Famous Mysterious Actor Halloween Extravaganza, Fri Oct 29, 8:30 pm, Dante's, 1 SW 3rd
Don't miss this comedy act comprised of a masked late-night talk show host and his goofy sidekicks. Also a costume contest and the Punk Group (who change outfits at least three times per set).
PJ Harvey, Fri Oct 29, 9 pm, Roseland, 8 NW 6th, $27, All Ages
Will she dress up? Will anybody know if she does?
Klingon Metal, Sat Oct 30, Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside, $6, All Ages
Once a year Nocturnal hosts some major metalhead action! Stovokor kicks it Klingon style, plus Undermountains, Hellshock, Infect Organism, and DJ Nate Carson (of Point Line Plane).
Night of Those Darn Accordions, Sat Oct 30, 9:30 pm, Studio Ten-Fifty, 1050 SE Water
Strut your stuff to Those Darn Accordions, and catch world premiere videos of other people polka-ing. There is clearly nothing better that could be going on.
Language of Monsters, Sat Oct 30, 9 pm, Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th, $5-15
Crazy bands dress up 100% monster (they've promised some orcs) and do battle with the audience. Including P.A.N., The 300 Foot Orchestra, and The Hobbob Gobbelins who, you must admit, are perfect for this occasion.
Goodbye Disjecta Party, Sat Oct 30, 10 pm, Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, $3, All Ages
Last chance to tell Disjecta "thank you" for the musical gifts they've bestowed on Portlanders for four years. See Pink Scare, The Old Haunts, and Doors of Perception (Doors tribute band).
Hot Snakes, Sun Oct 31, 8 pm, Bossanova, 722 E Burnside, $12, All Ages
This band rocks and has been doing so forever. They're probably not going to look Halloweeny or anything, but their screams will compensate.
Halloween No On 36 Campaign, Sun Oct 31, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, $10-12
How I love Sneakin' Out's patriotic fervor and tumultuous jams. Let's show the righty extremists we know how to raise money, too--even when we're drunk.
Cure Tribute, Sun Oct 31st, Conan's, 3862 SE Hawthorne
Halloween is the one occasion when goths don't look like dweebs. The Xploding Boys pay homage to the Cure.
Fright Night Freaknik, Sun Oct 31st, 9 pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, $7
For one night only Holocene will be making candy bar-flavored cocktails (I'd order the Charleston Chew), systematically booing unsuspecting people and other humiliating things you can't even imagine. Best costume will win Ellen Allien tickets with music from the Gossip.
DISHWALLAween Cruise, Fri Oct 29, Portland Spirit, departs 7:30 pm at Salmon St Springs, $25
Do you remember that song "Counting Blue Cars" from 1996? Neither do I.
Night of the Murder Ballad, Fri, Oct 29, Fez, 316 SW 11th, 9 pm, $8
Get down with your dark side at this all-murder/death ballad night of performance. Check faves like Nicole Campbell, Amoree Lovell, Pete Krebs, Little Sue, and oodles more.
SPOOKY FILM, ART, & THEATRE
The Original Scary Movie, Fri Oct 29, 8 pm, $12; Sat Oct 30, 8 ($12) & 10:30 pm ($10), Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th
These guys claim they had the movie title first, before the Wayans brothers ripped it off. Performances are improvised classic horror and sci-fi flicks played out on stage, with suggestions from the audience. Like a Halloween version of Whose Line is it Anyway?
Feminist Witch Film, Thur Oct 28, 6 pm, PSU SMC, 1620 SW Park, rm. 228
The Burning Times explores the widespread murdering of midwives in Europe between the15th and 17th Century. Also: a guest speaker with academic demeanor.
50 Years of Godzilla, Oct 29th-Nov 4th, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, $3-7
Happy birthday to Godzilla! See tons of films dedicated to our most beloved beast including recent portrayals like Godzilla vs Megaguirus (2000). On Saturday, see the world premiere of the X-Box/Playstation game Godzilla: Save the Earth projected on their huge screen. On Halloween, sport your best "kaiju" (monster) costume to win prizes.
