Downtown Provo Halloween happenings

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Halloween is fast approaching. Get a solid costume together, because downtown Provo offers several concerts and parties to show it off at this weekend.

Callie Crofts, of My Fair Fiend, wears her "Fiend stripes" for a show at Muse. She invites concertgoers to join her and paint them on. (Photo courtesy My Fair Fiend)
Callie Crofts, of My Fair Fiend, wears her “Fiend stripes” for a show at Muse. She invites concertgoers to join her and paint them on. (Earl Cahill)

1. Rockaween at Muse: Oct. 30

Muse’s “Rockaween” show will feature My Fair Fiend, Eyes Open and Cobet. Expect alternative rock.

My Fair Fiend recently added three new songs to its set. As the band has built its repertoire, it has grown in unity. Lead singer Callie Crofts noted that the band members have really locked in and read each other while they perform.

“If you saw My Fair Fiend in the beginning, rest assured that we put on a very different show these days, one with more energy and emotion,” Crofts said.

Concertgoers who wear a costume get a free bottle of water. Not big on costumes? Not sure what to wear?

“Feel free to be a fiend with me,” Crofts said. “Just find some black face paint or eyeliner and paint some stripes from the corner of your eyes to your hairline. I call them ‘Fiend stripes,’ and I paint them on for every show. That way you can get in the Halloween spirit and support local music at the same time when people ask you what you are and you spread the word.”

Doors open at 8 p.m., and the first band starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Muse is located at 151 N. University Ave. in Provo.

2. Halloween show at Velour: Oct. 31

Luna Lune will headline Velour’s annual Halloween show this year with openers Static Waves and Barsie.

Tessa Barton and her band Luna Lune will headline at Velour's Halloween show on Oct. 31. (Justin Miller)
Tessa Barton and her band Luna Lune will headline at Velour’s Halloween show on Oct. 31. (Justin Miller)

Luna Lune is otherworldly. Lead singer Tessa Barton delivers the band’s gutsy, earthy rock ‘n’ roll with punch. There’s experience in her eyes and grit on her tongue. The group will bring vitality to the Halloween show. “I love Halloween because there is no right or wrong,” Barton said. “It’s the most expressive time. Who doesn’t want to throw on a wig every now and again or be their ninja turtle hero from their childhood?”

The band plans to honor the holiday with mood-fitting music.

“We’ve thrown together a particularly dark set for this Halloween,” Barton said. “A few new thrills and definitely some brand-new songs that we’re itching to share. We have been working on new music, and, duh, we’re bringing candy.”

Indie pop-rock band Static Waves will also play. This synth-heavy group is like many successful Provo bands, in that it has a distinct look. But the members won’t don their beachy-hipster clothes for this concert. Halloween calls for a group costume.
“This may be the only time in the history of Static Waves, past and future, that we’ll be caught performing without proper Static Waves attire,” said band guitarist Austin Cross. “I wouldn’t want to miss it.”

Barsie, a band with a female lead and a mellow edge akin to The Neighbourhood, will open the show. They too will don costumes.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. The show will likely sell out. Velour is located at 135 N. University Ave, Provo.

3. Halloween Hardcore show at Muse: Oct. 31

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Blind the Fold in 2002. The band will re-unite for a hardcore Halloween show on Oct. 31 at Muse. (Jen Galbraith)

Muse’s second Halloween show will satisfy cravings for hardcore music, a genre Provo usually lacks.

Blind the Fold, a group that played hardcore shows in the early 2000s, will headline. But these screaming rockers have a soft side. They plan to donate their proceeds from the Halloween concert to Salt Lake’s Homeless Youth Resource Center.

Iso-Elated and the Stillborn King will open. Iso-Elated channels an avant-garde, Halloween style of music. Stillborn King specializes in acoustic metal with a banjo and acoustic bass.

Jeff Wells, of Blind the Fold, looks forward to reuniting with old friends to play music he loves. He said they’ve seen a lot of excitement for this reunion show online, and they can’t wait to perform. “Why wouldn’t you want to come to a Halloween hardcore show where we can rock your face off?” Wells said.

Doors open at 8 p.m., and music starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

People dance at last year's Nightmare on Center Street. This year's Center street activities will start at 8 p.m. (Miles Mortensen)
People dance at last year’s Nightmare on Center Street. This year’s Center street activities will start at 8 p.m. (Miles Mortensen)

4. Guru’s Nightmare on Center Street: Oct. 31

ProvoLive will host its fourth annual Halloween party in front of Guru’s, and this one will be epic.

“This will be more than just a party; it will be an experience,” event coordinator Korey Smith said. “There is no other event in Utah that will be this big and cost nothing.”

The key word to this party is “free.” ProvoLive invites everyone to join in for a free dance party, with four DJs spinning throughout the night. There will be a giant balloon drop with candy, free Coca-Cola and hundreds of giveaways to local restaurants and businesses.

“We want to give the people that come out something to remember,” Smith said. “We want them to not only take home some free products or prizes but the memory of a great night.”

There will be roaming photography and videography as well as photo booths, which take one photo for free. Solidify that costume idea, because prizes will be rewarded for best costumes (Most Original, Best Couple, Scariest and Overall Best).

The party will take place from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. in front of Guru’s on Center Street (45 E. Center Street, in Provo).

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