‘Tis the season for toil and trouble, and there are plenty of spooky ways to celebrate in downtown Fargo. Whether you’re looking to do the Time Warp, win killer prizes with your snazzy costume, dance your ghoulish little heart out or listen to a psychic medium, there’s a little bit of something for everyone this Halloween season.
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd, a vengeful barber unjustly imprisoned for fifteen years by a corrupt judge who took from him his wife and young daughter. Upon his return to London, Todd’s need for retribution becomes indiscriminately murderous when he reunites with the unscrupulous Mrs. Lovett and opens his new practice above her failing meat pie shop. The two form a diabolical partnership giving him a razor-sharp opportunity for revenge while providing her a special ingredient for her pies that has people hungry and lining up for more.
Brews & BOOs with The Military Medium Fargo Brewing Company | 8pm
Join the Military Medium Dean McMurrary for what is sure to be a super fun night of brews and boos! Dean’s events typically sell out, so make sure you get your tickets! Described as “spooky accurate,” Dean has helped hundreds of clients connect with their loved ones and receive messages of hope, love, peace, healing and inspiration.
Fairy Pumpkin Houses Fargo Public Library | 6:30-7:30pm
Get ready for arts and crafts! Bring one small or medium-sized pumpkin to turn into a haunted fairy house. All other supplies will be provided. This program is recommended for teens (13+) and adults. Pre-registration is required online or contact Jenilee at 701-241-1495 for more information.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
Classic Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Fargo Theatre | 11pm $5
It’s that time of year again for you to shiver with antici….. pation! Get ready to do the Time Warp for the Fargo Theatre’s annual screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” As always, there will be a costume contest at 10:45pm so be sure to show up in your finest fishnets or lab coat for a chance to win prizes. Props and participation are not only allowed, but encouraged! There will be a limited number of prop bags sold at the door, but if you bring your own, please refrain from bringing rice, lighters, hot dogs or confetti.
D Mills & The Thrills Halloween Bash The Aquarium | 9:30pm
$10 advance, $12 at the door
Fargo/Minneapolis-based hip hop legends D Mills & The Thrills are back for a Halloween party to remember. Opening acts include 26 Bats!, a Minneapolis jazz punk band, and Fargo hip hop artist Cold Sweat. $2 off with a costume!
Halloween Dance Fiesta Spirit Room | 8-11pm
This salsa and bachata session will feature a special guest instructor from Minneapolis. The Bailame Dance Festival 2019 crew featuring Shun Harris (king of hand tosses) will be teaching and DJing! 8pm Bachata lesson, 9:15pm dance social with bachata and salsa (no experience required), and a costume contest with giveaways.
Masquerade Reception for The Art Ghoullery at the Rourke The Rourke Art Gallery | 6:30-8pm
The Art Ghoullery is on display from October 4 through November 2 from 1 to 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with a special Masquerade Reception hosted by The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum on Friday, October 25 from 6:30pm until 8pm that eve. Attendees to the Masquerade Reception and encouraged to don masks and wear costumes during the evening’s revelry, though disguise is not a necessary key to entry.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
Trick or Treat Wish Walk Downtown Fargo | 10am-3pm Enjoy an afternoon of Trick-or-Treating in historic Downtown Fargo while making wishes come true! The Downtown Community Partnership (DCP) is teaming up with Make-A-Wish® North Dakota for the Trick-or-Treat Wish Walk! Each participating Downtown business will have candy to distribute to trick-or-treaters donated by Sam’s Club. Start the walk at Creative Plains Foundation located at 720 1st Ave N Fargo, ND 58102. Participation is $5 per participant and they will be given a reusable Downtown Fargo candy bag and a map of all the participating businesses. All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Make-A-Wish® North Dakota to further their mission of fulfilling life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses.
Halloween Bar Crawl Fargo VFW | 4pm-10pm
Calling all ghosts, goblins and ghouls! Get 2 free drinks, drink specials, food specials and more. Check in at the Fargo VFW from 4 – 6 pm. Crawl goes to the Bismarck Tavern, Dempsey’s, Front Street Taproom, Old Broadway, and the Pickled Parrot.
DJ Castle & His Haunted Vinyl Front Street Taproom | 9-11pm
Come out and do the Monster Mash with DJ Castle!
Nightmare on Broadway Halloween Party feat. Kashy The Aquarium | 10pm
Nightmare on Broadway
21+, $5 advance and $10 at the door
Headliner Kashy is a North American hip-hop artist and producer with a new sound and take on the genre. Opening acts include Durow and Ruch Tha Rapper. There will be an DJ after party and costume contest following the show with KT G Vivo.
Spooky & Swingin’ Halloween Dance Sons of Norway | 7-11pm
$8 per person, $5 for students with a school ID
This dance social will feature a basic swing dance lesson, music to fit the spooky theme, a costume contest, cash bar, snacks and refreshments. No dance experience or partner required.
