8 Spooky Music Festivals better than Trick or Treating

Stay up all night with the ghouls, goblins, and zombies that rock this Halloween. These 8 festivals are located all around the states and occur during Halloweekend.


BOO! San Francisco

Location: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA

Price: $135 + fees

Why you should go:

BOO! is making its way back to the bay this year for more ghoulish activities to get your feet moving and your body grooving. BOO! San Francisco is one massive stage full of intense bass and incredible sets. Don’t worry too much about the cold because it is indoors, and there will be plenty of body heat. Be spooky and dress up because it’s Halloween, so why not! Brought to you by the EDM event pros, Insomniac, BOO! certainly will be two nights that will ‘haunt’ you forever!


Escape: Psycho Circus

Location: NOS Events Center – San Bernardino, CA

Price: $199 + fees

Why you should go:

If you are looking for a fully immersive Halloween experience, this is the festival for you. Sticking with the same theme, the Psycho Circus is back to keep you on your toes all weekend long. There are four spooky stages to lift your spirits with monstrous beats and beastly visuals. What is Halloween with no haunted houses? If you dare, there are haunted mazes set up to give you a fright. Plenty of art and structures are set up all around so there will never be a dull moment walking from stage to stage. Dress up as clowns, ghosts, skeletons, vampires, or any other creature of the night as long as you don’t wear masks or bring weapons! Watch out for Benny Benassi, Eric Prydz, Tchami, Tiësto, Rudimental, Jauz and so many more as they rattle the stage all weekend long!


Freaknight

Location: Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA

Price: $204 + fees

Why you should go:

I hope clowns aren’t your biggest fear because this is another circus-themed festival! Discover this sinister world of ghostly carnival rides and games, bizarre sideshows, twisted surprises, and deadly music all under the Big Top. These carnies don’t mess around, and you may want to watch your back because this fest is filled with freaky surprises around every corner. Your heart won’t stop racing, partially because of the devilish carnies running amuck – mostly because the startling bass that will rattle your insides with every beat. Martin Garrix, Galantis, Zedd, RL Grime, and many many more will make you rise from the dead and boogie until the sun comes up.


Get Freaky

get-freaky

Location: The Great Saltair – Magna, UT

Price: $90 + fees

Why you should go:

The Great Saltair is a monstrous venue with only one stage but an extremely powerful production. Fitting the Halloween theme, Zeds Dead will close out Friday and nightmares will come to life with NGHTMRE. The two girls running the electronic music scene, Alison Wonderland and MIJA, will keep you wanting more with spine-chilling music! Time to get freaky!


Something Wicked

something-wicked

Location: Sam Houston Race Park – Houston, TX

Price: $159 + fee

Why you should go:

The focus at this festival is on the music and hallowing production. With some of the best names in electronic music, this fest is sure to be shaking your bones. From the divine sound to the devilish beats, this hair-raising production will keep you spinning all night long. Costumes are encouraged!!


Suwannee Halloween

Suwannee-Hulaween-2016-Poster

Location: The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park – Live Oak, FL

Price: $279 + fees

Why you should go:

Like many others, this festival offers carnival games, art installations, performance art, and amazing music. There are other activities like yoga, flow, and my favorite – silent disco! This is a camping festival, so make sure to pack all your ghostly costumes and accessories. Bring a mirror so you can paint your face and go all out! Don’t be afraid of the immaculate scenery. The fest is located along a beautiful lake within a park meant for music.


Voodoo Experience

Voodoo Lineup 2016

Location: City Park –  New Orleans, LA

Price: $155 + fees

Why you should go:

If I could choose one Halloween festival, this would be the one. It is located in the spookiest capital of the world where the party doesn’t stop until the sun comes up. This festival is the only one not revolving around EDM. Arcade Fire, The Weeknd, Cage the Elephant, and Saint Motel change the vibes, but the Chainsmokers, Porter Robinson, Excision, Alison Wonderland and many other EDM rockstars will still be shaking the ground for you EDM lovers. One act you surely shouldn’t miss especially since it is Halloweekend is DIE ANTWOORD. They’re creepy, bizarre, and slightly satanic. Pretty fitting for the season, not to mention they put on a crazy show! This festival rounds up music, art, cuisine, and all the bloodcurdling mystery New Orleans has to offer.


Freaky Deaky Halloween

freaky-deaky-2016-billboard-embed

Location: Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL

Price: $179 + fees

Why you should go:

This lineup is stacked with supernatural forces including Disclosure, DJ Snake, Tiësto, Duke Dumont, Schoolboy Q, Hippie Sabotage, and many others. Three stages separate the music, so hopefully you don’t run into any petrifying scheduling conflicts. Freaky Deaky is on its eighth year of production so they know what they’re doing. There are carnival games, art installations, frightening characters, and most importantly.. you!

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ALL THE SPOOKY PLAYLISTS

Written By
More from Casey Berg

A Brief History of Festivals

Festivals date as far back as ancient Greece yet became more popularized...
Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *