With all due respect to the Christmas season, at GoPensacola.com, it’s the end of October that qualifies as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
With the possible exception of New Year’s Eve, you’re hard pressed to find a bigger party week for grown-ups than the week of Halloween. All throughout the Pensacola area, bars, nightclubs and other grown-up playgrounds are decked out in their frightening finest, set to entertain all manner of ghouls, goblins, sexy nurses, faux-presidential candidates ... and this year, we’re gonna go ahead and guess “Walking Dead” zombies, Carly Rae Jepsens, Psys (complete with “Gangnam Style” dancers) and more than a few “binders full of women.” (Check out galleries to see how our predictions pan out.)
So where should you parade your costumed finery this year? Check out our party guide for as many of the area highlights as we could round up. Visit GoPensacola.com for updates as they come in, and check the site throughout the week, as our photographers will be lurking in every haunt they can get to, bringing you all the macabre mayhem.
Legions of the Undead Halloween Zombie Apocalypse Bash
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday. The Black Syndicate presents the Legions of the Undead Seville Quarantine Halloween Zombie Apocalypse Bash. The night will feature a zombie dance pit and entertainment from DJ Mod Eschar, DJ Insector-X and DJ Starseed. Watch for a special dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” from the Phineas Phoggs Phoggettes. $5. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘The Rocky Horror Show’
7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday and Wednesday. “The Rocky Horror Show,” a sci-fi fantasy adventure by Richard O’Brien, will be performed live at the Pensacola Little Theatre. This bizarre stage show-turned-cult film introduces two clean cut kids, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who run into car trouble and cross paths with Dr. Frank N. Furter, who is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments. Tickets: $30, $24, $20 and $14. A $1 handling fee per ticket is assessed on all walk-up and telephone sales. Today is College Night, with a $5 discount for students with ID. Saturday’s show will feature a costume contest, with registration at 6:30 p.m. and the contest starting at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $5. Sunday is Pajama Night, wear your PJs for half-price tickets. Wednesday is Ladies Night, with a $5 discount for all ladies. Prop bags are available before each show for $5. No outside props will be permitted. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. 432-2042, or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com.
Live Niteclub presents Frite Nites
9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Wednesday. Live Niteclub celebrates the scariest weekend of the year with a series of three parties each featuring big costume contests and live music. Today’s party features a performance by the Chee Weez and a $1,000 Sexy Lady Costume Contest. Saturday features music from The Lacs and a $1,000 Best Costume Contest. On Halloween night, Almost Kings will perform, and the costume contest is a $500 Best Group Costume contest. Live Niteclub, 9121 Pensacola Blvd. 607-2950, or visit www.liveniteclub.com.
Halloween Blackout Party
9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Chan’s Nightclub features a blackout celebration with live music from Sin Seven and Blackwater today. Saturday features a huge costume contest, with $250 prizes for the best male and female costumes and $500 for the best group costumes. Enjoy $4 Goldschlager and Fireball shots and $2 Heineken. Chan’s Nightclub, 610 E. Nine Mile Road. 477-9961, or visit www.chanspensacola.com.
‘A Crack in Reality’
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. The Halloween cabaret “A Crack in Reality” is a compilation of songs, prose and verse from the Loblolly Theatre Company’s series of 12 “Fortuna...” plays in the style of German and French cabarets of the ’20s and ’30s and inspired by the mythologies of the Halloween season. This year’s cabaret features Allison Winschief, Hunt Scarritt, Lisa Goodness and Patricia Simmons, with Joe Winschief at the piano. $15. First City Art Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St. 479-4530, or visit www.loblollytheatre.com.
Trick or Freak 2012 featuring Bubba Sparxxx
9 p.m. Saturday. Rapper Bubba Sparxxx (“Ms. New Booty”) headlines Capt’n Fun Beach Club’s epic Halloween bash with a full band performance. The evening will feature a “Ms. New Booty” contest, a costume contest with roaming judges and $2,000 in cash and prizes plus video DJ Tony C’s Tripped Out Haunted Remix. 18 and older. Ladies 21 and older get in free before 11 p.m. $10 for ages 18-20; $5 for guys ages 21 and older. Capt’n Fun Beach Club, 400 Quietwater Beach Road, Pensacola Beach. 934-3978.
Sexy Southern Witch with a Twist Contest
10 p.m. Saturday. ”Noche de Brujas,” ”The Night of Witches” will be celebrated at Seville Quarter with the Sexiest Southern Witch contest sponsored by Southern Comfort. Winners will receive a prize package from Seville Quarter, Southern Comfort & Miller Brewing Co. Free admission for anyone dressed in a witch costume. The contest will be open to ages 21 and older. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211, or visit visit www.sevillequarter.com.
