Dracula guides you on the best Halloween haunts this weekend
Count Dracula is here, yes THE Count Dracula, not an imitation Santa Claus-costume-wearing jerk, to guide you along this Hallow’s eve this weekend in your quest to find the scariest scenes, the happening haunts and the eeriest events in your neighborhood.
We’ll start in Great Falls because that’s where this vampire lays his head each morning, although we’ll fly across the state for you, the curious thrill seeker.
What: Freaker’s Ball 17
Where: The Northwest Center (2201 Northwest Bypass)
When: Friday at 7 p.m.
The popular metal showcase returns, and this year nobody will be at the door sucking your blood (unless you want someone to, at least, wah ah ah ah.)
The bands performing are Hemlock, Switch Off Safety, Walking Corpse Syndrome and Arctodus starting at 7 p.m. A menu fit for a monster will be available via Brotha D’s Grillin and prizes for best costumes will be given.
Mad Studio Photography will have a zombie-themed photo booth set up, as well, with prints going for $10 and a CD with prints on it going for $15 for two different poses.
Admission to this all-ages event is $10 for those under 21 and $7 for people over 21 with a valid ID at the bar.
What: How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
Where: The 3D International Restaurant in Black Eagle
When: Friday at 7 p.m.
While I, Dracula, do not deal much in zombies, I hear that they are all the rage across the world. This “seminar” by Dr. Dale Seslick, presented by Tianta Stevens’ Act Normal theater troupe, presents all the ins and outs any good zombie hunter needs to know, especially this time of year when all of the zombies come out in full force to eat your brains. I think drinking your blood is so much cleaner and professional than digging out your brains, but that’s just one vampire’s opinion.
It’s a fun show if you have not yet seen it, and you might learn something, too!
Reservations are required, so be sure to call 781-9839 before Friday. Admission is $35 per person and includes dinner.
What: Sparkettes of Montana’s Haunted Hay Ride
Where: 4800 10th Ave. S (Near Agri-village)
When: From 7 p.m. to midnight on Halloween, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 29 and 30 and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov. 1
Nothing can be any more relaxing, more liberating, more enjoyable than a nice, easy hayride through town at night, right? Wrong.
Expect to see me, Dracula, at the end of the hay ride with a mop as there is sure to be lots of blood spilled all over the ground as visitors shriek in fear and their blood will leap right from their bodies, and into my belly. (Note, there is no evidence that any of this will happen. Dracula lives in a world of fantasy, you see, where things happen in his mind that he wishes were so. Anyhow, continue reading, please.)
As I most definitely do not live in a world of fantasy (yes he does), I can tell you that there will be monsters, zombies, a Headless Horseman and a surprise at the end of the ride.
And while I’m being informed that I will not be allowed to collect any blood from visitors, stupid regulations make being a vampire a real drag some days, the Sparkettes will be collecting cans of food for the local food bank and for other area food pantries.
Admission for the living is $10 for adults, $8 for students, $5 for children 10 and under and $25 for a family of four.
Check out the Sparkettes of Montana Facebook page for more information.
What: The RaveYard
Where: Northwest Center in Great Falls
When: Saturday at 7 p.m.
So you had a fun time on Halloween, great. But, if you’re anything like Dracula, you want the party to keep going throughout the weekend. Luckily for you, the folks with Sideshow Promotions have you covered.
The RaveYard is being billed as “The Ball after THE BALL” and features music from The Beat-tells, Mixtress Pendula, DJ Evile, Dr3ygan, Kevin Towers, and DJ Discfunction.
Food will be provided by Brutha D’s Grilling and alcohol will be provided by The Loading Zone. There will be glowsticks, lights, lasers, subwoofers and tons of ravers.
Admission is $10 at the door and the event is open to those 18 and older only. For more information, check out the event’s Facebook Page.
What: Halloween costume party
Where: Big Sky Harley (4258 10th Ave. S)
When: 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday
Groove to the tunes of Saint Whiskey while dressed in your best costume and celebrate the season. While Dracula does not dress up in costumes after a failed experiment dressing up as a pink Teletubby one year, needless to say it wasn’t good and I, I mean he did not receive hardly any blood to suck.
You, however, are more than welcome to dress up and listen to the rocking tunes of the local band Saint Whiskey, who performs a bit of everything, from new and classic rock, southern rock and country along with tunes from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s.
There also will be a costume contest with prizes. Might I suggest dressing up as me, Dracula? It’s a good idea if you want to win, anyhow. buah ha ha ha ha ha.
What: The Haunted Cell House at the Old Montana Prison
Where: 1106 Main St.
When: 7 to midnight on Halloween, 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Let me ask you dear reader, what’s scarier than Dracula? If you said nothing, you’d be correct, but if you were to say Dracula in a prison cell house, you’d also be correct.
While I can’t make any promises that I, Dracula, will be there, I can tell you that it’s an interactive play featuring lots of scares, with Old Prison workers guiding you through the prison.