Halloween House Party Junkyard Brewing Company | 12pm-midnight Call up the homies and make plans to attend the first ever Halloween House Party at Junkyard Brewing Company, featuring costume contests, beer pong, tippy cup, and silent spooky movie clips! Bring a partner and run the beer pong table or bring a whole group and challenge others in tippy cup along the giant super table. Make sure you come in costume too, because we’re giving out a $50 Best Solo Costume prize & $50 Best Group Costume grand prize!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
Jack-o-Lantern Contest and Halloween Party Red Raven Espresso Parlor | 7pm $5
Bring in your jack-o-lantern for a chance to win a variety of prizes (TBA) and trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. All submissions will be displayed in the Red Raven courtyard as long as they last. Wear a costume ~or else. Starting at 7pm, there will be a $5 cover at the door to enter (if you dare) the spookiest party of the season. Punch, snacks and more will be provided.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
The Hjemkomst Monster Ball The Hjemkomst Center | 5-9pm
General Admission: $20
R.I.P. Admission: $50
College Student Admission: Free (w/ student ID)
Join High Plains Reader, Fargo Underground, and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County for a Halloween party like no other — you know, because you’ll be dancing around a Viking ship! Hot Lunch takes the stage at 6pm on the Hjemkomst Ship Gallery’s observation deck, and the Jessica Vines Band follows at 7pm. Classic horror movies will be screened on the Hjemkomst sail, a carnival midway takes shape from HCSCC and Games to Go, and local “spooky-movie” legend Madd Frank Presents will be on-hand for a meet-n-greet and photos. Appetizers are included and a cash wine & beer bar will be available.
Museum exhibitions include “America’s Monsters, Superheroes, & Villains: Our Culture At Play,” “Weird FM,” “War, Flu, & Fear: World War I and Clay County,” and “Truth In Focus: A Retrospective from Colburn Hvidston III.”
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
Sub:Culture The Aquarium | 9pm
21+, no cover
Sub:Culture is North Dakota’s premiere electronic music destination that takes place weekly.This week’s Sub:Culture lineup features Wissota, DJ Econ, SLiM and DJDJ. First place in the costume contest wins five free shows of your choice and second place wins two.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
Halloween with The Human Element HoDo | 8-11pm
Join local Fargo favorites The Human Element for a truly spooktacular show! Bringing a little bit of funk, rock, and improvisational delights for an evening of musical treats (no tricks!) Featuring: Seth Holden, drums & some vocals; Matt Johnson, guitar & vocals; Brant Niemi, bass; Kari Marie, keyboard & vocals
Aquarium Halloween Bash The Aquarium | 9pm $5 with costume or $10 without Come check out the best Halloween Bash this side of the Blood Red River. Costume contest with winners chosen at the stroke of midnight! Featuring fantastic fanfare of frightful fun from: Talking Heads (Products from Minneapolis), Modest Mouse (Disappear Forever), Smashing Pumpkins (The Electric Blankets), AJJ (Gneil), 80’s Montage Jams (Bueller)
Halloween Dance Sons of Norway | 7-11pm
Dance the night away to the Special Blend Band and enjoy costumes and prizes.
OB Halloween Party x3 Old Broadway | 7pm
Enjoy $1 you-call-its from 7-9pm and $1,000 cash and prizes for costumes contests.
Halloween Yoga: 90-Minute Triple Sweat Downtown Yoga Fargo | 5:45-7:15pm
$20 for nonmembers and includes in all Downtown Yoga packages
Sweat it out with a 90-minute Vinyasa/Sculpt/Yin Class! With room temperatures between 85-90 degrees, you’ll start out class with a vinyasa flow moving from pose to pose to warm the body. Next, they’ll crank up the Halloween themed tunes and jump into an energizing sculpt class to tone and strengthen our bodies. The class will finish with some deep yin stretching that will leave you feeling calm and elated. Wear a costume and be entered for a drawing to win Downtown Yoga apparel and a gift certificate!
Halloween at the VFW Downtown Fargo VFW | 9pm
Enjoy a Hallloween drag show, drink specials and a costume contest with cash prizes.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
BooHalla Halloween Party Drekker Brewing Company | Noon It’s the day after Halloween but who cares – it’s going to be a freaky deeky good time! Drekker is having a costume contest with three categories – Most Creative/Funny, Creepiest, and Best Group Costume! We’ll have gift cards and some pretty funny stuff for prizes, so you’re going to want to get in on this for sure!
There will also be beer grab bags, which is about as close to adult trick-or-treating as you can get. You can get 2 cans for $5 but they’ll be in a bag and you won’t know what they are ahead of time. Fun, right?!? While you won’t know exactly which beers you’re getting, they’re all bangerz!
Halloween Party x3 Old Broadway | 7pm
Enjoy one-cent taps from 7-9pm and $2.75 OB beers, booze and bomb shots from 9-11pm. Prizes for best costumes!
Halloween (Metal) Hangover The Aquarium | 9pm
A nigh of metal and debauchery at the Aquarium with Brütälür, Krawg (from Minneapolis), Gorgatron and Habitual.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Halloween Party x3 Old Broadway | 7pm
Enjoy $1 you-call-its from 7-9pm and $2.75 OB beers, booze and bomb shots from 9-11pm. Prizes for best costumes!
Zen People’s HipHopaween The Aquarium | 8pm
21+, $7 advance and $10 at the door
Join the Zen People and friends as they celebrate celebrate HIPHOPAWEEN. Featuring all of the Zen people: Cold Sweat, Jantzonia, Shawn Who, New Reign, Big Dad. With Special Guests: !ntell!gent Des!gn with Dj Shoba, EL.i.BE, Modest Music L.L.C, Dakotah Faye, Dane Huotari
Rave ‘Til The Grave Fort Noks Bar of Gold | 8-11pm
21+, $5 cover
Special guest Triz will be hosting a spooking Halloween party and costume contest for all of you ravers out there. Enjoy $3.50 bomb shots, $1 Jell-O shots, $3 pounders and $2 domestic bottles and rail drinks.