As I wrote in my article on "Creepy Chicago Tours," the best bits of All Hollow's Eve revolve around the ghost stories and mischief making, as opposed to the quiet costume parties and teeth-rotting candy. Halloween's origins stem back to the pagan rituals of Celts, who celebrated the end of the harvest and approaching cold/death by dressing up in animal skins and burning up animals in big bonfires. Here are a few events tonight in Chicago that don't require a costume, and where the pagan spirit reigns in the form of punk/goth/metal/rock:
King Khan and the BBQ Show at the Bottom Lounge
Punk meets soul with the rambunctious India/Canadian/German King Khan and the BBQ Show getting the party started. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10
Musicians dress up as favorites like AC/DC, The Cars, and Tom Petty. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Show at 8:30 p.m. Plus, the Abbey is an Irish pub, what could be a better place to get in touch with the Celtic/pagan spirit?
All Rise Gallery
Art show by local photographer Rik Garrett and other artists. Dress code is goth/medieval and electronic/punk/psychedelic Clique Talk performs at 11pm. $2 donation after 9pm.