‘Thriller’ at Emerald City
9 p.m. Saturday. Test out your costume ahead of Wednesday’s contest at this pre-Halloween Club One event. The evening will feature drink specials for those in costume, monstrous mixes by DJ Dewight Barkley and a special themed show staring the Ghouls at midnight. Emerald City, 406 E. Wright St. 433-9491, or visit www.emeraldcitypensacola.com.
‘Nightmare on Palafox Street’
9 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday. Are you ready for Freddy? Play celebrates with a “Nightmare on Elm Street”-themed party featuring the Freddy movies all night long, a live DJ dance party and a Halloween tricks costume party. Play, upstairs at 16 Palafox Place. 466-3080, or visit www.iplaypensacola.com.
O’Riley’s Halloween Party
9 p.m. Saturday. The evening will feature $1,000 in prizes, $3 Irish Car Bombs and $7 buckets of Bud Light. $3. For ladies 18 and older and guys 21 and older. O’Riley’s Irish Pub, 3728 Creighton Road. 474-0522.
Party With Zombies at Cabana Nightclub
9 p.m. Saturday. It’s zombie time with $3 bombs and Fireball shots and $1 Jello shots all night long. Enjoy free liquor shots from the Super Soaker Girls and giveaways featuring two TV sets. Cabana Nightclub, 7164 N. Ninth Ave. 478-4867, or visit www.pensacolacabana.com.
Bamboo Willie’s Halloween Costume Contest
9 p.m. Saturday. The contest starts at midnight and features $500 in cash and prizes. Enjoy $3 shots, beer specials and live music from Fish Sandwich. Bamboo Willie’s, 400 Quietwater Beach Road, Pensacola Beach. 916-9888, or visit www.bamboowillies.com.
Adult Halloween Costume Party
7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The Treasures of the Isle presents an adult Halloween costume party featuring music by the Knee Deep Band and prizes for best costume, most original and tackiest costume. $20. Orange Beach Community Center, 27235 Canal Road, Orange Beach, Ala. Jane Woolwine, (251) 974-2355.
B.A.R.E. Rock ’n’ Roll Monster Mash
9 p.m. Sunday. Arrive at Seville Quarter’s Bar and Restaurant Employee Monster Mash dressed as your favorite dead rock star and enjoy drink specials, live music and a wild costume contest strictly for hospitality industry employees. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211, or visit www.sevillequarter.com.
‘Comedy of Errors’ at Emerald City
9 p.m. Tuesday. Emerald City’s annual employee turnabout features EC staff members getting out from behind the bar and into the drag show. Music by DJ Dewight Barkley. Emerald City, 406 E. Wright St. 433-9491, or visit www.emeraldcitypensacola.com.
Trick or Treat at Seville Quarter
7 p.m. Wednesday. Traditionally Pensacola’s biggest costume contest, Seville Quarter’s Halloween bash typically draws dozens of entries competing for a top prize of $1,000, with additional cash and prizes for the top 20 costumes of the evening as chosen by the judges. Registration starts at 7 p.m., with the contest beginning at 9 p.m. Entry is limited to ages 21 and older. The party continues through the night with spooky tricks and treats throughout the Seville Quarter complex, including a Skaryoke Party with Krazy George in Lili Marlene’s. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211, or visit www.sevillequarter.com.
‘Hellbound’ at Emerald City
9 p.m. Wednesday. Drink and Drown at Emerald City with a $10 cover and free wells, drafts and house wine until 1 a.m., plus discounts on “the good stuff.” After the evening’s second show, a $1,000 costume contest will begin at about 1 a.m. Music by DJ Dewight Barkley. Emerald City, 406 E. Wright St. 433-9491, or visit www.emeraldcitypensacola.com.
The Tin Cow Halloween Costume Party
7 p.m. Wednesday. The Tin Cow’s Halloween Costume Party will feature cash prizes totaling more than $1,500 for the Top 3 costumes, as well as a special event after the contest with extra chances to win cash. The evening also features drink specials and door prize giveaways. Weekly Wednesday drink promotions will not be available during the event. The costume contest is open to ages 21 and older. The Tin Cow, 102 Palafox Place. 466-2103, or visit www.facebook.com/thetincow.
Ghouls’ Night Out
6 p.m. Wednesday. The Halloween edition of the Fish House’s ever-popular Girls Night Out features $2 drinks for the ladies, live music from Lucas Crutchfield and Longreef and DJ Tony C. The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003, or visit www.goodgrits.com.
Halloween Night Costume Contest at the Flora-Bama Lounge
6 p.m. Wednesday. Everyone in costume gets in free, and ladies get their first drink for free until 9 p.m. The costume contest begins at 9 p.m. and features more than $2,500 in cash and prizes. Flora-Bama Lounge and Package Store, 17401 Perdido Key Drive. 980-5118, or visit www.florabama.com.