Weekend Halloween Films Galore, Fri-Sun, Clinton St. Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, see Film Times
Catch The Nightmare Before Christmas (Fri & Sat, 7 pm) or watch Dracula and Frankenstein team up against Wolfman in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Fri. & Sat, 9 pm). And as always, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Sat at midnight).
Wrestlevania, Sat Oct 30, 5 pm, Sabala's Mt. Tabor, 4811 SE Hawthorne
Wrestlers dressed like characters from Dracula vs. Frankenstein and Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things will be duking it out off-screen, with monster movies on-screen. Plus dancing, skits, and rock with Dead Moon, The Nightmares, and Nice Boys.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Sun Oct 31, 1 & 4 pm, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd, free
A live radio adaptation of Frankenstein by Cynthia McGean that's supposed to be pretty serious and damn good.
Frankenstein Film Festival, Sun Oct 31, 2-3:30 pm, Central Library, 801 SW 10th, free
See what many believe to be THE film interpretation of Mary Shelley's classic work in Frankenstein (1931) directed by James Whale.
Scary Doll Show, Wed-Sun, noon-8 pm, 5ST*R, 2823 NE Sandy, free
Check out some thoroughly twisted baby dolls at this installation. Think gross wrinkly legs and bloody clown faces, no eyes, and other stuff to keep you up all night.
DANCE, DRINK, DRESS UP
Booty Halloween, Thurs Oct 28th, Porky's, 835 N Lombard
Lesbian or not, Booty parties are always fun. Guest DJs, costume contests galore, stiff drinks, and a slippery floor.
Snatch: Freaks Come Out at Night, Thur Oct 28, Ohm & Voodoo Lounge, NW 1st between the Burnside Bridge & Couch
Two clubs plus free hors d'oeuvres and champagne?! Plus Portland's top hiphop DJs will be spinning old school-style.
Orlo's Scary Green Halloween Masquerade Ball, Fri Oct 29, 7 pm, Bossanova, 722 E Burnside
Get election-day fever! Participants are encouraged to dress up as "their favorite most frightening environmental disaster, scenario, or persona." Other activities include the "Howard Dean Scream" contest, "Sissy Boy Drag Show," and fire-breathing people. Also musical acts Blitzen Trapper, The Hurricane Lamps, and Konami Defense System.
Revenge of the Party Monsters/ Twisted Halloween, Sat & Sun Oct 30-31, 9 pm-4 am, Boxxes, 1035 SW Stark, $8 & $2
Dance with other hot boys to the groove of DJs Dougalicious and Alex at Boxxes. Be sure to dress sharp, as they're giving away $500 for best costume (hint: Don't be the psycho gay guy from Boogie Nights if you want to win). Sunday is for the ladies, with the hugest Twister game on the West Coast, hosted by drag king hottie Johnny Mozzarella.
Howl City Repair Benefit, Sat Oct 30, 9 pm-10 am, 320 NE 2nd Ave, $8-15
Despite what you've been told, drinking booze does benefit the community in a very important way. Three dance floors will be rocked by grooveable bands including Solovox, Ravi, Sweetjuice, Spacefairy, and more.
Superbad Festbash, Sun Oct 31, Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, $5
I have a feeling this night is gonna be packed with sweaty bumping bodies. Dance to the sounds of BeeGees tribute band the Wannabeegees, as well as a Prince cover band.
Sapphire's Halloween Extravaganza, Sun, Oct 31, Sapphire Hotel, 5008 SE Hawthorne, 8 pm, free
Wear your best costume to compete for sexiest, funniest, most-repulsive, and more at this costume contest, dance and drinkathon for grownups. Bring the chil'en early style (5-8 pm) for spooky music and snacks, too.