Whether you're prepping a clever Halloween costume or leading a little one through neighborhood streets for a night of trick-or-treating, this year's Halloween is sure to be a fun one. But don't stop there; spice up the usual house parties or scary movie marathons with a Halloween concert.
Dance off those candy calories with Bruno Mars or LCD Soundsystem, or get weird with Ween in a live performance that's expected to be just as much about the music as it is about the phenomenal people watching. Whatever your flavor, we've hand-picked six eclectic shows that lead up to or occur on the spookiest night of the year.
Bruno Mars Oct. 27 at American Airlines Center
We've been waiting for this moment since Bruno Mars and Beyoncé dominated the stage during their Super Bowl 50 halftime show last year. His moves are as smooth as his voice, and his swinging hits and grooving love songs will keep the crowd moving. Keep your eye on his fancy footwork -- it's mesmerizing.
Chris Stapleton Oct. 28 at Starplex Pavilion
Chris Stapleton is not only a dynamic storyteller, he's a powerful performer. His songs are constructed with bluesy, whiskey-soaked notes with country roots. The Kentucky native got his start writing songs for big names like George Strait, Adele, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. It wasn't until years later that he stepped out on his own to release his debut record, Traveller, which went on to win two Grammys and catapult Stapleton into the spotlight.
Ghostland Observatory Oct. 28 at the Bomb Factory
There aren't many bands who can make the most out of a Halloween weekend concert quite like Ghostland Observatory. Known for its year-round costumes, exhilarating laser show and mysterious onstage antics, this Austin-bred electro-dance group can bring the party to any venue. Considering their fans are as dedicated as they are, there's no telling what kind of costumes or Halloween festivities you'll see.
Brand New Oct. 29 at the Bomb Factory (sold out)
Brooding and emotionally charged, this punk-pop group out of New York became one of the biggest bands of the early 2000s emo wave. The band's records are filled with beautifully written lines about young love, betrayal and revenge alongside dark chords to satisfy teen angst. Brand New's show might be more of a nostalgic concert than a resurgence, despite the fact that the band recently released a record.
LCD Soundsystem Oct. 30 at the Bomb Factory
While many indie bands attempt to find a niche in today's electronically driven world of colorful beats, fuzzy bass lines and layered vocals, LCD Soundsystem has managed to do so seemingly without trying. Starting out in 2002, acclaimed frontman James Murphy released a track here and there, toiling with his own sound while producing and engineering for other bands. What came out of those sessions were cluttered, frenetic melodies and candid run-on lyrics about society, public opinion and apparently anything else top of mind. Murphy has become a celebrated electronic composer with help from fellow LCD band mates, who as a group have found a way to successfully come out of retirement and remain relevant in today's ever-changing musical scene.
Halloween with Ween Oct. 31 at the Bomb Factory
The duo known as Ween have been at it since before most millenials were even born: They've been performing and songwriting since 1984. The alt-rock band has always strayed far from the mainstream model, opting for textured percussion, varying, unpredictable vocals and dreamy, psychedelic lyrics. And with a spooky date like Halloween, this quirky pair is sure to offer a festive performance that Ween fans young and old won't soon forget.