show in a new electronic music concert series at Park in the Park, following the launch event with Skrillex on September 22. Part of the Meowingtons Hax Tour, Deadmau5 will headline the kickoff to Halloween weekend, along with opening sets by Avicii, Feed Me, Tommy Lee and DJ Aero. Although this will be a 16+ event, the party is still full of exclusive 21+ perks, including full-service bars, 20 VIP day beds, and two VIP sections by the stage. Get details here.
Anyone who has partied at the Andaz Hotel this summer knows that Ivy Entertainment has a serious obsession with all things sultry, sexy Playboy. Following a series of hot summer events, Ivy Nightclub is hosting Playboy’s Mansion Madness Halloween party on Friday, October 28. Party-goers dressed up as Playboy Bunny look-a-likes will cheers champagne flutes with real Playboy celebrities all night. Mansion Madness is hosted by Playmates Jessica Burciaga, Pennelope Jimenez, Ashely Mattingly, Heather Smith, and Kimberly Phillips. Entertainment includes beats by DJs G*Roy, Theron, Este, Angle, Decon & Diggs, as well as a themed performance by Lipstik Ink. dancers. Get details here.
Hard Rock Halloween 2011 – Saturday, October 29
The entertainment masterminds scheming up this year’s party have once again won our attention with Hard Rock Halloween 2011, a hotel-wide event taking over three floors and five venues with 15 DJs and enough packed-in party people to make this the biggest Halloween bash yet. The Hard Rock Halloween Party goes big on Saturday, October 29th, spanning from ground level 207 up to Edge, into Legends, and all the way to the rooftop of Float. Last year’s Halloween party brought 10 DJs to the dance floor, while this year ups the ante to a new level. So which DJs will be making you sweat in your wild wardrobe? This year will feature Decon, Diggs, DJ Ri, Al Squared, Dadon, Kurch, Till, DJ AD, Static Promenade, Tony Arzadon, Chris Garcia, Eric D-Lux, Myron Eugene and DJ Vice. Get details here.
11th Annual Dos Equis XX Monster Bash in the Gaslamp Quarter – Saturday, October 29
The Monster Bash block party is one of the largest and most unique Halloween party experiences in San Diego. The downtown city streets will be blocked off and filled with multiple stages of entertainment. Three sinfully themed Mega-Clubs are tantalizing us this year, with new levels of debauchery and scandal in a Halloween hotbed. Down 6th Avenue, take heed as the screams of Prom Queens running throughout hallways compose the Dead Prom Club, featuring DJs including Kurch, G*Roy & Schoeny, Who & Paulo De Rosa and DJ Shift straight out of Vegas. Dos Equis Fright Club will be filled with swarms of sexy monsters dancing to beats by Chris Cutz, Dave Nada, Hyper Crush and G*Roy & Emcee Tenacious Tricia, and will also home to the $3,000 costume contest. Get details here.
Why stay on land when you can dress up and head out to sea? Flagship is hosting a new Haunted Harbor Cruise on Saturday, October 29. This upscale event will feature entertainment by DJ Digital Opinion, Frankie Lektro, and DJ Business, spinning an eclectic mix of hip hop, top 40 and electro music. More party perks include a Halloween costume contest, drink specials and taco bar. Get details here.
Are you deathly afraid of spiders, or do you have a sick infatuation with them? We can all agree there is nothing more terrifying, yet thrilling, than a poisonous spider crawling up your spine. Bar West is embracing the spirit of the season in hosting Along Came A Spider, a big Halloween bash featuring DJ Spider and more themed entertainment, on Sunday, October 30. This is destined to be the hottest Halloween party in Pacific Beach. Get details here.
Halloween Ball at The Prado – Monday, October 31
Now in its 8th year, the Halloween Ball is back and bigger than ever, transforming The Prado at Balboa Park into a wicked wonderland of devilish delights. DJhere Productions, Dtown Productions and TK Productions are teaming up to bring you an unforgettable Halloween party on Monday, October 31. The entertainment lineup features Scooter & Lavelle, a special guest performer, and more to be announced, all set within a historical indoor/outdoor venue boasting over 20 bars and four different areas of music. Get details here.
FLUXX is hosting a whole weekend of big Halloween bashes, but the ultimate party will be Fetish on Monday, October 31 featuring a live performance by rap icon Too Short. Back in San Diego by popular demand, Too Short will perform many of his hit songs live in the club, including “Blow the Whistle” and “Gettin’ It” while local favorite DJ Brett Bodley heats up the dance floor all night long. Get details here. (pictured)
The Rocky Horror Show at The Old Globe Theatre: September 15 – November 6
Following a summer of Shakespeare, The Old Globe embraces the new fall season with a production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. During this wild, sexy, tongue-in-cheek interactive musical, strange things happen when Brad and Janet, a clean-cut young couple from the suburbs, get caught with a flat in the middle of nowhere. Do the time warp and get in the mood for Halloween as The Rocky Horror Show takes the stage at The Old Globe Theatre September 15 – November 6. Costumes recommended! Learn more at theoldglobe.org
More Hot Halloween Parties & Events:
Grimm Halloween Weekend at EDEN – 10/28-31
Halloween Weekend at McFadden’s – 10/28-29
Monster Mashed Halloween Event at The Griffin – 10/28
The Greatest Show on Earth at W Hotel – 10/29
Asylum Halloween Party at Side Bar – 10/29
Halloween Mad House at Ivy Nightclub - 10/29
HalloWeird Party + After Hours at The Keating Hotel – 10/31
Down the Rabbit Hole Circus Party at Stingaree – 10/31
Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Maria Maria - 11/2