Halloween is less than a week away, but as you know the EDM scene can stretch out a holiday like nobody's business. And with the potential for slutty costumes and thematic whimsey being at an all time high in October, it's obvious that this is one of the biggest party weekends of the year. No doubt you and your friends have already staked out the parties happening in the most exclusive (i.e. expensive) clubs and events in Los Angeles to San Diego, but why waste your money on gas? You're smarter than that. We broke down a list of the best Halloween parties for our avid electronic music fans right here in Orange County.
10. Posch Saturdays Halloween Ball with Donald Glaude
Located off MacArthur Blvd in Irvine, Posch is a French Mediterranean restaurant that turns into a swanky lounge at night. Page Productions and White Rabbit are putting together their First Annual Halloween Ball sponsored by Patron and boasting a Haunted House theme. Not only is there no cover on their guest list, but they will be handing out Halloween goodie bags and giving away a $1,000 costume contest. House music pioneer Donald Gluade is bringing his funky sounds and incredible raw energy with opening sounds by local favorite MEHDI. A sure night of goovy music and upscale partying on Saturday October 27 for those wanting to avoid massives.
9. Bassology Featuring Helicopter Showdown at
the Observatory Ten Nightclub
Known for their unique concert style atmosphere and bass heavy shows
The Observatory and Inner Vision Events are bringing you Bassology on Halloween night. Expect a night of booming bass with sounds from San Francisco's Helicopter Showdown with opening support from Trevor Kelly and OC favorites Slander. Helicopter Showdown's unique mix of heavy dubstep and electro house is sure to send tremors down your spine. The dirty dub and trapstyle creates a creepy atmosphere full of bass-in-your-face for a spooky Halloween vibe. We just hope the bouncers at the new venue change let everyone with shorts in as the usual dub fans don't really dress club-like.
8. Marcus Schössow at the Yost Theater
If dubstep is not your thing then what better way to spend Halloween night than at one of the oldest buildings in Orange County. Rumored to be a haunted venue, the 100 year old Yost Theater in Santa Ana has a basement once used as a prison and a dressing room where the late Ernest Ball passed away. World renowned Swedish DJ and producer Marcus Schössow is bringing his progressive trance and house music for a night that's sure to be freakishly good. With local selectors Grizzy Adams and A-BAUM opening expect everything from hard electro to dubstep.
7. Focus Tuesdays Halloween with Worthy
Focus Tuesdays located at Tapas in Newport Beach is the longest running house club in Orange County. They are known for keeping things underground and true to the non-mainstream EDM that packs nightclubs every week. On Tuesday October 30th the San Francisco Dirtybird Worthy makes his way to Focus for their annual Halloween party. Worthy's unique take on house music shows why he is a Carl Cox favorite playing all over the world including this years Do Lab Stage at Coachella. With Focus residents Wobs, Nonfiction and Josh Billings this party will be jam packed with all of your favorite house heads.
6. LA Riots at Ten Nightclub
Identity Management Group brings X Halloween Nights following suit to their sister club Sutra. Expect the ultra Newport Beach nightclub to be decked out in Halloween swag while enjoying the new intimate layout and epic LED encircled walls. Fools Gold favorite Daniel Linton “Le Disko” or better known as LA Riots brings his big room electro house sound to the turntables. Incorporating lots from his indie roots LA Riots is one of the most respected DJs and producers residing in downtown LA. Along with opening sounds from local duo MerCat this Friday night Halloween fest is sure to start a riot on the dance floor.
5. Ferry Corsten at Sutra
Insomniac Events and Identity Management Group team up to bring OC a slew of world renowned DJs for a week of Halloween Nights. For those who didn't get enough trance at Escape From Wonderland, the madness ensues with the legendary Ferry Corsten on Sunday October 28th. On tour promoting his latest album WKND, Corsten's clever mix of genres and trance roots proves why he has been in the business over 20 years and continues to be an EDM favorite. With opening sounds from resident ANDR3X, this Sunday night party will keep you dancing well into the “work week.”
4. Lee Curtiss at La Cave Wednesdays
For our more underground dance music lovers the Modern Disco Ambassadors are bringing you an Ibiza like atmosphere and party Halloween style with sounds from Visionquest's Lee Curtiss. Adorned with red walls and an entrance that requires you to go down the stairs into a speak easy type bar La Cave in Costa Mesa already sets the perfect chilling Halloween tone. Add some tech and deep house beats and you have a sick LA underground style party right in your own backyard. With opening sets from Ernie Bumps and Insomniac Events Discovery Project winner Kedd Cook we promise this will be an event worth checking out.
3. Chuckie at Ten Nightclub
X Halloween Nights continue on Sunday the 28th for a special event as Dirty Dutch king Chuckie makes his special Ten Nightclub debut. Playing all over the US and festival circuit this year it's no wonder we've seen him at the Yost and Sutra already this year. Born Clyde Sergio Narain, Chuckie is know for his energy, song selections and originally produced tracks that bang hard in any club. We think he might even bring down the roof at this intimate venue! Straight off from sharing a stage with other female icons like Audrey Napoleon and Rebecca & Fiona at Escape from Wonderland, Gina Star opens for Chuckie for a night that's sure to make some noise.
2. Markus Schulz at Sutra
The week of Halloween madness ends it's epic trance line up with the Markus Schulz on Tuesday October 30th. Currently on his Scream album tour – perfectly fitting for this Halloween affair filled with hard deep trance, Schulz is sure to slay all the unicorn dressed attendees. Known for playing much longer than he is intended, we hope they get rid of opening DJs and let him do his thing the entire night. Voted “America's Best DJ” by Pioneer DJ and the DJ Times Schulz is not only a masterful producer and DJ, he is also an entertainer balancing reading the crowd as well as educating them. This is something OC needs and we're glad he's here!
1. Escape from Wonderland
Okay we know this is technically not in Orange County, but half of OC will be making the trek to San Bernardino for a night of pure EDM madness on Saturday the 27th. This sinister wonderland party has five different stages, the Discovery Project Wide Awake Cart, five scary mazes, art installations and enough spooky performers and monsters to keep you on your toes the entire evening. There are stages hosted by Size Matters head Steve Angello, techno leader Richie Hawtin's “Enter” and Bassrush with the likes of Borgore and Noisia. As if that wasn't enough just a few days ago it was announced DJ Mag's Number One DJ in the world Armin Van Buuren will be taking the main stage alongside Calvin Harris and Laidback Luke. We can't really think of any more massive Halloween party than this in all of SoCal.