Even if you’re not a fan of haunted houses — or raiding the kids’ candy bowl after dark — there are still plenty of grown-up Halloween options, from parties to movies to art classes, that promise a scary good time.
The Flood: It’s Raining Men
Whip out your cheetah print for this Noah’s Ark-themed party, which should be an animalistic night of biblical proportions. Plus, all proceeds will go to the Utah Pride Center, which provides services for the LGBT+ community in Utah. The event, hosted at Soundwell, starts at 9 p.m. on Oct. 26.
Gods and Goddesses Halloween Party
Why let trick-or-treaters have all the fun with costumes? Dress to impress for this themed party, with a costume contest, specialty cocktails and tarot card readings, all inside the Avenues Yoga studio. The party starts at 8 p.m. on Oct. 26.
The Haunted Hustle
If you’re like me and only run when somebody’s chasing you, this paranormal 5K is a dream come true — or a worst nightmare. With zombies, killer clowns and a “tunnel of terror,” you won’t even have time to be scared of all the jogging (*shudders*). Registration is now open for the Oct. 25 race at Sugar House Park.
Unleash your tipsy Bob Ross at HandleBar, where an instructor provides a step-by-step guide to make your own creepy creation. They provide the art supplies, HandleBar provides the drinks and you provide your own (lack of?) artistic talent. Paint Nite starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 22. See yamaker.com for details and locations.
Tower of Terror 2019
Every October, Salt Lake’s Tower Theatre hosts this annual horror film series highlighting ridiculously entertaining cult classics. This year, they are featuring “Rabid,” a 1977 film about a botched plastic surgery that sparks a zombie infestation. (Utahns should beware.) They are also screening “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” throughout the month — plus on Nov. 2, Barry Botswick, who starred in the film, is coming for a signing and Q&A.
Urban Lounge Punk Rock Halloween
Headlined by California pop-punk band Starcrawler, this concert also features local bands covering appealing throwbacks — 90s TV will perform The Strokes, Major Tom will perform The Ramones and Static Replica will perform The Misfits. The 21+ event starts at 8 p.m. on Oct. 21 at The Urban Lounge.
Vault of Nightmares
Kimpton Hotel Monaco is pairing with Nightmare on 13th to create Vault of Nightmares, a unique Halloween pop-up bar with themed cocktails like “Here’s Johnny,” complete with candy glass shards, and “The Basic Witch,” which combines pumpkin puree and vodka. The bar will be open from Oct. 17-31.
Viva La Diva’s Trick or Treat DIVA!
Gaga and Dolly and Cher (oh my!) This year-round drag tribute to our most fabulous female celebrities is hosting special Halloween shows, featuring spooky twists on audience favorites and a special homage to “Hocus Pocus.” Sashay away to Metro Music Hall on weekend nights throughout October.