Is trick-or-treat getting a little Hallow-ho-hum for you? If you crave something really different–something weirdly wonderfully wicked, then hitch your broomstick on over to Detroit. Here are the five best Halloween themed stage productions and events in Motown. Haunt up everything from ICP to a freak show to a Dead Head fest to Godzilla! Enjoy Halloween comedy, music, films and live performances. Have a ghoulishly grim, howlingly horribly Halloween.
Evil Dead: The Musical @ City Theatre
2301 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 471-3465

“Evil Dead: The Musical” runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, October 1-31 at the City Theatre. Shows start at 8 pm and are $30 for general admission. This bloody hilarious show is based on Detroit native Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic horror films. On a campout in the woods, a boy is pursued through a kaleidoscope of funny musical frights. Memorable songs include “What the F&%* Was That?” and “Do the Necronomicon.” It’s a big horror-palooza of hilarity, perfect for Halloween!

Theatre Bizarre @ The Masonic Temple 
500 Temple Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-7100

If you love vintage macabre-ana, this show is for you. The historic event will be held Saturday, October 17th, 2015. Doors open at 6:30pm, and it’s gonna get weird. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Costumes are mandatory. What is Theatre Bizarre? It’s part traveling medicine show, part Mardi Gras, part carnival, part circus freak show, part masquerade and all party! Guest don’t just watch, they interact with fire-eaters, burlesque performers and musical acts. It’s held in the historic old Masonic Temple (the largest in the world), a perfect gothic-creepy venue. Get your tickets soon as they are being spirited away quicker than you can say “boo!”

Dead Again: Annual Halloween Bash @ The Magic Bag
22920 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 544-1991

Who better for a Halloween themed show than the Grateful Dead? The Dead Again, of course! Dead-heads, zombie-walk on over to Ferndale’s Magic Bag for a Grateful Dead revival. The tribute band covers old Grateful Dead jams on Saturday, October 24. Join the dearly departed for a Halloween bash. Doors open at 8p.m., and tickets are $12 in advance.

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HALLOWICKED @ The Fillmore
2115 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 961-5451

Want a fright night music fest of especially evil proportions? Motor your hearse to The Fillmore for the masters of monstrous mayhem, Insane Clown Posse. Get totally spooked by P.O.D., Stitches, Dope D.O.D. and Young Wicked. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. on All Hallows Eve, October 31. Tickets are $25 to $45 and are available at Live Nation.

Halloween Film Fest @ The Redford Theatre
17360 Lahser Road
Detroit, MI 48219
(313) 537-2560

The historic–and fully restored–Redford Theatre gives itself up to Halloween haunts of the Hitchcock variety all through the month of October. Classic films are shown weekends: most Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m., and on Sunday’s there’s usually a 7 p.m. show and a 2 p.m. matinee (just like the good old days). There’s a creepy Metropolis Silent Film Fest on October 2. Other movies include Night of the Hunter, The Birds, Dessert, Marnie and Young Frankenstein. There’s also two-weekends shows of The Ghoul Hosts Godzilla Fest, featuring all those funky old-school Japanese Godzilla flicks. All shows are preceded by a concert on the fabulous 1920s Barton theater organ. Tickets are $5 to $7 at the door.

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A veteran teacher and web journalist, Marilisa Sachteleben’s career spans Montessori, special education, homeschool and ESL. She writes for, and Yahoo! News, on parenting, education, Detroit and her native Grand Rapids. A self-proclaimed “manic blogger,” Marilisa’s 55 niche blogs cover everything from autism to zoology, and everything in-between!