Editor's note: This story has been edited from its original publication to correct the date for the Misfits Karaoke Halloween Bash.
This Halloween, dine in the dark, drink your candy, compete with your costume and get freaky on the dance floor. Here’s your ultimate party guide to a ghoulish central Iowa Halloween — so grab your friends and hit up one (or two, or three …) of these Des Moines area Halloween parties.
Halloween Dance Floor Massacre II (Oct. 30 & 31)
Joker’s party gets started the night before Halloween with live DJ Confluence, $4 calls and a buy-one-get-one bottle service from 8-11 p.m. Things step up on Halloween night when DJ Pei drops the beat and the bar offers $2 wells along with the bogo bottle service special. The dance floor is sure to be crowded on these two nights. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Jokers, 216 Court Ave.
Costume Party at Gas Lamp (Oct. 30)
Tennessee band Pageant joins the local get-up Foxholes and Kansas City’s Not a Planet for a Halloween jam session. Wear your wittiest costume and enjoy the original sets in style. 9 p.m. at the Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave., $5.
Hollywood Halloween (Oct. 23)
The 13th year for the Des Moines Playhouse’s fundraising event promises to be second to none with one of the city’s best costume contests and music by Final Mix. This year’s theme is Feeling Lucky? and all proceeds benefit the children’s theater and education program. Reserve by the seat or table. 7 p.m. at the Temple for Performing Arts 1011 Locust St. $125 per person or $75 for young professionals (35 and under).
Des Moines Social Club Dark Dinner (Oct. 31)
Touted to be bigger, darker and more delicious than last year’s dinner, the social club’s second annual dark dinner will leave you spooked and satisfied. A cocktail hour warms diners up before being blindfolded to enjoy a mysterious three-course meal from culinary director Amanda Phillips. Tell your version of the event at the after party in The Basement. $100 a person or $125 if served with wine. 6 p.m., Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry Street.
Misfits Karaoke Halloween Bash (Oct. 30)
Whether you’re a punk rock princess or grunge queen this Halloween, you’ll find a song to sing along to at Vaudeville Mews’ karaoke bash. Doors 9:30 p.m. show at 10 p.m. $5. Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth Street.
The Grateful for Dead Moines Hippie Halloween — The Sequel (Oct. 31)
Billed as the sequel to last year’s hippie halloween, classic bands come back to life on Wooly’s stage. Rock out to incarnations of Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd and Styx at this laid-back Halloween party. Doors at 7 p.m. show starts at 8 p.m. $10-$15. Wooly’s, 504 East Locust Street.
Halloween Bash at Up-Down (Oct. 30 & 31)
Celebrate Halloween like an adult with candy-infused liquor, pumpkin beer and a Halloween Up-Down fanny pack to tote your tokens around in (free with $10 token purchase). Get there early Friday night to be one of the first 100 people through the door and receive 20 free tokens. Saturday night will feature DJ Left-Right and a costume contest with bar tab prizes. Up-Down, 500 East Locust Street.
Greater Des Moines
Terrace Hill Scare Us Hill Pumpkin Ball (Oct. 31)
The Terrace Hill manor will be a haunted delight, as the ghosts of the manor come to life as the sun sets. Get a glimpse into your future from the psychics on hand, dance under cobwebs and chandeliers and bet in the live auction. Costumes not required, but worth wearing to participate in the evening’s costume contest. Under 40: $40, $75 ages 40 and up. 6 - 10 p.m., Terrace Hill, 2300 Grand Avenue.
Rockstar’s Monster Mash Bash (Oct. 30)
DJ Kelsey Yo’ and DJ Hoopes inaugurate Rockstar Bistro’s first Halloween party complete with door prizes, drink specials and a costume contest. Rockstar Bistro, 2301 SW 9th.
West Des Moines
Freak Out Halloween Party (Oct. 30 & 31)
Get freaky on the dance floor at the Val Air Ballroom to dubstep, hip hop and trap tracks. You can kick things off at 7 p.m. $20 cover. Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road.
Halloween Pub Crawl (Oct. 31)
Let someone else do the driving on Halloween and join the 7th Annual Halloween Pub Crawl. Kick off the night with free beer and pizza at Cabaret West then party at five other bars around town. Enjoy $2 Coors Light and Miller Lite draws and $3 calls at every bar on the tour. $25 for regular bus tickets and $35 to hop on the VIP party bus.
Halloween Party at 515 Brewing Company (Oct. 31)
If there ever was an incentive to wear a costume it would be $1 off beer at 515 Brewing Company. Revelers will enjoy free candy, a photo booth to document your get-ups from 7 to 9 p.m. and a costume contest with prizes. 515 Brewing Company, 7700 University Ave.
Des Moines’ Biggest Halloween Costume Contest at Miss Kitty’s (Oct. 30 & 31)
Purporting to be Des Moines’ biggest Halloween costume contest, Miss Kitty’s night club will be awarding $8,000 worth of prizes to the sexiest, scariest and most creative costumed partiers. Miss Kitty’s 8800 Swanson Blvd.
Re:Birth Masquerade Ball (Oct. 30)
DG’s Tap House transforms their bi-annual music and arts installation into a Halloween eve dance party. DG’s Tap House, 9 p.m.-midnight, 125 Main St.
Alice in Truckerland (Oct. 31).
Craft beer lovers will be wise to wear a costume to Firetrucker Brewery on Halloween. A costume contest with growlers and an “ultimate grand master prize” will convince even the most curmudgeonly friend to dress up for a chance to host their own party at the brewery with “the golden keg.” Firetrucker Brewery, 7 p.m., 716 SW 3rd Street.
Halloween Party at Summerset Winery (Oct. 31)
Class up your Halloween with a glass of wine at the Summerset party. Work up an appetite dancing to Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band, then hit up Ferinheit Wood Oven Pizza Truck. Tickets are $10 and include a glass of wine and a chance to win prizes in the costume contest. Summerset Winery, 15101 Fairfax Street, Indianola.