It’s a bit of a shame that Halloween falls on a Monday this year, but the weekend before All Saints Day is full of fun things to do, like costume galas, luxurious extravaganzas, family events and lots of live music. Anyone familiar with my lists knows I’ll lean towards the latter, but I’ll also include a party that raises money for one of the most historic buildings in the West End of Providence. And there’s a really cool time on Halloween, too, because what’s the point of ringing in this celebration when you’re not going to enjoy the day itself? Here are five big events around town, with lots of treats and no tricks.
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Where: Twilight, 301 Harris Ave.
When: Oct. 28, 8 p.m. (18+)
Local live music booking and management organization Embrace The Future has a stacked Friday night at Dusk. Boston progressive jam band Electro Politics, local video game music duo XpressO and Providence electropunk artist Jackie’s new rock duo Face Eraser will perform. There will also be a costume contest, so show up dressed to impress.
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Where: Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway
When: Oct. 29, 8 p.m. (all ages)
Information: columbustheatre.com, (401) 621-9660
While not necessarily Halloween themed, seeing Kurt Vile is a must see for anyone who appreciates the sounds coming from a guitar and indie rock music in general. He will headline this show with his backing band The Violators as part of his tour in support of his latest album, “Watch My Moves,” which was released in April. Icons of Boston’s underground alternative rock, Come will be the opening act, so get there quick.
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Where: Barnaby Castle, 299 Broadway
When: Oct. 29, 7 p.m. (21+)
Opposite the Columbus Theater, Barnaby Castle is an extravagant mansion that has been part of Providence’s West End since the late 1800s. Recent years have seen a revitalization of the building, fueled by this luxurious party that takes place each year around of Halloween. There will be three floors of special performances, tarot and palm readings, a costume contest, and food and drink from local venues. All proceeds will go towards completing the mansion turret repair.
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Where: Askew, 150 Chestnut St.
When: Oct. 29, 7 p.m. (21+)
It’s become something of a tradition for Providence-based hip-hop group Toad & The Stooligans to put on a crazy show in the run-up to Halloween. This episode has another bill stacked to go with it, as local alt-pop artist Viana Valentine, New York synth-rock band The Parkers and blues-rock phenoms Dred Buffalo complete the evening. Costumes are encouraged, and maybe these hip-hop headliners will dress like pirates again, but you’ll have to show up to find out.
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Where: The Living Room, 1119 N. Main St.
When: Oct. 31, 9 p.m. (21+)
Information: leparlourri.com, (401) 383-5858
One of the best things to do on a Monday night in Providence is to attend Foundation Mondays at the Parlor. The Halloween edition of the weekly reggae showcase will see Upsetta Sound led by DJ Pauly Danger spinning the best of dancehall, while some of their friends will also perform. There’s no cover, so if you’re strapped for cash but still looking to enjoy Halloween in a lively setting, this is the place to be.
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