Spooky places—There's no reason to keep your "Monster Mash" cassette single on loop this year when there are so many fine choices to soundtrack your All Hallows' Eve. They'll also likely prevent your neighbors from going Frankenstein on you. Just make sure to figure out transportation plans beforehand if you're heading to any of the Chapel Hill shows from out of town. Otherwise, the nightmare may be yours.
The North Carolina Symphony presents The Phantom of the Orchestra at MEYMANDI CONCERT HALL ($10-$15, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), which unites selections from Bach, Dukas, Moussorgsky and Kodaly with the Magic Circle Mime Company's on-stage interpretation of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. BROAD STREET CAFE has a full slate of free tunes starting at 3 p.m., beginning with the ukulele-themed Boo-kulele party, curated by High Strung Music. Indie pop from Once and Future Kings is the 10 p.m. appetizer for post-rockers Goodbye, Titan at 11:15 p.m. Taz Halloween throws her Halloween Spooktacular (10 p.m.) at THE CAVE with Kittybox & the Johnnys and Twilighter, and NIGHLIGHT's Back to the Future dance party (10 p.m.) features DJs and art. THE POUR HOUSE continues its traditional Phat Smashing Pumpkin Jam ($5, 9 p.m.), while three bands and DJ Doom throw a teen-friendly Halloween party at The ArtsCenter ($5, 8 p.m.).
For the upbeat jams, Club Fourteen in Raleigh, formerly Martin Street Music Hall, hosts a night of DJs (including Merlin and Sami Automatic) for a dance party billed Heads Will Roll. Toubab Krewe and Floating Action are at CAT'S CRADLE ($14-$16, 9 p.m.), and Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band plays LINCOLN THEATRE with Funkuponya and Eymarel ($10-$12, 9 p.m.). House blues band Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos spook PAPA MOJO'S ($10, 9:30 p.m.), while BLUE BAYOU offers up Blues World Order and Will McFarlane (9:30 p.m.). Get your metal fix at DIVE BAR with Viper and Angle of Incidence (free, 10 p.m.) or BERKELEY CAFE with Untold, ReAlign, Facedown and Mellville Toast ($8, 9 p.m.). VOLUME 11 TAVERN throws a Fetish Party with Dirge Factory, which sounds pretty dark, honestly (10 p.m.). And MANSION 462 houses the third and final day of the Eccentrik Festival ($15, 9 p.m.); performers include electro-cellist Unwoman, San Fran steampunkers Vernian Process and local new wave goth group Veronique Diabolique.
And, of course, familiar local talent will be disguised as heroes: At THE PINHOOK, Hearts of Glass calls on Blondie, Amps Do Furnish a Room tackles Television's Marquee Moon, and The Ramonas take on the Ramones from an all-girl slant (10 p.m.), while LOCAL 506 has Some Girls, Southern Girls and The Julies handling the Stones, Cheap Trick and Nuggets-style '60s psych, respectively ($5, 10 p.m.). Check venue Web sites for more details on these events—many include costume contests and discounted covers for those who come dressed. Browse our Music Calendar for more music choices, too. —Spencer Griffith