Friday October 28
Ghost Hunt—The Portland Oregon Paranormal Society may just confirm your suspicions about the old glamour box: "The Hollywood Theatre has had claims of an older gentleman roaming the second floor, an elegant lady in upstairs right, and a mean presence in upstairs left." Try not to wet yourself on this ghost hunt.
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 11:45 pm, $50
Scary Face Pancake Day—Come on, what's not to like about a face-sized pancake with whip cream, Oreos, and candy corn?
IHOP, 4931 SE 82nd, 7 am-10 pm, 12 & under FREE
Wicked Awesome—A lineup of cover bands doing X, Madonna, George Michael, Lady Gaga, Joy Division (which is always a good choice), Metallica, and a hell of a lot more. There's a costume contest, as if that needed to be said, and rotating guest DJs all night led by Beyondadoubt.
Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 8 pm, $5-8 pm
Saturday October 29
Mutant Party—Dressing like your teenage self might not be a bad call for a night of pop-punk and dissonance. Headline by the King Louie One Man Band, there's also gunky good times from Midnite Snaxxx, Chemicals, and lots more.
Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th, Fri & Sat, 9 pm
Snap! Halloween Edition—Don't be scared of the '90s. This is possibly one of the biggest monthly dance nights in town, and it's made much better with the addition of a West Coast OG-themed costume contest. DJ'd by Colin Jones and Doc Adam. Bring the threads and shake the booty.
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $3
Sunday October 30
...is a boring day. Go watch a horror movie.
Monday October 31
Dead Rockers—Ideally this event involves you being swamped by artificial fog as you descend the stairs into a black-lit basement to rub shoulders with mostly convincing dead rock stars aiming for costume contest fame. The full lineup of tribute bands includes the Buzzcocks, Alice Cooper, and, ah, Motley Crude, as well as a "surprise performance by one of the deadliest rockers around."
East End, 203 SE Grand, 9 pm, $5
Twin Peaks Costume Contest—It is highly likely that someone will come dressed as a plastic-wrapped corpse, and they are going to win, but don't let that dissuade you. There will be food inspired by the David Lynch series and themed video projections by VJ Keep It on the Brownlowe.
Record Room, 8 NE Killingsworth, 7 pm, $5 ($3 in costume)
An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe—This is the 10th anniversary radio show for the Willamette Radio Workshop, which will include renditions of "The Raven," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," and "The Tell-Tale Heart." Plus beer and candy—that's a win-win for everybody.
Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd, 4 & 6 pm, FREE