While parents are getting their scare on, children can enjoy free fun and games with prizes in the Pen Convention Center across the street from 7 until 9 p.m.
Admission is $10 per person. For details, call 846-3111.
What: The Original Nightmare 3
When: Friday and Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: The Original Mineyard in Butte
Organized by Butte native Sam Dupree, The Original Nightmare was born from his Nightmare on Diamond Street, which he hosted in the past.
Now with more room to scare, some of the highlights include a graveyard, zombies and other ghosts and goblins.
If you’re still not convinced by Dracula’s words, for shame because I am THE all knowing Dracula, he who knows all about what’s scary and what’s not. But, if you’re not feeling me for some odd reason, you can check out this spooky video clip below. Don’t say I didn’t warn, you, however, because it’s quite scary. It even scared me, and I rarely am scared by anything anymore.
Admission to the Original Nightmare is $5 per person. Check out more here.
What: Terror at Thunder Alley
Where: 821 S. Montana (North Entrance)
When: Thursday through Saturday starting at 7 p.m.
If you prefer to get your scares inside, and knowing how cold it can get on Halloween in Butte, a reasonable person can understand your rationale, Terror at Thunder Alley is just the ticket.
Again, it appears as if they’ve gone with the monster theme, at least when they shot this promo video, which you can watch in all it’s full glory below.
This year’s haunted house also features creepy skeletons designed by one Halie Hook. All proceeds from the haunted house this year go to the Caden Pucinelli benefit fund.
Dracula approves of this haunt, as the folks in Butte seem to really take Halloween to the next level each and every year. It’ll be a cold day in hell before I, Dracula, am scared, but it’s encouraging to see these folks come close. (Actually, there is a video online of Dracula peeing his pants at this haunted house in years past. He’ll deny it, but it’s there, somewhere.)
No, no it’s not. And, who keeps typing these things? Can’t a vampire write a column in peace?
I, Dracula, would never pee my pants in terror while Frankenstein and a duo of zombies with chain saws come chasing after me. What are you talking about? That must have been someone dressed up as me, Dracula, for I, Dracula, would never do that, ever. Never. (Sure, whatever. The video is out there. You’ll see.) No, I won’t. (Yes, you will)
What: Heaven and Hell: Abduction party
Where: The Broadway Bar (1609 W. Broadway St)
When: Halloween from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Heaven and Hell party features two rooms with five local DJs in each room. This year’s party is unique in that it combines the parties by RMF Entertainment’s Heaven and Hell party and Aaron Traylor and Zoo FM’s Abduction party under one roof.
The DJs performing this year, while Dracula is not familiar with any of this modern music you humans seem to enjoy, are quite popular among the young blood-letters. They are DJ Janet Brannum, DJ Chunkiye, DJ Aaron Traylor and DJ LRock in the Hell Room and DJ Brenton Tartaglino, DJ Bionic, DJ Sam Dasios and DJ Nic Stasso in the Heaven Room.
There also will be a unique prize given to the person with the best costume.
Here’s a promo video
This all-ages party is $13 for those 21 and up and $20 for those 18 and under. Please have a valid ID at the door.
For more information on this event, check out their Facebook page.
LOLO HOT SPRINGS
What: From Dusk Till Dawn Party
Where: Lolo Hot Springs
When: From 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Nov. 1
Lolo Hot Springs, in association with Shadow Productions and TheAMPhunkLLC present three stages of music and shenanigans in the annual “From Dusk Till Dawn” party. Being the ultimate night owl, Dracula approves of this concept of a party and feels that there should be more all-night events to appease to those of us who cannot, ahem, be seen outside when the stars are not visible, for reasons which I, Dracula, should not have to explain to you, dear reader.
Performing throughout the evening are Witty, DJ SMelter, Key-D, DJ Web, Nic Stasso, Parrot Phernalia, Chaddabox, The Invisible Machine Scary Sounds Edition, DJ External, DJ DBC and Sama Rama.
Check out some of the musicians’ samples below.
The Invisible Machine Scarey Sounds Edition
Ticketholders have access to the hot springs, the pool, folf course and other areas on the resort, as well. There will be a liquid lightshow workshop, a bonfire all night, a haunted lodge and a costume contest with prizes.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the show. Presale tickets are available online at holdmyticket.com/event/185600.
Deluxe cabins are available for $160.50 for six people and camping cabins are available for $58.85, accommodating three people.
For Cabin reservations call 406-273-2290 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
And, that should do it. You might be saying to yourself, but Dracula what about all of the other parties and events happening in Montana, aren’t you going to talk about them?
I would, you see, but the sun is coming up and I must get back into my coffin. I did ALL I can for you, and this is how you thank me? You’ll be one of my first victims. Oh yes, you will be. I mean, um, Dracula must go now for he has important Dracula things to be doing.
Have a happy and safe Halloween from everyone here at Big Sky State Buzz!